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stethoscope on a medical laptopThe podcast team takes a look at two topics in this week’s episode. First we cover a quick COVID-19 update with Dr. Joe Holley. Then we jump into coverage of the devastating line of storms that swept through the mid-South, South-East, and then up the coast through the mid-Atlantic and North-East regions. Our disaster meteorologist Kyle Nelson joins us to talk about the tornadoes and their weather impacts.

On the COVID-19 front, Dr. Joe talks some about the roll out of new serologic COVID antibody tests. He cautions agencies and hostpitals to beware of which tests they buy due to a flood of nearly 90 new kit resellers approved by the FDA. Only three companies are approved to produce said tests. Other brands are simply the original tests, rebranded and marked up in price. This is a buyer beware situation.

Our regular co-hosts Jamie Davis and Sam Bradley keep the show moving along.

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Again, a special thank-you to Paragon Medical Education Group for their continued support of this podcast as our partners in this endeavor to bring disaster medicine to you. Check out their page and educational resources that can help your system be more prepared for what happens in your area.

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disaster-clean-up-powerplusdcuPandemic hospital clean-up is the topic of conversation this week on the Disaster Podcast. Join hosts Jamie Davis, the Podmedic, and Sam Bradley, along with Becky DePodwin as they chat with Kevin Wang from PowerPlusDCU.com. Kevin’s company is one of the premier disaster clean up specialists in the world.

A few years back we featured Kevin on the show about how his company, at the request of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), was asked to come into a major U.S. hospital to swab surfaces in supposed clean and sterile environments. Kevin’s team found some very disturbing things when they revealed their results.

As a result of that event, Kevin and his team created a device that could be used to sterilize hospital rooms between patients. The Bio Blaster is a six-foot-tall UV light emitting device that can be placed in a patient room for ten minutes and sterilize all surfaces prior to admitting the next patient. Check out the Bio Blaster Go Fund Me Campaign which Kevin set up to help them build units in advance of anticipated need during the current pandemic crisis.

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Again, a special thank-you to Paragon Medical Education Group for their continued support of this podcast as our partners in this endeavor to bring disaster medicine to you. Check out their page and educational resources that can help your system be more prepared for what happens in your area.

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coronavirus imageWe touch base again with Dr. Joe Holley for our fifth short update on the COVID-19 outbreak. Watch for more of these updates a one or two times a week on top of our normal episode rotation as Joe has more information to share with us.

Here are the key points Joe covered on this brief call:

General COVID-19 Presentation and Care:

  • Don’t “chase the numbers.” These patients may present with SpO2 sats in 70s or 80s but are still compensating with just supplemental O2. Assess the patient so we don’t rush to tubing them.
  • Joe shared to be careful with limited use of CPAP for Pts up to pressures of 12cm of H2O.
  • Be prepared to cover pt with supplemental mask covering over nasal cannula or non-rebreather mask.
  • More evidence coming in COVID-19 may affect oxygenation capacity of hemoglobin in some way. Joe has thoughts on the episode regarding treating for ARDS vs treating like high-altitude sickness.

More Updates Soon

Stay tuned for more updates periodically in the coming weeks as Joe reaches out amidst his duties and busy schedule to share his viewpoint on the response with us as he is able.

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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

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Sara Hathaway, Author

In this episode, we feature Sara Hathaway, disaster author and podcaster who writes post-apocalyptic fiction about preparing for the current pandemic crisis. Also on the show this week are Sam Bradley, meteorologist and emergency management expert Becky DePodwin, and Jamie Davis, the Podmedic.

We discuss with Sara some of the ways people can think “outside the box” when grocery stores are running out of staples. What kinds of things should you stock up on and what should you leave behind. Sara covers it on this episode.

Sara’s books are available on Amazon. The first book in her series is Day After Disaster (The Changing Earth Series Book 1).

Disaster Never Sleeps, Neither Do We

We will be bringing you more special updates from our Disaster Podcast team members as we get them in from around the world.

Stay tuned here to the Disaster Podcast website at DisasterPodcast.com or on our Disaster Podcast Facebook group for updates and discussion.



Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

coronavirus imageWe touch base again with Dr. Joe Holley for our fourth short update on the COVID-19 outbreak. Watch for more of these updates a few times a week on top of our normal episode rotation as Joe has more information to share with us.

Here are the key points Joe covered on this brief call:

General COVID-19 Presentation and Diagnosis:

  • Presentation of patients with lethargy and malaise may be related to mild hypoxemia. Use pulse oximetry to pick up on this.
  • Early symptoms also include GI complaints including diarrhea and nausea.
  • Mild fever early on, higher later in progression of disease
  • Anosmia (loss of smell) and ageusia (loss of taste) also a common complaint.

For First Responders and Hospital Personnel:

  • Cardiac symptoms present in a number of cases include myocarditis and pericarditis and arrhythmias.
  • Hypercoagulability may lead to increased incidence of MI or stroke.
  • Signs and symptoms may be similar to altitude sickness (again related to hypoxemia). These include mild confusion, mild fever, general vague symptoms.

Progression to Intubation and Ventilation

  • Patients in advanced stages of disease desaturate VERY quickly (30-60 seconds).
  • Monitor pulse oximetry and be prepared for intubation with little notice.
  • May account for larger number than usual of prehospital cardiac arrests related to COVID-19.

