Merg’s Corner: Spring 2009 Newsletter Edition

Welcome once again to our newsletter. Our focus this month is on EMS education and our Pro EMS Center for MEDICS. Much has transpired over the past few months.
 
First and foremost, the Pro EMS Center for MEDICS has been formally accredited as an EMT Training Institution by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Office of Emergency Medical Services. Following a significant application process and site visit, we received our accreditation to train EMTs at every level including Paramedic. Thanks to the hard work of many, we have cleared this hurdle.
 
Next on the agenda, national accreditation through the Committee on Accrediation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP). I look forward to reporting on our continuing progress.
 
I want to thank Israeli Paramedic Efi Roe for his great contribution to this newsletter, and to our students and staff in his role as a Pro EMS Center for MEDICS Instructor. Efi brings great experience and a fresh perspective to all of us as we learn about EMS, tactics, and treatment modalities in Israel. Efi adds another element of international flavor to our Pro EMS Center for MEDICS, adding to Chris Kerley’s relationships with EMS providers in Ireland and South Africa. Again, my personal thanks to Efi for his work and dedication to EMS education.
 
Our recent addition of even more office space has allowed us to expand our Simulation Lab. We have now added a complete apartment setting in a room joined to our existing hospital setting by a new control room. The new control room and configuration will allow us to run two simulations simultaneously with full A/V, recording, and debriefing capabilities. To date, hundreds of providers from Fire Departments, ambulance services, and hospitals have been through our Sim Lab with tremendous experiences and results.
 
In the coming months, the Cambridge EMS system, Cambridge Fire Department and Pro EMS, will be adding a package of new equipment to provide some of the latest elements of clinical sophistication to manage difficult airways.
 
Airtraq (www.airtraq.com) will be deployed in vehicles to assist with difficult intubations. The King LTS-D (http://www.kingsystems.com) will also be deployed as the new rescue airway throughout the system. Finally, the Rusch QuickTrach will be deployed to improve our capability to treat airways that are completely occluded (http://www.myrusch.com/images/rusch/docs/A40S.pdf).
 
As with all new devices and treatment modalities, we will be training all providers over the coming month and will begin tracking patient care outcomes and ultimate results through our Cambridge EMS CQI System.
 
Next on the agenda, therapeutic hypothermia after cardiac arrest. Stay tuned.
A busy couple of months that are made easier by the focus and dedication of all Cambridge EMS providers to continuously improve.
 
Thank you all.
–Merg
 

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