A moment of impact. Our goal at Match on a Fire: Medicine and More is to bring the best care as aggressively as possible to our patients. Shannon Sovndal, MD and Stephanie Sovndal, F-PC/FF discuss hot topics in EMS and emergency medicine. Emergency providers, paramedics, EMTs, firefighters and first responders will enjoy the straight-forward and gritty approach to patient care as well as the honest reflections on the personal price of answering the call.
Ep.13: COVID-19 Pt. 3: 747's and a Vaccine
In this episode, we dive into the history and science of the new COVID-19 vaccine with Boulder Community Health Infectious Disease Specialist, Amie Meditz. Also: what a 747 has to do with COVID19.
Ep.12: Pit Vipers: Rattlesnakes and more!
In this episode we focus on Pit Viper bites. We look at the dos and don'ts of treatment and how best to care for your patient. Finally, we explain how antivenom works.
Ep.11 CVA: Cerebral Vascular Accident and Stroke Care
CVA, strokes, are responsible for significant disability and death. In today’s podcast we go over the ins and outs of stroke physiology and care. We move from pre-hospital identification and care through the ER workup and treatment with potentially life and function-saving TPA and intraarterial treatment. Let the healing begin!!
Ep.10 Hocus Pocus: Pre-Hospital Ultrasound
POCUS (Point of Care Ultrasound) is the wave of the future. It helps guide real time treatment and diagnostic decisions. Currently POCUS is widely utilized in the emergency department. What if we brought POCUS to the pre-hospital setting and let EMS utilize this valuable tool? PHUS (Pre-Hospital Ultrasound) is the focus of this podcast. We look at the utility and feasibility of ultrasound in the field.
Ep.9 COVID-19: Breathe in, Breathe out
In episode number 9 of Match on a Fire: Medicine and More Podcast, we have a special guest on the show. Melissa Verseman is a respiratory therapist and critical care flight paramedic. We dive deeper into COVID-19 and explore the critical physiology that sends people to the ICU. We get Melissa’s insight as a respiratory therapist dealing with these sick pulmonary patients.
Ep.8 Beauty in Chaos, Grace in Tragedy, and the Hope the Lives in Between
Life is Fragile.
Today, Match on a Fire: Medicine and More is going to do something a little different. We are going to focus on the “more.” We are talking about Fragile: Beauty in Chaos, Grace in Tragedy and the Hope that Lives in Between.
A mom puts her child to bed with a cold and in the morning he won’t wake up. A man goes to work and has no idea his chainsaw blade it going to kick back through his chest. A simple headache slowly worsens and finally, when she finally decides to have it evaluated, the MRI looks like a dime store nickel machine filled with tumor gumballs. Or, so suddenly, a pandemic takes over the world and our “normal” life is not so normal.
I started medical school ready to be in the thick of it. I was cocky, motivated and unstoppable. I had watched ER on TV, shadowed family friends in the hospital and read all the latest and greatest books on being a doctor. I thought I was going in with my eyes wide open.
I had no clue. I thought the hard part of medicine was going to be learning all the material, programming all the facts, procedures and protocols into my neuroanatomy. I wish. No doubt that was difficult, like drinking from a fire hydrant, but it paled in comparison to the challenge of working so closely with life and death.
I was forced to hold the hand of those facing relentless disease and the limitations of my abilities as a doctor. This wasn’t just a job. It really was life and death. Talk about wandering into the hurt cave with no flashlight, I was at a loss.
Little did I know this was the very place I had to go to really find my true soul. Something started to happen to me in the depths of my own emotional torture chamber. I stopped focusing so much on “why.” Why was there so much suffering? Why was I so hurt and lonely? Why am I so worried about me, especially in the face of what I see? Slowly I began to see life differently. I began to take in, I mean really take in, the things around me that meant the most: my kids, my family, my friends. I stopped worrying about the “why.” I took the time to breath and it felt good.
We only have one life to live, but if we do it right, one life might just be enough.
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It’s the whole enchilada’ ! Funny, informational, exciting... please keep them coming
Insightful, behind the scenes look at emergency and EMS medicine. Packed with wisdom and insight from this powerful husband and wife duo.
I love this podcast. It is so much more than a podcast about emergency medicine. It inspires me to be the best version of myself. Full of wisdom, humor, and evidence-based knowledge. Keep going guyS.