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Safety Track - Mineral Hall B/C 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015   

Time: 10:00 am - 10:50 am
Title: Kick-Off Safety Panel
Panel: William Rosenberg (COO, Butler Medical Transport), Sally McCabe (New York Presbyterian Hospital), Dave McGowan (Safety Consultant, ZOLL), Cathy Jaynes (EMS Safety Research Consultant)

Panel discussion on a variety of current topics such as Ebola: Lessons Learned, Trends in Patient and Ambulance Safety, and EMS safety initiatives outside of vehicle operations.  Audience is encouraged to share concerns and questions -- all safety track instructors have been invited to attend and can cover in greater detail at their sessions.

Time: 11:00 am - 11:50 am
Title: Safety, Empathy & the Patient Experience
Presenter: Sally McCabe, Manager/Corporate Trainer - New York Presbyterian Hospital

Studies show that the clinician’s ability to explain, listen and empathize can have a profound effect on the patient outcome. In addition, communication among healthcare team members influences the quality of working relationships, job satisfaction and has a profound impact on patient safety. There is a wealth of evidence linking ineffective clinician-patient communication with increased litigation, patient and clinician dissatisfaction, and poor patient outcomes. The focus of this session will be the importance of addressing communication skill deficits to improve safety and the patient experience. Attendees at this session will be entered into a door-prize raffle for a New York Presbyterian EMS Stainless Steel LED Safety Light Flashlight.

Lunch Time!

Time: 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm
Title:The Great Response Time Debate-Take the Emotion Out of It
Presenter: Kolby Miller, CEO - Medstar Ambulance

While EMS systems have used response time as a key performance indicator since dinosaurs roamed the hospitals, the clinical data does not support the importance of time.  This session helps EMS leaders understand how to raise the issue in their community, and work towards systems based on clinical outcomes, safety, and overall effectiveness.

Time: 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm
Title: Road Safety - the Return on Investment
Presenter: Dr. Cathy Jaynes, Research Consultant

Ambulance transport administrators and practitioners. This session will present initial data showing the impact of installing the Road Safety system on safety as well as the budget!

Time: 4:00 pm - 4:50 pm
Title: Critical Concepts in Pediatric Safety
Presenter: Dr. Ann Dietrich, MD, Pediatrician - Nationwide Children's Hospital (OH)

This session will focus on pediatric drug dosing and administration.  The discussion will include techniques for determining an accurate weight for a child, dosing decision making and preventing errors in administration.   In Prehospital Emergency Care in 2012 an article concluded medications delivered in the prehospital care of children were frequently administered outside of the proper dose range when compared with patient weights recorded in the prehospital medical record. EMS systems should develop strategies to reduce pediatric medication dosing errors.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015   

Time: 9:00 am - 9:50 am
Title: Health & Wellness in Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
Presenter: Ted Milano, Health & Safety Coordinator - Community Ambulance

This session deals with the physicalities of EMS and how introducing specific components that are otherwise overlooked in EMS (vs. FD and PD) can greatly improve the "culture" of the industry. There is little to no education or ongoing physical standard in this category of emergency service, and, as a result, the stereotypical EMS worker is likely overweight, addicted to certain harmful behaviors, and often exhibiting the same behaviors as the patients. This Power Point presentation explains how, through introducing various pre-employment and ongoing physical standards, educational resources, and personal and professional lifestyle choices, EMS services can ideally lower on-the-job injury, reduce sick time, and keep their employees in the game longer.

Time: 10:00 am - 10:50 am
Title: Injury Averse: Human Optimization for the EMS Provider
Presenter: Kara Federowicz, ATC, CSCS - Sports Rehabilitation and Performance Center Hospital for Special Surgery

2012 Data provided by the CDC presented that 8,800 EMS workers were treated for an emergency room for an orthopedic injury.  Of these orthopedic injuries, sprains and strains were the most common diagnosis that were specifically linked to overexertion due to lifting.  Reducing the risk of these injuries by improving mobility, stability and strength through proper exercise techniques will help the EMS provider stay healthy, fit, and pain free. 

Time: 11:10 am - 12:00 pm
Title: Cultured Safety
Presenter: Rob Lawrence, COO - Richmond Ambulance Authority

In June of 2011 Richmond Ambulance Authority published a seven page paper on its crusade for safety. Within a few days it was being touted by the National EMS Culture of Safety Committee as best practice. Hear about the development and maintenance of RAAs culture of safety from its chief operating officer.

Time: 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm
Title: EMS Safety by the Numbers
Presenter: Chris Van Houten, CCNREMT-P, NAEMT-TCCC Region One Coordinator - National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians

A statical review of data relevant to EMS work related injuries, shifting a culture, and placing the provider at the forefront of safety. Topics reviewed will be, but not limited to, ground and rotary wing incidents, back injuries, assaults, fatigue, diet, physical agility/performance, and mental health.

