If there is one EMS conference I go to next year, I would like to go to the annual EMS state of the Science Conference — better known as the Gathering of Eagles — held in Dallas each February.
The Eagles are the EMS Medical Directors of the largest 911 systems in the country, and some of the most forward progressive thinkers in EMS.
The conference is open to anyone interested in EMS.
The presentations from their 2010 conference are available online and make great reading.
Here is a sample of two presentations about the future of intubation:
The Great Debate: Why Medics Should Not Be Trained in Intubation
– Raymond L. Fowler, MD (Dallas)
The Great Debate: Should Paramedics Intubate?
– Corey M. Slovis, MD (Nashville)
I’ve heard both of these men speak before at JEMS Conferences and they are both outstanding speakers.
Other topics discussed at the conference included medics using biomarker saliva testing to identify NSTEMI patients, induced hypothermia not just post ROSC, but during arrest, RSI using a King LT instead of ET, return of tourniquets for uncontrolled hemmorage, and new ways to treat excited delerium.
Check it out.
For more on the Eagles work, here is an informative post by Firegeezer: