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EMSconnect On Shift is your go to podcast for everything EMS! We are run by EMS providers for EMS providers all around the world! This free podcast will engage you in all aspects of EMS. Prepare to learn about traditional topics like assessment and treatment of patients, while we also venture into areas like personal growth and bettering ourselves as providers! If you like what you hear, you will love the CME side of EMS connect, found at EMSconnect hosts live monthly online education for EMS providers. Nationally accredited and available to all EMT levels, EMSconnect's monthly sessions are taught by emergency physicians who specialize in EMS advising and education. Join today for only $6 per month, and you'll get full access to over 3 years of CAPCE accredited content that's available 24/7. All credits are approved for NREMT recertification. We also offer monthly fire training taught by fire captains with decades of experience. There are NO contracts, NO hidden fees, and NO bull. Individual and agency accounts available. Come and see what thousands of your fellow BLS and ALS colleagues are already enjoying.

36 Episodes
In this episode, I sit down with Travis Barrett MS, CSCS from Dynamic Performance. Tune in as we talk about obesity in EMS and how to start making healthier life choices on and off the clock, starting today. Travis is a strength coach with the Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape (SERE) School at Fairchild Air Force Base and now SCFD #10. Travis understands our jobs in EMS and he has a plan for you and I to become healthier and better at our jobs. He also doesn't spout any BS. This isn't about getting huge in the gym or fad diets. EMSconnect has big plans with Dynamic Performance. Join us as we kick off what is sure to be a life-changing multi-part series. Stop waiting for Monday. Check out his website and start living healthier today!
All patients die from what? SHOCK! It could be trauma related, it could stem from a medical condition like anaphylaxis or simple cardiac arrest. No matter the underlining cause, our patient's death occurs because of the lack of blood and oxygen moving to the vital organs and the removal of the toxins from the body. As EMS providers, our job is simple, recognize, assess, and treat shock! No pressure...If all people die from it, and our job is centered around finding and treating it, then there shouldn't be anything shocking about shock, right?
Death of the Echo Call

Death of the Echo Call


Echo call, cardiac arrest, or full arrest, whatever your agency calls it, it means the same, the heart has stopped and life is in limbo, or does it? Things have seemed to change, more often, the cardiac arrest call is overdose related and not truly a cardiac arrest. With these "false" arrest calls, does it make us complacent? Also, with the increase in overdose calls, comes the increase of naloxone use. In addition, has things like airway management and artificial ventilation have seemed to be moved down on the providers' priority list.  Paramedic Nathan and I talk about all of this, in a very relaxed way in this episode!
Dr. Crash, AKA Dr. Stanton, is back covering injuries all the way from your head to your tailbone! Did you know Dr. Stanton is the Medical Director for the AMR/NASCAR Safety Team! If anyone knows head, neck, or back injuries, it is this guy!
I sit down with Dr. Dierks and share with him a recent post by Limmer Education called "Seven things your Medical Director wants you to know." I read him each one and get his feedback on each. Dr. Dierks than off the cuff gives his seven things, as well as gives some thoughts on how, us as responders, can bring changes to our departments.
Welcome to our first "book club," Dr. Dierks and I sit down and talk about the book "Who Moved My Cheese?" and how it affected our lives. We both recommend you pick up this book and check it out! Link to buy on amazon:
Lines & Tubes & Catheters, Oh My!  EMSconnect hosts Sheri Worle our Critical Care Educator and Flight Nurse with Life Flight Network, as she breaks down the "What, Where and Whoops" of frequently encountered lines, tubes, drains, and catheters.
The clock ⏰ is ticking when it comes to lack of perfusion. How fast? On average in a large vessel ischemic CVA, 32,000 neurons are lost causing an age acceleration of 8.7 hours, every second! So, in the average stroke, 1.2 billion neurons are lost causing an age acceleration of 37 years! Time is tissue, and time is NOT on our side! How fast you assess, get vitals, and generally get information, comes into play with the extent of damage to your patient's brain.
Wow, this one was tough. I am joined by Caitlin Wilson who shares her stories of when she was called upon to provide care off-duty. "I am leaning over doing CPR on someone I have knelt next to doing CPR." Buckle up for this one, it hits a little differently than other episodes.
"When Shit Hits the Fan"

"When Shit Hits the Fan"


