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Raising the Bar:  A Medical Director's Quality Improvement Initiatives

February 1, 2015 - 18 minutes and 18 seconds
Guest:  Dr. Steve Stroman, Medical Director at Eagle III, Oshkosh Fire, DePere Fire and Rescue, and Oconto Falls Area Ambulance

Over the years, I’ve seen local ambulance service medical directors engaged in policy, procedures, trainings, and quality improvement projects.  Unfortunately, we have medical directors at the other end of the spectrum who are never seen and their name not known by the people working under their MD license.

When Dr. Steve Stroman from the Green Bay area stood up at last September’s Paramedic Systems of Wisconsin Conference and rattled off over six or seven major initiatives they completed for the year, I listened in amazement.  In this webcast Dr. Stroman offers some great ideas from the medical director’s perspective, and projects they’ve recently completed that you can easily pick up on and do the same.

Topics covered, include:

  • Identifying gaps in protocols, process and delivery
  • Intra nasal medications
  • Use of ketamine
  • Spinal protection procedures (not immobilization), cost savings
  • Airway video laryngoscopy
  • Cyanide toxicity kit
  • Physician oversight at scene calls
  • 15 lead EKGs
There’s something to be learned in this webcast.  It’s more than what’s being done, but also what you can do with some effort and collaboration.  EMS departments often strive or boast to be the best.  Proof is in your system’s performance and your next great initiative.  The ideas shared in this webcast can be a good conversation starter.

Contact Information

Dr. Steve Stroman

Office 920-405-5382

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