Episode 30: Cardiac Arrest Cage Match

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This episode was actually recorded during a recent continuing education session that I hosted over at our shop. We welcomed a long time friend of the show, Dan O’Shaughnessey (who flew all of the way to Colorado from Indiana just to help!), our recently  featured friend, Tim Nowak, and my current medical director, Dr. Dylan Luyten. It was truly a breath of fresh air talking to these gentlemen about resuscitation. Thank you for all of the work that you have done in the EMS community!

Conversation and Follow Up

Even after the conversation ended, there were still quite a few medics that stuck around and discussed ways that EMS can improve locally, regionally, and universally. One of the main topics that came up was how to gain access to better tools; i.e. RSI for induction versus tools like Versed/Fentanyl combinations, etc. The main takeaway from this was to attempt to the best of your ability to master the skills you already have with the tools you currently possess. If you can make the lemonade out of the lemons you are given, then it is more likely that you will be trusted with more.

A quote that is oft attributed to Napoleon, but with not a lot of historical data to back that up, is quite appropriate, now. “Amateurs discuss tactics; professionals talk logistics.” We’ve used this quote before. We’ll probably use it again. It’s short, sweet, and to the point. I wholeheartedly admit that I am a clinical idealist. Yet, over the last few years, I have come to realize that EMS is moving too slowly to accommodate idealists; we have to find a way to make things work with the tools we are given, while trying to advocate for ongoing change. Don’t give up!