From the Austin-Travis County EMS System Office of the Medical Director, this blog will cover topics of prehospital care, emergency medicine, tactical medicine, rescue, community paramedicine, disaster response, and public health. Expect to hear medical pearls, the latest research, reviews of anything as it relates to EMS.
Episode 49: Icepocalypse
YES I KNOW THE THUMBNAIL HAS EPISODE 4 and it’s episode 49. But we have a YouTube channel now so that’s why we have different episode numbers. It’s less confusing than renumbering everything. ANYwhomst, this is our takedown of the week long winter weather event that crippled the region starting around Valentine’s Day. The impacts… Continue reading Episode 49: Icepocalypse
Episode 48: COVID…Vaccines
Vaccines are finally available. I’m getting mine, and you should too. How do they work? Are they safe? What are the side effects? What are the particulars of administration?
Episode 47: COVID…Bamlanivimab
Bamlanivimab is a monoclonal antibody for treating mild to moderate COVID-19. You’ve probably heard of it as it has rolled out here in Texas in force. What does it do and how is it given?
Episode 46: What is Operation Warp Speed?
Operation Warp Speed is a public-private partnership that has helped speed development of vaccines and treatments for COVID-19. But what does that mean for safety of these treatments? TL;DR: The program does not cut safety corners. It supports industry to rapidly develop capability without the financial risk usually associated with experimental therapies.
Episode 45: Ketamine for suicidal ideation
This study looks at an intriguing concept: What happens when you give an acutely suicidal patient ketamine in the ED? This study intrigued me so I thought I’d cover it. This study will not change your practice but will hopefully interest you in participating in research on the topic. TL;DR/TL;DL: DON’T START DOING THIS YET.… Continue reading Episode 45: Ketamine for suicidal ideation
Episode 44: Data and outcomes in EMS
The Health Data Exchange allows the flow of information between EMS charts and the hospital chart, helping us to easily look at outcomes and how EMS care has affected the patient. The best way to check your own knowledge and understanding of prehospital care is to know how the patient turned out. Was your diagnosis… Continue reading Episode 44: Data and outcomes in EMS