Cardiac arrest is not always as simple as the "typical" arrest. What if it is driven by trauma? What if you're operating in a law enforcement-generated warm zone? What if you are called upon to initiate and manage a cardiac arrest in front of thousands of people, criticizing your every treatment on LIVE TV? Are you ready? Join Dr. Dierks and Shaun Pitts as they cover the cardiac arrest practices of EMS providers in "When Shit Hits the Fan".
2022 Case Reviews

2022 Case Reviews


Our expert physician panel reviews the calls submitted by EMSconnect users! Our panel provides dialogue about their opinions and decisions. Want CE credit for out lectures, check out!
Man, this guy was fun to host! This was another uncut, raw audio from the LIVE session this month with EMSconnect! Marc is a US army SF medic (18D), NREMT-P, Educator, and all-around stud! We sit down and talk about everything trauma! Assessment, triage criteria, treatments, and even a little bit about blood transfusions in the field!
I sit down with the creator of the "Sick or Not Sick" program used around the world!
I sit down with Spokane County Detective Mike to talk about how Fire/EMS can ensure that we handle, persevere and document possible crime scenes correctly. Mike has numerous years of experience in major crimes and gives great insight on how Fire/EMS can aid in investigations long after we treat our patients and leave our scenes.
Do you feel like you have all the training you need on child abuse, neglect and human trafficking recognition? Yeah, me either! I sit down with Michael McHenry, Forensic Interviewer/CPS Investigator, with the State of Washington. I can't even sum up the HUGE amount of information that Michael was able to provide in this episode.  He was able to clear up numerous misconceptions about EMS and what happens when we report possible abuse and neglect, and give use so easy to remember tools like the "Ten-4" rule to recognize possible abuse. This will be one of those episodes you will want to share with everyone in your agency. We are all mandated reporters and yet, most times, are lacking what is needed to report it! Please share this and save lives!
This is our first episode in trying to bring our educational sessions into our podcast! Our critical care educator, Sheri and I, sit down and talk about patient assessment as a critical care provider.  She was a lot of great experience as a RN with Life Flight Network and really unpack patient assessment. This session walks thought the first steps in assessing and managing critical patients, both trauma and medical.
I got the honor to sit down with Lt. Josh Chase and talk about his book! Josh Chase is a fire Lieutenant with Norfolk Fire Rescue, and is a 16 year veteran of the fire service. He has a passion for leadership and strengthening firefighters to lead at the informal level. Josh is also the recipient of the Fire Service Medal of Honor which he received in 2019 after rescuing a child from a two alarm apartment fire. Josh has authored a couple of books with his latest book being Jump Seat Leadership: The guide to informal leadership in the fire service. He believes in leading yourself before leading others and that you do not need a bugle to lead in the fire service. Aside from the fire service, his leadership abilities were developed and tested while he served as a Sergeant in the United States Army. He served as a crew chief and door gunner for Black Hawk helicopters in western Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his military career he was awarded multiple medals for his service, to include the Army air medal for meritorious service during aerial combat operations. Through his military service, fire service career, and his life experience, he hopes to strengthen, encourage and empower others to embrace leadership as a core principle to succeed in any venue. He aims to teach others to take the lead, stay engaged, and develop a don’t quit mentality.
I sit down with the creator of the "Sick or Not Sick" program used around the world! Mike and I talk about the power of using this flow chart during all patient contacts, medical or trauma. When this one is finished you will have the tool kit to be able to decide is your patient sick or not sick? Cause without that decision, there is not way to create a treatment plan!
Our texts don't tell us about the biggest challenges we'll always face in medicine.  People Care does.During a 44-year career as an EMT, paramedic and EMS thought leader, Thom Dick authored more than 500 articles and four books advocating for sick people and their caregivers.  His most recent book is People Care: Perspectives & Practices for Emergency Caregivers 3rd edition.  Based on input from dozens of seasoned caregivers, it's a primer for taking care of sick people and their caregivers. His book changed the way I provided care to patients, and I hope by hearing what he was to say, it does the same for you!
This was by far the hardest episode for me to record to date. I am joined by my friend and fellow FF Glen Shady. This was so hard, because Glen was driving an emergency vehicle and was stuck by an another car, killing its three occupants. Glenn unpacks the seconds leading up to crash, the events that unfolded after, the investigation, and dealing with the emotional side affects. As his friend, I am thankful that him or all other first responders are alive, sadden by the loss of life that occurred and thankful that he is able to share with us his story.  LINKS:
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