June 19, 2020

MOTW #61: Vascular Neck Restraint (The "Choke Hold")

MOTW #61: Vascular Neck Restraint (The

Doctor Sam Stellpflug joins the podcast to discus the science of "Blood chokes" and what to consider when evaluating their safety

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Dr. Stellpflug is the Twin Cities Medical Toxicology Fellowship Director.  He primarily practices, teaches, and learns as a faculty physician in the Regions Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine and Clinical Toxicology Service in St. Paul.  He also functions as a consultant for Minnesota Poison Control, and his academic appointment is as an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School.  Following medical school at the University of Wisconsin, he completed residency in emergency medicine at Regions Hospital, and then medical toxicology fellowship in the Twin Cities – a joint effort between the Regions Hospital clinical service and Minnesota Poison Control.  Sam served as the ACEP Tox Section Newsletter Editor and Secretary and subsequently the Chair-elect in the 4 years leading up to taking over as the section chair this fall.  He is a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.


Mike Simpson has served over three decades in the military as an Airborne Ranger, a Special Forces Operator, and finally as a Doctor of Emergency Medicine assigned to the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). Throughout his career, Mike has deployed to 17 different countries, from counter-narcotics operations in the jungles of South America, to the Global War on Terror (GWOT) in Southwest Asia and North Africa.

Along the way, Mike has been trained as a demolitions expert, SWAT Sniper, High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) parachutist, civilian paramedic, Special Forces Medic, Operations and intelligence Sergeant, and finally, a board certified Emergency Medicine Physician.

Mike is also a martial arts enthusiast, who trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai. His passion for martial arts motivated him to become a practicing fight doctor. As one of the foremost experts in both tactical trauma medicine and combat sports medicine, Mike is highly sought after as a lecturer and instructor, working extensively with Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters, law enforcement, and military organizations providing medical care and training. He co-stars on Hunting Hitler on the History Channel.

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