Table of Contents

Mar 2014
Supplement, EMS 10: Innovators of EMS 2013
  • Innovation & Progress

    This is the sixth year of the EMS 10 Innovators in EMS program, jointly sponsored by Physio-Control and JEMS. The program has a simple mission but a powerful objective: Identify some of the best innovators in the EMS industry and alert the EMS community to their achievements to help providers and patients in the future.

  • First Responder Recovery

    In July 2012, an armed man entered a Century 16 multiplex theater in Aurora, Colo., killing 12 people and injuring more than 50 others. Mass-casualty events like the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School and the bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon followed. For some of the first responders of these types of situations, the events themselves were just the beginning of a nightmare that can linger for weeks, months or even years.

  • Keeping It Simple & Small

    Many times our greatest successes rise out of our greatest failures. And perhaps no one knows that better than Victor Convertino, PhD, senior research physiologist and manager for the Tactical Combat Casualty Care Research Program Area for the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Dr. Convertino completed the coursework for his Ph.D. at the University of California (UC), Davis, but failed at his first attempt to pass his oral exams. “I wasn’t ready with the innovative thinking process,” he says.

  • Less Lights & Sirens

    The first thing that might catch you by surprise when you watch Driving Responsibly: The Truth about Sirens ( isn’t the quality of the video, the camera angles or editing (professional though they are).

  • Utilizing a Fatigue Matrix

    It’s no secret that EMS agencies are stretched thin when it comes to resources and staff. To alleviate some of the burden, many are entering into partnerships with other government agencies, hospitals and tertiary care centers. These public-private partnerships have proven to be valuable to both parties, especially as the demand for quality healthcare continues to rise.

  • Finding the Sweet Spot

    Many combat veterans who went to Vietnam found pain and trauma. Dr. Ahamed Idris went to Vietnam and found something else—a career path.

    “Before I went into the Army, I had absolutely no interest in medicine. I was going to be a physicist,” says the professor of surgery and internal medicine and director of emergency research at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. “But I ended up in the Army Medical Corps. Being a medic in Vietnam was one big emergency, and I discovered that I enjoyed taking care of emergencies.”

  • Use the ARM

    The Denver metro area isn’t Gotham City. It doesn’t have Batman or Robin or the Riddler, but it does have the Batmobile. A gadget-laden EMS Batmobile to be exact. And it would make even Batman envious.

  • Best Practices with Checklists

    It started with a book, which grew into a series of checklists that may now result in the transformation of the EMS industry.

  • A Musical Education

    Like most paramedics, Lt. Farooq Muhammad, EMT-P, of the FDNY, likes to make sure all his equipment is in good working order before using it. Cardiac monitor? Check. Blood pressure cuff? Check. Pen and paper for rap lyrics? Check. Video camera and film editing equipment? Check.

  • Equipment & System Upgrade

    Humboldt General Hospital prides itself on providing its 8,000 local and 17,000 county residents with the best possible care. It seems like an achievable goal but, in fact, it’s an aspiration that has been hard fought and hard won.

  • Improving Survival Rates

    If you log on to the Howard County (Md.) Department of Fire and Rescue Services’ (HCDFRS) website, you’ll find the agency’s core values, which say, in part, that the service will “create and maintain an environment of individual safety, well-being and trust.” These are values that the nearly 900 career and volunteer providers of Howard County take seriously and try to maintain every day of the year.

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