SAN DIEGO, March 7, 2013: As the leader in disseminating the best knowledge in emergency medical services (EMS) practice, the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS), in partnership with Physio-Control, Inc., a leading provider of emergency medical response technologies worldwide, today announces the top 10 innovators in EMS who drove the profession forward in 2012.
The award recipients—listed with their innovations—are:
Dale Becker, NREMT-P , Captain, EMS Supervisor
Howard County Dept. of Fire & Rescue (Columbia, Md.)
• Captain Becker formed and implemented a new crew resource management initiative for high-performance CPR (CRM/HP CPR) initiative for the Howard County Dept. of Fire & Rescue.
• As a measure of Becker’s efforts, cardiac arrest survival rates for victims of sudden cardiac arrests have improved by about 20%.
John Curry, Captain
Organization: Coral Gables Fire Department (Miami-Dade, Fla.)
• Curry helped create the FOAM-D Stroke Consortium, a network composed of South Florida firefighters, doctors from the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and 16 local hospitals with a goal of providing comprehensive, rapid response to the treatment of stroke patients.
• Preliminary data shows that 30% of patients are being transported to comprehensive care centers, which is higher than the predicted 13%.
Jessica DeMarzo, EMT-B, Chief of Operations
Purchase College of Emergency Medical Services (N.Y.)
• A 19-year-old New Jersey EMT, DeMarzo founded the Purchase College Emergency Medical Service, a new collegiate EMS service, approved by the Purchase college council and Albany office of the State University New York (SUNY).
James Dunford, MD, Medical Director, San Diego (Calif.) EMS
Professor Emeritus of Clinical Medicine & Surgery in the Department of Emergency Medicine, University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
• Dunford has directed the implementation of the San Diego Resource Access Program (RAP) and electronic Resource Access Program (eRAP), an EMS-based surveillance and case management system designed to help individuals who repeatedly accessed 9-1-1 find appropriate care.
• Since its inception in 2008, RAP has evolved from a gumshoe case management approach into a health information technology (HIT)-enabled program supported by real-time EMS and computer-aided device surveillance.
David Grovdahl, EMT-P, Executive Director
LeFlore County EMS (Poteau, Okla.)
• Grovdahl aggressively revamped EMS system to improve service and patient care using technology and improving educational standards in “super rural” Oklahoma region.
• EMS of LeFlore County has improved save rates from 6% to 40%, has not had a failed intubation in 3 years with and without RSI (nearly 200 intubations)
Graham Nichol, MD, MPH, FRCP(C), FACP, FAHA
Emergency Medicine Physician/Professor of Emergency Medicine
Harborview Medical Center/University of Washington School of Medicine
• Dr. Nichol led the creation of the Mission: Lifeline Cardiac Resuscitation Systems of Care program launched April 17, 2012, a program designed to help improve survival rates for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
Joseph P. Ornato, MD, FACP, FACC, FACEP, Operational Medical Director/Professor
Richmond Ambulance Authority (Richmond, Va.)/ Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Department of Emergency Medicine
• Under Ornato’s direction, the cooling program, launched in 2008, now allows for the discharge of more than 14% of these aggressively cooled out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients neurologically intact from the hospital alive compared to the national survival of approximately 6%.
David Page, MS, NREMT-P, EMS Instructor/paramedic
Inver Hills Community College (Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.)/Allina EMS
• Page spearheaded the formation of the Saint Paul Emergency Medical Services academy, also called “Freedom House,” a 240-hour program geared toward training low-income young people to become EMTs with the goal of diversifying St. Paul’s EMS workforce.
• Under Page’s leadership, an out-of-use fire house was renamed “Freedom House” in memory of the Pittsburgh program that began in 1967 that trained unemployed and underemployed black men and women as EMTs.
Richard Price, Fire Chief/President
San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District (Calif.)/PulsePoint Foundation
• Price launched the PulsePoint smartphone mobile application and supporting Foundation, which work to improve cardiac arrest survival rates through bystander performance CPR and defibrillation.
Medstar Mobile Healthcare
Fort Worth and 14 other cities in North Texas
• Over the past 4 years MedStar has implemented numerous programs that have improved healthcare in their local community and improved safety for their personnel, including Community Health, 9-1-1 Nurse Triage, Congestive Heart Failure, Hospice Revocation Avoidance and Observational Admission Avoidance programs.
• Over the past 20 months, MedStar has hosted visitors from 43 communities in 22 states and 4 foreign nations to see how they operate these programs.
“The EMS 10 program, now in its fifth year and conducted in partnership with Physio-Control, provides us with a way to find, recognize and publicize the work of EMS innovators,” stated A.J. Heightman, editor-in-chief of JEMS. “The efforts of these individuals and organizations are exemplary and should serve as a motivation for other EMS professionals to think about solutions to the challenges within their own EMS systems.”
Recipients were judged on their fulfillment of at least one of the following 2012 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.
“Over the last five years, the EMS 10 program has given us outstanding examples of how individuals and organizations have pushed to transform patient care. By showcasing their innovations at EMS Today and through the EMS 10 supplement we are able to share their achievements with a worldwide audience,” said Brian Webster, president and CEO, Physio-Control. “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 an inspiration for emergency response professionals everywhere. “
The “EMS 10” will be recognized today during the opening ceremonies of the EMS Today Conference & Exposition in Washington, D.C., 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 33rd 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.
More information on the EMS Today Conference & Expo may be found at EMSToday.com.
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