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Hawk-Ventures-LogoWe’re talking wilderness medicine and correlations with disaster response medicine on this week’s show. Disaster Podcast hosts Jamie Davis, the Podmedic and Sam Bradley were joined by show regulars Dr. Joe Holley and paramedic Jim Logan from Paragon Medical Education Group to chat with Dr. Seth Hawkins a DMAT and Wilderness EMS doc from North Carolina. This is part 1 of this two-part interview segment episode.

Wilderness medicine is focused on care in austere wilderness settings where there are no nearby resources for care. Dr. Hawkins runs Hawk Ventures which supports a wide range of Wilderness EMS programs, including the flagship Carolina Wilderness EMS Externship program. Each program is personally run by Dr. Seth Collings Hawkins. Hawkins is one of only a few physicians in the United States to be double-boarded in both Emergency Medicine and EMS, and is the first physician ever named a Master Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine.

Other Wilderness and Disaster EMS Resources:

Landmark Learning Wilderness EMS Courses

Wilderness EMS Medical Director Course

Friends of Nepal Ambulance Service

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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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ambulance-paramedics-transporting-victimOn this week’s episode of the Disaster Podcast, we discuss the training opportunities presented at conferences like the cadaver lab at EMS Today 2015. Disaster Podcast hosts Jamie Davis, the Podmedic and Sam Bradley are joined by Dr. Joe Holley from Paragon Medical Education Group to listen to some comments Sam recorded at EMS Today from Cadaver Lab students as they left the lab.

There is really no substitute for hands-on learning opportunities. The Cadaver Lab at EMS Today 2015 had some incredible opportunities for students to try their skills in this disaster and EMS training tool. This is made evident by the responses of the two students Sam interviewed after their experiences at the Cadaver Lab put on by the folks at Paragon. One student and relatively new paramedic talked about the affect his improved airway management skills had on his patient care in the field when he returned from a previous cadaver lab.

Another cadaver lab student was an EMS instructor who was excited to learn new tips for various patient care skills that she could take home to her students. Educators might especially like to look at the type of experiential training that folks like Joe Holley and Jim Logan bring to the table at their events like the cadaver labs at conferences.

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Got a question for the Disaster Podcast Team? Why don’t you leave a comment below here on the site and we’ll get right back to you both in the comments area and by email, too! We look forward to hearing from you.

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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Fighting-Fires-First-RespondersSam Bradley, host of the Disaster Podcast and Jamie Davis, the Podmedic, her co-host welcomed a friend of Sam’s on the show to talk about what initiatives are out there to support injured and disabled firefighters, EMS providers and police officers hurt in the line of duty. Drew Aversa was injured on the job as a firefighter in northern California’s Bay Area. Luckily for him, he had family resources to fall back on to find a second career. Not all injured first responders have that luxury.

Drew is now pushing an initiative to offer injured first responders like the police, firefighters and EMS providers a support network and system of resources like those offered to veterans who return from service disabled or injured. The proposal would include alternative work training, college tuition breaks and tax credits to businesses who offer jobs to disabled first responders. Check out this very special episode of the Disaster Podcast.

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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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This episode of the Disaster Podcast deals with the difficult topics of stress and burnout in medical and emergency response careers. EMTs, paramedics, nurses and doctors all deal with difficult patient situations that impact them in a number of ways. How these medical professionals deal with this stress is important and often has an impact on patient care outcomes. Check out this episode with hosts Jamie Davis, the Podmedic, Sam Bradley, and guests doctors Joe Holley and Jim Brasiel. Jim offers additional resources at ReadyEnterprises.org.

Nursing-from-Within-coverSome of the solutions mentioned include getting active, engaging in meditation techniques, and using workplace resources for stress management. An excellent book written for nurses on the topic by nurse educator and lecturer Elizabeth Scala is “Nursing From Within: A Fresh Alternative to Putting Out Fires and Self-Care Workarounds.” This book is an excellent resource for all healthcare professionals dealing with stress and burnout.

