National Association of EMS Physicians 2016 Annual Meeting

What follows is a list of resources mentioned during various session at this year’s NAEMSP Annual Meeting.  This conference represents the best of the science of EMS.  So as to not overtly violate the ethics of conference attendance (and therefore conference fees), all information was found on the web during the various sessions.  I try to refrain from interpretation, but if you have any questions regarding the context  of a resource please feel free to email me at

– Catherine  R. Counts

I had the unique opportunity of writing for EMS1 during my time in San Diego, these articles elaborate on two of the sessions I found most valuable during the meeting.

Saturday, January 16

Top Innovations for 2016

  • Speaker – Brent Myers
  • Active Assailant
    • FBI – Active Shooter Incidents from 2000-2013
  • Reform for Real

  • Narcotic Epidemic
    • Business Insider – Overdose deaths from a type of legal drug hit record numbers
    • CDC MMWR – Increases in Drug and Opioid Overdose Deaths — United States, 2000–2014
  • Advocacy Changes
    • HR 4365 – Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act of 2016
  • International Outreach

I have to Start Carrying What on My Ambulance?

EMS Compass Initiative & The Latest in Performance Measures

Successes & Challenges in Developing, Implementing, & Studying Prehospital Evidence-Based Guidelines

EMS DEA Update

  • Speaker – Ritu Sahni
  • H.R. 4365 – Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act of 2016
  • Read EMS1 summary of legislation here.

Not Carved in Stone: The 2015 AHA Guidelines for CPR & ECC – Update for EMS

Top 5 Articles that Should Change your Practice

  1. Speakers –Blair BighamMichael MillinJon Rittenberger
  2. Newgard et al. 2016 – Improving early identification of the high-risk elderly trauma patient by emergency medical services
    1. Guyette et al. 2015 – A comparison of prehospital lactate and systolic blood pressure for predicting the need for resuscitative care in trauma transported by ground.
  3. Berkhemer et al. 2015 – A Randomized Trial of Intraarterial Treatment for Acute Ischemic Stroke
    1. Modern Healthcare – Specialized ambulances expedite stroke treatment
  4. Ross et al. 2015 – Assessment of the safety and effectiveness of emergency department STEMI bypass by defibrillation-only emergency medical technicians/primary care paramedics.
  5. Prekker et al. 2016 – Pediatric Intubation by Paramedics in a Large Emergency Medical Services System: Process, Challenges, and Outcomes
    1. Gausche et al. 2000 – Effect of Out-of-Hospital Pediatric Endotracheal Intubation on Survival and Neurological Outcome: A Controlled Clinical Trial
  6. Nichol et al. 2015 – Trial of Continuous or Interrupted Chest Compressions during CPR

Friday, January 15

Promoting Innovation in EMS

Electronic Dance Music, Designer Drugs & Teen Death

Thursday, January 14

President’s Address – Jane Brice

Identifying Human Trafficking in America

Measuring Up to IOM’s Recommendations for Cardiac Resuscitation

EMS Mythbusters

Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium: Recapping Its Impact & Successes

Wednesday, January 13

Mobile Integrated Healthcare/Community Paramedicine Workshop

Read EMS1 summary here.

Historical Background and Proof of Concept Studies: Kevin Munjal

Data & Metrics:

Regulations & Policy:

Medical Direction for Community Paramedics: Michael Wilcox

Finance & Sustainability:

EMS Compass

  • The goal of EMS Compass is to help EMS systems measure and improve the quality of care at the local, regional, state and national levels.
  •  Read EMSWorld article on HarvardX-IHI here.

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