Top 12 can’t-miss EMS podcasts from '21

Hosts Cebollero, Grayson, Lawrence, Antevy and more address the year’s hot topics and clinical challenges


EMS1’s host of podcasts has grown to include a diverse mix of clinical education, case studies, operational strategies and analysis of the hot topics and news stories that impact the way EMS care will be delivered in the future.

The EMS1 collection of podcasts includes:

  • Inside EMS. EMS1 Editorial Advisory Board Member hosts Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson have provided their expert perspectives on hot topics and clinical issues, as well as operational and leadership lessons for EMS personnel in more than 500 episodes with over 1.5M listens over 7 years.
  • EMS One-Stop With Rob Lawrence. EMS1 Editorial Advisory Board Member Rob Lawrence provides takeaways from industry news and events, and tackles the challenges that face today's EMS leadership.
  • The MCHD Paramedic Podcast. Montgomery County Hospital District EMS Medical Directors Dr. Robert Dickson and Dr. Casey Patrick launched this podcast in 2018 to provide easily consumable core-content EMS education and insights from prehospital care thought leaders. 
  • Reel Emergency Vodcast. Drs. Peter Antevy, Mark Piehl and David Spiro present an interactive vodcast discussing the latest data and best practices in emergency and critical care medicine illustrated by actual patient video.
  • The Ultimate Leadership Podcast. Best-selling author, motivational speaker and executive coach Chris Cebollero tackles successes, challenges, mistakes and failures, while discussing organizational challenges and best practices with his expert guests.
  • Medic Mindset. Ginger Locke, BA, NRP, associate professor of EMS Professions at Austin (Texas) Community College, hosts a series of interviews with EMS subject-matter experts on the art and science of how medics think and perform.
  • American Ambulance EMS Podcast. American Ambulance's Medical Director, Dr. Danielle Campagne, along with her UCSF-Fresno colleagues, Drs. Patil Armenian and Saajan Bhakta, serve up practical, pertinent and evidence-based topics.
  • The EMS Educator. Hilary Gates, MAEd, NRP; and Rob Lawrence with Prodigy EMS present relevant, high-quality discussions around the best practices in EMS education.

Following is a selection of the top episodes of the year. Check them out, and sign up to receive weekly episodes delivered to your inbox.

1. DANGEROUS ASSUMPTIONS

In this episode of Inside EMS, cohosts Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson discuss the death of firefighter trainee Peyton Morse. Morse, 21, was a firefighter recruit in training at the New York State Academy of Fire Science. His calls for help, “Help me. I can’t breathe,” during an SCBA evolution, reportedly went unheeded until he was unresponsive. His death is now the subject of an investigation.

“When people say ‘I can’t breathe,’ or ‘I’m going to die,’ you’ve got to believe them,” Cebollero stresses.

Read more: “Respond to ‘I can’t breathe' like it’s a mayday – because it is.”

2. THE COST OF RECRUITMENT VS. THE BUDGET FOR RETENTION

In this episode of EMS One-Stop With Rob Lawrence, Rob welcomes guest Scott Moore of Moore EMS Consulting and HR consultant to the American Ambulance Association. Rob and Scott discuss the results of the third annual American Ambulance Association (AAA)/Newton 360 Ambulance Industry Employee Turnover Study.

The Turnover Study findings reveal the cost of replacing EMS providers and that a third of recruited EMS workers move on in the first year.

Rob and Scott discuss how to retain staff throughout the first year and the value of an exit interview versus a retention interview for those who are not leaving.

Read more: Turnover, We have measured it, but can we measure it?

3. KETAMINE AND EMS: EDUCATING THE PUBLIC AND OURSELVES

EMS’s use of ketamine for behavioral emergencies continues to rile up the media and elected officials. Why?

How should EMS educate the public and our providers to ensure the best care for our patients?

In this episode of The EMS Educator podcast, our hosts, Hilary Gates, MAEd, NRP; and Rob Lawrence interview data gurus Drs. Remle Crowe and Brent Myers, who published extensive findings on ketamine use by EMS.

