Pre Flight – Not just for Aviation

In this episode we discuss an article published in the winter 2015 Edition of Vertical 911 magazine.  The authors (Iain Holmes and Debra Milliner) discuss the importance of a thorough pre flight.  This article is the first of a series aimed at those looking to make a move into helicopter emergency medical services.  However, this information has an application in any public safety discipline.

Please check out this video which gives the viewer a glimpse of the Commlab at the Helicopter Flight Training Center.  This training facility is one of its kind and provides an unprecedented training experience.  You can find out more about the Helicopter Flight Training Center in this interview with Terry Palmer.

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Pediatric Journal Club-Traumatic Arrest, Pediatric Assessment Triangle, Safety in Prehospital Patient Care

It this episode we are bringing you another journal club discussion from Dr. Ann Dietrich.  For this discussion we are looking at three studies released in 2014.

Please help us by telling your friends and collegues about MedFlight Radio!  As always stay safe and stay in touch!

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Pharmacology Review Series – Atropine
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In this episode we review why we use Atropine and how it works.  Let us know if you have any questions or suggestions.  Stay Safe!!

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Dr Dietrich’s Journal Club-Asthmatic Pediatric Patients
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Ohio EMS Chiefs Association – Who? What? When? Where? Why?
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In this episode we introduce you to a new member of the MedFlight family.  Maggie Standley recently joined the HR department as an intern.  Welcome Maggie!!

Additionally, we are bringing you a discussion Amanda had with representatives of the Ohio EMS Chiefs Association.

She was joined by:

  • Chief Mike Schulling – Delaware County EMS
  • Chief Rich Callebs – Athens County EMS
  • Chief Anita Stechschulte – Putnam County EMS

They discussed how EMS is unique in Ohio and the purpose of the OEMSCA.  If you have questions about the organization, please contact them at

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Pharmacology Review Series-Amiodarone
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In this episode we are continuing our pharmacology review series by looking at Amiodarone.  We discuss indications, contraindications, side affects and dosing.  Let us know if this is helpful and give us any other suggestions you might have.  Thanks for listening!!

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Dr. Dietrich’s Journal Club-EMS-Ped Trauma Center Patient Outcomes
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Welcome to the 1st episode of 2015!!!

In this episode Dr. Dietrich covers a study that was published in August 2014.  The study looks at EMS identifying a trauma patient and how the pediatric trauma center prepares for and treats those patients.

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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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