Research Analysis: Key takeaways from PART and Airways-2 Trials

JAMA recently published two randomized control trial airway studies comparing endotracheal intubation (ETI) with either a laryngeal tube (LT) or supraglottic airway (SGA) device intubation during out of hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA).  While each study came to a slightly different conclusion, both provide fodder for the ongoing debate around advanced airway management during a cardiac arrest in the prehospital setting. SUMMARY OF THE PART TRIAL … Continue reading Research Analysis: Key takeaways from PART and Airways-2 Trials

Research Analysis: Intubation curriculum increases first pass success

Researchers with Air Methods Corporation recently published the results of their novel airway management curriculum in Prehospital Emergency Care. The curriculum, known as the Helicopter Advanced Resuscitation Training (HeART), focuses on combining critical thinking on the part of providers with established best practices in airway management. This 25-month retrospective observational study includes over 5,000 patients that underwent rapid sequence intubation (RSI) by providers stationed at … Continue reading Research Analysis: Intubation curriculum increases first pass success

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

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

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

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