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The paramedic world is like finishing school. You have already achieved so much, but still young and full of potential. The pre-hospital world is a big one. We are just four blokes trying to make sense of it. Free radicals is about sharing our love of this world, through education, ramblings and debate. Join the team and their guests as we look at the present, contemplate the future, and examine the controversy.
 
Welcome to ‘The Student Paramedic Podcast’, a podcast made by students for students. This podcast will provide an opportunity for students, graduates, or anyone interested in becoming a paramedic to hear the first hand accounts from the professionals about where the profession can take you, student accounts of what they wish they knew starting out, the transition from school to university, classroom to on-road and student to graduate. We will also be getting the experts on, who will be able ...
 
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Aaron and Scott sit down with a very special guest, Sunny Whitfield. Sunny shows us how paramedicine can take you to places you never thought possible. From Nepal, to the south pacific and even Mars. Making a difference doesn't mean you have to work for an state ambulance service and that any idea can grow, as long as you have a pen and a napkin.…
 
Welcome back to another episode of 'The Student Paramedic Podcast'. Today we chat to Aaron from the Free Radicals Paramedic Podcast to chat about study tips. In particular, figuring out what type of learner you are, how to create your notes, how to retain information, how to make the most out of your study and how to use your time efficiently. DISC…
 
Welcome back to another episode of 'The Student Paramedic Podcast'. This week we are chatting to Megan, Matt and Carleine who are current paramedic students who also happen to be mature age students. Matt, a first year student, asks Megan and Carleine who are in their final couple of years about their experiences. We hope you enjoy. DISCLAIMER: The…
 
Welcome back to another episode of 'The Student Paramedic Podcast'. This week we chat to Ben Meadley, a MICA flight paramedic in Victoria. He is currently undertaking his PhD on the cardiometabolic effects of paramedics. We have a chat about his research, how students and graduates can get into research and the importance of it on progressing the p…
 
Welcome back to another episode of 'The Student Paramedic Podcast'. Today we chat to Dr. Andrew Tagg, a paediatric and adult emergency consultant in Victoria about the approach to the paediatric patient. We discuss both the emotional challenges and clinical approaches to the paediatric patient in the pre-hospital environment. Andrew is the co-found…
 
Welcome back to another episode of 'The Student Paramedic Podcast'. This week we chat to Jo Stephens about working as a rural paramedic, as a lecturer and so much more! Hope you enjoy this episode! DISCLAIMER: All of the opinions of each of the individuals on 'The Student Paramedic Podcast' are their own. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy inf…
 
Welcome back to another episode of 'The Student Paramedic Podcast'. This week we have a chat to Tammie Bullard, the author of 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Paramedic'. We talk about all things attitude, ego, patient care, qualities that make up good paramedics and her new book for students. This is a must listen! https://www.gbuparamedic.com/ DIS…
 
Hey team! Welcome back to another episode of 'The Student Paramedic Podcast'. This week we chat to Nick about his experience going from the ADF to studying paramedicine, how to get the most out of the degree and build your experience as well as his student experience. DISCLAIMER: The opinions of each individual on 'The Student Paramedic Podcast' ar…
 
Hey team, Welcome back to another episode! This week, we have a chat to Todd Wehr. Todd is the director of The QAS staff support program Priority One. He has been a firefighter and paramedic as well as completing his psychology degree. We have a chat about PTSD, PTG (post traumatic growth), how to build good habits as a student and so much more. We…
 
Hey team! Welcome back to another episode of 'The Student Paramedic Podcast'. This week we have a chat to Tianna Camilleri, both a registered paramedic and a registered nurse. We have a chat about the dual degree, how to work as both, what her experience was like doing the degree as well as what it is like to do both and the different perspectives …
 
Welcome back to another episode team! Today, we have a chat to Georgia Mitchell about her experience as a graduate and newly qualified paramedic. She is incredibly candid about her experience on her Instagram page @lifeofaparamedic and shares insight into trying to balance physical wellbeing, mental wellbeing, study, sleep and shift work! Hope you …
 
Hey team, welcome back to another episode! Today we chat to Matt Cannon, CEO of the St John Ambulance Service in PNG. We discuss what it is like to work in PNG, how to tailor pre-hospital health care to the needs of the PNG community and chat about the benefits of volunteering over in another country. DISCLAIMER: all of the opinions of each inidivi…
 
