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In addition to its webinar series, WADEM launched a podcast series in 2018. 🎙️

WADEM · PDM Podcast #6 – FAST Performance in a Stationary versus In-Motion Military Ambulance…

Can vehicle motion impact prehospital ultrasound performance? A new study in PDM assesses clinician FAST performance in moving versus stationary field ambulances. Brian Aherns from the US Army joins the podcast series to discuss the article, “FAST Performance in a Stationary versus In-Motion Military Ambulance Utilizing Handheld Ultrasound: A Randomized Controlled Study.”

WADEM · PDM – Podcast #5 – Airway Clearance Using Suction Devices in Prehospital Combat Casualty Care…

WADEM was joined by Priya Jain, Forhad Akhter, Dr. Robert De Lorenzo, and Dr. Lyle Hood (photos arranged clockwise) to discuss their recent article from Prehospital and Disaster Medicine titled, “Airway Clearance Using Suction Devices in Prehospital Combat Casualty Care: A Systematic Review.”

Topics discussed in the podcast include the limited use of suction devices by combat medics in the field, the current state of portable suction units, innovation in the airway management space, and how improvements in portable suction devices could be beneficial in military and civilian settings.

WADEM · EMT Initiative, COVID-19, and Social Enterprise – Dr. Ian Norton

Dr. Ian Norton reflects on his time with the WHO EMT Initiative and recent experiences with COVID-19 including the Grand Princess and Ruby Princess cruise ships, aged care in Victoria, and public health messaging. He also elaborates on the role of social enterprise in the humanitarian space.

WADEM · Prehospital and Disaster Medicine Podcast #4 – Dr. Greg Ciottone and Dr. Michael Court

Dr. Greg Ciottone and Dr. Michael Court discuss their recent Guest Editorial in PDM, “Counter-Terrorism Medicine: Creating a Medical Initiative Mandated by Escalating Asymmetric Attacks,” including why now is the time to move this initiative forward and how counter-terrorism medicine fits within disaster medicine.

A full-text version of the article is available here –

WADEM · Prehospital and Disaster Medicine Podcast #3 – Dr. Hayley Dieckmann

Dr. Hayley Dieckmann discusses her recent article, “Current Operational Model for Veterinary Care in Large Animal Shelters During Disasters” from Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. This paper outlines best practices for veterinary care in evacuation shelters during disasters. As disasters become more frequent and pervasive worldwide, these conclusions will help streamline preparedness, response, and recovery of the animal component found in every disaster event.

The full-text version of the article is available at the following link –

WADEM · Prehospital and Disaster Medicine – Podcast #2 – Peter Delaney & Canaan Hancock

Peter Delaney and Canaan Hancock from LFR International discuss their recent article, “Developing a Lay First Responder Program in Chad: A 12-Month Follow-Up Evaluation of a Rural Prehospital Emergency Care Program” from Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. The full-text version of the article is available at the following link – Below is a brief summary:

A lay first responder program was established in Chad to investigate the efficacy of a trauma curriculum for laypeople and if these lay first responders might then be able to provide effective prehospital care for the injured. The researchers found that participants demonstrated significant knowledge gain and effectively provided emergency prehospital trauma care for the injured. Following up one year later with participants, they reported sustained voluntary involvement as lay first responders due to additional social and financial benefits they experienced, sustaining the intervention.

WADEM · Prehospital and Disaster Medicine – Podcast #1 – Dr. Casey Patrick

Dr. Casey Patrick discusses the article “Prehospital Efficacy and Adverse Events Associated with Bolus Dose Epinephrine in Hypotensive Patients During Ground-Based EMS Transport” from Prehospital and Disaster Medicine.” The full-text version of the article is available at the following link –

The utility and efficacy of bolus dose vasopressors in hemodynamically unstable patients is well-established in the fields of general anesthesia and obstetrics. However, in the prehospital setting, minimal evidence for bolus dose vasopressor use exists and is primarily limited to critical care transport use. Hypotensive episodes, whether traumatic, peri-intubation-related, or septic, increase patient mortality. The purpose of this study is to assess the efficacy and adverse events associated with prehospital bolus dose epinephrine use in non-cardiac arrest, hypotensive patients treated by a single, high-volume, ground-based Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agency.

In the second WADEM podcast recognizing WHO’s Year of the Nurse and the Midwife 2020, Prof. Ally Hutton discusses PPE, COVID-19, triage, and pandemic planning with Nyree Parker.

