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Terry Fairbanks, MD, Delivers Opening Keynote at National Association of EMS Physicians Annual Meeting

01 / 07

National Association of EMS Physicians Annual Meeting

NAEMSP president-elect Brent Myers, MD, MPH, and immediate past president Ritu Sahni, MD, MPH, FAEMS, get ready to enjoy the opening keynote of the NAEMSP annual meeting in New Orleans. Photo A.J. Heightman

02 / 07

National Association of EMS Physicians Annual Meeting

In his opening keynote at the NAEMSP annual meeting in New Orleans, Terry Fairbanks, MD, used used a cardiac arrest case study to compare common mistakes, such as accidentally turning off a defibrillator rather than pushing the defibrillate button. He pointed out that this type of error causes a time lapse that can cost a life. Photo A.J. Heightman

03 / 07

National Association of EMS Physicians Annual Meeting

In his keynote address at the NAEMSP annual meeting in New Orleans, Terry Fairbanks, MD, discussed the "science of labeling" and noted that placing a grab (pull handle) on a door that needs to be "pushed" results in a visual confusion that results in error when people pull instead of push to get out. This error can be reduced by "re-engineering" the design, removing the pull handle and replacing it with simply a push plate. This re-engineering tactic has applications in the EMS field. Photo A.J. Heightman

04 / 07

National Association of EMS Physicians Annual Meeting

In his opening keynote at the NAEMSP annual meeting in New Orleans, Dr. Fairbanks addressed the fact that visual similarities can cause fatal errors. The medication (Heparin) on the left is 10 times more powerful than the one on the right. This is the medical error that resulted in the accidental overdosing of actor Dennis Quaid's twins. Photo A.J. Heightman

05 / 07

National Association of EMS Physicians Annual Meeting

Outgoing NAEMSP president Jane H. Brice, MD, MPH, FAEMS, Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, opened the 2017 NAEMSP annual meeting this morning in New Orleans. This is the highest-attended NAEMSP conference in the organization’s history, and the slate of lecturers and topics is robust. Photo A.J. Heightman

06 / 07

National Association of EMS Physicians Annual Meeting

In another example of re-engineering, Dr. Fairbanks discussed in his keynote at the NAEMSP annual meeting in New Orleans how the airline industry significantly reduced errors and accidents caused by pilots inadvertently raising the wheels instead of raising the flaps when landing by relocating the flaps control away from the control that raised the wheels and making that control a wheel versus a lever. Photo A.J. Heightman

07 / 07

National Association of EMS Physicians Annual Meeting

Terry Fairbanks, MD, delivers his keynote address at the NAEMSP annual meeting in New Orleans. Photo A.J. Heightman