Heavy Lies the Helmet
Summary: Heavy Lies the Helmet, LLC is an education company comprised of industry leaders still actively working in the fields of pre-hospital critical care and search and rescue. Through an IA MED partnership, we are an accredited podcast and blog that openly discusses the world of resuscitation and aviation. We highlight caring for critically ill and injured patients in addition to the controversies surrounding their management. Though tailored to the transport environment, our information is applicable to any intrahospital discipline working in an emergency or intensive care setting. We utilize the most recent evidence to provide applicable and accurate education that can assist in improving individual clinical practice and overall program operations. We offer continuing education units to any listener and/or reader interested in obtaining credit for their progressive learning experience.
Titrating intravenous drips is a source of contention for many providers. This is, in part, due to a wide range of approaches depending on the patient's condition. But what does the literature say regarding this topic? In this podcast episode, we are joined by our CMO and After the Call host, Jordan White, to discuss appropriate titration of vasopressors, inotropes, and chronotropes from a first-line perspective.
With the rising number of COVID-19 patients, many of our listeners have requested additional information regarding transporting patients in the prone position. Despite refractory hypoxemia, many of these patients are benefiting from the prone position. Based on Episode 17 of the podcast, we updated our information in presentation-form. The following is a live recording of our talk being given at AMTC19.
Recently, Bryan was asked to present at a local EMS conference. The majority of the audience was ground personnel and student nurses, so he decided to present the why and how of measuring waveform capnography. EtCO2 truly should be the 5th vital sign, so we hope you appreciate this recording.
Due to a recent outbreak, influenza and COVID-19 have been in the forefront of people's minds. Influenza, in particular, continues to affect all age groups despite it being late in the typical season. In this podcast episode, we discuss the entire course of this disease process; from positive nasopharyngeal swab to downstream ARDS and the complex ventilator management associated with refractory hypoxemia.
In this podcast episode, we are joined by Dr. Deep Sharma, Interventional Pulmonologist, to answer listener questions in a rapid fire format. We cover everything from modes of ventilation to respiratory decompensation to snorting sugar dust. You asked. He answers.
Proper fluid management in burns is critical to survival. But what happens when we administer too little or too much fluid therapy? In this podcast episode, we are joined by Chris Stevenson to discuss epidemiology and appropriate resuscitation for the prehospital provider. Our discussion includes an assessment of past and current formularies and what you should be using.
Suction-assisted laryngoscopy and airway decontamination (SALAD) was created to assist with the decontamination of a massively soiled airway. We sit down with flight nurse, researcher, and lead author Matt Jensen to discuss this technique and his most recent Air Medical Journal study aimed at investigating its usefulness in training prehospital emergency providers to improve their ability to intubate a contaminated airway.
The Annual Sim Cup at AMTC is a prestigious event that gathers flight clinicians from all over the world to compete. Jason Peng (ED and Flight NP) and Ellen Parsley (Flight Nurse) of University of Cincinnati Air Care joined forces and took home the 1st place trophy at AMTC19. We use this opportunity to sit down with them and discuss their experience, the preparation leading up to their participation, and their approach to the various scenarios that ultimately lead to success.
RSI, chemical restraint, or physical restraint? In this podcast episode, we are joined by ED and Flight Nurse Nyssa Hattaway at AMTC19 to discuss medical management and aircraft safety considerations surrounding the patient with acute agitation, excited delirium, and/or drug-induced psychosis. We also touch on Droperidol; an old drug that is finding its way back into the Pyxis and hearts of emergency providers everywhere.
Making her second debut on the podcast, Dr. Cynthia Griffin joins us at AMTC19 to discuss the utility of ultrasound/POCUS. Cynthia presented on this topic and highlighted its indication when following your XABC's (Hemorrhage, Airway, Breathing, Circulation) exam. Are you currently using ultrasound in your practice? If not, are you actively trying to convince your medical director to implement it? If so, you don't want to miss this episode!
As an air medical provider, our bread and butter is interfacility transports. Whether at the referring or receiving facility, we deal with Intensivists on a regular basis. What are their expectations? How can we provide the best care for our ICU level patients while simultaneously pleasing the facility staff? Our resident nocturnal Intensivist, Dan Rauh, leads a discussion in this podcast episode regarding 10 random things that your Intensivist wants you to know when caring for their patients.
The title says it all. We hope you will join us. *Standby for more information regarding this unique opportunity to expand your knowledge.
In our final Guatemala Educational Aircrew Retreat (GEAR) 2019 podcast episode, we summarize the overall experience. What do Black Wolf Special Helicopter Operations, RED MED, and HeliSOS Servicios Medicos mean? Where do Chris Sharpe and Chris Gibson come from? What is their motivation behind this training? And how can you experience firsthand what we've been through? Through blood, sweat, and tears.
In this 2-part podcast episode, we are again joined by survival experts Chris “Gibbo” Gibson and Jimmy “Jungle” McSparron to discuss the concept of tacticool. This common expression is regularly featured on social media when individuals inquire about various gear options for one’s person. We discuss the dangerous mindset surrounding this toxic ideal, highlighting the importance of factual preparedness. If you’re new or old to the industry, this episode is our reply.
With kick off our Guatemala Educational Aircrew Retreat (GEAR 2019) series with an open forum. Located at Guatemala's aviation training center, we sat in a mock airplane, pulled out the lapel mics, and decided to discuss the broad topic of survival. The morning after our jungle excursion inspired a multitude of discussions ranging from fire to survival gear to everything in between.