In this episode, the PragMedics talk with Dr Timothy Durkin and discuss Heat Stroke, the signs, symptoms, myths, and of course treatment modalities. The boys and Dr. Durkin look to find practical ways for street level providers to identify and treat heat stroke. Dr Durkin provides the listeners with useful tips and thoughts regarding management of heat stroke and ways for systems to improve their response and treatment of this completely treatable injury.
Dr Durkin is a board-certified emergency & sports medicine physician and is Base Medical’s Chief Medical Officer. He has over 2 decades of response, patient care and teaching experience that drive his passion for excellence in Base Medical’s curriculum. His premedical experiences included service as a camp staffer, SAR responder, urban/rural paramedic, BLS/ACLS/first aid instructor and work on a program management team for DARPA. You can follow him @colorado_rescue_doc on IG!
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Here are some references provided by Dr. Durkin:
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/322528359_Consensus_Statement-_Prehospital_Care_of_Exertional_Heat_Stroke This is the EHS position paper that was in PHEC in 2018 https://journals.lww.com/acsm-csmr/fulltext/2016/03000/a_tale_of_two_heat_strokes__a_comparative_case.13.aspx This is a paper called a tale of two heat strokes. It describes to service members clinical course after collapsing of heat stroke during the Marine Corps Marathon. One patient received immediate ice water cooling, the other got taken to a hospital. Although both patients survived, difference in outcomes is pretty stark.