Newborn oxygenation and EMS provider treatment, where we stand on life expectancy, a study on giving blood products in the field and we’ll look at some of the key things we need to keep in mind when giving blood products to patients as our EMS tip of the week. If that’s what you’re looking for, you found it, right here on this week’s episode of the MedicCast.

MedicCast Episode 363

Details shot of platelet concentrate, Human blood in storageGood 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’ve got some great stuff coming up for you in this week’s episode. First off, in the news items this week we look at how your preparation for uncommon events like childbirth can help you avoid common errors seen in those events. Then in the tip of the week this week, we look at how paramedics might need to administer blood products and some of the things they need to keep in mind about these specialized treatments in the field. That’s all coming up later on in this week’s tip of the week after the news.

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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Newborn Infant Asphyxiation Commonly Due to Provider Error

US Ranks Low on Life Expectancy – What’s Up With That?

Blood Transfusion During Pre-hospital Transport May Save Lives


Tip of the Week: Blood Product Administration and EMS

This week on the tip of the week, I thought I would follow up from the last news item on blood product administration for EMS providers like paramedics and look at this type of specialized treatment. There are some special things we need to keep in mind when giving blood products just like we do with any critical care medication or treatment. I recently had this covered in my paramedic revert and blood transfusion is one of the newer items covered in the new update for paramedics from national registry. So let’s take a look at what you need to keep in mind when giving or monitoring patients receiving blood products in this week’s EMS tip of the week.

Tip of the Week Links

Merck Manual on Blood Products and Transfusion

Journal Article on EMS Blood Product Administration

WikiPedia on Blood Type on Blood Transfusions


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