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American Ambulance Association 2011 Tradeshow and Conference Day 2

Day 2 at the American Ambulance Association tradeshow and conference started with another early morning wake up (curse you time change). I was out the front door of the Hilton by 0530 for another run on Las Vegas Boulevard. As I had the day before I ran a round trip from the Hilton the MGM Grand…about 6.5 miles.

View from the 24th floor of the Las Vegas Hilton
American Ambulance Association 2011
American Ambulance Association 2011

Accidental Trial: No Lights and No Sirens for 48 Hours

That morning I attended the session – “Do Ambulance Response Times Matter?” My simple answer is, “No they don’t matter.”

The presenter reviewed lots of research studies regarding response times for different types of ambulance responses. The upshot was that response times only appear to matter for first responder/BLS response to cardiac arrest with delivery of an AED and chest compressions. Do you agree?

The most interesting aspect of the presentation to me was the presenter’s brief mention of his service’s experience during Super Bowl Week, February, 2011 in Fort Worth. As the Packers and Steelers were preparing for the Super Bowl the Dallas Fort Worth area experienced a significant snow and ice storm. Because of perilous road conditions the MedStar service did all “no red lights and no sirens” for forty eight hours. The presenter shared data that compared the two days of no lights and no sirens with the previous week when red lights and sirens were used. They are preparing to publish their data regarding the difference in response times and patient outcomes in the areas of chest pain, stroke, and trauma alerts. Can you guess what they learned …

Request and Response

A quote that resonated with me. The presenter stated, “There is no such thing as an inappropriate request for 911. There is such a thing as an inappropriate response.”

Retraining the public about when and what is an appropriate reason to call 911. The public will continue to call 911, as we have trained them to do. What we can change more easily is the resources we send to the call for help. I have to believe, that because of increasing resource constraints, it will be more and more difficult to send two or more paramedics to every 911 request.

More Tradeshow

Most of my day was spent at the CentreLearn booth in the exhibit hall. I always enjoy talking to our customers about how they are using CentreLearn and answering questions about how to better use CentreLearn.

CentreLearn Booth

I also had some downtime to visit with my friends at Aladtec, makers of EMS Manager and Fire Manager. We discussed some interesting ideas for tradeshow giveaways and how to enjoy Las Vegas.

I also was alerted that one of my videos about safety and risk management is embedded in the eCore EMS scheduling software demo. The eCore operations manager spent the first day trying to remember where he had seen me before. The second day he realized he had seen me in every product demo he had ever delivered. I am honored for the additional views of those videos.

eCore Software Demo featuring Everyday EMS Tips Video

This is a Stryker stretcher in a Flack ambulance. There was some tittering at the conference about a red Stryker cot.

Does a Stryker cot need to be yellow?

Amazing Dinner
After the tradeshow break down I headed to the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino for dinner at the Milos restaurant. We were treated to an amazing meal that started with an egg plant and zucchini appetizer and was followed by two varieties of out of this world grilled Mediterranean fish. The meal was capped with a flourless chocolate cake that simply melted in my mouth with each bite. It was one of the best meals I have had in a long time. I will definitely be going back to Milos.

This image does not accurately show how amazing this dinner was
Does this look better?
Our fish being plated
Best cake ever!

Red Eye Flight Home

I left Las Vegas on the red eye flight to Detroit for a connection back to Wisconsin. I was surprised to have a great three hour nap … most likely made possible by a single Nyquil gel tablet. Just enough to dry me out, take the edge of a lingering ear ache, and help me sleep.

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.