Studies on a mobile integrated healthcare (MIH) pilot program and on the role of ventilation in resuscitation are the focus of two inaugural $5,000 research grants awarded by the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP®) and the AMR Foundation for Research and Education. The NAEMSP/AMR-FRE EMS Fellows Research Grants have been awarded to Dr. Tiffany Abramson, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, and Dr. Matthew Neth, University of Cincinnati.
Abramson’s project will assess the feasibility of completing post-encounter surveys to evaluate patient safety, experience and perceived quality of care among APRU-attended patients and matched controls to expand the Los Angeles Fire Department’s MIH pilot program using nurse practitioners (NP) and firefighter/paramedic teams to treat, release and refer select 911-patients on scene.
Neth will focus on quantifying ventilation characteristics in simulated out-of-hospital cardiac arrest resuscitations, an area currently lacking sufficient study and guidelines. He hopes his research can have an impact on future OHCA management and outcomes.
“We are excited to launch these fellowship grants with NAEMSP,” said Ted Van Horne, President and CEO AMR, “and we look forward to seeing the impact Dr. Abramson’s and Dr. Neth’s studies can have on improving patient care.”
“Evidence-based research is key to improving out-of-hospital emergency medical care. We are proud to support initiatives that can have a positive effect on the global EMS community,” noted NAEMSP President Dr. David K. Tan.
The fellowships were presented at the 2019 NAEMSP Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, USA.