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November 21, 2023 44 mins

Eric Chase and Asbel Montes share stories of grace. Accountability still exists and grace allows for forgiveness. Pursue excellence from a place of grace.

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Manual ventilation is a basic skill that every emergency medical services (EMS) responder is expected to perform proficiently. Improper manual ventilation may result in significant morbidity; however, there is no feedback mechanism or method of control for the volume, pressure, or frequency during manual ventilation. In this study, we aimed to quantify the ventilation parameters of manually delivered breaths using a simulated lung.


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November 14, 2023 44 mins

This podcast discusses the latest research in EMS bleeding control with Will Chapleau who is a paramedic, nurse, educator and writer.

Article discussed: IPMI. (October 1, 2023). International Prehospital Medicine Institute Literature Review, October 2023. Journal of Emergency Medical Services. https://www.jems.com/patient-care/international-prehospital-medicine-institute-literature-review-october-2023/

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November 8, 2023 48 mins

Eric Chase talks with Daniel Sundahl in a wide-ranging conversation, which includes post-traumatic growth.

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Respiratory distress is one of the most common emergencies resulting in a 911 call. Whether it be an asthma attack, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbation or complication of pneumonia, difficulty breathing is a symptom that prehospital providers encounter quite frequently.

Most patients that call for emergency medical services for breathing problems have known-disease pathologies that are respiratory in nature. F...

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November 2, 2023 49 mins

This podcast discusses hypoglycemia research and practice in EMS with Eric Chase who is a comedian, paramedic and educator. Article discussed: Li, J. (2023, September 6). Article Bites: Is it safe to treat and release patients with hypoglycemia? In EMS1 after previously being printed by NAEMSP. 

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November 1, 2023 70 mins

Dan Griffiths, Chris Winger, Kimberlyn Tihen, Mark Selapack, Brent Osborne and Alex Pafford (Team Mustang from the Spring 2023 Ambulance Service Manager Course) join the podcast to discuss their research project, "Saving Our Medics: The Case for Early Intervention." The focus of their project was identifying mental health issues in providers before it becomes a crisis.

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October 23, 2023 29 mins

Advanced airway management in EMS systems around the country ranges from surgical airways to laryngoscopy, either video or direct, to the use of a supraglottic airway (SGA) device. As a “blind” airway device, the King Airway has largely replaced the Combitube as the civilian and military SGA of choice due to its design and ease of use. However, over the past decade, there have been many other SGAs, particularly iterations of the la...

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October 19, 2023 34 mins

Bram Duffee, PhD, EMT-P, discusses “call jumping” in rural EMS with Latimer Hoke, M.Ed, NR-AEMT, who is a first responder and educator.

Article discussed: Hoke, L. (2023, August 22). Not Truly Off-Duty: True ‘First’ Responders in Rural Areas. Journal of Emergency Medical Services. https://www.jems.com/operations/not-truly-off-duty-true-first-responders-in-rural-areas/

Connections: If you want to connect with the Latimer Hoke you ca...

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October 11, 2023 16 mins

In this episode we talk with Devin Howell, DO, AEMT-CC, about his journey from EMT to EMS medical director.

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Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a chronic disease associated with significant morbidity and mortality, responsible for approximately 15,000 deaths per year in United States.

The deleterious cardiac effects associated with PH (e.g. Right Ventricular disease) render this population particularly susceptible to decompensation. Hypoxemia, acidosis and hypercapnia are not well tolerated in PH and will acutely increase pulmonary artery pre...

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Eric Chase sits down with Oklahoma City Fire Department Lieutenant Danny Brown as he shares his story of failure and brokenness and how support from his wife, fire family and counseling helped him to realize it's ok to let go.

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On this episode, Dr. Bryan Bledsoe joins the podcast to discuss a January article from JEMS, which he co-authored with Dr. Jeff Salomone, titled "Traumatic Cardiac Arrest (TCA): Maybe We Could Do Better?"

Additionally, we discuss his introduction to writing textbooks and his views on EMS education moving into the future.

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Management of acute respiratory distress isn’t an exact science. Good patient outcomes rely on your ability to assess ventilation, oxygenation, work of breathing (WOB), lung function, airway resistance and air flow. The number of treatment choices is increasing, and they’re becoming more complex. Does your patient need medication, suctioning, airway management, ventilation, intubation, non-invasive ventilation or just close observa...

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Not every patient experiencing a moderate level of hypoxemic respiratory failure does well on a high-flow nasal cannula. (Photo courtesy Hamilton Medical AG)When I first started as a hospital respiratory therapist, the nasal cannula was our go-to low-flow (LFNC) device, designed to deliver an FiO2 of approximately 24 to 44% at flows of 1 to 6 liters per minute. When patients needed more oxygen, we would typically consider a face ma...

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In this episode of the STAT Financial Health: EMS Personal Finance podcast, we talk with Amy Eisenhauer, also known as The EMS Siren, about starting a side-hustle or small business while working in EMS. 

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September 5, 2023 26 mins

Infection control consultant Katherine West identifies mosquito-borne diseases and gives prevention measures for EMS providers.

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September 1, 2023 27 mins

Mark Flauter introduces the first episode of his "Not A-Fib" podcast and discusses his role as deputy chief of EMS for the Florissant Valley (MO) Fire Protection District.

Mark highlights several issues facing EMS, including personnel retention, leadership, career development, education, recruitment and mental health.

Next month's episode features Dr. Bryan Bledsoe. He invites listeners to share their thoughts and concerns about EM...

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August 30, 2023 26 mins

Dov and Raphael get into some of the worst pet peeves that EMS responders experience. They happen to us all, in every profession, but in EMS when lives are in the balance, pet peeves take on a whole new meaning.

Give a listen and write in the comments some of the pet peeves that you've experienced on the job. We'd love to hear from you what really gets your goat on the job.

Together, we may not be able to solve them, but we can all...

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August 29, 2023 6 mins

We all have it, some of us use it, but few use it to its full potential. I’m referring to the measurement of end-tidal carbon dioxide (ETCO2). The objective of this presentation is how to tell from those “expellings” the best way to optimize survival after cardiac arrest (CA). Our objectives will be to measure and use ETCO2, as an invaluable guide to resuscitation care.

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