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April 2011 EMS 10: Innovators in EMS 2010, Ride the Innovation Wave

Ride the Innovation Wave

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

Eliminating Unrecognized CO Poisoning

Two years ago, David Aber, NREMT-P, volunteer EMS supervisor for the Odessa (Del.) Fire Company and a full-time paramedic with New Castle County, was attending EMS Today in Baltimore when he came across a booth sponsored by Masimo Corp. What caught Aber’s eye was Masimo’s Rad-57 Pulse CO-Oximeter. The small, handheld device measures noninvasive carboxyhemoglobin (SpCO), methemo­globin (SpMet), SpO2, pulse rate and perfusion index. In short, it was a portable, high-tech patient monitor for carbon monoxide, and Aber recognized the lifesaving opportunities the small device might offer.

Forming a Unique Alliance

View a video interview with Jeff Dumermuth below this article.

In an effort to improve EMS care in Iowa, Jeffery Dumermuth,  CMO, EMT-PS, chief of Emergency Medical and Communications Services for the city of West Des Moines, spearheaded one of the more unique partnerships within EMS.Dumermuth combined private hospital interests with a municipal city EMS operation to form the Iowa EMS Alliance, one of the few, if any, partnerships of its kind in the nation.

Campaigning for Growing Recognition

After spending 20 years practicing emergency medicine as the medical director of an emergency department in his hometown of Douglasville, Ga., Ray Fowler, MD, FACEP, retired and immediately began looking for his next life opportunity.His next adventure turned out to be right around the corner and involved Fowler’s longtime friend, Paul Pepe, MD, chair of the Division of Emergency Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern.

Developing a Worldwide Learning Network

From the time he was a Boy Scout earning a merit badge in first aid, Greg Friese, MS, NREMT-P, knew he was interested in healthcare. He took a job as a camp counselor at the Camp Manito-wish YMCA, where he was required to take CPR and wilderness first aid classes. It wasn’t a big leap for him to realize that EMS might be a viable life path.

Beating Heart for Survival

The HEARTSafe program is a population and criteria-based incentive program designed to advance systems change along the Chain of Survival, which has four critical steps: early access to emergency care, early CPR, early defibrillation and early advanced care. The primary goal is to increase survival rates from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

Rethinking Disaster Preparedness

Believing that the best way to train is through realism, Lt. James Logan, BPS, IC, EMT-P, has created one of the most innovative and true-to-life training programs that many EMS providers will ever experience. Logan, who heads up EMS Consequence Management and Quality Improvement for the Memphis Fire Department, finds himself immersed in disaster preparedness and terrorism response daily.

Bridging the Gap from Warfront to Homefront

You could say that Nicholas Miller, BS, CCEMT-P, I/C, is a bit of a medical historian, but with a twist. The paramedic and EMS instructor has been teaching for the past seven years and saw the need to develop a modern transition program, a bridge, if you will, for experienced combat medics. His goal was to create a program that would allow them to bring their skills back to the states after discharge to pursue a career in EMS. But such a program didn’t exist.

Mapping Out a Partnership

In 2003, Christopher Montera, EMT-P, now chief of the Western Eagle County Ambulance District in Eagle County, Colo., was working as a planner under a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) grant in bioterrorism. At the time, he was the only planner under the grant who had any emergency medicine background in public health. “I didn’t have a good enough handle on, or respect for, what public health had done, until I did that job,” he says. “After that time, I had an idea that we needed to take EMS and public health and somehow bring them together.” He did some reading and thinking about how such a partnership might look, but he still didn’t have a clear road map of how to proceed.

Sharpening the Focus on Safety

View a video interview with Daniel Patterson below this article.

Many may see Daniel Patterson, PhD, MPH, EMT-B, as a professor with emergency medicine ties, but in truth, he’s a detective. Although this EMT with a doctorate doesn’t carry a badge, he does have an instinct for following clues and posing questions that yield, sometimes, surprising results.

Dedicating Energy to Honor the Fallen

View a video interview with Tawnya Silloway below this article.

The idea had to do with death, specifically how to best honor EMS and first responders who die in the line of duty, or after retirement, and she just couldn’t let the idea go.