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EMS Today 2013 Opening: Changing History, Unchangeable Dedication

Keynote gives a visual tour of how emergency medicine has developed

 

 
 
 

Bill Carey | | Saturday, March 9, 2013

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EMS Today 2013

Training sessions, new products and a cooking contest are just a few of the many events underway.
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VIDEOS

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Freedom House

So-called “unemployables” trained to deliver EMS in 1967.
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Veterans and PTSD

Awareness of issues facing returning veterans.
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With a focus on the broad and significant changes throughout the history of its services, the 2013 JEMS EMS Today Conference & Exposition opening keynote presentations gave attendees a visual tour of their significant history with awards and visual storytelling.

JEMS EMS Today 2013 Coverage

In the heart of the nation’s capital, JEMS Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P, opened the EMS Today events with a presentation of awards, fanfare, and video and story-telling that highlighted the many varied positive contributions to EMS. As the first EMS Today exhibition and conference as part of the PennWell Corporation, attendees were welcomed by District of Columbia Fire and EMS Department Medical Director David A. Miramontes, MD, FACEP, and followed by a presentation of the colors and Pledge of Allegiance with the District of Columbia Fire and EMS Department Honor Guard and members of the department’s Emerald Society pipe band.

A salute to the members of Freedom House—both founding and current—was presented in a video presentation of the program’s beginning during our nation’s troubled and often violent struggle with racism. This was followed with a current look at a new struggle our country has in dealing with returning military combat veteran and suicide. A video presentation was introduced by Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Ford, (USAF), Regional Director West, and Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Office for Warrior Support. Current and former military members in the audience were recognized and the audience was encouraged to attend the “Frontline on the Homefront: Helping Vetrans in Crisis” lectures offered at 8 a.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday .

JEMS Editorial Board member Mike McEvoy, PhD, RN, CCRN, REMT-P, and JEMS Medical Director Edward T. Dickinson, MD, NREMT-P, FACEP, joined Heightman in presenting the 2013 Dr. John P. Pryor, Street Medicine  Society award to Gregory R. Frailey, DO, highlighting his never-ending service and enthusiasm in EMS. Ten innovators in EMS were also recognized by JEMS and Physio-Control, Inc. for their contributions to professionalism in 2012.

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Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) spoke words of gratitude to the audience and especially those EMS personnel from Newtown and the state of Connecticut. Extraordinary heroism, bravery and strength were shown by those who responded to the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. Faced with the reality that there would be very little to do in terms of patient care, the EMS crews on the scene were immediately thrust into having to help parents immediately face the sudden and tragic news about their young children.

Noting that the level of care that day went beyond paramedicine and encompassed giving of their very hearts to grieving parents, Senator Blumenthal announced his introduction of a bill, the Mental Health First Aid Act, designed to provide aid for first responders who need it and also provide additional resources.

The culmination of the address came with a visual storytelling of the history of EMS by Dan Swayze, Dr.PH, MBA, MEMS. Swayze began his lessons dressed as a “snake oil” salesman extolling the virtues and surprising ingredients of Ayer’s Cherry Pectoral. Beginning with a look at when “emergency medicine” was first used in print, Swayze used period costumes and historical video to show some of the common and unique beginnings and advances of EMS from 1792–1970. Notable to the audience was the deployment of surgeons to the battlefield in “flying ambulances,” the development of direct auscultation, the “tobacco smoke enema” and official organization of the ambulance service in the U.S.

Moving the audience through World War I and highlighting the dedication and service of volunteers,  Swayze ended with the famous “Emergency!” opening, complete with ‘70s music and afro hair style. With the fun and surprises of the lessons, those attending were left with knowing that despite all the advances, and their somewhat strange beginnings, the one thing that has remained constant in EMS is the provider’s bravery, compassion and dedication to the people they service and the profession that are a part of.





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Veterans and PTSD

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Craig Dieringer leads a discussion on generational differences during the leadership preconference session on Wednesday morning. (Photo Glen E. Ellman)


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“The secret to collecting funds is data collection,” Gary Ludwig says during his EMS Today preconference session. (Photo Glen E. Ellman)


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Exxon Mobile provider Wayne Stewart, EMT-I, center, plays "Paramedic Whalen Yelp" during the mock trial preconference session at EMS Today. (Photo Glen E. Ellman)


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Mercy Flight (N.Y.) training specialist Douglas Tatlock watches vital signs for a simulated patient in the Discover Simulation preconference session on Wednesday afternoon. (Photo Glen E. Ellman)


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Laerdal Medical employee Kevin Webb gives EMS Today Conference attendees realistic learning experiences during the Discover Simulation preconference session. (Photo Glen E. Ellman)


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EMS Today speaker E. Reed Smith instructs EMTs Jeremy and James Ulrich on how to properly use a tourniquet in Smith's Wednesday preconference session. (Photo Glen E. Ellman)


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New Holland (Pa.) EMS EMTs Jeremy and James Ulrich race against other teams to apply tourniquets to each other quickly during a EMS Today preconference session on tactical care. (Photo Glen E. Ellman)


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Amazingly safe exterior striping on a road rescue ambulance built for Factoryville (Pa.) Fire Company. (Photo A.J. Heightman)


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The same ambulance, different angle. (Photo A.J. Heightman)


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This mini ambulance (courtesy DC Fire/EMS) is where each JEMS Games team begins in the preliminaries. (Photo Ryan Kelley)


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JEMS Games Judge coordinator Robin Davis briefs the judges who will be scoring the 10 teams participating in tomorrow's JEMS Games prelims. (Photo Ryan Kelley)


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