Seeking EMS volunteers, EMS cutbacks over gas prices, paramedic updates stalled and we’ll continue our series on thyroid disorders with a look at a Hypothyroidism review for EMS. If that’s what you’re looking for, you found it right here on this week’s episode of the MedicCast.

MedicCast Episode 322

Paramedic in Ambulance Talking on RadioGood 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. This week in EMS News we’ll be covering several articles including two that look at how budget cut backs are affecting EMS in different parts of the country. Then we’ll continue our efforts to educate ourselves on various health and medical conditions in patient histories with a look at hypothyroidism.

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.

If you  want to get back to me with a comment or question, make sure you shoot me an email. I love to hear from you and I respond back to every email that comes in so keep those email’s coming. You can catch up with me by email at Shoot me an email today! I think that’s enough introduction and contact info. There’ll be some more later on in the show but for now, let’s get on with this episode of the MedicCast and head on in to this week’s news.

Also look for me at some conferences near you in the next few weeks. I’ll be recording live at EMS Today with Chris Montera and the rest of the ProMed Network team in our podcast studio there. After that, I’ll be at the Public Health Preparedness Summit in Atlanta. If you are going to be attending either of these conferences, make sure you come by the booth and say Hi! I love to meet all of you when you stop by and it’s always a blast to see you guys in person.

There are links in the show notes for both EMS Today and the Public Health Preparedness Summit so check them out there. I think that’s enough introduction and contact info. There’ll be some more later on in the show but for now, let’s get on with this episode of the MedicCast and head on in to this week’s news.


Texas EMS Service Seeks New Volunteers

Are you part of an EMS volunteer organization, either as part of a volunteer fire department or a stand alone EMS volunteer service? In the first article in this week’s news I’m looking at a service in Blanco County, Texas who are holding a volunteer recruitment drive.

High Gas Prices and EMS Cutbacks

In the previous article this week, we looked at how EMS services can reach out to their public about seeking volunteers to reduce costs. This news item is similar with one Rochester, NY area EMS company seeking to explain their pain over the volatility of gas prices and how it affects what they do providing ambulance services.

Long Beach Paramedic Upgrades Stalled by Union

Finally this week, we wrap up with another budget driven EMS news item. The City of Long Beach California is proposing a change to the current staffing of their ALS units to move from ambulances with 2 paramedics per unit to staffing those same units with just one paramedic and an EMT.


Tip of the Week: Hypothyroidism EMS Review

We’ll continue in this week’s tip of the week with our series on common medical disorders with a look at hypothyroidism. Last week we talked about hyperactive thyroid disorders and this week we’ll look at the opposite problem. Understanding these types of disorders can help you better understand what’s going on with your patients, their vitals and how they respond to your treatments in the back of the ambulance as an EMT or paramedic. Now, hypothyroidism reviewed in a segment from the Nursing Show.

Tip of the Week Links

National Library of Medicine on Hypothyroidism

NIH MedlinePlus on Hypothyroidism

NIDDK on Hypothyroidism


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