McSwain EMS Trauma Conference

The McSwain EMS Trauma Conference is a one-day symposium covering the treatment prehospital providers render to a range of traumatic injuries. It is held every year in New Orleans and named for Dr. Norman McSwain, the pioneering trauma surgeon and lifelong advocate for EMS. While the sessions covered a variety of topics across prehospital trauma, at this year’s event I took special interest in two … Continue reading McSwain EMS Trauma Conference

The paradox of potentially predatory publications

An article on a statewide MIH program in Florida is making the rounds within EMS trade journals.  EMS World and JEMS have both already covered it.  I was asked by EMS1‘s Editor-in-Chief to cover it, but given a variety of misgivings that I had about the integrity of the article it was decided to let sleeping dogs lie. But that’s why I started my own website. Article … Continue reading The paradox of potentially predatory publications

EMS World Expo 2016

EMS World Expo is put on by EMS World every October and is “North America’s largest EMS conference and trade show, hosted in partnership with NAEMT, which brought over 5,100 EMS professionals together in New Orleans.” While I spent the majority of my time volunteering with The New Orleans EMS Foundation, I was asked to cover three sessions for EMS World: Implementing Evidence-Based Learning in Prehospital … Continue reading EMS World Expo 2016

Two weeks of nothing

What started as a severe cold morphed into an allergic reaction requiring heavy antihistamines, the kind that interfered with my ability to stay awake, let alone use the full capacity of my brain.  This has resulted in two weeks of nothing. Who knew two weeks of nothing could remind you what matters. As a doctoral student I’m in the unique position of having multiple sources of … Continue reading Two weeks of nothing

Writing Q & A

Writing is a strangely individualistic sport. As such it requires a certain level of personal reflection on what works and what doesn’t.  In an effort to not utterly bias my recent EMS1 article on the topic, I decided to poll a handful of writers beyond myself (CC) to see what works for them. You can read more about each of them here: Raphael M. Barishansky (RB) Ari … Continue reading Writing Q & A

AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting 2016

This was my third time attending AcademyHealth‘s Annual Research Meeting (ARM), but it was my first time feeling like I wasn’t lost in the crowd.  For a conference with nearly 3000 attendees who all like looking at how healthcare works, it can be hard to find where you belong. My current conference modus operandi – I love the plenary sessions, I don’t go to paper sessions unless I … Continue reading AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting 2016

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 … Continue reading National Association of EMS Physicians 2016 Annual Meeting

Institute for Healthcare Improvement 27th National Forum

After every conference I like to make a list of resources mentioned throughout the various sessions.  Keeping track of this information is one of the biggest reasons I use Twitter so heavily on these occasions. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s National Forum is one of my favorite conferences.  Although it is disproportionately attended by clinicians, I always feel at home surrounded by so many passionate … Continue reading Institute for Healthcare Improvement 27th National Forum

EMS Protocols

Kelly Grayson of Ambulance Driver Files recently penned an article on EMS1 regarding the “protocol paradox” which he defines as: “The more restrictive your agency’s protocols are, the more likely it is necessary to deviate from them, and the more likely that agency is to punish harshly for such deviations.” Mr. Grayson makes some extremely valid points about the utility of protocols within EMS.  While he supports the use … Continue reading EMS Protocols

ALS vs. BLS Research

Dr. Sanghavi has managed to, yet again, create quite a storm within EMS circles. For those of you that don’t recognize her name, she is the same researcher that brought us last November’s  much criticized “Outcomes After Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Treated by Basic vs Advanced Life Support”within JAMA Internal Medicine.  This time, she has published “Outcomes of Basic Versus Advanced Life Support for Out-of-Hospital Medical Emergencies” within the … Continue reading ALS vs. BLS Research