As the leader in disseminating the best knowledge in emergency medical services (EMS) practice, the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS), with support from Physio-Control, Inc., today announces the top 10 innovators in EMS who drove the profession forward in 2011.
The award recipients—listed with their innovations—are:
Tom Bouthillet, Capt., EMT-P
Fire Captain, Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
- By embracing the EMS 2.0 movement and utilizing the Internet to educate a wide audience in many countries, he made significant contributions to the improvement of care for cardiac patients across the globe.
- Using the Internet, he encouraged people out of their comfort zones to use social media, Internet resources, and online education to stimulate debates, discussions and continuing education. Through his blog and Facebook page, he advocates for evidence-based care of STEMI and cardiac arrest patients.
Stephanie Haley-Andrews, RN, EMT-P
Co-Director, EMS Outreach and Education Program, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Denver, Colo.
- Transformed the role of the hospital-based EMS liaison by taking a historically reactive role and turning it into a proactive platform to reach out and serve EMS in the western region and improve the care provided to their pediatric patients.
- Organized, developed and implemented one of the nation’s first ever pediatric stroke alert policies with Aurora Fire and a few other Denver Metro area EMS agencies.
- Designed “A Children’s Preferred Provider” designation program which motivates EMS agencies to increase their pediatrics education requirements and stock peds-specific equipment.
Rob Lawrence, MCMI
Chief Operating Officer, Richmond Ambulance Authority, Richmond, Va.
- Launched the Motorcycle Rider Alert program in Richmond, Va. by the Richmond Ambulance Authority (RAA) and Bon Secours Virginia Health System, in partnership with Motorcycle Virginia, Inc. Every new rider in Virginia is issued a card with safety information.
- The Rider Alert card program is the first of its kind in the U.S., and within nine months of launching in Richmond, more than 125,000 cards had been distributed. The program continues to expand in Virginia and surrounding states and it received national recognition from Geico.
Mary Meyers, MHA, EMT-P
QA/QI Research Specialist, Center for EMS Quality, Integration and Research, Littleton, Colo.
- Utilized her expertise in the areas of research and statistical analysis to move EMS past the current state of IV success rates and response times as an indicator of quality.
- Integrally involved in a variety of activities in 2011: Published research on sepsis, lactate meters infection control and prehospital pain management; advanced airway analysis to improve intubation success rates; suicide hotspot identification to allow for specific training for paramedics as well as real-time information for suicide prevention programs.
Paul Paris, MD, FACEP, LLD (Hon.)
Chief Medical Officer, Ctr. for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania, Inc., Pittsburgh, Pa.
- Formed a partnership with the nationally recognized Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) to address the issues of patient and provider safety in prehospital care.
- Under his leadership, JHF funded an EMS Safety Fellowship/Quality Champion program to help translate the quality improvement and patient safety work they pioneered in the hospital setting to EMS services throughout Western Pennsylvania.
- Advocate for improving EMS patient and provider safety by obtaining additional education in the patient safety field, writing editorials and giving frequent lectures on the topic throughout Pennsylvania.
David Reinis, EMT-P
Paramedic Educator, Centura South Denver EMS, Denver, Colo.
- Designed a class for prehospital providers to increase accuracy of STEMI recognition. A team of doctors, paramedics and cardiac cath lab staff teach the class using pig hearts to dissect and visualize the actual internal structures to see which vessels feed the different parts of the heart and how it corresponds to ST elevation and depression.
- To date, approximately 300 prehospital providers have gone through this class and more are scheduled to participate.
E. Reed Smith, MD, FACEP
Operational Medical Director, Arlington County Fire Department, Arlington, Va.
- Implemented a new EMS active shooter response program called “Rescue Task Force” into Arlington County. The program, in conjunction with Arlington Police, has teams of Arlington Fire medics and Arlington Police patrol officers quickly move into the building during an active shooter event to provide stabilizing treatment and rapid evacuation for the wounded.
- Several agencies in the National Capitol Region have adopted similar active shooter response programs, and the entire region has begun efforts to coordinate and collaborate in preparation for these events. Additionally, he has assisted the London Fire Brigade with implementing the RTF concept and is one of several members of ACFD working collaboratively with both the London Fire Brigade and FDNY.
Pat Songer, NREMT-P, ASM
Director of EMS, Humboldt General Hospital EMS Rescue, Winnemucca, Nev.
- Through his innovative leadership, dramatically improved prehospital outcomes for patients in a rural area.
- Established a critical care paramedic ground system, a community paramedicine program and the use of portable ultrasound units in the field to detect internal bleeding or possible blockages.
- Placed over 250 AED units in public places, such as schools, government offices, casinos, gold mines, senior centers and motels.
- Introduction of handheld blood analyzers to the field, returning diagnostic results in two minutes.
Founder & President, Firstwatch,San Diego, Ca.
- Firstwatch created a “virtual EMS supervisor,” a series of triggers to monitor EMS system operations in real time.
- Firstwatch helped establish a geo fence in a transportation corridor between a large scale special event, and the core of the city, showing the impact people attending or traveling to and from the event had on the EMS system.
Wilderness EMS Course, Carolina Wilderness EMS Externship, Morganton, N.C.
Group nomination: Michael Millin, MD, Seth Hawkins, MD, & Will Smith, MD
- Developed a unique and innovative EMS product, the Wilderness EMS Medical Director course. The first formal collaboration between NAEMSP and WMS members, the course represents an important historical installment in the development of Wilderness EMS as a specialty. Before now, there has been no specific training for physicians to provide oversight in wilderness environments or for Wilderness EMS teams.
“The EMS 10 program, now in its fourth year and conducted in partnership with Physio-Control, recognizes and publicizes the work of EMS innovators,” stated A.J. Heightman, editor-in-chief of JEMS. “The efforts of these individuals—sometimes done on a volunteer basis—should motivate other EMS professionals to think about how they can be influential in finding solutions to the challenges within their own EMS systems.”
Recipients were judged on their fulfillment of at least one of the following 2011 criteria:
- Introduced or published a new clinical or operational program or concept that constitutes an extraordinary contribution to prehospital emergency medicine;
- Revised a local protocol or standard operating procedure (SOP) that significantly enhanced the efficiency, safety or quality of EMS care or the work environment for EMS personnel;
- Implemented a unique educational model or recruitment and retention program that drastically increased or improved the local workforce;
- Spearheaded the development of a new state or regional group or agreement in an effort to improve preparedness for major incidents.
“The phrase, ‘innovate or die,’ takes on a unique meaning for the EMS field. In no other profession does the push to transform patient care stand to make such an immediate impact on people’s lives,” said Brian Webster, CEO, Physio-Control, Inc. “Physio-Control applauds this year’s EMS 10 winners for pushing emergency medicine forward. These individuals share Physio-Control’s own commitment to innovation and serve as inspiration for emergency response professionals everywhere.”
The “EMS 10” will be recognized today during the opening ceremonies of the EMS Today Conference & Exposition in Baltimore, Md., to which they received complimentary registration. They will also be recognized in a special digital supplement on JEMS.com, available in April.
Now in its 32nd year of publication, JEMS is published monthly and distributed to EMS professionals worldwide. The journal offers focused editorial content on a variety of topics that include clinical information on patient assessment and treatment, industry trends and relevant commentary. More information may be found at www.JEMS.com.
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