Nyree is a Clinical Nurse Specialist and Emergency Management and BCP Consultant at Peninsula Health in Victoria, Australia. Listen to this podcast and all our podcasts on WADEM’s SoundCloud page.

In recognition of the World Health Organization’s Year of the Nurse and the Midwife 2020, WADEM is launching a podcast series highlighting the work that nurses do around the world. In this podcast. Prof. Ally Hutton discusses nursing, communications, the Australian Bushfires, COVID-19, and leadership with Don Garlick.

A recent national survey of nearly 600 Australian doctors, nurses, and paramedics explored concerns about working on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic. Conducted by WADEM’S Associate Professor Erin Smith and colleague Dr. Brennen Mills from Edith Cowan University, results indicate that half of the frontline workers had difficulty accessing PPE and only 13% felt as safe working now as they did pre-pandemic. This podcast was recorded on 18 May 2020.

As the work on a COVID-19 vaccine continues, Prof. Jerome Hauer discusses vaccine development, Oxford Vaccine Group and Operation Warp Speed, and lessons for future infectious disease management.

Prof. Hauer is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Special Operations Medicine and a Visiting Professor at the Defence Academy of The United Kingdom/Cranfield University. The podcast was recorded on 8 May 2020.

In this podcast, WADEM President, Dr. Greg Ciottone talks with Dr. Richard Bakalar about the utilization and evolution of telehealth in the face of a global pandemic. Discussion topics include the history of telehealth, its role in providing a continuum of care, and use in the current COVID-19 pandemic and future crises. The podcast was recorded on 30 April 2020.

In the second podcast focused on the Italian experience with the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Michelangelo Bortolin discusses how SARS-CoV-2 spread throughout Italy, what the situation is now, and what the data can tell us. The podcast was recorded on 17 April 2020.

In this podcast, Dr. Luca Ragazzoni shares his perspectives on Italy’s experience with the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics discussed include primary care, PPE, triage, training, and education. The discussion was moderated by Oceania Chapter Chair, Joe Cuthbertson and recorded on 10 April 2020.

This podcast features a discussion on crisis leadership led by Greg Ciottone with Leonard Marcus, Richard Serino, and Eric McNulty from the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative – The conversation was recorded on 31 March 2020.

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Dr. Greg Ciottone has a conversation with Dr. Todd Benham, a clinical psychologist with extensive worldwide experience teaching and training personnel on the impacts of PTSD. Both the mental health of health care workers and the general public are discussed. This podcast was recorded on 24 March 2020.

Dr. Gregory Ciottone gives some perspective on the COV-19 pandemic impacting the world. The interview was conducted on 16 March 2020.

In this podcast, Oceania Chapter Chair Joe Cuthbertson chats with Professor Alison Hutton on mass gathering medicine and harm prevention and the role of the health care worker.

Oceania Chapter Chair, Joe Cuthbertson, interviews Dr. Penny Burns on the role of general practitioners in disasters; how general practice has been engaged in disaster management in Australia, Oceania, and internationally; and her journey researching primary health care in disasters.

Oceania Chapter Chair, Joe Cuthbertson, interviews Dr. Erin Smith from Edith Cowan University about her journey researching the psychosocial impacts of disaster.

Listen to Dr. Erin Smith’s interview with Prof. Frederick “Skip” Burkle and his reflections on the development of emergency public health and his thoughts on the future.

In this podcast, Dr. Jamie Ranse discusses the experiences of nurses who assist in an out-of-hospital environment following a disaster. In particular, he discusses this experience from a relationship perspective, focusing on relationships between colleagues, patients, and the nurses themselves.

Professor Tony Redmond talks about his experiences responding to the earthquake in Armenia 30 years ago in 1988. It is recognized that the scale of the earthquake and the following international response led to a wider recognition of the need for much better coordination of international assistance and a more focused targeting of aid based on identified needs.

In particular, three key UN initiatives were established as a direct result of Armenia: the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination Team (UNDAC), the International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG), and the On-site Operations Coordination Centre (OSOCC). These initiatives have led to the progressive development of international coordination that laid the grounds for the current WHO Emergency Medical Teams (EMT) initiative.

Knox Andress from the Louisiana Poison Center describes how Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – Shreveport physicians responded to medical needs of over 550 Hurricane “Harvey” evacuees, including children and the elderly, at the Jewella Critical Transportation Needs Shelter (CTNS) in Shreveport, Louisiana between 31 August and 6 September 2017.

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