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David Rovardi is a dual qualified pharmacist and paramedic and is currently working as a Specialist Practitioner with EMAS. He also works one day a week for the College of Paramedics advising the College on the latest legislation within Prescribing and Medicines Management. In this session Eoin speaks with David Rovardi around the current situation…
 
In this session we will be interviewing Dr Lachlan McIver on his recent book, Life and Death Decisions, a memoir that combines Lachlan’s personal journey with loss of his father, working with international aid agencies, navigating war torn countries and low resource settings. In the episode we will be examining some of the over-riding themes, Lachl…
 
Dr Alicia Colman is an Explorers Club 50 member, Alicia is an archaeologist and ethnohistorian by background. Alicia has worked with governments and NGOs in Canada, the US, UK and Antigua. Her mission is to help us to better understand our past. Her expeditions have taken her from Namibia to Iceland. Today we discuss her expeditions, where they hav…
 
Dr Will Duffin speaks with Medics4Ukraine founders Mark Hannaford and Luca Alfatti, on the current need for medical supplies and combat casualty care training in Ukraine and how Medics4Ukraine was formed and developed to meet this. Mark and Luca also share their own reflections on triumphs, challenges and what lies ahead alongside what it’s like to…
 
Growing up Priteni was never sporty or particularly active, she liked being indoors as much as she liked being outdoors. It was not until sixth form that she did anything really adventurous and even now she thinks she only decided to do the Gold DOE Award because her friends were. That experience, till this day, is one of her most precious memories…
 
Dr Dan Pronk served on over 100 combat missions in Afghanistan as a frontline special forces combat doctor, where the casualties he treated were his fellow SAS soldiers and commandos, local civilians and even the enemy. The thrill of adventure and the challenges of battlefield medicine brought out the very best in Dan; he discovered a sense of purp…
 
In this session we will be speaking with Dan Stretch on the challenges of casevac from Nepal and Pakistan. Dan works as the Operations Manager at Global Rescue LLC within the APAC region and has had to retrieve and coordinate retrieval of critically ill patients from some of the most challenging regions in the world. The region Dan operates in incl…
 
In this episode, Stephen Wood is joined by Allen Lewis, who is an Adjunct Professor with Columbia Southern University and an Associate Consultant for Emergency Service Consulting International in addition to performing emergency and security sensitive work outside the United States. They discuss Allen's experiences in disaster response and humanita…
 
Jeremy Neskey a Paramedic and Combat Medic has been involved in Prehospital medicine for 20 plus years. With a focus on Austere medical care environments and experience working with National Park service Teams on Denali and in Yosemite National Park. He’s retired from the US Army where he worked as a Medic and mountaineering instructor at the Army …
 
Stephen loves mushrooms on his steak, his pizza, marinated and in salad. He gets his mostly at the grocery store, but more and more people are out there foraging for these delicacies. The problem is that both benign and toxic mushrooms often grow close together and frequently look alike. Dr Zane Horowitz is an emergency medical physician and the as…
 
In this conversation we talk with Dan Richards around the transcontinental Race Across America 3000-mile race, making it longer and more gruelling than the tour de France and one of the toughest bike races in the world. In May 2009 Dan Richards lost his right arm, shoulder and part of his neck in a motorcycle accident whilst in the military. Dan ha…
 
In this conversation we talk with Laura Penhaul around the transcontinental Race Across America 3000-mile race, making it longer and more gruelling than the tour de France and one of the toughest bike races in the world. Laura Penhaul is passionate about helping teams or individuals to perform at their best and she draws on her extensive experience…
 
Snake bites and scorpion envenomation is a frequent occurrence worldwide. For people who just enjoy the outdoors and especially for medical providers, it is important to know the species of snakes, scorpions and other venomous creatures that inhabit your area. In this episode, self-appointed “snake guy” Stephen P. Wood discusses snakes and scorpion…
 
Lisa van der Sluijs is a college senior and world traveler who shared her experiences as a solo female backpacker at Harvard College during Womens Week. She is joined by host Stephen P. Wood for a frank discussion on backpacking solo. One of the biggest issues pertains to gender equity for solo backpackers. There are many who advocate against this …
 
Zoe Clift is a physiotherapist, who works for Humanity & Inclusion, a charity that works along side vulnerable and disabled people in areas of poverty, disaster and conflict. Zoe is the UK Medical Team's Rehab Project Manager and spoke to World Extreme Medicine independently about her knowledge and experience about safeguarding in the humanitarian …
 
Justin Oliver Davis is a retired soldier, amputee, mountaineer, adventurer and keynote speaker. In 2011, while serving with 2nd Battalion The Rifles, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Justin was leading a Quick Reaction Force patrol to intercept a group of enemy insurgents that had ambushed another British call-sign. Justin was providing safe passa…
 
Join us as World Extreme Medicine Founder and CEO Mark Hannaford and Luca Alfatti, Logistical Lead for the convoys discuss the progress of the work they have carried out so far. Following their live session last week their conversation with Shawna Pandya is now available to listen on demand. The team have transported medical supplies to the area in…
 
