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

10 peer-reviewed articles on MIH-CP

Kevin McGinnis is often credited with coining the term “community paramedics” in a 2001 Rural Health News article. Since then, the debate around the terminology of community paramedicine versus mobile integrated healthcare remained relatively heated until a number of national organizations, including NAEMT and NAEMSP, released a joint vision statement defining the larger concept. Regardless of the origins of the terminology, the growth in MIH-CP … Continue reading 10 peer-reviewed articles on MIH-CP

2017 EMS Trend Report: The forces shaping the future of EMS

Throughout the past nine months I had the opportunity to oversee the data analysis for the 2017 EMS Trend Report.  I worked with industry partners from RedFlash Group, EMS1, and Fitch & Associates. The second year of the EMS Trend Report continues the effort of EMS1, Fitch & Associates and the National EMS Management Association to assess and monitor changes in the EMS profession. We … Continue reading 2017 EMS Trend Report: The forces shaping the future of EMS

Mercedes-Benz Superdome lit blue and gold in honor of EMS Week

Originally posted on NOEMSF.  An earlier version was also published on EMS1. On Wednesday (May 24), the lights of New Orleans’ famed Mercedes-Benz Superdome brilliantly shined in blue and gold in support of EMS Week, a national observance celebrating the work and dedication of EMTs and paramedics. “The Mercedes-Benz Superdome is delighted to honor lighting requests for worthwhile causes, both local and national, when our facility schedule permits,” … Continue reading Mercedes-Benz Superdome lit blue and gold in honor of EMS Week

Give thanks to EMTs for their dedication to a dangerous profession

This article was written by myself, Jeremiah Escajeda, and Hawnwan (Phil) Moy The tragic death in March of FDNY EMT Yadira Arroyo — mowed down by a crazed manwho jumped into her ambulance — highlighted the dangers that first responders face daily. This is National EMS Week, a time when we recognize the important work that Emergency Medical Service members like Yadira do in our communities. … Continue reading Give thanks to EMTs for their dedication to a dangerous profession

Did a protocol change improve pediatric pain management?

Recent positon statements on best practices of pain management in the prehospital setting from the National Association of EMS Physicians, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Emergency Medical Services for Children have inspired some EMS agencies to modify their protocols for treating pediatric patients. The study, “Multicenter Evaluation of Prehospital Opioid Pain Management in Injured Children,” evaluates Mecklenberg EMS Agency (Charlotte), Houston Fire Department and Milwaukee … Continue reading Did a protocol change improve pediatric pain management?

Paramedic Chief – Spring 2017

The future of EMS is in applying widely used consumer technology like touch screens, high-definition video, collision avoidance, live video capture and streaming and cloud-based, secure data storage to improve patient assessment, care and documentation. This issue of Paramedic Chief features articles on the challenges of and lessons learned from several important innovations. Inside the issue, you can read about: Designing and delivering virtual instructor-led training … Continue reading Paramedic Chief – Spring 2017

What a nurse learned from researching a community paramedicine program

Cathy Hostettler, DNP isn’t in EMS, but her indirect exposure to the industry over the years meant that teaming up with MedStar’s Mobile Integrated Healthcare program was an easy choice. The decision to do her Doctor of Nursing Practice dissertation research on MedStar’s Heart Failure Readmission Avoidance Program reflects the growing trend of collaboration across disciplines within the prehospital setting. Hostettler ‘s retrospective research aimed to evaluate … Continue reading What a nurse learned from researching a community paramedicine program

Medical care at electronic dance music festivals

Medical care is a critical component to the success of any mass gathering. While there is some research on more popular mass gatherings such as sporting events, rock concerts and even Papal visits; the unique characteristics of electronic dance music festivals has resulted in a reevaluation of the medical care required for this type of event. Electronic dance music is a growing industry in which … Continue reading Medical care at electronic dance music festivals

Not that kind of Doctor

On April 7, 2017 I defended my dissertation “An Evaluation of the Environmental and Organizational Factors Associated with the Formation of Community Paramedicine Programs.” Below I have included two videos. The first describes the process of defending and some of the basic ideas in my dissertation.  The second is my actual defense.  I do this because my actual defense skims over some of the content … Continue reading Not that kind of Doctor