Ambulances versus pedestrians, ambulances and mass casualty incidents, and ambulances and research, plus we’re going to take a look and revisit some information on heat related emergencies. If that’s what you’re looking for you found it right here on the MedicCast.
MedicCast Episode 294
Good day and welcome to this week’s episode of the MedicCast with your host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic. We have a lot of good stuff coming up for you, including some news articles that are very important as well as commentary about some of the things we’ve seen going on in the news lately regarding emergency medical services.
We’ll be getting to those news items in just a sec on this episode, but before that and this weeks tip on EMS handling of heat related emergenies, I do want to remind you that there is a lot of information in addition to what you hear on the show or watch on the show that you can find over at mediccast.com/blog.
Over at the MedicCast website are links to all the news items discussed as well as links to additional information resources or information on the person we’re interviewing, all over there. You’ll find the link to the show notes right at the top of the page. You can also find contact information there. There is more contact information for down below on this page. I do hope you do get back in touch with me because I love to hear back from you.
Let’s get into this week’s featured EMS News.
Ambulance Accident Injures 6+
We’ll kickoff this week’s news with the alarming article that is something we talked about here on the show all the time. I’m talking about a news story coming out of the Utah. It’s the story of an ambulance that T-bones a van full of people at an intersection while taking a patient to the hospital, lights and siren on. Allegedly, the ambulance failed to yield to traffic at red traffic light.
This is one of those things that happens all too frequently and in this case it was allegedly the fault of the ambulance driver. The article says the van had the green light and the ambulance ran their red light. They were running lights and sirens, which we know does not matter.
Aurora Ambulances Slow to Arrive
We’re all very aware of the things going on with the that happened a couple of weeks ago in Aurora, Colorado. The mass casualty incident that occurred there in the movie theater was horrible. It’s raised awareness about mass casualty incidents in EMS circles.
There’s been a lot of discussion about mass casualty incidents related to that incident, however one issue that came out now is there seems to have been a lag getting additional ambulances to the scene. The delay seems to be in activating all the mutual aid agreements needed to get the number of ambulances that ultimately would be needed to transport that large a number of patients.
EMS Enlisted in ECC Research
Finally in this week’s news is an article about EMS agencies that are being used to continue to guide the research understanding we have of our resuscitation methods in the field with regard to cardiac arrest and cardiac emergencies. This is just part of that ongoing process. The 2010 guidelines didn’t come out that long ago and we just started implementing some of that stuff this year, why are we thinking about the next thing?
These guidelines come out every five years for a reason. They come every five years because ongoing research helps us to define and modify our understanding of what improves our patient outcomes. The National Institutes of Health have partnered with several EMS agencies in order to have them provide data and information back regarding their cardiac arrest patients. Provide them data on what is working what isn’t working.
Heat Related Emergencies Revisited
Time now for this week’s tip of the week. We are going to revisit and look at heat related emergencies. It’s the hottest part of the summer here where I am as I’m sure it is probably for those in the Northern Hemisphere. As we get in the hottest part of the summer months, I thought it would be appropriate to look at heat related emergencies and strive to understand exactly what’s going on with our patients as we run into these environmental problems.
For more information on other heat related emergencies and their first aid interventions, follow the links provided.
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