Off load delay nurses, ambulances reborn, mass casualty from the hospital’s point of view, and we’re going to take a look at serotonin syndrome with a revisit with our good friend Lisa Booze from the Maryland Poison Center. All that and more in this week’s episode of the MedicCast.
MedicCast Episode 296
Welcome to this week’s episode of the MedicCast. I’m your host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic and I’d like to welcome you to the program this week. We’ve got a lot of good stuff, some great news items and our Tip of the Week segment where we’ll be getting back together with Lisa Booze from the Maryland Poison Center to talk about something called serotonin syndrome. Something a lot of us know not a lot about, including nurses and physicians. We’ll be filling you in on that with some help from Lisa later on in this episode after the news.
In the meantime, I will remind you to go over to the MedicCast blog and check out all the links to the news articles and additional resource information you’ll find there in the show notes link at the top of the page at MedicCast.com/blog. Click that link and it’ll take you back and show you all the most recent episodes. Scroll down and go back in time all the way back to episode one of the MedicCast if you’d like so you can follow up on any information in the episode there.
I also want to make sure you know you can get back in touch with me by e-mail send those e-mails into firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a question or a comment, a suggestion or perhaps a link to a news article you’d like me to check out, I love getting those things, send them in to me and I will get back to you. I always try to return every single e-mail that comes in so keep those e-mails coming.
There will be some other contact information later on this episode but in the meantime before getting to the news, I would remind you we are going to be at EMS World Expo coming up in the end of October in New Orleans. If you’re in that area and you are planning on going to the Expo, make sure you come by our booth in the exhibit hall area. There’ll be a place for you to sit down nearby in the social media lounge. You can sit there check out our live shows in the podcast studio next door and get something to eat. Just sit down, relax, use the free Wi-Fi and hang out with myself and the other podcasters from the ProMed network.
We do want to thank Physio-Control for being the sponsor of our podcast studio all three days there. If you haven’t already done so, check out their page over on Facebook. You can do that and the say thanks to them for sponsoring our shows. Also, use the Promo Code FP50 at EMSWorldExpo.com when you check out to get free exhibit hall access passes for the conference.
ER Off-Load Delay Nurses
You know, you can say what you like about the U. S. medical system and other countries’ socialized medicine is good or bad. I’m not going to have that argument with you here. But, I do like the fact that EMS is part of their healthcare services and are included in decision-making on how healthcare is provided in those areas.
In our system, EMS gets under-recognized or unrecognized in looking at how to make the system better. In this article from Canada, they are looking at the city of Greater Sudbury and the fact that they have ambulances stacking up in their emergency department.
Old Ambo into Simulator
In Daleville Virginia they have taken an old ambulance that was going to go out to pasture and get scrapped for the parts in scrap metal or whatever and they found a way to revitalize it and turn it into a useful training tool. This is really exciting and is one of the more interesting things I see going on with older ambulances out there and that is taking an older ambulance and turning them into either a stationary or mobile training unit with a simulator manikin inside.
Hospital Side of Mass Casualty
So we’ve had quite a few mass casualty incidents this summer. We had the Aurora shootings in the movie theater and then followed soon after that by the shootings of the individuals that the Sikh Temple. An interesting side in this situation with the Sikh Temple is there was an article of what was going on on the hospital side of things.
Time for this week’s tip segment. Our segment is with Lisa Booze from Maryland Poison Center. Lisa’s back with us to talk about something called serotonin syndrome. Don’t feel bad if you don’t know what it is. I didn’t either until I talked with Lisa. It’s a particular disease process that a lot of people haven’t heard about. It’s something that’s not all that common but it can crop up as a life-threatening problem that we should be able to recognize quickly whether you’re and EMT or paramedic in the field. There are things you can do to get this patient rapidly treated and in to definitive care as quickly as possible.
Contact the MedicCast
Take a look at these articles. You can find these links at the MedicCast site (MedicCast.com/blog) in the shownotes for this episode. Get back to me. Let me know what you think about these news items by email at Podmedic@Mac.com or sending a message via Facebook(Facebook.com/podmedic) or Twitter (twitter.com/podmedic).
EMS World Expo Promo Code
I do want to remind you to get together with your colleagues and figure out how you can get the EMS World Expo in October. We’re going to be there again broadcasting live in the podcast studio recorded right there on the show floor. You can come by, sit in the social media lounge right next-door. We have comfortable chairs and free Wi-Fi. Listen to the shows while they’re going on and get a chance to meet me and the other EMS podcasters like Chris Montera Greg Friese and they’ll all be there. You also want to get into the exhibit hall and check out all of the amazing devices, tools, and new inventions for EMS.
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