Prolonged Field Care Podcasts

If you sit on a patient long enough, infection has a greater chance of taking hold and progressing to sepsis, or may receive a patient who has already been sick for days. Doc Jaybon walks us through the full spectrum from infection and SIRS to sepsis, shock and death.  Despite firm CoTCCC recommendations for early antibiotics, in the past we may have foregone that luxury because of lighting fast evacuation times, maybe even thinking, 'they'll take care of it at the next echelon.'  A great medic should not only treat their patient but set them up for success at the next echelon, as Sepsis is a testament to how poor care during the TCCC phases of care can cost our patients days and weeks in a hospital later.

But what if you are your own next echelon?  Point of injury to Role 1+ could be your own team house or single litter aid station.  Go down the checklist on the right side of the PFC trending chart and make sure you are taking care of anything that could result in an infection.  Have you given those antibiotics?  How is your airway and respiratory care?   Did you replace any dirty IV or IO sites you placed in the field?  Are you doing all your procedures an as aseptic manner as much as possible?  When will you debride?  Are you doing everything you can to prevent pressure ulcers?

When will you call for a telemedical consult?  When your patient develops a fever?  Blood pressure falling?  Altered mental status?

Listen in...

Direct download: Sepsis_in_the_Austere_Environment_Final.mp3
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Dr. David Van Wyck an Intensivist and Neurointensivist Fellow at Duke Medical Center in North Carolina explains the evolving management of TBI in the field for medics in austere environments. Go to for the accompanying blog post, shownotes and quiz.

Direct download: TBI_in_PFC_audio.mp3
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Despite our best efforts, endless training, and reading, some of our patients will die.  This has been a taboo subject that is difficult to broach in the best of times.  We aim to start a conversation here with the hope thatit continues with your Medical Director, PA, Surgeon and fellow Medics before you are ever faced with this difficult situation out on your own.  Often prolonged field care involves treating the most critically sick or injured patients longer than you expect to.  Inevitably some of these "sickest-of-the-sick" will not make it in time to see definitive care and you will be left to ease the suffering during end of life care alone.  While you may have to deliver end of life care by yourself, you may not have to make all the decisions alone.

In this episode Dennis and Doc Powell discuss how to treat expectant patients.  This could be as part of a multi-patient MASCAL or a happen to a single patient who is critically ill or injured.  If it happens during a MASCAL, once you are done treating your urgent patients, what do you do when you go back to your expectant patients?  It's common to skip over discussing and training on losing patients...  Taboo even.  The fact is that it will eventually happen; No matter how good of medics we are, patients may die.  Doc Powell has spent innumerable hours in Intensive Care Units with the best and brightest medical teams a patient could hope for.  Often in this setting the top notch care, medicines and interventions are not enough and patients code and die.  This is part of medicine whether we talk about it openly or not. 

Direct download: Palliative_care_in_the_PFC_environment.mp3
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