Autism and What EMS Needs to Know-Part 1 of 2

April 22nd, 2019

This week’s podcast will be a two parter!  Recently I was with the paramedic students at Arkansas State University and they requested a podcast on the EMS response to autism.  In response to their request, I’ve changed the format just a bit from that of a monologue to an interview.  My guests are Dustin Young, Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the Tillamook Family Counseling Corporation and Nick Watts, Community Paramedic with Tillamook County EMS.  In this weeks presentation the student will

  1. Learn what autism is
  2. How the autistic patient may present
  3. Learn what some of the telling rituals that the autistic patient may do.

Some resources that you might find helpful in learning more about autism include:

Auggies Hope-The idea of Auggie’s Hope is to advocate for Autism. A lot has changed in the past few years but their core belief of advocating for special needs has not. They have grown and continue to focus our mission training first responders on how to help a special needs family in crisis.

Autism Speaks-For people with autism, learning to interact with first responders is critical. On the other hand, it is just as essential for first responders to understand autism and be prepared to respond effectively and safely to situations that arise involving individuals on the spectrum.

Autism Society-Tips for First Responders-Great information for interactions between EMS and patients with autism. 

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Does My Patient Know What They’re Doing?

April 14th, 2019

In this episode of the Ten Minute Medic, we take a look at the ability of your patient to make competent decisions.  At the end of this podcast, the student will

1.  Understand the difference between competency and capacity

2.  Understand the legal ramifications of failing to recognize competency

3.  Understand the ASSET method of assessing competency.

In the podcast, I reference an article entitled, "EMS, Capacity and Competence".  That full article can be found at this link:


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April 8th, 2019

In this episode, the paramedic student will:

1.  Understand the pathophysiology behind the cellular immune response

2.  Be able to recognize the differences between anaphylaxis and a localized allergic reaction

3.  Understand the role of epinephrine and diphenhydramine in the treatment of anaphylaxis.

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Slaying the National Registry Test Dragon

March 27th, 2019

It's that time of the year when EMS students begin to sign up for their NREMT exams.  In this podcast, we take a look a couple of urban legends regarding the exam, how the exam is constructed and what you can do to give yourself that added edge when you are sitting in front of that computer in the testing center.

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TXA…Lifesaving Drug or Snake Oil?

March 22nd, 2019

In this episode of the Ten Minute Medic the listener will:

1.  understand the pathophysiology behind the development and destruction of clots after trauma;

2.  learn the findings of the CRASH 2 study regarding TXA administration;

3.  review one potential protocol for the administration of TXA.


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A Second Look At Diabetes

March 12th, 2019

 At the end of this podcast the paramedic student will:

1.  understand the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia

2.  understand the treatment of hypoglycemia

3.  be able to differentiate the different levels of hyperglycemia

4.  verbalize the treatment approaches for hyperglycemia

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Aren’t You Sweet! A Look At Diabetes Part 1 of 2

February 25th, 2019

Some forms of diabetes have been called a disease of lifestyle.  There is no doubt that, in western culture, it is increasing.  In this two part podcast we will :

1.  review the anatomy and physiology of the pancreatic system

2.  understand the role that insulin, glucose and glycogen play in homeostasis

Thanks for listening!

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Airway and the Trauma Patient Part 2 of 2

February 10th, 2019

In this final session of this two part podcast, the student will

1.  weigh the benefits versus the risks of moving from basic airway maneuvers to more advanced ones.

2.  understand the importance of adequate airway suctioning versus limiting it to 10-15 seconds.

3. be introduced to the concepts of rapid sequence intubation and drug assisted intubation.  The protocol established by the Kentucky Board of EMS will be used for this discussion.  Please refer to the EMS governing agency of your state for your particular regulation and protocol.  

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Airway and the Trauma Patient

February 3rd, 2019

The Ten Minute Medic takes a look at the airway of the trauma patient.  In this session, you will learn:

1.  the role of external and internal respiration.

2.  factors that influence alveolar and cellular gas exchange.

3.  the dangers of hyperventilation of your patient.

Next weeks podcast will continue the discussion of the airway of the trauma patient.  If you would like to have a topic covered, drop me a line at

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The Pathophysiology of Shock…Why a Blood Pressure Means Nothing!

January 27th, 2019

This is the second part of the Pathophysiology of Shock episode.  In this recording we'll look at:

1.  Why relying on a BP for indication of shock could be deadly for your patient,

2.  The three stages of shock and why you must be aggressive in its recognition and treatment and,

3.  How the movement of fluid in and out of the cells affects the hemostatic status of your patient. 

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