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Fire Rehab policy?

Started by Kay Vonderschmidt Dec 25, 2009.

Kampala Trauma Score (KTS) for PreHospital Care Providers

Started by Kay Vonderschmidt Nov 8, 2009.

RAMPART Study 13 Replies

Last reply by Kay Vonderschmidt Oct 16, 2009.

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Comment by Kay Vonderschmidt on January 1, 2009 at 5:59pm
Anyone going to the NAEMSP conference in Jacksonville, FL in Jan 2009?
Comment by Kay Vonderschmidt on December 22, 2008 at 8:52pm
try introducing EMS research literature into your training programs....teach EMS providers at all levels on how to read research stats, etc. That helps give them the newest info out there and has lead EMS depts around where I run to add things to the protocols such as IN meds.
Comment by Kay Vonderschmidt on December 20, 2008 at 2:28pm

great link - thanks....research is thinking out of the box to solve a problem or just ask a's nice to know that EMS is now funded in both small ways (NAEMT and others) and large (National Institute of Health)...we also have many physicians that are involved in EMS that still want to make sure that we are doing the best we can for our patients.
Mike - I completely agree - EMS research is the patient's first medical contact so we should have a "best practice in the field" and most physicians I work with are now saying that our care is driving care in the ED's and hospitals. I worked in a system that had a STEMI program from EMS to cath lab for the last 15 years. We didn't call it a STEMI system but all the components are the same.....we just called it the best care for the patient and now the research has agreed.
Comment by Mike Ward on December 20, 2008 at 12:36pm
Thanks, Kay, for the update and Peter for the links.

Evidence-Based (or Patient Outcome-Based) Medicine may change many things we took as "gospel" or "best practices" and force us to re-evaluate the value of everything we do.

Comment by Joffry van Grondelle on December 20, 2008 at 10:52am
Hi I am a reg. ambulance nurse in the Netherlands, did BA Nursing BA Nursing Education, several ambulance training programs and like to follow EMS research issues. Nice forum!
Comment by Kay Vonderschmidt on December 20, 2008 at 9:10am
no - it survived all lawsuits - they ethicists didn't agree with continuing the polyheme in hospital against blood which they said was superior. however, it is not superior all the time. blood has side effects to certain people and some religions do not accept it.
here is the clinical trial link -
Comment by Mike Ward on December 20, 2008 at 7:24am
I thought Polyheme trials were stopped in some areas, like Norfolk (VA):
2006 Polyheme lawsuit:
reprint of related 2006 Wall Street Journal article:
Four-part report on the trials, from the Citizens Responsible for Responsible Care and Research:
Comment by Kay Vonderschmidt on December 19, 2008 at 8:21pm
How about Artifical blood - polyheme which is a blood substitute and was a EMS research project in 30 different EMS systems about 4 years ago submitted their paperwork for approval Oct. 29 - the FDA usually takes 60 days or more to make a decision.
A paper on polyheme is being published jan 2009. Polyheme could change the way rural EMS handles trauma patients.
Comment by Tracey Baker on December 17, 2008 at 2:31pm
That picture ^^^ Up there is hysterical..Nothing short of "True" laughter!
Comment by Duncan Hitchcock on December 13, 2008 at 10:18am
Good morning. Looking forward to the topics in this much needed component of EMS.

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