Community paramedicine program proves potential value

Northwell Health (N.Y.) has published preliminary results of the impact their community paramedicine program had within an advanced illness management program. “Providing Acute Care at Home: Community Paramedics Enhance an Advanced Illness Management Program — Preliminary Data” was published in the Journal of American Geriatric Society on August 30, 2016. Of the 1,602 patients enrolled in advanced illness management, see the workflow diagram, over the … Continue reading Community paramedicine program proves potential value

2016 EMS Trend Report: Expert Analysis

I was included in a panel of experts that were asked to respond to questions on the 2016 EMS Trend Report published by Fitch & Associates in coorperation with EMS1 and NEMSMA. Read the other responses here.    1. Which State of EMS 2016 finding surprised or interested you most?  Two things stood out to me. First, almost half of the organizations were able to implement hypothermia protocols, … Continue reading 2016 EMS Trend Report: Expert Analysis

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 Rural EMS Conference

I recently had the pleasure of attending the National Rural EMS Conference in San Antonio, Texas.  This conference was one of the smallest I’ve ever attended, but it provided a unique view of the concerns rural EMS providers may have that don’t reflect those of their urban counterparts. Since it was hosted by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health, you can find all the slides online for free here. I also had the … Continue reading National Rural EMS Conference

The Gathering of Eagles: 2016

Next year the Gathering of Eagles will celebrate its 19th rendition. And you should be there. The Gathering of Eagles isn’t like the academic conferences many of the Eagles’ faculty present at. Nor is it like smaller state-level conferences many in the audience attend. And it definitely isn’t like the larger EMS conferences such as EMS World Expo. It’s a different breed entirely. The Gathering started … Continue reading The Gathering of Eagles: 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

Sources of Information

I firmly believe that EMS must reach beyond our own boundaries when securing information regrading healthcare and its changing landscape.  These are some of my sources. Other Blogs: The Incidental Economist Skeptical Scalpel Journals: Prehospital Emergency Care  BMJ Emergency Medicine Journal – some open access Health Affairs – open access Health Services Research Journal Milbank Quarterly JAMA NEJM – some open access BMJ Quality & Safety – some open … Continue reading Sources of Information