iSimulate Sponsors Award of 2017 Recipient of Street Medicine Society Award

JEMS and PennWell Corporation Announce the 2017 Recipient of John P. Pryor, MD/ Street Medicine Society Award

Last week Jeremy T. Cushman, MD, MS, EMT-P, was awarded the 2017 John P. Pryor, MD/Street Medicine Society Award at the EMS Today conference in Salt Lake City, UT which was sponsored by iSimulate. ohn P. Pryor, MD, FACS, an EMS physician, was killed on Dec. 25, 2008, while serving in Iraq. Dr. Pryor posthumously received the first award in his name at the 2009 EMS Today Conference. Each year the SMS awards a physician who has come up through the ranks as an EMS provider and constantly demonstrates a sincere and ongoing dedication to the betterment of EMS through clinical excellence or educational, logistical and/or humanitarian initiatives.

The award, sponsored by iSimulate, recognizes Dr. Cushman’s exemplary service to the field of emergency medicine and, specifically, emergency medical services (EMS). In 2006 Dr. Cushman became the medical director for the Gates Fire District in New York. Today he represents almost 30 fire and 10 ambulance agencies in a county with a population of 750,000 people. JEMS (Journal of Emergency Medical Services) seeks to improve patient care in the prehospital setting and promote positive change in EMS by delivering information and education from industry leaders, change makers and emerging voices. Dr. Cushman has been instrumental in developing, coordinating and implementing many programs and policies for his agencies over the last 10 years, including:

  • First responder naloxone procedure and delivery;
  • The Check & Inject New York project, which has saved millions of dollars across the state by having EMS use syringes to deliver epinephrine;
  • A county-wide firefighter rehabilitation and safety program; and
  • A program for influenza and Ebola preparedness that allows for an appropriate response without exposing responders to unnecessary risk.

Additionally, Dr. Cushman revised the Gates Fire Districts’ Quality Assurance and Quality Inspection program for patient care reports, creating a real-time process that provides valuable education to EMTs and assisted the 9-1-1 center with the emergency medical dispatch coding program to ensure responses optimize patient outcome.

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Founded in July 1995, the mission of the Street Medicine Society (SMS) is to provide an informal forum for the growing group of physicians who got their start as EMS professionals, providing inspiration and expertise for the industry and to serve as advocates and mentors for the modern EMS professional.

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Utah Practices Healthcare Response with 1 Million Participants and Massive Casualty Simulation

simulation of earthquake response

Deseret News recently reported about a massive earthquake simulation for Utah response agencies. Almost one million people participated in this simulated event across the state last week at schools, hospitals, civil service departments, and more. What an amazing demonstration to the expanded acceptance of simulation as a primary training method!

Deseret News Article Excerpt:

Link and Hansen were among the nearly 1 million Utahns who participated in the state’s largest earthquake drill to date Thursday, the Great Utah ShakeOut. The statewide drill began at 10:15 a.m. The scenario: The worst natural disaster to ever hit the Salt Lake Valley had struck — a magnitude 7 earthquake.

In reality, the Wasatch Front fault line remained docile, as it has for thousands of years, but still more than 980,000 ducked under desks and chairs to wait for the fictional tremors to subside.

Hospitals, schools, businesses, government offices and others all joined in on the annual drill because of the devastation a major earthquake could have on Utah’s residents, economy and infrastructure. At St. Mark’s, the pretend community casualties were reported at more than 2,000 dead and more than 30,000 injured, said hospital spokeswoman Danielle Wilcox.

To add to the carnage, St. Mark’s simulated the collapse of its west tower, using a utility tunnel under the hospital to challenge search and rescue teams with a dark, enclosed and complicated environment — like a collapsed building — to navigate while trying to find trapped and injured patients. Like Link, other actors pretended to be trapped in rubble. Some needed limb amputations. In other instances, rescuers, guided by K-9 teams, needed to break through concrete walls to reach victims. Outside the hospital, several medical triage tents were set up to treat about 60 acting patients.

Rescue teams also simulated a helicopter crash atop the hospital. Paul VanHarn from the Unified Fire Authority got to practice rappelling the pretend crash victim, David Polonsky, safely to the ground. “When we have an opportunity like this, it’s great for us,” said Unified Fire Authority Capt. Dan Brown. “This training is about as realistic as it can get.”

More than 500 people — including nursing students, hospital staff and volunteers from Urban Search and Rescue, Unified Fire Authority, Unified Police Department and the Utah Health Department — participated in St. Mark’s simulation, said John Jones, emergency preparedness coordinator for MountainStar Healthcare.”

Read the full article on Deseret News!