Highlights from Monday, August 21, 2017
The National EMS Safety Summit, presented by the Mile-High RETAC, began Monday August 21, 2017 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in Denver, Colo. JEMS Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman, a speaker at the event along with a stellar EMS faculty, filed this Day One report.
The conference opened with a welcome and opening remarks by Jeanne-Marie Bakehouse, CDPHE, EMTS Chief; Charles Mains, MD, Chairman, Mile-High RETAC, Medical Director, Centura Health Trauma System; and David Ross, DO, Assistant Professor, Specialty Medicine, Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Presenters delivered sessions throughout the day, with a very important break so faculty, organizers and attendees could go outside to observe the solar eclipse.
Why Can’t We All Get Along?
A.J. Heightman’s fast-paced, frank presentation by A.J. addressed the myriad of EMS, police, fire and dispatch issues that exist in many systems. He pointed out the disconnects that frequently occur on scene between these combinations of providers and care as well as during each specialty’s (“vertical”) training was discussed along with solutions to improve relationships on the street and in the classroom, and, more importantly, ways to improve the delivery of care on scene to maximize resources and results.