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
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
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
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
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?
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
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 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
As expected, I had a lovely time at this year’s conference. Last year’s summary is here. Given the structure of Eagles my traditional summary format isn’t an effective method to convey what was presented. But there are a few ways you can follow along… Read through the 2017 presentation slides. (to be posted) Read through the #GatheringEagles17 transcript on Twitter, on Symplur, or via the … Continue reading Gathering of Eagles 2017
I covered this article on the Inside EMS podcast. ~~~~~ New Orleans EMS personnel wear navy blue shirts and pants with white lettering. Acadian Ambulance services a number of neighboring parishes; they wear light green tops and dark green pants. One thousand miles north of New Orleans and up-river, Hennepin EMS (Minn.) paramedics wear light brown shirts and dark brown pants. Bell Ambulance paramedics in … Continue reading What color uniform should paramedics wear?