After 15 years working in Australia, Scott and his family recently took on the challenge of a career and life in Vanuatu. Today Scott shares with us his experiences of working in such a difference system and country. If you have ever thought about taking your craft overseas, then this is the episode for you.…
 
Welcome back to 'The Student Paramedic Podcast'. Today, we are having a chat to Simone about eating well during shift work and during study. Simone was the former President of Sports Dietitans Australia and is a Senior Dietetics Advisor for Dietitans Australia. She has worked with Cricket Australia, Melbourne Storm, the Hawthorne AFL club and so ma…
 
We are incredibly excited about this episode. Nick, Hayden and Aaron from 'The Free Radicals Paramedic Podcast' join us in this episode to have a chat about advice to students, how they can put their best foot forward, attitude on placements and towards the job as well as how to maintain wellbeing. Make sure you check out their podcast as they have…
 
Welcome back to another episode of 'The Student Paramedic Podcast'. This episode is apart of our 'wellness series'. Today we are having a chat to Brooke and Ray from 'Emergency Fit' about staying healthy and exercising during shift work. Brooke is a paramedic and Ray is a strength and conditioning coach. Together, they created 'Emergency Fit' for e…
 
This is a nice short but interesting episode, packed full with information about what our experiences were for our first placements and the learnings we are taking into the next. As everyone is busy during the end of the year, we thought a shorter episode might be nice for you to fit into your day. We hope you enjoy. DISCLAIMER: All of the opinions…
 
Welcome back to another episode of 'The Student Paramedic Podcast'. Today, we are having a chat to Steve "Sunny" Whitfield about his journey with 'Wild Medic' and now moving into 'Medics Beyond Borders'. Steve has a lot of experience in providing humanitarian pre-hospital care and provides insight into the benefits of working in rural and alternati…
 
Welcome back to another episode of 'The Student Paramedic Podcast'. BEWARE, this was the first ever episode that we recorded. Today we are having a chat to a fellow student, Corey Rynsbergen about his experience doing a paramedic placement over in the United States. We chat about how important it is to have a learning mindset and believing in yours…
 
Welcome back to another episode of 'The Student Paramedic Podcast'. Today, we are having a chat to MICA Flight Paramedic, Darren Hodge. He has over 30 years experience in the paramedic profession and gives us great insight into what it is like to be a MICA Flight Paramedic on this episode and in his must read book, 'A Life on the Line'. We chat abo…
 
Welcome to our very first episode of 'The Student Paramedic Podcast'. We have a chat to Britt Shaw, a new graduate paramedic in the NSW Ambulance Service. When she was a student in 2018 and 2019 she was the Queensland Coordinator for SPA. When creating the podcast, the most common topic that we received questions about was the graduate position and…
 
Today we challenge your knowledge and understanding of tension pneumothorax. Not only is tracheal deviation rubbish, but there are differences found between pneumothorax's created in spontaneous breathing patients and those being ventilated. Understanding the difference in mechanics and their presentation is key to diagnosis.…
 
The abdomen can be intimidating, and assessing it thoroughly can sometimes end up in the "too hard" basket. But with almost 10% of abdominal complaints being life threatening, we want to get the assessment right. Today we look at the abdominal assessment, red flags to watch out for, and talk about some of the less commonly known conditions you can …
 
Paramedics bodies face high demands from the job. 10-15% will suffer an injury at work that can affect our lives and career. Strengthening our bodies not only prevents injury but reduces fatigue, helping us to make better decisions and live happier lives. #hirewillBy Free Radicals Paramedic Podcast
 
Today we are joined by Harriet Walker from Athletic Eating. We sit down to discuss the obstacles and challenges paramedics face with nutrition and how it affects our performance and well being. We also look at some small steps that we can take to improve the way we eat at work.By Free Radicals Paramedic Podcast
 
CPR induced consciousness is rare but can have a significant impact on how we deliver care. CPR induced consciousness or CPRIC, is a phenomenon where by the CPR being performed is so effective, that it produces varying states of consciousness. Your patient is in VF arrest, but may be "politely" asking you to get off their chest Management is based …
 