Learn more: Understanding prehospital ketamine: Dosing to drawbacks

4. ‘POLITICS WON OUT OVER EMS BEING ABLE TO DO THEIR JOB’

In this episode of Inside EMS, cohost Chris Cebollero is joined by NAEMT President, Chief Bruce Evans, MPA, CFO, SEMSO, NRP. The duo discuss the indictment of paramedics Jeremy Cooper and Peter Cichuniec in the death of Elijah McClain, and what the ketamine-related charges mean for EMS.

Read more: Legal analysis: What the paramedic criminal charges in the Elijah McClain case mean for EMS

5. TODDLER WITH ALTERED MENTAL STATUS

What should we consider for differential diagnoses and key interventions for this provider-captured EMS video of a 19-month-old with altered mental status?

Join Drs. Peter Antevy, Mark Piehl and David Spiro as they evaluate the case in this episode of Reel Emergency Vodcast.

Listen for more: Serial killers: Altered mental status

6. TAKING A STAND: CALLING OUT UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR BY A COLLEAGUE ON DUTY

In this episode of Inside EMS, co-hosts Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson discuss a Dallas paramedic caught on video allegedly assaulting a homeless man. Dallas Fire-Rescue Paramedic Brad Cox was put on administrative leave after a video showing him kicking a homeless man several times in the head became public.

Watch for more: Video shows Dallas paramedic kicking homeless man several times in the head

7. RETHINKING LIFT-ASSIST CALLS WITH MAIA DORSETT

In this episode of The Medic Mindset Podcast, our host, Ginger Locke, is joined by Maia Dorsett, MD, PHD, to discuss why lift-assist calls require comprehensive assessments.

Dr. Dorsett is an EM and EMS physician at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She completed her EMS Fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. Her primary interests are EMS education and quality improvement initiatives aimed at encouraging patient-centered care, both outside and inside the hospital.

Together, they cover topics like the potential harms in transport, clinical reasoning and cognitive biases that may play a part in lift-assist calls.

Learn more: Geriatric slips, trips and falls: 3 assessment considerations

8. THE REALITIES, CHALLENGES AND FUNDING OF RURAL EMS

In this episode of EMS One-Stop With Rob Lawrence, Rob is joined by Justin Grohs, manager at Great Falls Emergency Services, Montana. Grohs also serves the American Ambulance Association as chair of the Rural Task Force.

Together, they discuss the realities, challenges and funding of rural EMS, where staffing and financial stressors have been further exacerbated by the pandemic.

Read more: ‘Even not-for-profit doesn’t mean all-for-free’

9. HOW NOT TO CHART: 6 CHARTING PITFALLS

Charting is one of the more neglected skills from an EMS educational emphasis standpoint. As a result, what the medical director ends up reading during chart review is often wildly variable. In this episode of the MCHD Paramedic Podcast, MCHD Medical Director Dr. Casey Patrick discusses his charting pet peeves, pitfalls to avoid and some tips on improving your ePCR narratives, including the best way to catch errors.

Learn more: Improving performance through ePCR documentation (eBook)

10. FIRST, DO NO HARM: WITH THE VENT

In this episode of the MCHD Paramedic Podcast, MCHD Medical Directors Dr. Robert Dickson and Dr. Casey Patrick as walk through some ventilator basics and simple tips to “First, do no harm” when managing and troubleshooting an EMS patient placed on the ventilator.

Our cohosts discuss why mechanical ventilation is risky, the things we can control, can’t miss ventilator problems and five ways to protect the patient from harm during mechanical ventilation.

Learn more: On-Demand Webinar: Plan C: Navigating the difficult airway

11. 5 TIPS FOR DEVELOPING A HEALTHIER YOU

In this episode of the Ultimate Leadership Podcast, host Chris Cebollero is joined by Dr. Nick Barnes about developing a nighttime routine, clean eating, the power of movement and how hydration aids the body in cell nutrition. Get insight into how to become the best version of yourself by listening in.

Learn more: EMS resilience: backing a culture of wellness

12. TIME IS TISSUE: EMS MANAGEMENT OF AMPUTATION

Special guest cohost Dr. Steffani Campbell and Paramedic Ian Ashby join the American Ambulance EMS Podcast to discuss amputations and the importance of early tourniquet use. Listen to the evidence behind the use of tourniquets and hear a lively discussion on how to treat digit amputations. 

Learn more: Training Day: Chest seals, tourniquets and trauma dressings

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