Administration and Leadership

In his presentation, “The Dangers of Anchoring,” Michael Gerber, MPH, discussed how cognitive biases help our brain make important short-cuts when making decisions—but also how those short-cuts often lead to inaccurate conclusions and medical errors. Michael, a veteran paramedic, author and consultant, used a series of case studies and research to guide the audience through ways to recognize cognitive biases and prevent them from harming our patients.
Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

Ron Thackery is a senior vice president of professional services and integration at American Medical Response. He's responsible for safety, risk management and fleet administration as well as the integration of acquired companies into the organization. Thackery discussed the latest updates on future ambulance design standards, including the July 2015 revisions to KKK, CAAS-Ground Vehicle Standard and NFPA. He also discussed the latest research impacting safety of patients and caregivers in the back of ambulances. Some additional key points Ron made were: