Escaping violent encounters, cardiac kudos to Ottawa EMS, and a life-and-death training of new EMTs, plus we’ll take a look at atrial flutter in this episode. You found it right here on the MedicCast.
MedicCast Episode 297
Welcome to this week’s episode of the MedicCast. I’m your host Jamie Davis the Podmedic and I’d like to welcome all of you to the program this week. We’ve got a great show coming up for you with some very interesting news items and our tip of the week were to continue a look at our atrial cardiac conduction system by carrying on looking at atrial flutter in this week’s tip segment coming up, right after the news.
Before we get to all that, I do want to remind you to follow up on all the information you’ll find here on the MedicCast. I can talk about anything here in a few minutes and cover brief overviews and sometimes maybe even misspeak in some way. It’s your job to know your scope of practice, your protocols, and the rules under which you operate your instructional guidelines. All those things are your job to know. I provide additional information links to the news items and to the tip segments so you can get more in-depth information and then you make sure you know how these things apply to your EMS career.
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EMS World Expo Coming Soon
Before we get into the news, I do want to remind you we’re going to be at EMS World Expo coming up in just a few months now. That’s going to be October 31 to November 2. We will be there in the exhibit hall live recording our programming right there on the show floor. I hope you’ll be able to come by. Please take the time to shake my hand and say “hi.”
While you’re there, you can just hang out listen to my show and the other shows from the ProMed Network. There’s the EMS Garage with Chris Montera, the EMS Leadership podcast with Chris Cebolero. I hope you get a chance to come by and check it out.
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.
When Patients Attack
So, how many of you have been attacked by patient or in some way assaulted by a patient while on the job? It happens far too frequently and we don’t get trained to defend ourselves. This is not about carrying a gun. We talked about that on last week’s episode where EMTs in South Africa were carrying firearms with them on the job. I am not recommending that.
However, some things you can learn how to do is to be able to escape and evade during a violent attack. That’s one of the things going on in Panama City Beach, Florida. The EMS providers down there together a class on self defense for EMS workers. Eighteen of them had all been assaulted on the job.
Ottawa Cardiac Kudos
A big high five for Ottawa EMS. This is a great article I picked up from the OttawaCitizen.com website. They reported that Ottawa paramedics had five cardiac arrest calls occur in 90 minutes recently. I don’t care where you’re from, that is a lot cardiac arrest calls to happen in a relatively small regional area.
Educating New EMTs
It’s that time year again were all getting ready to prepare for a new influx of EMS students. These EMT or paramedic students mean that part of our job is to train them to be able to handle the things we see on the street. Not all of these situations adrenaline junkie moments, not even most of them, but we do want them to appreciate that they’re involved in a life or death situation more often than they might be just working the desk job somewhere.
Let’s get in to this week’s tip segment. A couple weeks ago we talked about atrial fibrillation. I thought we continue on here a few weeks later and pick up and talk a little bit about atrial flutter. What is the difference between the two and how do you distinguish this arrhythmia in your patients. Let’s take a look at atrial flutter.
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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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