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.
Michael Baker, B.U.S., NRP, chief of EMS for the Tulsa Fire Department, presented on the topic of how the non-transport fire service provider can enter the rapidly expanding role of community healthcare.
It's time to freshen up our teaching methods and stop delivering boring lectures, said Richard Huff, NREMT-B, during his presentation, “Don’t Be A Slide Reader: Effective Teaching Methods for Today’s EMS Students,” delivered Thursday, at EMS Today in Baltimore, Md.
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.
Jon Puryear, NRP, a nationally known educator from hosting live and recorded online refresher/CE courses, presented on the important usage of capnography on both intubated and nonintubated patients helping you diagnose and treat your patients.
Peter O’Meara, PhD, discussed community paramedicine programs with an international panel at EMS Today 2015. He focused on the questions, “How and why they are emerging all over the world?” O’Meara, from Australia, Mike Nolan, from Canada, and Gary Wingrove, from the U.S., will talked about the philosophy and aims behind community paramedicine programs, what they do, who they benefit, funding options and more. Some additional key points made by O’Meara were:
Matt Zavadsky, MS-HSA, talked about how economic sustainability is the Achilles’ Heel for many MIH-CP programs—payers want to know what the business model is and how this service line brings them value. He went on to talk about how successfully attaining sustainable revenue requires an acumen some EMS leaders may not possess and what you need to know to make an MIH program financially viable. Some additional key points Matt made were:
Gordon Graham, a 33-year veteran of California law enforcement, discussed his theories of how to maximize the effectiveness of pre-hiring protocols, all with the goal of preventing the wrong people from getting into your organization.
Vic Convertino, PhD, presented on how the use of intrathoracic pressure regulation (IPR) therapy applied with an impedance threshold device can restore the body’s ability to compensate for blood loss that can be measured with a novel technology called the Compensatory Reserve Index (CRI).
EMS innovator Shaughn Maxwell showed why EMS checklists will take you to the next level of performance capability. In an ever increasing world of speed and complexity, we can’t remember everything and it can impact the outcome of our patients. Maxwell focused on how checklists are your secret weapon against human fallibility and how science proves it.