Corey Slovis, MD, is the medical director of the Nashville Fire Department. He also chairs the Department of Emergency Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and is on the editorial board of JEMS. He’s a well-known nationally renowned educator and focused his talk on potentially practice changing articles that EMS providers should be familiar with.
Slovis touched on the most important articles over the past 12 months, as well as the practice changing concepts, changes in the standard of care and important new facts for EMTs and paramedics to focus on.
Key points from articles he discussed were:
- Epinephrine may not be effective in CPR.
- BLS may be superior to ALS in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
- EMS ECGs showing a STEMI may resolve by ED entry.
- Data showing hands on defibrillation is dangerous may be flawed.
- Beta blockers for AMI may be indicated again in acute STEMI.
- The role of TXA in EMS continues to both evolve and be re-evaluated.