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A *Very* Sticky Case-Crossover w/ EMS 20/20
Spencer and Chris bring in the big guns from the Standard of Care podcast, Samantha Johnson and Nick Adams! This episode is probably one of the most disturbing cases of neglect we've reviewed in a while, so you've been warned!PLAY LATEST EPISODE
A *Very* Sticky Case-Crossover w/ EMS 20/20
Spencer and Chris bring in the big guns from the Standard of Care podcast, Samantha Johnson and Nick Adams! This episode is probably one of the most disturbing cases of neglect we've reviewed in a while, so you've been warned!
November 29, 2023
Show Me My Opponent
On a hot Texas summer day, Dallas Fire responded to a grass fire on the side of the road. Their subsequent encounter with a gentleman named Kyle Vess – all caught on surveillance camera - led to an ongoing lawsuit alleging “an abuse...
July 4, 2023
The Problematic Employee
An employee commits a terrible crime – should the employer be liable? In this episode, we explore the nuances of negligent hiring, retention, supervision, and training. What does it mean for an employee to be “in the scope of...
March 19, 2023
The Worst of Us
Season 3 is here! The release of the police body camera footage in the cases of Earl Moore, Jr. in Springfield, Illinois and Tyre Nichols in Memphis, Tennessee show EMS personnel at their worst. In both cases, the providers failed to...
February 5, 2023
It’s the stuff of nightmares and horror stories: the dead rising from the grave. On August 23, 2020, it happened in Michigan after a woman who was declared deceased by the responding EMS crew “woke up” in a funeral home. Her case...
January 10, 2023
Dispatchers, call-takers, emergency communications officers – our 911 communications staff are our first first responders. They work to ensure that patients receive the right resources for their emergencies. But sometimes, it goes...
September 2, 2022
Do NOT Resuscitate
In April 2022, 81-year old Celeste Salanitri died twelve days after being resuscitated by paramedics. Unfortunately, she never wanted to be resuscitated in the first place. Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) laws – and the accompanying forms...
June 21, 2022
On this very special crossover episode, Nick and Samantha join Chris and Spencer on the EMS 20/20 podcast to enjoy a multi-layered case discussion peppered with legal issues. This one is full of exciting flavors: capacity, refusals,...
June 9, 2022
Season 2, Episode 3: Two Fire Chiefs and a Lawyer Get Sued
We are now two years out from the beginning of “The Situation”, which means that it’s time for the lawsuits. In this episode, Nick and Samantha review a case from Klamath County, Oregon, where the alleged malpractice of the...
May 30, 2022
RaDonda Vaught - Crime and Punishment
In late December 2017, Vanderbilt nurse RaDonda Vaught administered the wrong medication to a patient who subsequently died of an anoxic brain injury. On March 25, 2022, a Tennessee jury found her guilty of gross neglect of an impaired...
April 27, 2022
Woo Woo Pull Over!!
On this episode of the Standard of Care Podcast, Nick and Samantha take a look at some of the liability issues surrounding the use of red lights and sirens. What does the law allow the driver of an emergency vehicle to do? What is...
March 7, 2022
Episode 11: Reasonable Doubt
On 8/22/2021, a Colorado grand jury handed down a 32-count criminal indictment against the police officers and EMS personnel involved in the incident that led to Elijah McClain’s death. On this episode of the Standard of Care, Nick and...
October 19, 2021
Episode 10: When Everything Hits the Fan
COVID-19 has strained the healthcare system to its breaking point. In this episode of the Standard of Care, Nick and Samantha are joined by Beth Sivertsen, Medical Ethicist and critical care nurse. We examine “crisis standards of...
October 19, 2021
Episode 9: Sinners and Saints
On this episode of the Standard of Care Podcast, Nick and Samantha take on the controversial topic of religious accommodations for the COVID-19 vaccines under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Can employees request religious...
September 24, 2021
Episode 8: I’m So Tired
Fatigue in EMS isn’t new. Almost every EMT and paramedic has a story. So grab a coffee or an energy drink and join us as Nick and Samantha take a look at a recent case that happened in our own backyards. We consider the criminal and...
July 9, 2021
Episode 7: EMS Chiefs Gone Wild
Intubations are risky business. Paramedics – and their patients – benefit from the right tools, education, and training. But when does “practicing intubations” become an issue of legal liability? On this episode of the Standard...
May 28, 2021
Episode 6: Closed for Business
On this episode of the Standard of Care Podcast, Nick and Samantha try to help EMS providers make sense of one of the most widely known (yet least understood!) laws on the books, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA). What...
April 20, 2021
Episode 5: Vitamin K (Legally!)
On this episode of the Standard of Care Podcast, Nick and Samantha examine the legal issues of the Elijah McClain case in Colorado. Mr. McClain’s tragic death – and other situations like his - has led politicians to call for bans on the...
March 22, 2021
Episode 4: Nope!
On this episode of the Standard of Care Podcast, Nick and Samantha discuss one of their favorite topics: patient refusals! We examine why patient refusals are a liability trap - how can providers walk the fine line between respecting...
February 4, 2021
Episode 3: Ouchy, That Hurt!
On this episode of the Standard of Care Podcast, Nick and Samantha roll up their sleeves and discuss the legal impacts of the new COVID-19 vaccine on the EMS workforce. Can an employer mandate that employees receive the vaccine? What is...
December 16, 2020
Episode 2 - Inconceivable
Following up on the last episode, and further exploring why people sue, Nick and Samantha take a look at two lawsuits recently filed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mario Bianchi and Joseph Nocero both died in incidents that occurred two...
December 8, 2020
In the very first episode of the Standard of Care Podcast, Nick and Samantha take a look at why lawsuits happen to EMS providers. What makes people sue? We talk about some studies that show the reasons why people might take legal action. ...
November 23, 2020