Priority dispatch upgrade, EMT charged in coworker’s death, Medicare is beginning to fine hospital readmissions and we’re going to take a look at the drug diltiazem in this week’s tip of the week. If that’s what you’re looking for while you found right here on the MedicCast.
MedicCast Episode 303
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. There is a great show coming up for you. In just a few minutes we have some exciting news items, some confusing and upsetting news items and a news item that you might be interested in because it might cut down on call volume. All that coming right up.
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EMS World Expo on the Way
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Changing Cardiac Arrest Dispatch
The Richmond Ambulance Authority is back in the news. They do good things down there and really keep up with what’s going on in advanced research in EMS. One of the things they are looking at is improving the time it takes 911 callers to get to chest compressions on a cardiac arrest call.
EMT Driver Charged in Coworker’s Death
Next up in the news this week is a sad story about a line of duty death in South Carolina. An emergency medical technician by the name of Belinda Gail Rivers was laid to rest in her funeral on September 28. Sadly enough her driver or coworker who was driving the ambulance the night she died has been charged with misdemeanor death related to the motor vehicle accident in this particular situation. They had just dropped a patient off at the hospital and were headed back to their station.
Medicare Zaps Hospital Re-admissions
Finally this past Monday on October 1 guess what happened folks? Medicare changed the way they’re going to reimburse hospitals when patients are readmitted for certain diseases. This is for readmissions within 30 days. Initially this is going to be limited to just a few different diagnoses.
Emergency Medical Services Diltiazem Review
Time now for this week’s tip of the week. We’re going to review the medication diltiazem this week. We’ve been looking at antiarrhythmic drugs over the last few weeks primarily focusing on amiodarone, lidocaine and treating ventricular arrhythmias. What about those confounded atrial arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter? Well guess what folks, we’ve got a drug for you. Let’s go ahead and take a look at Bill Tai has them or the brand name Cardizem.
Diltiazem 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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