Non-skill EMS skill, implantable wireless lab, cardiac issues with depression and anxiety and we’re back with another special segment from EMS Today 2013. If that’s what you’re looking for, you found it right here on this week’s episode of the MedicCast.

MedicCast Episode 327


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Good 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 this week’s episode I feature a recent column on from blogger and podcaster Kelly Grayson on when we should be using our skills and when we should not. Plus, I look at some cool lab reading technology coming soon out of Switzerland. And we visit with paramedic blogger and product expert Dan White with his thoughts on new EMS product trends from EMS Today 2013. All of that coming up soon here on the MedicCast.

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 special segments.

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Not Always Using EMS Skills is a Skill

I kick off this week’s news items with a look at a great article written by Kelly Grayson a.k.a. ambodriver on twitter. Kelly is also one of our podcasters on the ProMed Network with his confessions of an EMS Newbie podcast. Kelly wrote this column over at and he addresses an important part of maturing as an EMS provider – when to use your skills.

Implantable Wireless Micro-Lab

So, what if you could read the troponin levels on that suspected cardiac patient as soon as you got to their home? Researchers in Switzerland have developed a micro-lab chip that can be implanted under a patient’s skin and continuously read up to 5 different blood lab readings in realtime and transmit that data in real time to your smartphone or other wirelessly connected device like your heart monitor.

Depression, Anxiety, and Heart Attack

Finally in the news this week, a look at your typical cardiac patient. Recently, researchers at Duke University have found that two psychological issues can greatly contribute to the risk for sudden cardiac arrest in cardiac patients. Have you noticed when your cardiac patients are depressed or anxious? What do you do to treat these problems?


Tip of the Week: New Product Trends with Dan White


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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. Here’s a segment we recorded as part of our finale segment with the awesome Dan White a.k.a. @paradan on twitter and one of the most prolific EMS product inventors and developers out there right now.

Dan comes on with myself and Chris Montera to chat with us about his new innovative products and he also chats with us on the cool things he’s been watching in the new EMS product arena. Let’s get into this video segment, but before that a special thank you to EMS Today, and Physio-Control for making this possible.

Tip of the Week Links

Dan’s Paramedic Blog

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