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Inside EMS Podcast: Why we should take EMS Week off; nasal cannulas for intubation

Hosts Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson also discuss the differences and similarities of EMS in London

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In this week's Inside EMS podcast, hosts Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson discuss why we do EMS Week backwards.

"We spend one week each year advocating our profession and trying to get the word out about EMS," Kelly said. What we should do is be advocates for EMS and professionalism the other 51 weeks of the year and take EMS Week off. Take a break. If you're off, you're off. If not, we'll try to treat you better and dial it down a notch for EMS week."

Chris and Kelly debate the use of nasal cannulas in preoxygenation for intubation in their clinical issue segment.

"After all of these years, are we really in an evidence-based medicine practice?" Chris asks. "We used to go into the nursing homes and rip them, because they had nasal cannulas on these people and they had them turned up to 15 liters. We were making fun of them and saying how stupid they were. In actuality, they were doing it right!"

They also interview international correspondent Rob Lawrence, Chief Operating Officer for the Richmond Ambulance Authority, to discuss the differences and similarities of EMS in London. 

If you have any topics or items you would like to hear discussed on Inside EMS, let us know in the comment section below. 

Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:

EMS Week celebrates 40 years of service

Beyond EMS Week: Advocating your profession all year

Former Tenn. EMT indicted for stealing drugs from ambulance

NYC slams brakes on problem-plagued 911 overhaul

Tenn. county considers paying company to collect ambulance bills

Detroit study: 77 percent of frequent ED patients are addicts

Apneic oxygenation: Everything you know is wrong

Excellence in EMS: Have we done our best?

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