More kids maltreated, hurricane names affect the way we respond to them, what’s the deal with MERS, and we’ll visit with our good friend Lisa Booze from the Maryland Poison Center on the risk factors for elderly patients and how they encounter more poisonings and overdoses than we might think. 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 391

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. First up, in this week’s EMS news items we’ll look at a study that says that child mistreatment and abuse is more prevalent than we might like to admit and what we can do about it.

Then, in this week’s special tip of the week, we have Lisa Booze from the Maryland Poison Center as she talks with us about the unique challenges faced by poisonings in elderly patients. What can we do to reduce the risks for this frail EMS patient population? That’s all coming up later on in this episode.

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 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 News

More U.S. Children Are Maltreated

Women’s Names Make Hurricanes Seem Less Threatening

A Look at Middle East Respiratory Syndrome for EMS


Tip of the Week:  Elderly Poisoning Segment with Lisa Booze


Lisa Booze, PharmD

Lisa Booze, PharmD

This week on the tip of the week, we have another visit with our good friend Lisa Booze from the Maryland Poison Center. Lisa visits us this time around to look at the risks for our elderly community members with poisonings and accidental drug overdose.

The elderly patients are a population that often gets overlooked when we think about poisonings. Seniors are at risk for drug interactions, adverse drug events, intentional and unintentional overdoses, drug abuse, and product misuse. Calls to poison centers involving people over the age of 60 account for about 7% of all calls, but make up 23% of fatalities. Check out what Lisa has to say about this special at-risk population.

Links: (Maryland Poison Center Site)

Journal Article on Elderly Poisonings


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