Copying Israeli EMS, med shortages and drug swapping, budgets and slower response times, and were going to pick up with a medication review of Amiodarone later on in this episode. If that’s what you’re looking for, you found it right here on the MedicCast.
MedicCast Episode 301
Good day and 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 have a great show coming up for you here including some interesting news items from around the world as well as here in the U.S. We’ll also look at the medication Amiodarone later on in a med review for the tip of the week.
In the meantime I’ll remind you to follow up on all of the additional resource information you will find in the show notes for this episode as well as the links for the news items. You can find all of that over MedicCast.com/blog. When you get over there, you’ll find the link for the show notes right at the top of the page. Go ahead and click that link and find everything you need to go deeper into the EMS info in this episode.
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Copying Israeli EMS
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I have heard that many times and I guess that goes for EMS imitation as well. I have a great article here that is an interview with the Bulgarian health minister and she is getting ready to go with a delegation from Bulgaria to head over and meet with health ministers from Israel. One of their goals is to bring some facets of the Israeli EMS system back to their country and provide better emergency care for their people.
Drug Swap-outs & Shortages
We talked a few weeks ago on the show about drug shortages causing problems and paramedics having to give expired medications in some cases. Well, there are some other things going on with these medication shortages. Medication errors are rising due to unfamiliarity with the new meds being swapped out for the shortage medications.
High Call Volume, Slow Response
Finally in the news this week, in Sedgwick County Kansas they are having their own budgetary problems. Officials there are concerned that there will be increased call times with fewer personnel allowed for in their budget. This is one of those common EMS problems talked about in the past and I’m sure we’ll be talking about it again in the future.
Emergency Medical Services Amiodarone Review
In this episode we’ll get back in the swing of things with our regular medication reviews. This week, let’s look at the medication Amiodarone. Amiodarone is an anti-arrhythmic medication used to treat both ventricular and atrial dysrhythmias. It is a baseline medication in advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) used to treat cardiac arrest patients in ventricular fibrillation or pulseless ventricular tachycardia refractory to defibrillation. It may also be useful in treating atrial fibrillation or flutter as well as wide complex tachycardias not responding to electrical cardioversion.
Amiodarone Resource Links
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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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