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CotW #4: The Mysterious Swelling Dude

This week’s case of the week is another good one. Les presents this case for your review. Just a boring ole’ allergic reaction….  Please comment below!  You make us sad when you don’t talk to us… An ALS ambulance was dispatched with a BLS fire engine to a local residence for an allergic reaction call […]

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Ketamine – An EMS Wonder Drug?

Ketamine has had a place in medicine for years. But it hasn’t been a fixture in the EMS drug box until recently. Today’s Sunday topic is a primer on ketamine.    Intro: I remember the first time I heard that my new service used Ketamine. It was quite the adjustment…before I had moved we pretty […]

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Failure to Train is Training to Fail

Do you work in an atmosphere that demands high performance? Do you train enough to be at the top of your profession? No? Well….it’s probably not your fault.  I remember the feeling of being a young EMT. It was exciting. Every call was a new adventure. Each time I applied a new skill or utilized […]

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CotW #3 – “Pop Quiz Hotshot!”

Here is the third installment of our case of the week. This week we’re going to do something different. I’ll present three patients and some pertinent info. You tell me what your differential/field diagnosis thoughts are and what treatment options you might pursue with these patients. (Yes… in the real world you would have more information at […]

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So You Want to be a SWAT Medic?

As admin of this goat rodeo, I’m excited to present a new series. Weekly, Ryan will be talking about some EMS special operations stuff. A topic near and dear to him as a SWAT and bomb squad medic. I’ve known Ryan for years and I can assure you there isn’t anyone out there with a […]

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Episode 1 – Basics of the Vent #1

Welcome back! Today we’re going to talk, literally talk, about some basic concepts of mechanical ventilation. This is the first of many vent discussions we’ll have. A very complex topic indeed. First ever podcast on DitchMedics.com. Hope you enjoy it and maybe learn something. What we discuss: While vents may not be an everyday thing […]

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EMS Warrior

What is a warrior? Ask that question of anyone and you’ll probably get a similar answer. They’ll describe to you a fighter or a soldier. Someone who engages in some sort of combat. And while, it’s true, many warriors do find themselves in the business of fighting. I propose to you that it’s not action […]

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Case of the Week #2

EMS Case of the Week: These stories have been pulled from the annals of EMS lore. Likely each of these cases is an amalgam of many calls and many patients. But there are lessons to be learned from each story, that’s for sure. Review what the crew did. What would you have done differently? Maybe […]

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Sepsis – Prehospital Considerations

Granny from the nursing home isn’t feeling well. She’s had a cough for a couple of weeks and finally went to the doctor a few days ago. He gave her something for the cough, “something-cillin” she says. But it just isn’t helping her. Now she has a fever, her breathing is a little rapid, and […]

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Case of the Week # 1

Starting this week we’ll present an EMS “Case of the Week.” These stories have been pulled from the annals of EMS lore. Likely each of these cases is an amalgam of many calls and many patients. But there are lessons to be learned from each story, that’s for sure. Review what the crew did. What […]

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