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EMS 10: Innovators of EMS 2013

This supplement profiles the top 10 innovators in EMS who drove the profession forward in 2013. These individuals were nominated by their peers in recognition of their hard work, dedication and selfless efforts to make a difference in the delivery of EMS or in the lives of patients and providers.

Finding the Sweet Spot

Dr. Ahamed Idris found the chest compression rate “sweet spot” and how to measure what's happening during resuscitation.

Cynthia Kincaid

Use the ARM

Rick Lewis and Dr. John Riccio developed the Advance Resource Medic (ARM) vehicle and deployment system, allowing for a changed dispatch and triage process.

Cynthia Kincaid

Best Practices with Checklists

Shaughn Maxwell developed “EMS checklists” to ensure evidence-based critical interventions occur when specific clinical conditions are encountered.

Cynthia Kincaid

A Musical Education

Farooq Muhammad wrote, produced and starred in innovative social media videos designed to educate the public about EMS and instill pride in EMS providers.

Cynthia Kincaid

Equipment & System Upgrade

Jim Parrish facilitated a movement at Humboldt General Hospital toward prehospital care, a training program and a police-paramedic program.

Cynthia Kincaid


Improving Survival Rates

Dr. Kevin Seaman established a division of the Seattle Resuscitation Academy in Howard County (Md.), contributing to prehospital emergency care well beyond the borders of the county.

Cynthia Kincaid


First Responder Recovery

Philip Callahan developed and introduced a resiliency-based behavioral health initiative that helps first responders dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Cynthia Kincaid


Keeping It Simple & Small

Victor Convertino’s research on the compensatory reserve index (CRI) and intrathoracic pressure regulation (IPR) therapy provides tools to more rapidly determine the status of a patient.

Cynthia Kincaid


Less Lights & Sirens

Peter Dworsky and Scott Matin developed Driving Responsibly: The Truth about Sirens, an educational video outlining the misconceptions and dangers of emergency siren and light use.


Utilizing a Fatigue Matrix

David Edgar created a crew fatigue policy to objectively monitor crew activity and fatigue throughout their shift.

Cynthia Kincaid


Innovation & Progress

Follow in the footsteps of these inspirational leaders of EMS.

A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P


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