Rainbows-in-Cobwebs-coverAlso, a book that our co-host Sam Bradley contributed to is “Rainbows In Cobwebs: Stories Of Hope In The Storms Of Life” which is a collection of stories that are meant to uplift and affirm life in challenging times.

Got a question for the Disaster Podcast Team? Why don’t you leave a comment below here on the site and we’ll get right back to you both in the comments area and by email, too! We look forward to hearing from you.

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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DisasterPodcast_Expo2014_screenshotIn this episode of the Disaster Podcast, host Sam Bradley (@sambradley11) is joined by paramedic Jim Logan from Memphis Fire Department, Dr. Joe Holley, Medical Director for Tennessee Task Force 1 USAR team and Dr. Brian Froelke Medical Director for Missouri EMS. They are sitting and chatting at the EMS World Expo 2014 event in Nashville Tennessee earlier this month. The team discusses the challenges facing state EMS directors in preparing their state teams for disasters and major events.

Thanks to Paragon Medical Education Group for sponsoring this episode of the MedicCast TV podcast and to Physio-Control for sponsoring our podcast studio at EMS World Expo 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Got a question for the Disaster Podcast Team? Why don’t you leave a comment below here on the site and we’ll get right back to you both in the comments area and by email, too! We look forward to hearing from you.

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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jet approaches airport for landingOn this episode of the Disaster Podcast hosts Jamie Davis, the Podmedic and Sam Bradley were joined again by Dr. Joe Holley and paramedic Jim Logan from Paragon Medical Education Group to look at a special topic this week, Mass Casualty Incidents or MCIs. Sam Bradley rounded up a special guest to discuss the topic, paramedic and educator Mike Marsh who assumed medical command during the MCI at the Asiana Air 777 crash at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) on July 6, 2014. Mike relates his experience during the event and how the preplanning and training on MCIs between the fire and Ems response agencies in and around SFO helped the incident run much more smoothly.

Got a question for the Disaster Podcast Team? Why don’t you leave a comment below here on the site and we’ll get right back to you both in the comments area and by email, too! We look forward to hearing from you.

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.

active shooter responseIn this episode of the Disaster Podcast, hosts Jamie Davis, the Podmedic and Sam Bradley are joined again by paramedic Jim Logan and Dr. Joe Holley from Paragon Medical Education Group. The four of them kick off a discussion on the changing view of standard of care for victims in active shooter situations.

While for years the standard of care for EMS and other medical responders was to stage in a safe area and only enter the scene when if was fully secured by the responding police agencies. Analyzing injury patterns and autopsy data from recent incidents of violence around the country has led responders to a paradigm shift to allow for rapid care of victims soon after responders arrive.

The plan is to bring EMS in to “warm” zones, areas cleared by police as they enter the building. The EMS providers will have their own security team of police to watch over them while they begin immediate, lifesaving treatment for victims and then removing them from the scene for more definitive care and transport in a safer area.

Got a question for the Disaster Podcast Team? Why don’t you leave a comment below here on the site and we’ll get right back to you both in the comments area and by email, too! We look forward to hearing from you.

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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hand holding gun active shooterOn this episode of the Disaster Podcast host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic caught up with a team of educators from Paragon Medical Education Group in Nashville, Tennessee by phone after they had taught a two-day active shooter training class for a group of diverse responders and medical professionals. Included in the class were emergency medical services responders (EMS) like EMTs and paramedics, police officers, fire fighters and hospital staff like doctors and nurses.

The focus of the class was to teach them how to work together to save lives immediately after the onset of these incidents. The goal is to work more closely with police officers clearing the scene so that injured victims can be treated quickly enough to save lives that had previously been lost due to rapid blood loss from wounds.

This is a challenge for first responders who have been taught for years to “stage” at a safe distance until the shooter is found and the building cleared. This scene safety paradigm is changing so that EMS crews enter the scene right behind police officers who quickly establish a safe perimeter around victims so that paramedics and EMTs can treat and transport victims more rapidly.

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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