Bob Loftus, BS, NREMT-B, a 38-year veteran of EMS and an EMS educator, presented a workshop on CECBEMS Organizational Accreditation. His overarching theme was helping to answer the question, “Is Organizational Accreditation with CECBEMS Right for You?” To answer this question, Bob addressed the following key points:
Paul E. Pepe, MD, MPH, was asked to describe how he stumbled upon innovative concepts such as Auto-PEEP, permissive hypotension in trauma and a myriad of other observations that eventually changed worldwide medical practice, in addition to describing the observations and index cases that led him to these "game-changing" concepts. Some key points that Pepe emphasized were:
Christian Martin-Gill, MD, MPH, NREMT-P, assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and associate medical director of STAT MedEvac and UPMC Prehospital Care, discussed the present and future of evidence-based guidelines in prehospital care. He’s the project lead in a collaborative effort involving the National Association of EMS Physicians and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to create a National Strategy for the use of evidence-based guidelines in EMS.
Michael Baker, B.U.S., NRP, Chief of EMS for the Tulsa Fire Department, presented the topic Rethinking Fire Service ALS Deployment and asked the question, “Are we sending the right response at the right time to the right event?”
Peter Antevy, MD, an EMS medical director and pediatric emergency physician in Southeast Florida, presented on the psychology of prehospital pediatric resuscitation. Peter discussed the eight most commonly used drugs in a pediatric call and demonstrated a unique and simple method to quickly determine the correct volume. This method requires no calculations whatsoever and can be recalled easily, even when anxiety levels are peaking. Some additional key points from Peter’s lecture were:
Peter Antevy, MD, an EMS medical director and pediatric emergency physician in Southeast Florida, presented on the psychology of prehospital pediatric resuscitation. Peter cited numerous research studies, the most striking of which was the out-of-hospital pediatric cardiac arrest survival rate, which hasn’t changed in over 30 years. He then used evidenced based psychological data to unlock the hidden secret behind prehospital provider anxiety during pediatric calls. Some additional key points from Peter’s lecture were:
Michael Baker, B.U.S., NRP, chief of EMS for the Tulsa Fire Department, Joseph Fitch, PhD, of Fitch and Associates, and Jeremy Mothershed, chief of the Havre de Grace Ambulance Corps, presented a session designed to prepare your fire chief and department for the future. "20 Answers for 20 Questions" addressed issues facing many departments when confronted with a consultant report seeking information on their response effectiveness.
Brent Parquette, EMT-P, presented on improving OHCA survival rates, with an emphasis on innovative new technology and a look to the future of cardiac arrest care, at EMS Today 2015.
Gordon Graham, a 33-year veteran of California law enforcement, cautioned anyone can make a good decision when there is time to think things through. What do you do when you have no time to think?
Investigating ambulance crashes and crash statistics are critical to creating a safer environment for patients and EMS providers, representatives of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of EMS said during their update on federal EMS initiatives. Drew Dawson, director of the Office of EMS, was joined by other staff members as they updated the audience on many of the other critical projects currently underway at the federal level.