More than 60 EMS medical directors from large population centers throughout the United States, as well as several other countries, began their annual EMS State of the Sciences Conference in Dallas, Texas, today. The conference is often dubbed the “Eagle’s Retreat” because a decade ago a journalist who heard of the large gathering of EMS medical directors reported that it was a great “Gathering of Eagles.”
Citing recent concerns about North Korea and other groups ramping up their involvement in making and using radioactive material, John White, CNMT, Chair of the North Texas Radiation Response Group, updated the Eagles U.S Medical Directors Consortium on what would/could happen if a nuclear device was detonated in a large metropolitan center.
Chris Colwell, MD, and Kevin McVaney, MD, of the Denver Health Paramedic Division addressed the Eagles regarding the enormous alcohol-related cases they face in the Denver EMS System. They are attempting to address this large system-wide problem.Denver EMS units answer 85,000 calls annually. Many of their responses involve patients with alcohol use and abuse.To address the scope of this EMS System abuse area in a special study, Denver crews charted yes/no whether the call was alcohol-related or whether their patients had consumed alcohol.
Corey Slovis, MD, FACP, FACEP, FAAEM, reported results of a recent survey 32 of his Eagle colleagues participated in regarding their coding/resuscitation of traumatic cardiac arrests and told the Eagles at the Eagles conference that he feels a position paper is warranted to reduce or stop the unnecessary resuscitation of selected, severely traumatized patients.
EMS Medical Directors from 60 of the largest U.S. population centers and London started Day #2 of their annual “Eagle Creek” Retreat in Dallas, Texas, jumped right into complex and controversial topics early this morning, discussing who, and under what circumstances, patient transport and hospital destinations should and could appropriately occur; and, the continuing, critical drug shortages that exist throughout the United States.
How should we in EMS handle active-shooter event responses?
1. Do we go in?
2. Under what circumstances do we go in?
3. Who do we go in with?Those are some of the key questions the Eagles/EMS medical directors addressed at the Eagles conference in an intense discussion of active shooter incidents with which their agencies have been involved.
Greg Mears, MD, Medical Director for ZOLL Medical, presented valuable information to the U.S. metropolitan medical directors today during day #2 of their “Eagle Creek” Retreat in Dallas, Texas.Dr. Mears, former EMS Director for the State of North Carolina and an expert on EMS data collection, delivery and documentation, told the 60 medical directors in attendance that EMS is currently in a state of evolution. He said, “As an industry, we are maturing from a data and performance improvement perspective.”
EMS medical directors from 60 of the largest population centers in the U.S. and London provided outstanding lectures to attendees at the annual U.S. Metropolitan Municipalities EMS Medical Directors Consortium, EMS State of the Science (“Gathering of Eagles”) Conference in Dallas this weekend. (See gallery of products.)