EMS on AIR

EMS on AIR

EMS on AIR is the leading podcast in Southeast Michigan providing life-saving information and protocol updates to front line Healthcare workers combating the COVID-19 Pandemic. Listen in weekly for protocol updates and discussion regarding COVID-19. We…


BONUS EPISODE – OCMCA EMS Emergency Protocol Update – September 10, 2020
Sep 11 • 37 min
In today’s BONUS episode, we have put together a group of local experts to provide a nice clean overview of the most current OCMCA EMS Emergency Protocols that went into effect September 9, 2020. Since then, all EMS providers in Oakland County,…
E:34 Season 1 Finale - The Fight Isn’t Over - August 13, 2020
Aug 18 • 31 min
In this episode, we wrap up season one by providing you with a reminder that the fight is not over, not even close. The world must remain diligent and EMS must maintain a high degree of operational and PPE discipline on duty and recognize the impact of…
E:33 An interview with Chief Johnny Menifee and Captain Melisa Medici from the Southfield Fire Department – July 31, 2020
Aug 3 • 60 min
Learning through first-hand experience is likely the most impactful way to successfully absorb information when training and preparing for the next big emergency. Unfortunately, many areas throughout the US and the rest of the world had plenty of…
E:32 An update about COVID Vaccines and more – July 28, 2020
Jul 30 • 38 min
In this episode, Dr. McGraw leads off the discussion with an update regarding the status of COVID-19 pandemic, as of July 28, 2020. Then, we discuss current vaccinations undergoing evaluation throughout the world. Including two that are showing signs…
E:31 COVID Update for EMS with Dr. Steve McGraw. The numbers continue to rise – July 14, 2020
Jul 14 • 29 min
Like many areas across the nation, Michigan continues to experience an increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. In this episode:Dr. McGraw leads off the discussion with an update regarding the status of COVID-19 pandemic, as of July 14,…
E:30 What is MAAS? An interview with Angela Madden from the Michigan Association of Ambulance Services - July 8, 2020
Jul 9 • 39 min
In this episode, we sit down with Angela Madden, the Executive Director of MAAS, which is a resource and advocate for ambulance services in Michigan. Angela is here to discuss MAAS’ mission to continue to advocate for and advance the profession of EMS…
E:29 COVID Update for EMS - We’re seeing a dramatic spike in the numbers of infections. - July 1, 2020
Jul 2 • 38 min
Like many other States across the nation, Michigan has begun to experience a COVID-19 spike over the last few weeks. In this episode, Dr. McGraw and Dr. Faust discuss the recent accelerated rise in infection and the impact on our EMS, hospital and…
E:28 So, we’re actually getting ketamine this time? An overview for Southeast Michigan EMS Providers – June 29, 2020
Jun 29 • 56 min
As of July 1, 2020, ketamine will finally be stocked in the Southeast Michigan EMS Medication Boxes. The changes to our protocols and additions to our medication box effects 9 MCAs, hundreds of LSAs, thousands of drug boxes and even more EMS…
E:27 State EMS Vehicle Inspections – An interview with Allison Biliti – June 19, 2020
Jun 18 • 24 min
In this episode we are joined by Allison Biliti, who is the Southeast Region Coordinator for the State of Michigan Bureau of EMS and Trauma Preparedness. Allison is one of five State of Michigan Regional EMS Coordinators whose job it is to perform…
