Research Analysis: The benefits of telemedicine for inmate healthcare

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago published an in-depth review of how video technology can expand access to high quality healthcare within the correctional setting. The review starts with a summary of the health of the incarcerated in the United States including an inventory of the diseases that disproportionately afflict this population such as: Hepatitis C; HIV; Chronic conditions like COPD, asthma and … Continue reading Research Analysis: The benefits of telemedicine for inmate healthcare

Quick Take: Hurricane Harvey lessons shared with EMS physicians

SAN DIEGO – Hurricane Harvey brought record rainfall to southeast Texas and south Louisiana in August 2017. Along with the deluge came an unprecedented number of local and federal emergency responders. Kevin Schulz, the assistant medicine director for the Houston Fire Department; and Kevin Sirmons, the medical officer for NDMS/MN-1 DMAT, tag teamed to present at the 2018 National Association of EMS Physicians Annual Meeting … Continue reading Quick Take: Hurricane Harvey lessons shared with EMS physicians

Using video games to improve pediatric disaster education

SAN DIEGO — The use of video games to facilitate training, commonly referred to as gamification, is well-established in many industries, however, its application in healthcare is variable. The Pediatric Research in Disaster Education (PRIDE) team is trying to change that. The team recently presented their research on a video game-based training tool at the National Association of EMS Physicians Annual Meeting. This tool acts as a digital … Continue reading Using video games to improve pediatric disaster education

Quick take: Quality and safety gain prominence at NAEMSP

SAN DIEGO — The National Association of EMS Physicians started its 2018 Annual Meeting with a day-long session aimed at introducing EMS medical directors to some fundamental quality and safety concepts. The course was designed to be an interactive application of these concepts to a crowd that is not traditionally well-versed on the topics. The instructors used the System of Profound Knowledge to tie the … Continue reading Quick take: Quality and safety gain prominence at NAEMSP

Research analysis: Stroke identification in 911 calls

Researchers in Chicago have published the study, “Identifying Key Words in 9-1-1 Calls for Stroke: A Mixed Methods Approach” in “Prehospital Emergency Care.” This study analyzed dispatch recordings of confirmed acute ischemic strokes to determine the words and phrases most commonly used by both the caller and the emergency medical dispatcher (EMD). A total of 110 calls were listened to and transcribed. The median call lasted … Continue reading Research analysis: Stroke identification in 911 calls