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Community Paramedicine Workshops Scheduled

By | February 12th, 2014|Prevention|

On previous Blogs I’ve shared information about Community Integrated Paramedicine.  One of the most promising opportunities for Community Paramedicine is in working with hospitals to prevent readmission of patients with diseases like diabetes, asthma or congestive heart failure.  It’s also a great opportunity for EMS providers to provide some coaching on other prevention initiatives including [...]

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Trauma System Performance- Act 4

By | November 6th, 2013|Prevention|

Over the past month we have been looking at some different ways to measure and describe how a trauma system is performing.  In the world of performance improvement the general belief is that you have to look at a number of different measures in order to be able to describe how the system is performing.  [...]

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Trauma System Part 3

By | October 30th, 2013|Preparedness|

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the basics of evaluating a trauma system and last week I posted about over &  under triage.  This week is about a tool we use to measure whether we’re striking the right balance- the “Z Statistic”. Back in 1990, there was a famous study published (Major Trauma [...]

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Evaluating a Trauma System II

By | October 17th, 2013|General|

A couple of weeks ago, I introduced the concept of “Over Triage”…  which is when EMS transports a patient to the highest level of care (like a level I trauma center) when they could have taken them to a level III or IV trauma center closer to their home.  The downside of over-triage is that [...]

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Evaluating a Trauma System

By | October 3rd, 2013|Preparedness|

How do we evaluate Arizona’s trauma system, you ask?  Good question.  Over the next few weeks I’ll  blog about “Trauma System Evaluation 101” as well as some of the evaluation tools we use to assess Arizona’s trauma system.  The goal of any trauma system is to get the right patient to the right place in [...]

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Vision Awards x 2

By | August 14th, 2013|Prevention|

One of the most important aspects of public health is sharing effective, creative ideas with other public health agencies so more people can benefit from what we learn.  Each year the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials highlights really good programs with their Vision Awards.  This year, they selected 2 from Arizona to share [...]

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Korea Arizona Trauma Summit

By | April 1st, 2013|Preparedness|

Today marks the beginning of an historic arrangement between Arizona and the Republic of Korea to improve Trauma care.  The Korea Arizona Trauma Summit began this morning with Arizona’s Governor welcoming the National Assembly Representative of the Democratic Party of Korea and the Minister of Health and Welfare. The Korean group includes several trauma surgeons [...]

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AZ’s Trauma System: Moving to the Next Level

By | December 3rd, 2012|Preparedness|

Injuries are the leading cause of death for Arizonans from age 1 to 44.  That means for the majority of the young and the middle-aged injury is more lethal than cancer, heart disease, hypertension and influenza combined.  The effectiveness of a State’s pre-hospital and Trauma System makes the difference when it comes to saving lives [...]

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AZ Trauma System a Model for South Korea

By | March 6th, 2012|Preparedness|

We had the pleasure of meeting with a delegation of health officials from the Republic of Korea (South Korea) this week to talk about Arizona’s Trauma System.  The Director General of Public Health policy (Byung Guk Yang, MD) and his team met with our Emergency Medical Services and Trauma System team to talk about how we [...]

EMS Overdrive

By | February 3rd, 2012|General, Preparedness|

This month has been a doozy for our Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma System team.  This week we finished the 2nd of 2 high-profile and important decisions.  A couple of weeks ago I made a decision to let Yuma City take over part of the ambulance response in that town.  I thought the city [...]

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