Paramedic invents new pill bottle, accelerated paramedic programs fall short, the undervalued EMS provider, and we’ll take a look at epinephrine in our med review segment this week. If that’s what you’re looking for, you found it right here on this week’s episode of the MedicCast.
MedicCast Episode 337
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. We have a great show for you this week including a news item that looks at a paramedic who came up with a rather novel way to fight drug abuse of prescription drugs. Check it out in this week’s news. Then, after today’s news items, we check out a medication review for EMS providers as we check in to the use and proper administration of epinephrine in the field. That, of course, follows up on our segment on allergic reactions we covered in last week’s episode. All of that is coming up next here on the MedicCast.
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Paramedic Invents Overdose Fighting Pill Bottle
First off in the news this week is a paramedic who came up with a great idea to come back prescription drug abuse. An unnamed Las Vegas paramedic got together with a group of Brigham Young University engineering students to come up with a new type of prescription pill bottle.
Getting Rid of Short Paramedic Programs in South Africa
South African EMS is in the news this week with an article I found talking about challenges they are having with shortened and accelerated Paramedic courses putting out providers that are not adequately trained.
The Undervalued EMT and Paramedic
Finally in the news this week, a story I picked up written by Dr. Seth Hawkins who we’ve had here on the show before. Seth is a former EMS 10 innovator award winner and is a medical director in western North Carolina. He wrote an article recently, carried in the local newspaper and news site, talking about the undervalued EMS worker in that state.
Tip of the Week: Epinephrine EMS Med Review
Coming up in this week’s tip of the week is a medication review for EMS providers, both BLS and ALS EMS professionals, on the medication epinephrine. Last week on the show we looked at allergic reactions including anaphylaxis and following up on that this week we will be covering one of the treatments for allergic severe allergic reactions, among other things. Stay tuned for next week when we’ll look at some other treatments for allergic reactions, but for now, let’s get into this segment on epinephrine.
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