As you read in Jason’s last post, he and I recently had the opportunity to attend East Coast Helicopter Operations’ (@eastcoastheliop) annual conference in Virginia Beach, September 28-29, 2015. Well, that is, unless your employer’s internet filter blocked his last post:
One of the speakers at this excellent, free conference was Dr. Daniel Haase, MD, of the venerable University of Maryland R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. If you’re not familiar with the facility, Shock Trauma treats over 8,000 critically ill and severely injured patients annually, and is the highest volume trauma center in the United States. In other words: they know some stuff. Dr. Haase’s excellent lecture “Ultrasound in HEMS: The Potential to Save Lives,” provides an easy-to-follow crash course to POCUS neophytes and presents some compelling case studies which showcase the utility of EMSPOCUS in guiding field treatment and avoiding iatrogenic harm. Keep in mind that this was presented to an almost entirely HEMS provider audience, hence the focus on HEMS in the title; little to no content in the lecture is specific to HEMS and is applicable to any paramedic.
I want to give a huge thank you to East Coast Helicopter Operations, and to ECHO’s HEMS Director, Sam Matta (@luigisdad), for putting on an incredible conference with over 200 attendees. If you are part of a HEMS crew, I can’t encourage you enough to check out ECHO and see what they’re all about. Despite the name, the organization is open to all, regardless of geography and have strongly embraced #FOAM.
Without further ado, here’s Dr. Daniel Haase.