Advancing His Education
Wintle received his EMT-B certification in 2003, and continues to advance his learning in the field of EMS.
"Members joke that if there is a CEU class for a pertinent topic, Mark has taken it, and they are usually right," says Willshaw.
Wintle shares his knowledge with other Minute Men members during his monthly captain's report, his weekly Friday night shift, and through e-mails, but most important, while out in the field caring for patients.
"So much of what I do successfully is because of the people I work with. In EMS we do everything as a team. We depend on each other. One part of the team that doesn't get mentioned very often is family. When I can't be at an important family function because of a big fire or some other disaster, my wife doesn't complain, she just accepts it. She's proud of the work I do and I couldn't do it without her support," Wintle says.
"I love being an EMT. It's the thing I'm most proud of. Anyone who ever did it would feel that way. I love being part of the Morris Minute Men and helping to make it a better, stronger organization. In the past seven years I've built a lot of great memories as an EMT. And, luckily, I think I'll get to have a lot more."
NAEMT 2010 Paramedic of the Year: Lisa M. Camp
The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) announces that Lisa M. Camp, of Friendswood, Texas, has won the 2010 NAEMT Paramedic of the Year Award, sponsored by Masimo. The award was presented to Camp on September 28 at the NAEMT General Membership Meeting and Awards presentation, held in conjunction with EMS EXPO 2010 in Dallas, TX.
The NAEMT Paramedic of the Year Award recognizes a paramedic who demonstrates excellence in the performance of emergency medical services.
Camp, EMS Chief, Friendswood Volunteer EMS, was nominated for the award by her friend, Chief Roy L. Hunter of Clear Lake Emergency Medical Corps.
"I once was asked 'what is a hero?' I answered this as: A hero is someone you strive to imitate. Lisa Camp is my hero for all the wonderful things she does for her community and her country," notes Hunter. "Lisa should be recognized due to her support of the citizens of Friendswood, the state of Texas, and the country through her leadership in quality prehospital patient care and community-wide emergency response. When it comes to emergency medical services, Lisa is the sage in the area. She gives so much of her time to the EMS community. She has been at the forefront in the areas of patient care, public access, medical control, disaster preparedness, public education and training."
Improving Patient Care
Hunter notes that Camp's EMS team uses cutting-edge technologies to help its patients recover as fully as possible from their emergencies. One of these technologies, which Camp was instrumental in setting up, was the use of a Induced Cooling by EMS (ICE) protocol. Camp had noted that post-resuscitation encephalopathy was the single largest contributor to post-resuscitation deaths and poor neurological outcomes. As part of an effort to reduce the disparity between EMS resuscitation rates and hospital discharge rates, Camp began looking at the use of induced hypothermia on post-resuscitation return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) patients. After finding limited side effects, she developed a comprehensive protocol for EMS to use induced hypothermia as part of a multifaceted approach to optimize neurologic resuscitation on the ROSC patients. The local emergency department, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, under direction of Abel Longoria, MD, submitted the original study to the medical review board. The information collected on patient care and outcomes led to this protocol becoming a permanent treatment for ROSC patients.