Coping with drug shortages, testing the sticky test, too many trauma centers and we’ll be featuring the first of our special episode segments from EMS Today 2013 in Washington, D.C. If that’s what you’re looking for, you found it right here on this week’s episode of the MedicCast.

MedicCast Episode 324

BVM cardiac arrestGood 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. In the news this week I share a great article from Scott Kier’s EMS in the New Decade site on using the “Sticky Test” for trauma assessment. Then we feature the first of the segments recorded at EMS Today 2013 in our ProMed Network podcast studio sponsored by Physio-Control. Stick around for that right after this week’s EMS news.

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.

Upcoming EMS Conferences

This week I’ll be at the Public Health Preparedness Summit in Atlanta. If you are going to be attending this conference, 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. And we are confirmed for the Podcast Studio at EMS World Expo in Las Vegas, next September. We’ll see you then.

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.


Coping with EMS Drug Shortages in Maryland

In recognition of recent medication shortages, the Office of the State EMS Medical Director is addressing strategies that will allow EMS providers to continue to administer the correct dosage of medication for their patients without errors due to changes in dose concentrations and packaging.

Black Gloves and the Sticky Test

Next up in the news is an article from Scott Kier’s “EMS in the New Decade” blog. First a show of hands. How many of you take the time to check out the excellent EMS blogs available like Scott’s? This article from Scott is a perfect example of why you should do that.

Chicago Violence Pushes for Trauma Care Changes

Finally, gun violence has been in the news recently and specifically gun violence in Chicago because of recent high profile funerals and events there. Now I’m not going to get into the whole gun control debate. This is not the forum for that discussion and frankly, I don’t know where I fall on that continuum. I did, however, find an article at that talked about a recent initiative in Chicago to get an inner city trauma center reopened there to improve access to trauma care in the city.


Tip of the Week: Raising the Bar for Resuscitation

Let’s get in to this week’s tip segment with a special video segment recorded in the podcast studio at EMS Today 2013 in Washington, D.C. A special thank you to EMS Today, and Physio-Control for making this possible. Stay tuned here for all of these segments featured here in episodes on the MedicCast.

In this segment, I interview Dr. Kevin Seaman, medical director for Howard County, Maryland EMS. He and his team are changing the face of resuscitation care in the State of Maryland. Check out this interview and see how you can be a champion for improved cardiac arrest care in your system.

Tip of the Week Links

Howard County Fire-Rescue Website

Dr. Seaman on

Resuscitation Academy Website


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