Ep 43 Rescue

(34:42) Kelly saves drowning woman! News at 11!

And other great EMS rescue stories.

Ron did some more scenarios and managed not to kill the patient this time, but most of his week was spent studying rescue in EMS Operations. Learn about the different kind of rescues Kelly has been a part of over the years.


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Listener Questions

Vince DiGiulio (Dee-Joule-E-O)
In every EMS class, they teach you that the field treatment for a flail chest is a “bulky dressing,” but having never seen the condition in person, I was curious what kind of effect that actually has. I know that back in the day they used sandbags as the the tool of choice, but those didn’t do a whole lot of good and thus we graduated to a bulk of dressing taped to the chest. Physiologically, to me, it just seems like directly supporting the flail segment from above with plain tape would offer slightly more support against the pull of negative intrathoracic pressure as the patient inhales. I was just curious about Kelly’s take on the matter and if he has any advice since he’s probably seen a couple more than me in his time as a medic.
Jorge Romero
What do you guys think about the american heart association guidlines concerning the new CAB methed for cpr. compressions, airway and breathing instead of ABC starting with securing the airway and providing 2 rescue breaths. Doesnt it make sense to provide oxygen to the blood before
giving compressions

Great podcast! Kelly, back in the old days, before I was born, before you started EMT school what was it that made you want to go into EMS? Why did you choose to become a Paramedic and what do you love most about your job? I really like the fact that you and Ron take time to answer questions from the listeners. Keep up the good work!

2 thoughts on “Ep 43 Rescue”

  1. Loved the discussion this week! Thought I would add some relevant links…

    Sked http://www.skedco.com/product/detail/sk-200-or – never used one, but it would be a wonderful tool for dragging someone from the location of a remote rescue, through sand, mud or snow, too.

    Stokes Basket http://ehsgear.stores.yahoo.net/plasstrec.html – I used one extensively in the Army Reserve as a flight medic. We had the hoist system, and if expecting someone who needed to be supine, it was our tool of choice. If they were alert and oriented, we used what we called a “jungle penetrator” (http://www.cc.gatech.edu/~tpilsch/AirOps/sar-penetrator.html). Our mission was different in the Army than what a civilian medic is tasked with and there were other issues such as helicopter configuration and liability risks, so we had different tools.

    ITD/Impedence Threshhold Device http://www.advancedcirculatory.com/resqpod/product_overview.htm – Kelly’s description was incredible. Here’s what it looks like.

    Thanks again for all you guys do!


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