It was EMS week so what did you do about it, stroke victims still delaying care, EMS systems call volume versus population numbers and I’ll bring you another in our series of interviews from EMS Today 2013 with our EMS 10 innovator awardees. If that’s what you’re looking for, you found it right here on this week’s episode of the MedicCast.

MedicCast Episode 335


Dale Becker, EMTP

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. What a show coming in today’s episode including a look at what you and other systems did to celebrate EMS Week last week. Plus, we’ll take a look at what one paramedic did to improve CPR and resuscitation rates in his community and EMS system. All of that is coming up next here on the MedicCast.

Before we get to that though, please make sure you check out the links and additional information available for you over at the MedicCast blog at There’s a show notes link at the top of the page. Click that link and it will take you right to the most recent episode and you can scroll down there to find any previous episode. There’s also a search box there for you on the right if you are looking for something in particular. Take some time and make sure you follow up on the information you get on the show and understand how it applies to your EMS practice and protocols.

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It Was EMS Week – What’d You Do?

Let’s jump right in to the news this week and first off congratulate all of you on a successful EMS week celebration last week. I know many of you had gala celebrations, festivals, fairs and trips to exotic locations to show for it. Wait a minute. You say it came and went and nothing special happened?

Stroke Victims Are Delaying Care

So apparently, stroke victims are their own worst enemies. In a recent study, nearly 1/3 of them don’t call an ambulance when they should to get rapid treatment. Many think the symptoms will clear on their own or don’t want to be a “bother” to their caregivers and family.

Call Volume Up While Population Drops

Finally in the news this week, I return to revisit a news story I first covered about a year ago. Gary, Indiana was noticing something unusual. According to census data, their population was decreasing but when they looked at their volume of EMS calls, that didn’t seem to be the case as they seemed to be busier.


Tip of the Week: Dale Becker Improves Resuscitation Care

This week, I bring you another EMS 10 Innovator Awardee in an interview segment recorded in our podcast studio, sponsored by Physio-Control, at EMS Today 2013 in March. Dale Becker is from Howard County, Maryland, just down the road from me and he wanted to change the way his EMS crews focused on CPR during cardiac arrest resuscitation. With some education gleaned from the famed resuscitation academy, Dale brought his EMS system the information they needed to improve survival after cardiac arrest in his area.

Coming right up is that interview segment but first I’d like to thank EMS Today and Pennwell for having us in to cover their conference and get these great interviews with EMS leaders to share with you. Make sure you let them know you appreciate it as well.

Tip of the Week Links

JEMS eIssue on EMS 10 Awardees

Altering the Handling of CPR

Howard County, MD EMS System


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