Fentanyl fever and MIH opiate interventions
Separating fact from fiction on the opioid crisis, fentanyl and its derivatives, and community paramedicine initiatives
Fears and hysteria are running rampant throughout prehospital care regarding the risks of confronting and caring for patients possessing and using fentanyl.
In Fentanyl Fever, Dr. Jerry Snow, a medical toxicologist and emergency medicine physician from Phoenix joins the MCHD Paramedic Podcast for an interesting discussion about the opiate crisis facing America today, with specific emphasis on fentanyl and its derivatives.
We discuss EMS and first responder exposure risks, and preventative measures along with patient care pearls when treating patients suffering from a fentanyl overdose.
If you’re a fan of “mythbusting” and separating fact from fiction, this episode is for you. Sensationalism drives profit but good solid science drives patient care.
Central Indiana has been one of the epicenters for the growing opiate epidemic. Dr. Dan O’Donnell, medical director for Indianapolis EMS, joins The MCHD Paramedic Podcast to discuss the novel approach, utilizing community paramedicine, that IEMS has taken to combat this devastating public health crisis in MIH Opiate Interventions.
There is no single focus or quick change that any EMS or public health service can take to attempt to solve the opiate crisis.
As Dr. O’Donnell will explain, success will involve a multidisciplinary approach that will undoubtedly involve EMS in order to meet patients at their most vulnerable and then support them through recovery.
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