Finding our patients, fungal meningitis, and fixing your health with your car, plus we’ll look at narrative writing and documentation this week. All that coming up in this episode of the MedicCast.
MedicCast Episode 305
Welcome to this week’s episode of the MedicCast. I’m your host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic. I’d like to welcome all of you to the program this week. We have a lot of great stuff coming up for you including some interesting news items as well as a revisit of a great segment I did with Chris Kaiser from LifeUndertheLights.com. That segment is on narrative writing, so that’s coming up later on in this episode.
Before we get to that, though I want to remind you to follow up on all the information you hear in this episode including the news items, the tips and interviews. All those have additional links and resources are put up on the website for you and your job is to follow up on information over there and figure out how it applies to your scope of practice. To find all of that, go over to the MedicCast site at MedicCast.com/blog.
Once you get there, there’s a shownotes link at the top of the page. You can click that to find the most recent episode and scroll on down to find the others. You can also check out the other articles and additional resources and information you’ll find over there on the MedicCast site.
If you’d like to get back in touch with me you can reach me by e-mail under the e-mail podmedic@Mac.com. I love to hear from you and I do respond back to every e-mail that comes in. If you have a question or comment or correction that I need to make, whatever the case may be, please take time and drop me a note. I love to hear from you. It’s great! I heard from several students this past week talking about some of the things they’re looking at in their classes. So keep those emails coming in.
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EMS World Expo on the Way
I want to remind you to check out the information on how you can get to EMS World Expo and get into the exhibit hall for free. If you live in New Orleans or somewhere down there, or you’re thinking about heading down there I can get you into the exhibit hall show floor for free. You can get into the exhibits all three days for free using the promo code FP50. Use FP 50 when you checkout at EMSWorldExpo.com.
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.
How EMS Finds Their Patients
I’m always talking here on the MedicCast about helping our public to understand how EMS works. We need to give them an idea of what to expect when they call 911 and what to expect when we show up at their house. These things help make the calls go smoother and they also help us meet expectations a little more evenly. We meet them because their expectations are a little more realistic.
Who Let the Fungal Meningitis Out?
Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently, you’ve noticed and heard about the fungal meningitis outbreaks that are going on out there. You may have even transported a patient or know of someone who is transported one of these patients and so it’s important for us to continue to expand our knowledge and information about things like this as they come up.
Bionic Car Keeps You Healthy
So you want to get healthy? What if I told you to go sit in your car? That doesn’t make a lot of sense does it? In fact, it’s a new prototype car called Nigel that was debuted this week at the University of Southern California’s body computing conference. Nigel is a Mini Cooper that has been outfitted with 230 sensors that monitor not only the car and its surroundings but also monitor the driver through things like ultrasound and cardiac sensors.
EMS Narrative and Documentation, Part 1
Time now for this week’s tip of the week. Documentation and narrative writing are on a list things that just really cause a lot of us to struggle and cringe and worry about. You all get it. When you get a patient care report sent back to you because the narrative needs to be rewritten. When you haven’t documented something properly and you worry about what’s going to show up.
Really the documentation is there for two things primarily. First is to protect the patient with good health information that can be passed on the chain of care to all the healthcare professionals along the way. They can use that as a reliable source of information. Also the documentation is there to protect you, the health care professional, because things you document help you remember what happened and back you up when you get called into court to support something you did. Good documentation can make a huge difference in a legal proceeding. All of these things are important.
Documentation and Narrative Links
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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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