Monday Aug 7
1:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
PINNACLE POWER SEMINARS
Clinical, operational, and regulatory debates continue to smolder across the country. Does ALS really make a difference in outcomes? Should units be based in stations, fully deployed in the field, or a combination? Should systems be designed as all ALS or tiered? Can ALS first responders really maintain clinical competencies? Should vehicle specifications be mandated? Does a degree really matter for EMTs and medics? Even the use of lights and sirens and the appropriateness of employing response time as a critical indicator are still debated. The list goes on and on.
In this thought-provoking session you will be engaged (or possibly enraged) to take a position and support it through several debates. If you don’t want to contribute, participate, and have fun while challenging your assumptions, this session might not be for you.
You will learn:
- How evidence and research are shaping future EMS strategies
- To separate myths from reality in current controversies
- How to develop a logical approach to a controversial topic
- To use contemporary evidence in presentations with local government officials
Ray Barishansky, MPH, is Deputy Secretary for Health Planning and Assessment at the Pennsylvania Department of Health and a member of the EMS World Editorial Advisory Board; Skip Kirkwood, JD, is Director of Durham County EMS in North Carolina; and Scott Bourn, PhD, is former Senior Vice President Quality Measurement & Improvement at Evolution Health.
Sponsored by EMS World