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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! 
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54 Episodes
"Broken Keys" is a comprehensive course designed to equip EMS professionals with the essential tools and strategies to effectively manage diabetic emergencies in the field. From recognizing the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia to implementing rapid intervention protocols, this course covers everything you need to know to navigate diabetic emergencies with confidence and precision. Whether you're a seasoned paramedic or an EMS newcomer, "Broken Keys" will empower you to res...
The epic showdown, EMS vs Opioids. Dr. Stanton covers all the way from the street use of opioids to the medical benefits. He also takes aim at routine treatments given to overdoses and cautions you on some overuse of Naloxone. Support the Show.
In this episode, our esteemed medical directors showcase their wealth of knowledge and experience, addressing a diverse range of topics that span from traditional practices to cutting-edge advancements in medical research. From questioning conventional approaches to exploring the forefront of innovation, our experts navigate the full spectrum of healthcare discussions, providing you with a comprehensive and insightful experience. Support the Show.
EMSconnect On Shift Host Shaun Pitts engages in a compelling conversation with author David Givot, delving into his transformative book, "Sirens, Lights, and Lawyers." David Givot, a seasoned EMS Defense lawyer with a background as a paramedic, offers an enlightening and refreshingly candid perspective for EMS providers at all career levels. "Sirens, Lights, and Lawyers" serves as a practical guide, unraveling the complexities of the law, demystifying legal processes, and addressing the inher...
When The Sink Doesn't Drain

When The Sink Doesn't Drain


Dr. Dierks sit down and breaks up the clogs about CHF management, and what EMS providers can do to help these patients. Also on this episode, he navigates the twist, turns, and blockages with encountering LVAD devices in the field! Support the Show.
Get ready to dive into the world of obstetric and gynecological emergencies with a healthy dose of humor! This course is designed to equip EMS professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to handle situations where storks are nowhere to be found. From unexpected meconium mishaps to surprise labor parties, we've got you covered!Support the Show.
Family Dynamics in EMS/FIRE

Family Dynamics in EMS/FIRE


So, this may be a first! Shaun sits down with the fire educators of EMSconnect and their WIVES! So what does that mean for you? Grab your spouse, and listen to this one together. This is not therapy, but I hear from two great couples who have lived through what this job does to families and made it work! Support the Show.
We've all heard the saying, "If it's icky, sticky, brown, and not yours, don't touch it." But let's face reality, in EMS, we often don't have the luxury of choice. Patients deteriorate, wound dressings must be changed, and sick individuals call 9-1-1. We administer airway adjuncts and medications that increase our exposure to aerosolized particles—particles that seem to have an uncanny ability to travel impressive distances and head straight for our faces at the speed of a sneeze. So, how can...
In this episode of "Are you Altered? Hypothermia Has Become Cool, Right?" we dive deep into the critical topic of hypothermia management within the realm of EMS. Join us as we explore the intricacies of identifying, assessing, and treating hypothermic patients in the field.Support the Show.
Well, this one sure caught our attention. Shaun Pitts and Dr. Travis Dierks dive into the recent article published in The New Yorker: "The Hidden Harms of CPR" by Sunita Puri.This raises the ethical question, should EMS be doing CPR on patients that are VERY unlikely to survive? We know that all patients have the right to refuse care, and on the flip side, have the right to demand care, and EMS is caught right in the middle of a legal and more often ethical grey area. Link to artic...
Drop the Narcan! Are you sure this is the right medication and the right time? And let's get real, not every overdose gets Narcan. Join Dr. Dierks talking about ALL kinds of overdoses, poisonings, and toxicological emergencies! Support the Show.
Thought biases, also known as cognitive biases, refer to systematic errors in thinking that can influence our decision-making processes and judgments. Understanding these biases is essential for EMS professionals as it helps in recognizing and mitigating potential errors in critical situations. Understanding these biases can help EMS professionals be more aware of their own thinking processes and make more informed decisions. By continuously learning about thought biases and engaging in criti...
"Train like your life depends on it. You don't rise to the occasion, you fall to the level of your training. Muscle memory. Slow is smooth and smooth is fast." I am sure we all have heard these things yelled across the drill ground, said in an AAR after a critical call, or even muttered by our mentors. So what does it mean? Is it a mindset, or science? Ryan and I do our best at talking about both the mindset and the science of training how and why we should train in certain ways. If you are a...
Ladies and gentlemen, we have an exciting EMS battle to share with you today! Two renowned fighters have agreed to step into the ring for an epic showdown that is bound to electrify the world of EMS.In one corner, we have the reigning champion, a force to be reckoned with in the heavyweight division. Known for their lightning-fast thinking and impeccable skills, they have successfully defended their title multiple times and have earned a reputation as one of the most dominant practitioners of...
Chaaaa! We are so stoked to offer our next set for you. Get caught inside "Dropping Into Waveform Basics." Our lineup features Dr. Casey Patrick from the MCHD Paramedic Podcast ( Join us as we cover waves, water (on the lungs), and yes even SHARK-fins! Support the Show.
With plenty of hot topics, or cutting-edge technology in EMS, I wanted to know what is good, fake news, and straight trash. Who else to ask than, Dr. Travis Dierks a Medical Director for numerous agencies in Spokane County, practicing ED Physician, and the creator of EMSconnect! Check your rig, put yourself in service, and turn on the Bluetooth speaker to hear what he has to say! Support the Show.
In their description of Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, Slate Magazine said, “Grossman cuts such a heroic, omnicompetent figure, he could have stepped out of a video game.” He has five patents to his name, has published four novels, two children’s’ books, and six non-fiction books to include his “perennial bestseller” On Killing (with over half a million copies sold), and a New York Times best-selling book co-authored with Glenn Beck.He is a US Army Ranger, a paratrooper, and a former West Poin...
He is back! Travis Barrett joins EMSconnect On Shift again to talk about fad diets. This guy is a wealth of knowledge and fills your ears with it! Research has shown that more than 75% of emergency responder recruits are overweight or obese (, so this is episode two of the mini-series, aimed at our health and wellness! You can reach out to Travis here: Support the Show.
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 ab...
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...