Living the Extreme Medicine Life
From the Thai-Burmese border conducting important work on men’s health to the most isolated oil rigs to COVID-19 response to biosensor technology development for prehospital care, Dr Johannes Svensoy has hit nearly square on the extreme medicine Bingo card! In this episode, he and WEMCast host Dr Shawna Pandya discuss his experiences in tropical, disaster, aerospace medicine and more, lessons learned from the world of extreme sports…and the next stop on his extreme medicine journey.
Austere environments abound – and getting involved is part acknowledging enthusiasm early on, part keeping an eye out for opportunity…and part going for it!
Whether talking about tropical medicine, maritime medicine, disaster medicine, or even COVID-19 response, some lessons are universal. Anticipate medical issues early on. Prepare and prevent when possible. Practice closed-loop communication in crisis situations and build team dynamics from the outset.
Skills from other equally operational environments, whether mountaineering, skydiving or diving offer some equally key lessons. Know your equipment. Test it. Be aware that your environment can change on a dime.
Dr Svensøy (Johannes Nordsteien) is a Norwegian physician with a specialization in Disaster medicine (EMDM) and training in Tropical medicine, along with Pre-Hospital, Maritime, Offshore and Aviation Medicine. He is currently working on a doctorate at the Norwegian National Advisory Unit on Prehospital Emergency Medicine (NAKOS), researching biosensor technology, especially for monitoring hemodynamically unstable patients in the prehospital setting. During the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, he has been involved with the medical response at Oslo University Hospital Infectious disease department. Humanitarian, adventure, expedition and extreme medicine have been his main interest fields for many years, being a rescue diver, skydiver, active mountaineer and member of the Explorers Club.