Time: 4:00 pm - 4:50 pm
Title: Size Does Matter, when it Comes to Ambulances -- Big isn’t Always the Best
Presenter: Ronald Rolfsen, Adviser - Oslo University Hospital

In Norway there is a tradition of using smaller ambulances compared to the USA.The ambulances have been designed with focus on automobile safety, occupant safety, ergonomics, and user friendliness. This presentation will explain the process from idea to finished product and how to involve the users.

Thursday, May 14, 2015   

Time: 9:00 am - 9:50 am
Title: Road Safety Best Practices at Poudre Valley Hospital EMS
Presenter: Ted Beckman RT, NREMTP Manager, Emergency Medical Services Division Chief

As a Road Safety user since 2010, Poudre Valley Hospital EMS will review their approach to system implementation, data use and pitfalls.  The financial and safety impact to their agency will also be reviewed.

Time: 10:00 am - 10:50 am
Title: Protecting, Learning and Preventing Adverse Events
Presenter: Lee Varner, Project Manager (EMS) - Center for Patient Safety

We operate in a high consequence industry and the stakes are equally high. As with many agencies, it’s unknown how many adverse events or near misses occur since many fly under the radar and are not reported. Think about your last adverse event, how many people were affected?  The patient and family may suffer forever. What about your service, its name and its brand-How long will it suffer, years? How much did that adverse event cost you in dollars, morale, and reputation?

Time: 11:00 am - 11:50 am
Title: Building a Training Division for Success
Presenter: Jason Haag, CCEMT-P, Clinical Educator - Finger Lakes Ambulance

This session will describe and offer practice-based evidence on how to turn your agency's training division into one with which members are excited to work to train, gain new knowledge, and foster a culture of safety, which is the first focus of any training program. Participant buy-in is the key to success. Remembering that the Training Division exists for the members is what makes it work. Learn how in this informative session.

Lunch Time!

Time: 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm
Title: Ground Ambulance Safety, What you Know and Don’t…Will Kill You
Presenter: James Swartz, President & CEO - CareFlite

A safety presentation for ground ambulance programs and crews, covering: Brief history of EMS, motivation, the difference between an accident and a crash, the course objective: to save lives by reviewing the culture of EMS, the causes of accidents/crashes and the technologies available to prevent crashes and accidents, includes a review of recent fatal crashes, the first law of medicine, the law of due regard, the logistics of transport, the federal motor carrier regulations and how they apply or don’t to EMS, accountability, accident rates and how to calculate them, driver feedback technology, nation-wide EMS data, balancing risk and patient care during transport, cameras on ambulances, ambulance manufacturing regulations in US and foreign countries, creating a safety culture, and distracted driving.

Time: 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm
Title: Active Shooter 2.0, How to Acclimate to the Warm Zone
Presenter: Kenneth Davidson, Assistant Chief - Second Alarmers Rescue Squad

Last year at Summit we discussed the need and importance of moving EMS into the “Warm Zone” at active shooter events.  Over the past few years many EMS systems across the Country have been realizing this need and have begun developing programs to provide rapid evaluation and care to those wounded in violent trauma incidents.  Now that leaders are convinced of the “why” the next big question is “how?”  This year we will take a quick look at some of the programs that have been developed and lessons learned from their creation.  We will examine the variety of training programs that are pertinent to active shooter response and will talk about best practices when conducting these training programs.

Time: 4:00 pm - 4:50 pm
Title: Proactive Risk Assessment and Management
Presenter: John Brophy, Director of Quality - Mobile Medical Response

Predictable is preventable. When you take a group of people doing the same or similar tasks and begin to notice "near misses," it is time to dig deeper into the issue and implement strategies that will modify behavior and improve safety. Road safety is just one such preventative measure, and we will look at how it has successfully modified behavior proactively and improved safety. But there is so much more. We will also look at a simple risk-frequency analysis and other tools used by risk management experts for years. Participants will walk away from this session with a better understanding of risk management and a belief that predictable is truly preventable.

Friday, May 15, 2015   

Time: 9:00 am - 9:50 am
Title: Hoarder Homes: It's Not Just Reality Television Anymore!
Presenter: Ryan Pennington, Firefighter-Paramedic - Jumpseat Training LLC

EMS, Police, Fire, and building code officials are seeing hoarding increasing at an alarming rate. This session discusses the need to educate them on how to identify, adjust, and mitigate these emergencies before they are exposed to the dangers within.

Time: 10:00 am - 10:50 am
Title: Ambulance Safety - The Future is Here
Presenter: David McGowan, Safety Consultant, ZOLL

Research has shown that the chances of death and injury in EMS vehicle crashes are greater than Law Enforcement and Firefighting vehicle crashes combined.  The majority of the death and injuries in EMS occur in the patient compartment.  What is contributing to these frightening statistics?  Is the design a contributing factor or is the culture of safety non-existent to EMS personnel when they step into ambulance?   The path to reversing these injuries and deaths is not complex.  Archaic patient compartment designs need to make way for ones that focus on crew and patient safety.  Take a step into the future of ambulance safety and come away knowing it’s here today.