E:26 COVID-19 Update with Dr. McGraw and Dr. Faust – June 15, 2020
Jun 16 • 24 min
In this episode, Dr. Faust provides us an update on the most recent national, state and local COVID stats, as well as an overview of current trends we’re seeing out there. Then, Dr. McGraw addresses recent concerns from the EMS community about loosening…
E:25 COVID and clots. A discussion about stroke with Dr. Julius Griauzde, M.D. - June 8, 2020
Jun 10 • 39 min
You may have heard that the COVID-19 virus creates an increased risk of forming blood clots. Dr. Griauzde is here to talk to us about the effect of COVID and the incidence of stroke. Then, he walks us through what he specializes in, mechanical…
E:24 OCMCA 2019 Annual Report and the 2020 EQIP Plan - June 3, 2020
Jun 4 • 52 min
This episode dives into two important topics that are annual occurrences for the Oakland County Medical Control Authority. Every year, the staff of the OCMCA produce and present an Annual Report for the Board of Directors and depicts the organization’s…
E:23 COVID-19 Update and an Overview of MIS-C – June 1, 2020
Jun 1 • 26 min
After a week-long break the EMS On Air Podcast Crew is back and we’re excited to be here. Today, Bonnie and I are joined once again by our friends Dr. McGraw and Dr. Faust to provide an update regarding the status of the pandemic and talk about how…
E:22 OCMCA EMS Emergency Protocols Update – May 20, 2020
May 21 • 15 min
In today’s episode, we give everyone an update on the changes that were made to the Oakland County Med Control COVID-19 Emergency Protocols. As of May 15, 2020, multiple Emergency Protocols were deleted, and a few were updated. Again, the purpose of…
E:21 What do I do about my EMS license during the pandemic? An update from the State of Michigan EMS Education Coordinator - May 18, 2020
May 19 • 32 min
In this episode, we address one of the effects the pandemic has had on EMS providers in Michigan. Michigan has been deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. During that time, the State government has adjusted to facilitate the continuation of EMS…
E:20 I used to be an EMT - An interview with Dr. Mike Dettloff, DO
May 18 • 34 min
In this episode, we sit down with Dr. Mike Dettloff, an ER physician who was once a paramedic, to discuss his decision to leave the job he worked so hard for as a full-time professional firefighter paramedic, as well as his transition from Paramedic…
E:19 What EMS can expect for the foreseeable future - May 12, 2020
May 13 • 26 min
In this episode, Dr. Steve McGraw, the Oakland County Med Control EMS Medical Director, and Dr. Russell Faust, the Oakland County Health Division Medical Director join us for a discussion. More and more states are planning to progress towards loosening…
E:18 When will we have a COVID-19 vaccine? - May 11, 2020
May 10 • 33 min
In this episode, Dr. McGraw begins with a continuation of his thoughts on the extension and the need to avoid complacency with our PPE. Then, he presents the notion that even though COVID numbers are going down in states like Michigan, that doesn’t…
E:17 The stay at home order continues to extend… what EMS can expect - May 8, 2020
May 8 • 8 min
As of May 7, 2020, the stay at home executive orders in Michigan have been extended to May 28, 2020. Today’s episode is a nice brief update for our listeners regarding what to expect over that time period and beyond. We have more great content…
E:16 COVID-19 Testing - What does it all mean?
