The Perils of Backboard Use

In this episode Dr. Dave Evans from The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center joined us to talk about the prehospital use of backboards.

This August, the Central Ohio Trauma System released guidelines addressing proper spine precautions.  The recommendation from this document is that backboards should be “used judiciously and are recommended only for extrication purposes.”

Dr. Evans explains that there is no evidence based literature that would support the use of backboards.  In fact, the use of backboards can be detrimental to your patient.  Please keep in mind that we are only talking about backboards.  Cervical collars are still important and are required to properly care for patients that have sustained a potential cervical spine injury.  

Central Ohio Trauma System Spine Precaution Guidelines for Pre-Hospital Providers 

Thank you for listening and have a Merry Christmas!!!!

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A Farewell Interview with MedFlight CEO/President Rod Crane

Rod Crane joined us to announce some bittersweet news.  We discussed some of the changes that he has seen take place in the healthcare and areomedical fields.  He also talked about where he believes these fields will go in the future and some of the challenges that might be faced.  Rod also had a message for those who work in healthcare, aeromedicine, and public safety.

Thank you Rod for all of your hard work and support through the years.  You will be missed and you are always welcome on MedFlight Radio!!!!!!

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Pharmacology Review Series – Adenosine

This is the first episode of a review series we will be bringing you that will cover those medications that you would find in most EMS/critical care protocols.  The primary idea behind this series is to give a quick refresher on these medications that you can immediately turn around and apply to your clinical practice.  Let us know what you think!!

Also this is the beginning of a programming schedule where we release a new episode every week.  Our goal is that these new episodes will come out every Thursday.

Stay safe and we will talk to you next week!

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Pediatric Case Studies Continuing Education Series
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In this episode we are bringing you a great pediatric CE opportunity.  We have included you 4 case studies from Dr. Ann Dietrich as well as an article dealing with pediatric anaphylaxis.  Once you have listened to the case studies and reviewed the article please go to the link below to complete a short quiz and earn 1 hour of continuing education credit.  Its that easy!!!

The topics covered are:

  • Anaphylaxis
  • Neonatal Seizures
  • VP Shunt Dysfunction
  • Abdominal Trauma

Pediatric Anaphylaxis Article

Follow this link to take the quiz and earn 1 CE!

We are also planning on doing a “live video podcast” using Google Hangouts.  If you have a webcam and microphone and would like to participate as a panel member or just chat with us during the episode, let us know by leaving a comment at or sending us an email at

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Management-Medical Transport Leadership Institute

In this episode we are bringing you an interview that we did at the AAMS Medical Transport Leadership Institute.  We originally went to the institute as guests to network and conduct interviews.  While there, we sat in on a couple of the lectures and we were very impressed with not only the subject matter but also the instructors.

We were also honored to have a discussion with Denise Landis and Ed Marasco to briefly discuss what the program is all about and how it relates to some of the challenges that managers face today.

If you are possibly interested in the program please follow the link below to review the schedule, subjects covered, and other pertinent info.

MTLI Undergraduate Program

There is also scholarships available and applications are due by Friday, Dec. 12, 2014.

Apply here: Medevac Foundation MTLI Scholarships

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Flying AED’s – Pediatric Trauma Casualty Care – Pediatric Case Study

Happy Halloween!!!!

In this episode, we discuss a flying AED prototype that has been designed in the Netherlands. See the article here.

We also highlight the Pediatric Appendix to the “Tactical Emergency Casualty Care Guidelines”.  You can view the draft document here.

Finally, by popular demand we bring you another pediatric case study from Dr. Ann Dietrich.

Watch for future pediatric CE opportunities, and thanks for listening.


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An Ebola Update & Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy

TCIn this episode, we talk about some of the latest news with the Ebola virus.  Following that, listen to a short case study on an illness sometimes called “Broken Heart Syndrome”.

Leave your questions or comments below.  Thanks for tuning in!!




Takotsubo Resources

American Heart Association- Circulation Article

US Library of Medicine

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Honoring Those Who Have Died In The Line of Duty

We take this opportunity to honor those who have died in the line of duty serving their community as well as their country.  Whether in the fire service, EMS, law enforcement, or in the military, THANK YOU for what you do! NEVER FORGET!


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Dealing with Ebola – The Enterovirus – Pediatric Case Study

MedFlight’s Exposure Control Liaison, Karen Swecker, joined us on the show to talk about the latest information available on the Ebola virus. We discussed the current recomendations from the CDC on BSI precautions, how to disinfect, and what symptoms you should watch out for.  We also talked about the Enterovirus (EV-D86) and what to watch out for.

To wrap up this episode we are bringing you another short pediatric case study from Dr. Ann Dietrich.

Please let us know what you think of the show and be sure to include any recommendations for future episodes.  We love to hear from YOU!!

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Aviation Safety with Randy and Kaye Mains

We were honored to have Randy and Kaye Mains join us on the program.  Randy is the author of 4 books dealing with aviation safety and crew resource management.  He has been an advocate for aviation safety for over 20 years.

In this episode, Randy and Kaye talked about their journey through the years and where they see aviation safety going in the future.

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