Patient advocates for prevention, the future of health care reform, a look at implantable devices powered by the person’s own body, plus we’re going to take a look at the cardiac medication adenosine. If that’s what you’re looking for you will find it, right here, on the MedicCast.

MedicCast Episode 315

12Lead_smGood 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’s a great show coming up for you including a couple of interesting news items looking at how we can become more actively involved in prevention measures by working alongside patients we treated in the past. We’ll look at that plus some other interesting EMS news items and a review of the medication adenosine. All of that will be coming up later on in this episode of the MedicCast.

I do want to remind you to follow up on all of the information you’ll find in every episode over at the MedicCast website. That’s at When you get over there, you’ll find links to the show notes right there at the top of the page. Click that link and you’ll find the most recent episode and you can scroll down find all of the previous episodes. Use that link to follow-up on the information from each show: the links to the news items, the additional resource links for each week’s Tip of the Week, and more. All of that is available for you over there at the MedicCast website and I urge you to follow up on that there.

If you want to get back in touch with me. I welcome your e-mails. Send those e-mails into I love to hear from you and I respond back to every e-mail that comes in. Keep those e-mails coming with your questions, your comments, or suggestions, and anything else you’d like to share with me. I love getting news links from people. It’s hard for me to judge what you want to hear about in an episode so when you send me news items to take a look at for future episodes, it’s a great opportunity for me to give back to you something you’re interested in. So keep those communications coming in, continue to be an active part of the MedicCast community.

There’ll be some more contact information coming up later on in this episode, but we should probably think about heading into this week’s news items. They’re coming right up in just a sec.


Brain Injured Skate Boarder Promotes Helmet Use

Kicking off this week’s news is a look at how we work towards prevention of injury. One of the things we’re supposed to be actively involved with, as healthcare professionals, is prevention of injury. Many of the things we run into in the field are related to a preventable event. It might be someone not wearing a helmet when riding a bicycle or riding a skateboard, as in this article. It could be something like drunk driving prevention programs or information on preventing childhood illnesses. This article looks at one skateboarder who’s become an advocate for helmet use.

EMS and the Future of Health Reform

With the inauguration of President Obama, kicking off his second term later on this month, there is going to be a lot of discussion about moving forward with the Affordable Care Act, bringing in the health care reforms that were initiated in his first term. Whether you agree with those things or not, they’re going to happen. There are many changes and potential costs associated with the Affordable Care Act.

Implantable Monitor Powered by You

I talk a lot here about new medical and health gadgets here on the MedicCast. One of the things that came up recently on my radar was an implantable monitoring chip that can be powered by one of the body’s own power systems. Our body runs on electricity, so somewhere in our system there is something generating that electricity. This week I look at an implantable monitoring chip powered by you!


EMS Adenosine Medication Review

Time now for this week’s Tip of the Week. We’ll be continuing our series on cardiology medications. Associated with that, we’ll look at the drug adenosine. We don’t often use this medication, but we still need to review from time to time. We will be looking at some of its indications, contraindications, side effects, and doses coming up here in this episode of the MedicCast.

Adenosine Links

Joint EMS Protocols Page on Adenosine

Respiratory Article on Effects of Adenosine on Asthmatics

Wikipedia on Adenosine



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