EMS 20/20

EMS 20/20 is podcast hosted by two experienced Paramedics. Spencer Oliver and Christopher Pfingsten discuss real calls run by real responders and pull out the lessons you won't find in a text book.

Hosted BySpencer Oliver and Christopher Pfingsten

EMS 20/20 is podcast hosted by two experienced Paramedics. Spencer Oliver and Christopher Pfingsten discuss real calls run by real responders and pull out the lessons you won’t find in a text book. This podcast is aimed at Paramedic students, seasoned Paramedics looking to refresh, or any one interested in a deeper dive into pre-hospital health care.


All Episodes

The Unimaginable Weight of Incredible Trauma

With deep, full bodied flavors of trauma and some light herbal notes of scene management during an MCI, the guys pour you a glass of wine to… decompress with.

Boldly Going (To The Birthing Center)

Spencer and Chris Boldly examine a call that occurs in a birthing center where a patient is hypotensive for obvious reasons… or are they?

Overdosed on AMS

Spencer and Chris try to stay with a crew as they wind down the treacherous rabbit hole that is an altered mental status patient. Do they take the wrong path? In short… probably, but listen and find out why they go where they go on this week’s episode!

Do Not Resuscitate The 80’s

You ever want to intubate someone, but they tell you no? Chris swears a little less (barely) in today’s episode that examines DNR’s, POLST forms, and inaccurate SaO2 probes. We also get another rant from Chris!

Bill and Bob’s Excellent Misadventure

Spencer and Chris go on a crazy adventure as they explore the choices made by Bill and Bob, two partners taking care of a patient that either stayed on or fell off the wagon… with a hard thud. Is it trauma? Is it alcohol? Did they miss something? Listen and find out on this week’s episode!

The Queen’s Gambit

The guy’s review a call where the patient is deep trouble long before anyone arrives. In one of our longer and more serious episodes, the guy’s talk about what it means to lead a call and how to talk to family members when things aren’t going well.

Never Ending Plot Twists

The guys are given a call that takes place in a precarious system with a patient that has no memory… and a never ending stream of twists and turns that take this call from “eh” to WTF in a hurry.

Is This Even Legal?

On this weeks episode a very sick patient is taken to the hospital… but do issues of patient abandonment arise when a Paramedic refused to be the primary provider? Listen to this weeks call and find out if Spencer and Chris can close the case.

(Please) Free CO2

A crew find a patient that rapidly deteriorates, prompting quick action. Baffling monitor readings are the result, so the Chris and Spence bring in back up: Nicole Johnson, a seasoned ICU RN and host of the Found Down podcast join the team to figure out some crazy numbers in one of our biggest episodes yet!