10 episodes

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. Released on the first and third Weds of each month, 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.

Match On A Fire: Medicine and More Shannon Sovndal

    • Medicine
    • 5.0, 42 Ratings

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. Released on the first and third Weds of each month, 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.10 Hocus Pocus: Pre-Hospital Ultrasound

    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.

    • 43 min
    Ep.9 COVID-19: Breathe in, Breathe out

    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.  

    • 40 min
    Ep.8 Beauty in Chaos, Grace in Tragedy, and the Hope the Lives in Between

    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.

    • 28 min
    Ep. 7 Heavy Lies the Crown - COVID-19

    Ep. 7 Heavy Lies the Crown - COVID-19

    We are in the midst of pandemic caused by COVID-19. 
    In this episode we discuss the basics of COVID-19 and focus on transmission and containment. 
    I have a special guest, Dr. Reed Caldwell.  He is Chief of Service, Perelman Department of EM, and serves as the EMS Medical Director for NYU Langone Health System.  New York is currently the hardest hit state and Dr. Caldwell is on the front line in New York City.  He relays his experiences, concerns and advice as the pandemic spreads to other less affected areas.

    • 45 min
    Ep.6 From Skratch

    Ep.6 From Skratch

    Remember that we’ve talked about greatness. It’s all about the grind. Committing to your goal every day, day after day. If you find yourself getting off track, focus on 300 seconds a day. It’s a totally doable commitment to get you back on track.
    Today, we are talking with Dr. Allen Lim. He is a model of greatness. He is an exercise physiologist and has coached some of the best athletes in the world. He was Lance Armstrong’s cycling coach. He also is the creator and founder of Skratch Labs. “Skratch Labs makes sports nutrition designed to help you perform better without offending your gut or your taste buds because we use real food, starting from scratch.” From internet data, they have an estimated revenue of over 11 million dollars annually.
    Next episode we’ll get back into the grind of learning some more medicine!

    • 42 min
    Ep.5 Adrenaline Junky - To Epi or Not to Epi, that is the Question

    Ep.5 Adrenaline Junky - To Epi or Not to Epi, that is the Question

    Welcome back to Match on a Fire. Today we’re talking about epinephrine because it’s such a hot topic. While we know a lot about it, we need to take a step back to really look at it and see if we’re doing the right things. We’ll be giving you a little background on epinephrine, covering a recent study that everyone’s been talking about, and what that all means for our practice.
    What are the benefits of push-dose? What are the benefits of epi when it comes to cardiac arrest and what does the data say? Why might not epi be the best for our patients? What have the recent studies uncovered and why is everyone talking about it? What is the tradeoff when it comes to the outcomes of using epinephrine? What are the ethics questions involved?
     We are not academic-centered. We aren’t affiliated with any hospital or any education center. These stories and our knowledge is based on our 20+ years in the medical field. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about things we’ve said or topics you want to discuss, please send us an email.
     Quotes/Tweets
    01:38 - “The thing about epinephrine is that everyone just assumes we know everything about it because we’ve had it forever but then realize, ‘Wow there’s a lot of things to be concerned about.” Shannon Solvndal
    06:45 - “I love the one to one thousand. I love push-dose because you can very easily micromanage it. I furthermore like it with kiddos because it keeps you from fluid overloading your kiddos as well.” Steph Solvndal
     03:32 - “The way that I remember the receptor sites is, ‘Beta one, one heart; Beta two, two lungs.” - Steph Solvndal
    01:45 - “We’re finally starting to look at epi and say, ‘We know it does a lot of good things, but is it as great as we thought it was.’” Steph Solvndal
     19:35 - “Epi is great at restarting hearts but not so great at getting favorable neurological outcomes.’” Steph Solvndal
     Resources:
    Email: shannon@matchonafire.com
    Dr. Shannon Sovndal website

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

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42 Ratings

42 Ratings

KevinPhoMD ,

Wonderful podcast

Insightful, behind the scenes look at emergency and EMS medicine. Packed with wisdom and insight from this powerful husband and wife duo.

Shawn Crespi ,

Excellent podcast

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.

5280Runner ,

Podcast of the Year!

Dr. Shannon Sovndal and his wife, Stephanie, F-PC/FF, bring a progressive and leading look into the world of emergency medicine both from the pre-hospital setting to the ER! Both Dr. Sovndal and Stephanie bring years of experience with first hand knowledge from the field to the ER! It’s an excellent source for all matters emergency medicine including the educational and mental resilient side for all health care providers and firefighters! Strap in for an informative, pure, and humorous time with Match on a Fire!

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