Today we are joined by special guest Rory Jackson. Rory is a senior critical care paramedic, and practicing midwife. Rory takes us through his journey as well as some insights on how to improve our pre-hospital obstetric practice. Music Say Good Night by Joakim Karud @joakimkarud Creative Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported— CC BY-SA 3.0 …
 
Not every paramedic works in the big city, with a partner and a mass of resources at their disposal. Some work by themselves, with limited resources, and limited help. Today we talk about remote paramedicine, its perks, its pitfalls and how to thrive.By Free Radicals Paramedic Podcast
 
Today we look at how we go about clearing c-spine injuries in the pre-hospital setting. The evidence behind NEXUS and how it stacks up again other tools. Can we use these tools in the elderly? We would like to thank of our listeners Bruce for bringing this topic to our attention.By Free Radicals Paramedic Podcast
 
Paediatrics are not easy. They can't tell you whats wrong and we don't go to them that often. A solid history and assessment will help us to identify the likely causes, provide informed clinical advice and stop us from missing the subtle signs of serious disease. Today we look at some pearls of assessment and what you can do to improve your practic…
 
This episode is the sequel to Episode 14 - Traumatic arrest, A paradigm shift. Last episode we looked at shifting our mindset to a pro-resuscitation model. Today, we look at how we go about that care. Pearls from experience, practical tips and a little bit of controversy. Music Say Good Night by Joakim Karud @joakimkarud Creative Commons — Attribut…
 
Today we sit down with Dr Stephen Rashford and talk about the Queensland Ambulance Service's clinical consultation line. We are independent thinkers and clinicians. But sometimes cases fall outside our previous experience and knowledge. Consultation with others leads to enhanced decision making, a collective approach and ultimately better patient c…
 
Do we see code 1 transport to hospital as a clinical intervention? Like any intervention, there are potential risks and benefits. Is there a benefit in getting to hospital a few minutes faster when 19 million responses in the US have shown us that the risk is immense? Is it worth risking our own lives and that of the patient? Reference Watanabe et …
 
Last week at the Australian Tactical Medical Conference, Nick caught up with Jeremy from TacMed Australia, to talk tips and tricks surrounding external limb and junctional haemorrhage control. External haemorrhage is a PREVENTABLE cause of death in trauma. Simple measures can make a HUGE difference. Basics will save lives. Check out ATMA and TacMed…
 
Today we challenge the idea that working traumatic arrests is futile. They are young, they are healthy and 5-7% will walk out of hospital neurologically intact. Presenting ECG rhythm is not a good determinate of outcome. Outside of cranial destruction, hemicorporectomy and incineration, there are no good indicators of futility. So if in doubt, resu…
 
Today the boys interview Dr Minh Le Cong. Minh is a rural generalist with the Royal Flying Doctor's Service in Queensland, Australia, with a keen interest in all things pre-hospital. He is also the creator and host of the PHARM podcast, and blog https://prehospitalmed.com/about/ Today we chat about the challenges of the pre-hospital environment, ed…
 
The coronary reperfusion package is arguably the most influential clinical intervention on patient outcomes. Today we look at this package, and how we go about delivering it well. It comes down to three principles of excellence. Accuracy, Efficiency, Safety.By Free Radicals Paramedic Podcast
 
Aaron takes us through a number of cases this week and asks "What are your clinical priorities?" Today is a more based on opinion and experience, which always makes for a good debate. Topics include STEMI's, multi-system trauma, and sepsis. Music by Say Good Night by Joakim Karud @joakimkarud Creative Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported— …
 
This week is all about Followership. This is opposite of leadership but equally as important. Today we touch on the different types of followers, and how this relates to the pre-hospital world. Music by Say Good Night by Joakim Karud @joakimkarud Creative Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported— CC BY-SA 3.0 creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa…
 
Today is all about back pain. There are a fair few generic red flags for this complaint. These are the big take home points! Saddle Anesthesia Bowel or Urinary dysfunction or loss of control Lower limb weakness or neurology Vulnerable clients (immuno-compromised, cancer, steroid users, IVDU, Music by Say Good Night by Joakim Karud @joakimkarud Crea…
 
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