Driving with emergency vehicles, challenging the golden hour, understanding the role of the medical director and we’ll finish up our series on inflammatory bowel disorders with a look at Ulcerative Colitis. All of that and more coming up on this week’s episode of the MedicCast.

MedicCast Episode 318

digestive_tract_line_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 you to this week’s show. There’s a great show in store for you this week including a discussion by the Roguemedic on his blog challenging the concept of the golden hour. Plus we’ll be wrapping up our look at patients with bowel issues with our tip of the week on ulcerative colitis.

First, though, please follow up on all of the information in this episode over at the MedicCast blog at MedicCast.com/blog. You’ll find a show notes link right at the top of the page that will take you right to the most recent episode and then you can scroll down to find other episode from previous weeks. There are links to everything we talk about in every episode there so you can follow up on all of the tips, news items and in this week’s show, special product innovators.

If you want to get back to me with a comment or question, make sure you shoot me an email. You can catch up with me by email at podmedic@mac.com. I make sure I respond back to every email that comes in. Shoot me an email today!

I recently heard from several of you including questions about getting started in your first job in EMS. I’ll be working on some segments on that for a future episode so stay tuned. In the meantime, let’s get on with this episode of the MedicCast and head on in to this week’s news.


Educating People to Share the Road with EMS

Kicking off the news this week is an column from EMSWorld.com on community education. Many of you who have been checking out the show for a while know I’m a big proponent of public education about EMS and how we operate. Check this public education article out.

Is the Golden Hour Full of Crap?

Tim Noonan, a.k.a. the “Roguemedic” likes to challenge the status quo and entrenched ideas in the world of EMS and medical care. He has looked at everything from substandard pain management protocols to the harm caused by routine back boarding of patients following motor vehicle accidents. In this article at RogueMedic.com, Tim takes on the “Golden Hour” of trauma care.

Getting to Know the EMS Medical Director

Finally, in the news this week, let’s take a look at the position of medical director. In many places its an unpaid or at the least, underpaid position that can be a thankless job when the public doesn’t understand what the position means. I found an article this week in the Tyron Daily Bulletin from North Carolina where the community is having a discussion about changing the EMS leadership for the county.


Tip of the Week: Ulcerative Colitis Review for EMS

This week’s tip of the week continues and wraps up our series on inflammatory bowel disorders with a review of ulcerative colitis. You should be aware of what’s going on with patients who present with illnesses or medical history that may not be something you need to treat. It will help you understand the patient and also gain insights into their medications and treatment regimen. Let’s get in to that now.

Ulcerative Colitis Disease Links

NIH National Library of Medicine on Ulcerative Colitis

National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases on Ulcerative Colitis

NIH on Inflammatory Bowel Disease


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