In this conversation I’m talking with Carl Betts about his reflections on patience within quality improvement and change within ambulance trusts. Carl is a Paramedic and quality improvement fellow based in Sheffield working for the ambulance service. He has been a Paramedic for 9 years and has a 10-year extensive history of expeditions across multi…
 
Scott has been working in the field of connectivity, telemedicine, and cold chain supply in off-grid regions of Africa and Haiti since 2011. In that year, he initiated telemedicine live consults from the Maasai Mara region of Kenya and in 2011 was a presenter on telemedicine and satellite communications to the First International Congress on Pathog…
 
Welcome to the World Extreme Medicine podcast….. In this conversation we are talking with Steve Wood the vice president of Delivery for Personal Strengths (UK) and is a facilitator, trainer and senior manager within the core strength group. He has extensive experience of developing and facilitating training focusing on leadership, team dynamics, co…
 
In this episode we speak with Karen O’Neill; Advanced Clinical Practitioner and humanitarian around the unfolding Ukraine crisis. Karen has a wealth of experience of delivering aid programmes in various contexts including Sierra Leone, the Philippines, Malawi, Mumbai, and Uganda. In the episode we discuss the importance of collaboration within depl…
 
Richard Garner is a career safety and security professional with global expertise in risk mitigation and threat management. He retired from US Naval Special Operations and continued work in both high threat and personal protection operations domestically and abroad. Mr. Garner has managed and conducted security operations in support of non profit o…
 
in this episode, host Stephen P Wood and Dr. Pav Singh discuss ocular emergencies in expedition medicine. although a lot of attention is paid to high altitude cerebral edema, pulmonary edema and mountain sickness, eye injuries are quite common in expedition medicine as well. This can include anything from corneal abrasions, globe injuries, foreign …
 
Beth is a professional trail runner and NHS paediatric registrar based in Derbyshire, UK. Some career highlights include setting the Bob Graham round record, two x top-5 finishes at the UTMB and several GB vests at ultra-distances. In 2021 she took some time out from medicine and headed to the US to prepare for the Western States 100 race. She won …
 
Lucy is a 29 year old explorer and speaker from Suffolk and is not stranger to extreme environments having previously summited Denali, crossed the High Sierra in California and been dramatically airlifted from the mountains in Tajikistan. In this episode WEM Medical Director Dr Will Duffin speaks to Lucy about her most recent adventure in the Amazo…
 
World Extreme Medicine Medical Director, Dr Will Duffin catches up with Charlie and Adam, two ED Doctors who have just completed a 3,000 mile rowing race across the Atlantic. The Emergensea Duo, Dr Charlotte Fleury & Dr Adam Baker, are a husband and wife pair of Emergency Medicine specialty doctors in Devon. You may have seen them recently become t…
 
In this episode, Stephen Wood sits down with Julie Rak to discuss gender equity in mountaineering. Junko Tabei isn’t as much a household name as Edmund Hillary or Jon Krakauer, but she is one of the world’s most accomplished climbers. She was the first woman to summit Mt. Everest and has also the first woman to climb the seven summits. She is liste…
 
Cataracts are the major cause of blindness and visual impairment in developing countries and contribute to more than 90% of the total disability adjusted life years. In 2020, an estimated 15.2 million (12.7-17.9) people worldwide aged 50+ years were blind due to cataract. In this episode, we talk with Dr James Guzek MD and Director AJ Martinson abo…
 
In this episode Will Duffin (WEM medical director) and Eoin Walker (WEM pre-hospital lead) talk about the recently released 'Wilderness Medical Society Clinical Practice Guidelines on Anaphylaxis'. They examine and analyse the paper's remit, cohort involved, methodological structure, guideline recommendations, and variations compared to other guide…
 
In this episode WEM Medical Director Dr Will Duffin is joined by two experienced humanitarian emergency medical responders from frontline medical aid charity UK-Med: Emergency Department nurse and UK-Med’s Health Referent David Anderson and Consultant Paediatrician - Infectious Diseases and Immunology, Stephen Owens. They discuss the findings of UK…
 
Harrison Carter is a conservation biologist, storyteller and explorer with a fascination with human/wildlife conflict that has taken him to some of the world's most extraordinary places. He has travelled and filmed in over 50 countries worldwide, and his expeditions include traversing the Guyanese jungle, Indonesian rainforests, and Sri Lankan lowl…
 
Alex is a trainee emergency medicine doctor based in Bristol, who wholeheartedly believes in taking the road less travelled. She joins us to share some of her insights into carving a career in expedition medicine, and how developing this passion has enhanced her NHS job. She has been working as an expedition medic since 2017 and took five years out…
 
In this conversation we talk with Wayne Auton about his journey through three domains of practice; the military, pre-hospital care, and mountaineering. We examine the concept of High Performing Teams (HPT) in all three domains and some of the features of HPT that unite the different practices. Wayne initially joined the military/Royal Marine Comman…
 
