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Back to Basics

Back to Basics

By Chris Seitz, MD and Jason Seitz, EMT-P, RN
Seitz and Sirens is a national Emergency Preparedness Training Company. Our back to basics podcast was created to make what are sometimes complex medical topics easy to understand and retain for students of emergency medicine. Check out more of our content at
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Why did it have to be snakes?! - Envenomations
Why snakes?! In this episode of Back to Basics, Jason tells us all about envenomations and Chris just gets scared and barely contributes because of a deep seated fear of snakes. Join them as they discuss what to do when your patient is bitten, and why bringing the creature with you to the ER is probably not a great idea. (Especially if Chris is on shift)
June 2, 2021
Thyroid Emergencies
Understanding the function of the thyroid gland and its hormones is key to being able to treat patients suffering from both hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. In this episode of the Back to Basics podcast, we discuss the signs and symptoms of the most common thyroid disorders as well as how to identify emergency thyroid conditions that require immediate intervention. 
May 26, 2021
Pharmacology Basics
Pharmacology can be an overwhelming topic. With a strong foundation of the basics of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics however, anyone can simplify this topic and begin to more deeply understand the mechanisms and effects of different medications. In this episode of Back to Basics, Chris and Jason simplify the basics of pharmacology to give the listener a strong base to build from as they begin to learn and study new and different medications as a part of their medical practice. 
May 12, 2021
Lightsaber Injuries
May the 4th be with you! In this episode of the back to basics podcast, Chris and Jason discuss the rare but serious Lighsaber injury. Not typically covered in EMS and Medical education, lightsaber injuries can be life threatening and require a deeper understanding of pathophysiology in order to properly manage. Whether you are someone adept at using the force or not, this episode will definitely help you manage these critical incidents with more confidence. Don't forget to check out our NREMT prep program at and listen at the end of the episode for some fun bloopers! 
May 4, 2021
Dialysis Made Simple
Dialysis can be a complicated and overwhelming intervention for patients and medical providers can find this topic to be confusing as well. In this episode, Jason and Chris discuss what dialysis does, how it works, and how to manage patients undergoing dialysis as well as the complications they may suffer from. 
April 27, 2021
The Inflammatory Response - Friend or Foe?
The inflammatory and immune response are complex systems that help protect and heal our body and prevent disease. But then why do we take anti-inflammatories? Should I not be icing my twisted ankle? Can't inflammation be bad? Let's discuss all of this in Episode 10 of the Back to Basics podcast!
April 20, 2021
Disaster and Mass Casualty Triage
First responders are called to act in some of the most dire of circumstances. We are used to assessing critically ill patients and doing all that we can to save them. But what happens when our resources are overwhelmed? What happens when we can't save everyone? In this episode of the Back to Basics podcast, Chris and Jason discuss Disaster and Mass Casualty triage and how a simple system can be difficult to follow when it seems so different from what we are used to. 
April 13, 2021
Stability - Undefinable or misunderstood
How can we really tell if a patient is stable or not? Do we rely on blood pressure and vital signs? In Episode 8 Jason and Chris discuss how we should define instability and decompensation and how the way we've thought about stability in the past might need to be redefined. 
March 31, 2021
Narcan and Cardiac Arrest
In this episode, the Seitz brothers discuss the new Emergency Cardiovascular Care guidelines for Narcan use in cardiac arrest. They also go over the mechanism of action of Narcan and why it's so important in the field to understand how our drugs and therapies work. 
March 23, 2021
Chest pain and Arrhythmias
Your patient has chest pain and an arrhythmia. Which came first? Did the chest pain cause the arrhythmia or is the arrhythmia causing chest pain? Which one do we treat first? How do we even know? Chris and Jason dive into this issue and discuss how to approach these patients in a systematic way on Episode 6: Chest pain and Arrhythmias. 
March 16, 2021
Dealing with amputation injuries can be intimidating and stressful in the field. In this episode, Chris and Jason go over how to handle these types of injuries as well as what to do to protect the amputated limb to give the patient the best chance they can have. No two amputations are the same. Join the Seitz brothers as they take this complicated topic and simplify the process of responding to such emergencies. 
March 4, 2021
Do Not Resuscitate Orders
In this episode, Chris and Jason discuss what a DNR order is, and what it is not. Do we still treat pain and infection in patients with DNR orders? When can we terminate resuscitation? What's the difference between a DNR and Advanced Directives? Chris and Jason answer these questions and more during episode 4 of the Back to Basics podcast! 
February 24, 2021
Diving Emergencies
On this episode Chris and Jason discuss everything you need to know about drowning and dive emergencies. As experienced divers themselves, they share their knowledge and expertise on the pathophysiology of the different dive emergencies that exist and how to handle them in the field. 
February 16, 2021
Pulmonary Embolisms and the Danger of Assumptions
In this episode Chris and Jason go over the ins and outs of pulmonary embolisms. They cover the pathophysiology, presentation and treatments of this life threatening and sometimes fatal disease process. They also go over a case where Jason's initial assumptions might have caused a serious problem under different circumstances. It's all here on Episode 2! 
February 9, 2021
Penetrating Chest Trauma
In this premier episode of the Back to Basics podcast, Chris and Jason discuss a case of penetrating chest trauma and CPR. When do we remove a penetrating object? What do we do when we respond to one? And what about CPR in the midst of this type of trauma? Chris and Jason discuss it all on Episode 1: Penetrating Chest Trauma 
February 1, 2021