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Award-winner and EMS innovator Shaughn Maxwell took audiences through two unique historic disasters in 2014. When a major landslide occurred in Oso, Wash., there was no pre-established playbook. In addition to rescue operations; an EMS response system was needed to care for hundreds of rescuers in this remote and dangerous environment. No one could expect that within six months, on the opposite side of the Cascade Mountain Range, the largest wildfire in state history would cut off a rural valley from the rest of the world. Some additional key points Shaughn made were:
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Gordon Graham discussed the high risk world that you live in as a paramedic with a high chance you will get sued. Graham, a 33-year veteran of California law enforcement, chronicled how to recognize the events that have the highest probability of ending up in a lawsuit. With this, included the things you need to do to properly document an event, in order to prepare your defense on the day or night of the incident.  
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Vic Convertino, PhD, senior scientist for the US Army Combat Casualty Care Research Program, and well known for his state-of-the-art research focused on the understanding of the physiology of blood loss and hemorrhagic shock in humans, presented on the measurement of the body’s ability to compensate for blood loss with the use of a novel technology called the compensatory reserve index (CRI).
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John Dugan, BS, NREMT-P, and Pete O’Brien, MD, FACC, tag teamed a presentation on STEMI recognition. After a brief review of the current science around the importance around the old mantra “time is tissue,” John began presenting 12-lead ECG’s. The participants had 15 seconds to use audience response technology to answer whether or not they felt the ECG was a STEMI or not. During each case, O’Brien would answer questions and expand on what current AHA/ACC guidelines recommend and would dig deep with the knowledge of an experienced cardiologist.
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Matt Zavadsky, MS-HSA, discussed how hospitals and other healthcare providers are being held financially accountable for patient satisfaction scores and how EMS providers have an impact on those scores. He also taught attendees how to begin measuring and reporting patient satisfaction and develop strategies to improve this metric. Some additional key points Matt made were:
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In years gone by, A.J. topped the JEMS/PennWell/EMS Today demerit board for unapproved actions. But this year the staff decided to wear t-shirts during EMS Today set-up to visually remind him to stay in line. You'll see A.J. in his finest all week. And watch for daily reports of key happenings and lectures from EMS Today.  
Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

The gleaming ambulances that grace the EMS Today Conference & Exposition show floor are always a hit. The ones showcased during this year’s show in Washington, D.C., were no exception. They introduced many cool new interior and exterior features and clever, practical innovations, including increased safety measures, improved aerodynamics and fuel systems and better lighting.