More Updates Soon

Stay tuned for more updates periodically in the coming weeks as Joe reaches out amidst his duties and busy schedule to share his viewpoint on the response with us as he is able.

Join the Discussion


Join the discussion after the show with co-hosts Sam Bradley and Jamie Davis, the Podmedic in our Disaster Podcast Facebook Group now!



Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

coronavirus imageWe touch base with Dr. Joe Holley for a look at the COVID-19 patient presentation signs and symptoms. We will cover more of these updates as Joe has more information to share with us.

Here are the key points Joe covered on this brief call:

General COVID-19 Presentation and Diagnosis:

  • Increased frequency of positives in the 14 – 18 year old group. They can be significant vectors.
  • Also noticeable positives in religious leaders. This makes sense as they need to be social but they can also be high risk vectors.

For First Responders and Hospital Personnel:

Symptoms for the virus are still vague but they’re finding some commonalities in initial symptoms:

  • Intense Lethargy
  • Diarrhea
  • Mild hypoxia – It’s a good idea to check pulse ox on any suspect patients
  • Chest X-rays may not be as effective diagnostically as CT Scans

There are increased STEMI activations in the field related to COVID-19

  • A COVID patient may experience chest pain or CHF symptoms.
  • There may also be EKG changes but no occlusion will be found.
  • There may be cardiomyopathy or abnormalities in heart wall movement.

PPE Availability:

  • PPE is being found online or locally in places besides the usual medical equipment suppliers. For additional supplies, try tattoo parlors, paint stores, or industrial suppliers.
  • There are masks from China coming in called KN95’s. They are safe, NIOSH approved and the same as an N95.

Stay tuned for more updates periodically in the coming weeks as Joe reaches out amidst his duties and busy schedule to share his viewpoint on the response with us as he is able.

Join the Discussion


Join the discussion after the show with co-hosts Sam Bradley and Jamie Davis, the Podmedic in our Disaster Podcast Facebook Group now!



Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

coronavirus imageWe touch base with Dr. Joe Holley for a look at the COVID-19 response on the ground in ERs and EMS circles. We will cover these updates as Joe has more information to share with us.

In this segment, Joe describes a grim forecast as many ER docs talk about a calm before the storm. He says the wave is coming and it will be unlike anything we’ve seen before.

Watch for more updates periodically in the coming weeks as Joe reaches out amidst his duties and busy schedule to share his viewpoint on the response with us as he is able.

Also on the show are meteorologist and emergency management expert Becky DePodwin, along with co-hosts Sam Bradley, and Jamie Davis.

Join the Discussion


Join the discussion after the show with co-hosts Sam Bradley and Jamie Davis, the Podmedic in our Disaster Podcast Facebook Group now!



Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

coronavirus imageWe talk about managing EMS Coronavirus response on this episode of the Disaster Podcast. Joining us, we have Disaster Podcast Facebook Group member Chris Prutzman on the show this week to talk with us about how EMS managers and supervisors are working hard to prepare our front line responders for SARS COVID-19 patients.

Chris fills us in on his preparations in Oklahoma to get his crews on the street ready for a potential surge in suspected COVID-19 patients. We address training fatigue and helping to get the messaging to sink in so providers take the appropriate precautions to protect themselves and other patients.

Also on the show are Dr. Joe Holley and our disaster weather expert Kyle Nelson, meteorologist and emergency management expert Becky DePodwin, along with co-hosts Sam Bradley, and Jamie Davis.

Join the Discussion


Join the discussion after the show with co-hosts Sam Bradley and Jamie Davis, the Podmedic in our Disaster Podcast Facebook Group now!



Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

On this Episode, we talk about Broken Heart Syndrome, where stress and sudden loss can cause a potentially lethal cardiac disorder. We have Disaster Podcast Facebook Group member Steve Holmes on the show this week, along with our stress injury expert Dan McGuire from CISM Perspectives. Broken Heart Syndrome is a heart condition, temporary in nature, that’s caused by stressful experiences and the emotional response to those situations. Other names for the same syndrome are stress cardiomyopathy, takotsubo cardiomyopathy, and apical ballooning syndrome.

Also on the show are Dr. Joe Holley and our disaster weather expert Kyle Nelson along with co-hosts Sam Bradley, and Jamie Davis.

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Join the discussion after the show with co-hosts Sam Bradley and Jamie Davis, the Podmedic in our Disaster Podcast Facebook Group now!



Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

USAR Dog TrainingDr. Joe Holley and his wife Kimberly Holley were activated by the state to respond to Cookeville, Tennessee to assist local responders following the tornado strikes there last week. In this episode, Kimberly discusses her deployment, how the dogs performed, and some lessons learned in one of her first big deployments.

Also, we kick off the episode with a COVID-19 Coronavirus update for responders. Dr. Joe kicks in his advice and what he’s heard in his discussions with other physician contacts across the country. We also talk with our disaster weather expert and 911 dispatcher, Kyle Nelson. He relays how the dispatch side is handling screening for respiratory and flu calls to protect responders before initial patient contact with a potential COVID-19 patient.

Also on the show this week are co-hosts Sam Bradley, and Jamie Davis.

Join the Discussion


Join the discussion after the show with co-hosts Sam Bradley and Jamie Davis, the Podmedic in our Disaster Podcast Facebook Group now!



Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.