Host Stephen P. Wood follows up with Luke Huntley, Australian snake catcher, after their discussion during the WEM 2021 conference. Stephen and Luke discuss the training that goes into snake catching as well as the legal requirements to be a certified snake catcher in Australia. Carpet pythons and Eastern Brown snakes are the most common snakes enc…
 
In this conversation, we talked with Carl Betts about his reflections on critical analysis in paramedic practice. Carl is a Paramedic and quality improvement lead-based in Sheffield working for the ambulance service. He has been a Paramedic for 10 years and has a 10-year extensive history of expeditions featuring multiple trips to Everest base camp…
 
In this episode podcast host Stephen Wood and adventure paramedic Mike Hudson talk about Mike's experience as a paramedic and lead safety specialist for the Discovery channel's Shark Week production team. Steve and Mike talk about Mike's background as both a paramedic and diver and how he brought this experience to develop a unique opportunity as t…
 
In this episode, Dr Jen Sherman is joined by Anna Wells. Having qualified as a Doctor in the Scottish Highlands. Anna has successfully undergone a career change and now runs her own adventure guiding company in Scotland. Anna is passionate about the mountains. The freedom of wide-open spaces and the rush of trying hard is where she is happiest. Her…
 
Dr. Vidar Magnusson is an anesthesiologist, intensivist and EMS physician in Reykjavik, Iceland. He is the current National Medical Director for pre-hospital services in Iceland, a post he held both between 2011- 2014, and again from 2016 to the present. He has extensive EMS and air-medical experience including serving as a medical officer with the…
 
In this conversation, we talk with Trixton May about his clinical experiences in Takoradi, Ghana. Trixton took himself to Ghana as a second-year paramedic student with aspirations to serve in areas less fortunate and developed contexts than his reality back in the UK. In the discussion, we explore the variety of experiences and revelations he had i…
 
Host Stephen Wood and Dr Sanjey Gupta discussed wilderness medicine in the virtual world. Forced to switch content from live and in situ to Zoom, Dr Gupta and his colleagues had to get creative. Most of Gupta’s teaching is in the environment that they are teaching to; the woods, mountains or fields and is mostly hands-on. Having to switch to the vi…
 
In this episode, WEMCast host Dr Shawna Pandya dives deep into this very question with none other than AstroRN Starr Schroeder, a nurse passionate about pioneering, defining, and developing the role of nursing in the commercial space industry as well as advocating for the continued development of space medicine in current and future space explorati…
 
In this session host Stephen Wood speaks with Dr Louis Nguyen and Dr Liz Yates, surgeons and researchers at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston discuss the impact of climate change on healthcare and patient outcomes. Dr Yates and Dr Nguyen discussed the large carbon footprint of the healthcare industry, especially in developed nations. This …
 
Host, Stephen Wood and Dr Anne Pringle, a mycologist and botanist, tell the story of the Amanita Phalloides mushroom. This is not a mushroom native to the United States, but it has found its way there in an unsuspecting way, cork trees. These cork trees were imported for use by California wineries but they had a stowaway, the Amanita Phalloides or …
 
Occupational Health is concerned with the impact of health on work and vice versa. We discuss the key approaches and broad principles in matching an individual’s medical background with the environment and making sensible decisions about whether they should participate with a focus on diving, military deployments, offshore oil and gas and expeditio…
 
Jocelyn Kelly is the founding director for Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s (HHI) Women in War program, and currently is a fellow at HHI where she designs and implements projects to examine issues relating to gender, peace, and security in fragile states. Kelly has been conducting health-related research using qualitative and quantitative research…
 
In this episode Medical Director Dr Will Duffin welcomes back The Natural Navigator Tristan Gooley to share insights from his latest book ‘The Secret World of Weather’. They discuss: Early 19th-century technology and attempts at weather forecasting and what happened to Admiral Robert Fitzroy when he first attempted to predict the weather…. Why ‘big…
 
In this episode we chat with Johnathan Povey, Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) turned humanitarian clinician. Johnathan speaks of his multiple deployments to various contexts from an initial humanitarian training course in 2012. He recalls some of his most challenging cases, teams and contexts that he has had to work in over 11 years in huma…
 
Dr Stephen Rush is a Lt. Colonel and Flight Surgeon. He is the former medical director for Pararescue and the current medical group commander of the 106th Rescue Air Wing in New York. He is a radiation oncologist by trade but brings a wealth of experience in operational medicine to the table. Dr Rush was a key consultant for the Thai Cave rescue th…
 
In this podcast, Dr Jen Sherman is joined by Belinda Kirk, explorer, author and speaker. Belinda is an explorer and a leading campaigner for the promotion of the benefits of adventure on wellbeing. For the past twenty-five years, she has led dozens of international expeditions and remote filming trips. In 2009, Belinda established Explorers Connect…
 
In this episode Consultant Occupational Medicine Physician Dr Kent Haworth joins WEM host Dr Will Duffin to discuss assessing medical fitness for extreme environments. Occupational Health is concerned with the impact of health on work and vice versa. We discuss the key approaches and broad principles in matching an individuals medical background wi…
 
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