May 6 • 54 min
In this episode we introduce you to Dr. Russell Faust, MD, PhD, Medical Director of the Oakland County Health Division located in Pontiac, Michigan. Dr. Faust provides us with an overview of the various types of COVID-19 testing, what their results…
E:15 OCMCA Emergency Protocol Update - May 4, 2020
May 4 • 5 min
This five-minute episode provides an overview of the four OCMCA EMS Emergency Protocols that have been discontinued, at this time and is in line with OCMCA EMS Advisory 052, that was released on May 4, 2020. The OCMCA Protocols App and website have…
E:14 My experience getting sick as an EMS provider - April 30, 2020
May 4 • 38 min
In this episode, you’ll get to hear directly from two paramedics on the front lines of the epidemic, who, unfortunately, got struck down by the virus and had it pretty rough. First, we’ll get to hear each them detail their experiences with the…
E:13 COVID-19 Pathophysiology for EMS - April 28, 2020
Apr 30 • 27 min
In this episode, we take a step back from our operationally-focused discussions surrounding patient treatment and take a closer look at the pathophysiology COVID-19. Dr. McGraw breaks down the virus for us, how it proliferated to such pandemic…
E:12 COVID-19 Update with Dr. Steve McGraw - April 27, 2020
Apr 28 • 36 min
In this episode, Dr. McGraw provides another update on the status of the pandemic. Then, we get a little deeper into some things like, “What is herd immunity? and, does having antibodies mean that I’m immune? Our buddy, Dr. McGraw breaks it down for us…
E:11 What does the transition to normal look like for EMS - April 22, 2020
Apr 23 • 32 min
In today’s episode, Dr. McGraw gives us his opinion on what the transition to reopening parts of our society, both locally and nationally, and what it may look like for our EMS and EDs. The Oakland County Medical Control Authority (OCMCA) has produced…
E10: Cardiac Arrest Care during the COVID-19 Crisis - Q&A with ED docs - April 16, 2020
Apr 20 • 38 min
n this episode, we sit down with three of our key docs to briefly continue the discussion from the last episode and highlight the importance of transporting patients to the ED, as we normally would, because our EDs can handle the patient load and…
E9: What about the non-COVID emergencies? - April 14, 2020
Apr 15 • 31 min
In this episode, we discuss the importance of recognizing that non-COVID medical emergencies are still happening. People continue to have strokes, STEMI, traumas and alike. Dr. McGraw discusses some of the concerns that have surfaced since the…
E8: EMS Operations Committee Q&A – April 9, 2020
Apr 13 • 92 min
In this episode, we join the OCMCA EMS Operations Committee meeting that was held April 9, 2020. But first, Bonnie and I have a short chat with Chris Haney, who is currently the Chair of the EMS Ops Committee, to give a brief overview of who makes up…
E7: COVID Q&A with Dr. Steve McGraw – April 3, 2020
Apr 9 • 22 min
In today’s episode, Dr. McGraw provides an update of the pandemic, as well as how it’s affecting us here at home. The doc also provides fantastic insight and answers to a number of questions that we’ve received from EMS providers. The Oakland County…
E6: COVID-19 Emergency EMS Protocol Review - April 3, 2020
Apr 7 • 29 min
In today’s episode, we cover the changes made to Emergency Protocol 8-41 and introduce EMS to Emergency Protocol 8-46. All emergency protocols can be found on the OCMCA Protocols App and website. The Oakland County Medical Control Authority (OCMCA)…
E5: COVID-19 Emergency EMS Protocol Review - March 27, 2020
Mar 31 • 36 min
In today’s episode, we walk through each of the OCMCA System Emergency Protocols related to the COVID-19 pandemic. All emergency protocols can be found on the OCMCA Protocols App and website. The Oakland County Medical Control Authority (OCMCA) has…
E4: Hey doc, we have COVID-19 questions - March 25, 2020
Mar 30 • 37 min
In today’s episode, Dr. McGraw provides an update of the state of emergency and how it’s affecting us here at home. He also spends time answering many of the questions that we’ve received. In addition, we cover new information recently released by the…
E3: Hey doc, we have COVID-19 questions - March 19, 2020
Mar 29 • 40 min
A LOT has happened over the last few weeks and EMS is wondering what to do now and what to expect next. It’s safe to say there are more questions than answers. In this episode, Dr. Steve McGraw, the OCMCA EMS Medical Director, answers questions from…
E2: Airway treatment considerations in COVID-19 patients - March 16, 2020
Mar 28 • 44 min
This episode is a follow up to our first podcast that was recorded on March 5, 2020, which focused on EMS awareness and response to COVID-19. Since then, a LOT has happened and Dr. Steve McGraw, the OCMCA EMS Medical Director, provides an update on the…
E1: EMS, let me introduce you to COVID-19 - March 5, 2020
Mar 27 • 32 min
In the first ever EMS On Air Podcast episode, Dr. Steve McGraw (EMS Medical Director for the Oakland County Medical Control Authority) provides an overview of the developing pandemic, and what EMS can expect and what we need to be prepared for. The…