Research Analysis: public health and public safety data integration

The Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, known for its work focusing on high utilizers within the healthcare setting, teamed up with the Camden County Police Department for one of the most comprehensive evaluations of the crossover between high-utilizing patients and repeat offenders. This collaboration, known as Camden ARISE (Administrative Records Integrated for Service Excellence), looked at arrest data and hospital claims data within Camden, New … Continue reading Research Analysis: public health and public safety data integration

Research Analysis: Airway management better with the bougie

Researchers at Hennepin County Medical Center and the University of Minnesota Department of Emergency Medicine recently published the results of the Bougie Use in Emergency Airway Management (BEAM) randomized clinical trial in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The BEAM trial compared intubations done in a Level I trauma center using a Macintosh blade, with and without a bougie. Patients were randomly assigned … Continue reading Research Analysis: Airway management better with the bougie

Research Analysis: Addressing attrition of EMS professionals

**The National Association of EMS Physicians hosted its second Twitter Journal Club on April 17, 2018 under the hashtag #NAEMSPJC, discussing the “Prehospital Emergency Care” publication Exiting the Emergency Medical Services Profession and Characteristics Associated with Intent to Return to Practiceby Cash et al.** This article was co-authored with Jeremiah Escajeda. In October 2013, all 310,000 providers with a National EMS Certification and an active email … Continue reading Research Analysis: Addressing attrition of EMS professionals

Professional Purse Purchasing

I asked #GirlMedTwitter for recommendations on a new work bag, and they did not disappoint. Since I can’t be the only one that wants this information, it seemed reasonable to put it all in one place.  #GirlMedTwitter is typically more oriented towards physicians/clinicians and physicians/clinicians in training, so their needs are a bit different than mine, but I definitely got some great ideas for my … Continue reading Professional Purse Purchasing

Research Analysis: Check and Inject program is safe and cost effective

Inspired by the rising costs of epinephrine auto-injectors, King County Emergency Medical Services decided to implement a “Check and Inject” program in 2014. Recently published research in Prehospital Emergency Carehas shown that this switch was not only safe for patients but saved the region at least $1 million over a three-year period. This research was also presented at the 2018 National Association of EMS Physicians … Continue reading Research Analysis: Check and Inject program is safe and cost effective

Quick Take: Examining pediatric intubation

DALLAS — At the 20th EMS State of the Science, a Gathering of Eagles Conference, RJ Frascone, medical director for Regions Hospital EMS in Minnesota asked the audience whether or not it’s important to intubate kids, particularly those that are not in cardiac arrest. Frascone discussed his agency’s experiences involving pediatric intubation as the organization switched from direct laryngoscope to video laryngoscope. He also challenged … Continue reading Quick Take: Examining pediatric intubation

Quick Take: The cardiac effects of drug abuse

DALLAS — Christopher Colwell, the chief of emergency medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, shared some unique presentations of drug use with the audience at The State of the Science Gathering of Eagles Conference. His presentation focused on newer drugs within the San Francisco market and demonstrated how these drugs can have effects that mimic other conditions. MEMORABLE QUOTES ON CARDIAC EFFECTS OF DRUG … Continue reading Quick Take: The cardiac effects of drug abuse

Quick Take: A post-disaster resilience checklist

DALLAS — Dr. Stefan Poloczek, the medical director for the Berlin Fire Brigade, spoke at the 20th Annual EMS State of the Science: A Gathering of Eagles meeting. He discussed the terrorist attack at the Berlin Christmas Market in December 2016 and how he used his experiences in the days, weeks and months after to build a 10-point checklist focused on post-disaster resiliency. MEMORABLE QUOTES … Continue reading Quick Take: A post-disaster resilience checklist

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