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Thinking: Pediatric respiratory distress

Dr. Joelle Donofrio-Odmann discusses diseases of the upper and lower airways


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After seeing Dr. Joelle Donofrio-Odmann’s talk in Prodigy EMS’ free Refresh program, I knew Medic Mindset listeners needed to hear from her. She is an associate professor of pediatrics and emergency medicine and an EMS associate medical director in San Diego.

In this episode of The Thinking Series, she shares her passion and expertise on the topic of pediatric respiratory distress. She covers how she uses the pediatric assessment triangle to stratify patients and how she thinks about the diseases of the upper and lower airways (and the ones that don’t fit neatly in either).

Other topics include epinephrine in anaphylaxis, ketamine in asthma, and bulb syringes for clearing secretions causing airway obstructions. Listeners also get to hear a cameo visit from Dr. Peter Antevy from the “In the Zone. The Antevy Zone” episode.


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The Medic Mindset podcast is created and hosted by Ginger Locke, BA, NRP. As an associate professor of EMS Professions at Austin (TX) Community College, she has immersed herself in the art and science of how medics think and perform. In interviews with medics and subject-matter experts, she thoughtfully explores the inner-workings of the minds of medics. Prior to becoming a paramedic, she studied social psychology at the University of Georgia and the University of Leicester, UK. Her professional endeavors revolve around the conviction that the most important and complicated tool in EMS in the brain of the medic.