Saving high school EMTs, collegiate EMS and alcohol consumption, insurance companies versus ambulance companies, and we’re going to take a look at lidocaine as we continue our series on antiarrhythmic drugs. If that’s what you’re looking for you found it right here on the MedicCast.
MedicCast Episode 302
Well good day and welcome to this week’s episode of the MedicCast. I’m your host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic and I’d like welcome all of you to the program this week. We have some good stuff coming up for you. I’ll look at EMS in the news this week plus a great tip of the week as we continue our series on medication administration and meds to review.
Before getting to that, I do want to remind you of a couple of things. Head over to the MedicCast website over MedicCast.com/blog and check out all of the additional resources that are available over there including the links to everything talked about in this and every other episode of the MedicCast. Right at the top of the page there’s a shownotes link. Click the shownotes link and you can find all of the episode information there.
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EMS World Expo on the Way
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Saving High School EMT Programs
First up in the news this week, let’s look at a great article I picked up from one of the local news sources in nearby Lebanon, Pennsylvania. The Elco high school there has one of the longest running, if not the longest-running high school EMT program in the country. It’s been going on for 31 years.
Collegiate EMS and Alcohol Education
Most of the colleges are back in full session at this point and many colleges have their own volunteer EMS services, run by student organizations. There are also many other things that go along with college starting again, especially for underage drinking issues. The new freshman class, out of the house for the first time, out from under their parents watchful eye, is ready to party.
Insurance Companies vs Ambulance Companies
In parts of Massachusetts there is a little bit of a war going on. No, it’s not the Continental Army fighting the redcoats, but there is a war going on right now. It’s between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts organization and the local EMS organization that’s providing care. It has to do with what the ambulance services are calling “strong-armed tactics” to force ambulance services to become participating providers in the insurer’s network.
Emergency Medical Services Lidocaine Review
Next up we will be looking at lidocaine as our Tip of the Week. Last week in our medication review, we looked at amiodarone. I thought I would continue on and look at another antiarrhythmic drug often used, depending on where you are, interchangeably with amiodarone. I know in Maryland here we always use lidocaine. The medical director says that there’s still no evidence that amiodarone is any more effective than lidocaine in treating ventricular arrhythmias so we’re going to continue to use the medication that’s much cheaper to obtain. That is lidocaine and this is the week for an EMS Med of the Week review of Lidocaine
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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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