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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The Pathophysiology of Shock…Out of Sight, Out of Mind?

January 23rd, 2019

This week and next week the Ten Minute Medic will cover the workings of the body in shock and why this topic is probably the most important lecture you will cover in your paramedic class.  This is a two part episode. 

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What the Paramedic Student Needs to Know about Gunshot Wounds and Crime Scene Management

January 13th, 2019

The rules of engagement for active shooting scenes have changed.  No longer can EMS sit back until the "scene is secure".  In this podcast, we will review the kinematics of gunshot wounds that will enable you to better assess, recognize and treat your gunshot patient. 

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Metabolic Acidosis and Alkalosis and Your Patient

January 7th, 2019

We come to the end of our series on acid base balance with a look at metabolic acidosis and alkalosis.  In this podcast you will learn:

1.  The most common cause of metabolic acidosis

2.  Why the administration of sodium bicarbonate for your patient in metabolic acidosis may be deadly

3.  A summary of pathophysiology pearls to remember when addressing acid base issues.

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When Your Patient Is Breathing Too Fast: Respiratory Alkalosis

December 23rd, 2018

For your patient, there is, probably, no more frightening sensation than that of not being able to breathe.  This is never more true than in the patient who is in respiratory alkalosis.  In this podcast we look at:

1.  What respiratory alkalosis is.

2.  The pathophysiology behind it.

3.  The best way to treat, and not treat, your patient.

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The Paramedic Students Guide To Respiratory Acidosis

December 16th, 2018

Respiratory acidosis is commonly seen in the pre-hospital patient.  In this episode, we take a look at the pathophysiology and treatment approach of this frequently encountered condition. 

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What Bacon Chili Cheese Fries Have To Do With Medicine!

December 2nd, 2018

We've all been there!  What do you do after that massive chili cheese burger?  You reach for an antacid!  In this episode, we take a look at the mechanisms that the body uses to help maintain a homeostatic pH so that we live the best life.  This also introduces a four part series in which we will take a look at each of the syndromes that occur when acid-base balance gets out of kilter. 

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