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Explaining EMS funding, Muddy Angels on the road, ER stats for you, and we’ll continue looking at treatments for allergic reactions with a look at albuterol and atrovent in our EMS med review 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 339

inhaler_nebulizerGood 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. I have a fantastic show coming up for you this week including a look at how one EMS system is educating it’s public about the EMS system and how it works. That’s coming up in the news this week. Then, after the news, we jump in to a continuation of our series on allergic reactions with a look at the medications albuterol and atrovent our nebulizer meds for allergic reaction and asthma. 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.

If you want to get back in touch with me, make sure you do so. You can email me at podmedic@mac.com. Shoot me an email with your comments and questions on the shows, or you can send me suggestions and interview ideas for future episodes. Either way, I work to respond back to every email that comes in and I’ll get back to you as well so keep those emails coming in. Also, if you’re an android user or iPhone or iPad owner, check out the brand new free MedicCast App. Get the free MedicCast app from the Google play store. Get the free MedicCast EMS app for iOS.

That’s enough contact info. We’ll get into this week’s news coming up next but please remember to support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them here on the MedicCast. It helps keep the show coming out to you each week and keeps the lights on here at the MedicCast studios. Take a moment and tell them thanks for supporting the show!

News:

Paying the Bill for EMS

Starting off this week’s EMS news is a great article I found in a small Pennsylvania paper about how and why EMS agencies bill for their services. Many folks don’t understand why they get billed, thinking that their EMS service is provided free of charge by their local governments.

The Muddy Angels Ride for Fallen EMS Comrades

In that last article, we talked about educating our public about what we do EMS. In this article we talk about who does it or more specifically, those who have died doing their jobs in EMS in the past year. Every year, the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride, nick-named the Muddy Angels, travels across a portion of the country to commemorate our fallen EMS providers.

MuddyAngels.com site

20% of Americans Visit ER Each Year

Finally, wrapping up the news this week is a look at a recent CDC report on emergency department use, or in some cases, overuse by certain segments of the population. This is important because it is statistics like this that can show us how to change the way people access care during emergencies and after normal primary care hours.

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Tip of the Week: Albuterol/Atrovent Med Review for Paramedics

Coming up in this week’s tip of the week is a continuation of our series on allergic reactions. This week, we’ll continue to look at medications used to treat allergic reactions and similar problems. Last week we looked at diphenhydramine and the week before that, epinephrine. This week we’ll look at the nebulized medications of Albuterol and Atrovent in this emergency medical services medication review.

Tip of the Week Links

MedicCast Allergic Reaction Episode

Allergic reactions: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia

Maryland Medical Protocol

MedicCast Epinephrine Review

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Contact the MedicCast

Take a look at these articles. You can find these links at the MedicCast site (MedicCast.com/blog) in the shownotes for this episode. Get back to me. Let me know what you think about these news items by email at Podmedic@Mac.com or sending a message via Facebook(Facebook.com/podmedic) or Twitter (twitter.com/podmedic).

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Until next time, Scene safety, BSI!

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