Key topics discussed during today’s Eagles Lightning Round:
- Manual CPR should not be performed in the back of a moving ambulance—that is a key indicator for use of a mechanical CPR device.
- Several Eagles noted that systems should no longer terminate the resuscitation of all patients after 20 minutes because there is now enough evidence of successful resuscitations of patients after hours of CPR and CATH lab interventions.
Dr. Jim Augustine reported on key issues and important tools discussed by the Eagles in 2015
- CPR Devices
- Reduced volume BVM devices
- Pelvic immobilization devices
- Patient restraint devices
- End Tidal CO2
Key Bullets from Round 1
- Auto-Dispatch: Crash Notification Becoming a Standard Feature at 9-1-1. Peter Taillac, MD, spoke about a new automatic dispatch system being incorporated into, automated by OnStar.
- Debunking the Debunking Articles: ALS Care is Not Dangerous. Mike Levy, MD, reported on a study that claimed there was a higher mortality rate for ALS versus BLS case but, in reality, the study was based on billing data, so it left a false impression on some readers.
- Messin’ with Vasopressin: Ramifications of Drug Shortages. Jon Jui noted that they had some positive results with the use of vasopression during a time of acute drug shortages.
- Play MIST-ee for Me: A Systematic Approach to ED TOC. David Miramontes reported on a slick new call-in and turn-over report process implemented in San Antonio that can be read and downloaded at STRAC.org.
- The Motown Blues Morphing Into a Rock n’ Roll Rhythm: How the Detroit EMS System Began to Rev-Up Its Engines. Robert B. Dunne, MD, reported on the progress Detroit has had in rebuilding its EMS system. They have made great strides in staffing, medical fire response, ALS, BLS, flex unit deployment, and involvement in ProQA and CARES.
The Eagles’ Present the Michael Copass and Corey Slovis Awards
The Michael Copass Leadership Award was awarded to Dr. Craig Manifold, chair of the National EMS Committee, American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and board member of the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT).
Craig A. Manifold, MD, accepts the Michael Copass Leadership Award
The Corey Slovis Award for Educational Excellence was presented to Sophia Dyer, MD, Medical Director for the City of Boston Public Safety (EMS, fire & police); Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and Boston Medical Center.
Sophia Dyer, MD, accepts the Corey Slovis Award for Educational Excellence