EMS organizations working together, child poisonings linked to adult prescription use, Department of Labor investigates EMS agencies and we’ll continue our look at allergic reactions with a review of the medication diphenhydramine. If that’s what you’re looking for, you found it right here on this week’s episode of the MedicCast.

MedicCast Episode 338

diphenhydramineGood 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 on how more adult prescription drugs in the home are increasing pediatric poisonings. Then, after the news, we’ll have another segment in our continuing series on allergic reactions and treatments with a med review of diphenhydramine. 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 MedicCast.com/blog. 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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EMS Organizations Announce Partnership

To start of the EMS news this week I feature an exciting announcement from two of the primary advocates for emergency medical services. The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) and the National Emergency Medical Services Management Association (NEMSMA) recently voted to mutually support each other.

Child Poisonings and Increased Prescription Drug Use

Next up in the news is a look at a recent study in the journal Pediatrics on how increased prescribing practices for adults has led to an increase in the numbers of pediatric poisonings reported to the nation’s poison centers.

NC EMS Agency Investigated by US Labor Department

Finally in the news this week, a look at how one EMS agency in North Carolina is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Labor for violating fair labor practices in the employment of EMTs and paramedics there. They are looking back at the past two years and announced that they are looking at things like the use of Flex time and overtime practices.


Tip of the Week: Diphenhydramine Med Review for Paramedics

paramedic girl blondeIn this week’s tip of the week we look at the medication diphenhydramine. This continues our series on allergic reactions. Last week we looked at the medication epinephrine. With the treatment of severe allergic reactions out-of-the-way let’s look at how we treat mild to moderate allergic reactions in our segment on diphenhydramine.

Tip of the Week Links

MedicCast Allergic Reaction Episode

Allergic reactions: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia

Maryland Medical Protocol

MedicCast Epinephrine Review


Contact the MedicCast

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