Cracking down on flu vaccine avoiders, learning confidence in the field, dispatcher bonuses for non-transports and we’ll look at the various forms of hepatitis in this week’s Tip of the Week. If that’s what you’re looking for, you found it here on this week’s episode of the MedicCast.

MedicCast Episode 319

EMS with OxygenGood 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. I hope you’re looking forward to this week’s show as much as I am. In the news this week, I pull an article from the Probie to Practitioner blog on learning confidence as a new medic in the field. Then we will delve into a review of hepatitis for this week’s tip segment.

First, though, please follow up on all of the information in this episode over at the MedicCast blog at 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.

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Flu Vaccine Required, or Else!

Kicking off the news this week is another look at the widespread rampant seasonal flu that is hitting the nation. Alongside the articles on patients, illness and death are several on health care workers complaining about being forced to get flu shots in order to keep their jobs.

If You Can’t Be Confident, Act Confident!

I mentioned during last week’s show that I had heard from several of you that I should cover some tips on how to survive as a new EMS provider and rather than do a whole tip of the week, I thought I would share some of my favorite EMS blogger’s point of view here on the show. This week, I found a great article on the Probie to Practitioner blog.

Bonuses for Dispatcher Who Send No Ambulances

Finally, in the news this week, an article from on a new London Ambulance Service program that is paying bonuses to dispatchers if they can reduce the number of ambulances dispatched to calls.


Tip of the Week: Hepatitis Review for EMS

Hepatitis Risk Assessment

Hepatitis Risk Assessment

We run into patients all of the time with various health history and problems. One that we think of with some trepidation is a patient with hepatitis. What are the various forms of this liver disorder and how do they affect the way we care for these patients? We’ll look at that coming up in this week’s tip of the week.

Hepatitis Disease Links

CDC (Centers for Disease Control) on Hepatitis

CDC Hepatitis Risk Assessment Survey

NIH on Hepatitis (Resource Page)


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