Last Stand in Santa Rosa – Episode 13

Last Stand in Santa Rosa – Episode 13

Imagine you’re working a shift in the Emergency Department when a fast moving wildfire hits. What would you do if you found out your home was burning? Or your family was in danger? And how do you react when the Fire Department tells you they are making a last stand a block away from your hospital? This situation is all too real for many physicians and providers affected by devastating wildfires in California. In this episode, we follow the story of the 2017 Santa Rosa fires from the perspective of three Emergency Physicians, Dr. Josh Weil, Dr. Suzy Fitzgerald, and Dr. Dane Stevenson. Their powerful story, and the lessons learned from their experience, are guaranteed to improve your personal and professional disaster preparedness. 

Please also consider donating to ongoing relief efforts following the 2018 California wildfires through the Red Cross. 

Do you know your hospital’s disaster plan? Do you have a personal plan? Have you lived through a disaster? Share your experience with us on social media, @empulsepodcast, or on our website, ucdavisem.com. 

Hosts:

Dr. Julia Magaña, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at UC Davis

Dr. Sarah Medeiros, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis

Guests:

Dr. Susan Fitzgerald, Emergency Physician at Kaiser Santa Rosa and Emergency Management Physician Lead in the Diablo Service Area; Kaiser Permanente Northern California (KPNC) Regional Emergency Management Drill and Training Director and the Pediatric Surge Planning Chair for the KPNC Regional Emergency Management Committee.

Dr. Joshua Weil, Emergency Physician at Kaiser Santa Rosa and Assistant Physician-in-Chief for Hospital Operations; Member of the American Red Cross Board of Directors, Board Chair for the Ceres Project, and Medical Director for the Jewish Community Free Clinic in Santa Rosa. Dr. Weil has been involved in major disaster relief efforts in the US and internationally, including Sri Lanka, Louisiana, Haiti, and the Philippines.

Dr. Dane Stevenson, Emergency Physician at Kaiser Santa Rosa, with a Fellowship in Geriatric Emergency Medicine from UC Davis.

Resources:

ACEP Disaster Medicine Resources

American College of Emergency Physicians Disaster Medicine resources, policies, and public training, including hospital disaster preparedness self assessment tool and hospital evacuation plan template. 

“Healing and History after fire & Weil-Mollard Household” 

Dr. Josh Weil and his wife, Claire Mollard, share their story on YouTube

The story of Josh’s goats! on NPR/Capitol Public Radio

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Ski and CME! Join us for the UC Davis Emergency Medicine Winter Conference, March 4th-8th at the Ritz Carlton in Lake Tahoe.

Thank you to the UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine for supporting this podcast and to Orlando Magaña at OM Audio Productions for audio production services.

 

Camp Fire medicine

Camp Fire medicine

What are the medical needs when your WHOLE town burns down? What is it like to walk into a shelter with over a thousand friends and family still missing? What if the evacuees you are caring for are your neighbors? The California wildfires have been huge part of our personal and professional lives at UC Davis. In this Heartbeat we spoke with an EM resident who volunteered at a shelter in Chico, CA. Dr. Molly Hallweaver discusses what she saw, treated, and learned taking care of the victims of the Camp Fire. Burn care and inhalation injuries were not the most common needs in the shelter. More often people needed a shoulder on which to cry and treatment of chronic medical needs. 

We challenge you to think about what you would do if your community was burning down?  What if your hospital caught on fire? On our next episode we hear the story of Dane Stevenson, a Kaiser EM Physician, whose hospital caught on fire and the experts who can help the rest of us know what we can do to prepare for those moments. Let’s continue the conversation on social media @empulsepodcast or at ucdavisem.com.

Host: Dr. Julia Magaña, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at UC Davis

Guest: Dr. Molly Hallweaver  Emergency Medicine Resident at UC Davis

Resources: If you want to help the victims of the Camp Fire, monetary donations may be made to the American Red Cross. Visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

The United Way of Northern California is taking donations for its NorCal Fire Relief Fund through its website and by text: send the message BUTTEFIRE to 91999.

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Join us in Tahoe, March 4-8, at the 42nd Annual UC Davis Emergency Medicine Winter Conference!

Thank you to the UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine for supporting this podcast and to Orlando Magaña at OM Audio Productions for audio production services.

NASA Image of the Camp Fire