By Dan Limmer

Two podcasts and a research paper make this week’s list. Eastern Kentucky University has a powerhouse faculty and alumni base who we see flex their muscle a bit this week. The research paper was an interesting angle on medics and ROSC: If a medic works codes regularly, the patient has a greater chance of ROSC. As always, we would love to hear your comments:

1) Ten Minute Medic

Bill Young is a good friend, a talented and passionate man, and quickly headed to a “grandfather of modern EMS” status (sorry Bill). This is his first podcast but one that is worth watching. The 10-minute concept matches both our busy lifestyles and our notoriously short attention span. Keep an eye on this one.

2) Curbside to Bedside

Another first podcast makes the list this week. I love the curbside to bedside name. The notes to accompany the recording on the web pages provided an excellent review. It should also be noted that the influence of Eastern Kentucky University continues with this podcast from an alum and a current student.

3) Paramedic Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Case Volume Is a Predictor of Return of Spontaneous Circulation

The discussion (debate?) about having too many medics and not enough skills received some fodder from a study by Tuttle and Hubble who studied whether the number of codes a medic has worked is a predictor of potential ROSC. They believe it is. This is difficult to study because of so many factors being intertwined in a code. There were a sizable number of patients and some accounting for factors such as bystander CPR, presenting rhythm and response time. This pegged the “interesting” meter and made it to this week’s list.

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