Mentoring the future of EMS, DUI for one EMS ambulance provider, more home births predicted for EMS and we’ll take a look at the differences and similarities between croup and epiglottitis. If that’s what you’re looking for, you found it, right here on this week’s episode of the MedicCast.

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MedicCast Episode 369

Child have sore throat sick. Studio shotGood 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’m pretty excited about this week’s show as we continue to look at some of the news items affecting EMS this week. First we’ll look at how you can mentor and influence the future EMTs and paramedics in your community. Then, after the news, we’ll look at a seasonal condition and examine croup and epiglottitis for this week’s EMS tip of the week for EMTs and paramedics. That’ll be coming up later after this week’s 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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Shepherding the Future of EMS

Ambulance Driver Charged in DUI

Home Births Rise as Birth Rates Drop


Tip of the Week: Croup and Epiglottitis Review

The cold and flu season is solidly upon us and with that comes the occasional pediatric respiratory distress case requiring EMS treatment. We’ve covered some of the common ones already with our series on asthma this summer but what about the differences between croup and epiglottitis? While epiglottitis has all but disappeared since regular vaccination against the bacteria that causes it, with the push by some uninformed parents to put off vaccinations, you might come across a case or two in your career. So let’s take a look this week at the differences between a case of croup and one with epiglottitis in the MedicCast EMS tip of the week.

Tip of the Week Links

Epiglottitis on Medline Plus from NIH

Croup on Medline Plus from NIH

Pediatric Pulmonary Emergencies at EMS World


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