250459 Implementation of a Sustainable Interdisciplinary Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Transport Safety Innovation and Knowledge Transfer e-platform

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 5:30 PM

Nadine Levick, MD, MPH , Research Division, EMS Safety Foundation, New York, NY
Arthur Cooper, MD, MS , Division of Pediatric Surgery, Columbia University, Harlem Hospital, New York, NY
Objective: To design, implement, and sustain a purpose developed e-platform for interdisciplinary collaboration and transfer of knowledge from research to practice in EMS transport safety. Methodology: An electronic virtual environment was established to create an end-user driven forum bridging operational EMS services with specific technical fields addressing EMS transport systems safety. The communication platform is ‘Webinar' VOIP technology with secure electronic access to interactive interdisciplinary presentations, recordings, handouts and workshops combining onsite and virtual offsite participation. Results: The e-platform, launched January 2008, utilizes a user friendly interactive Webinar program. The >360 participant consortium includes major urban municipal EMS services to small volunteer rural services, and a spectrum of technical experts, from North America, Europe and Australasia: automotive and transportation engineers, ergonomists, and public health researchers. Real-time and asynchronous access is 288,842 accesses from 19,107 distinct addresses. Interactive and interdisciplinary Webinars are held every 8 weeks. Biannual workshops addressing topic areas identified as gaps in systems safety knowledge, and an annual international best practice field trip are also conducted. An innovative fleet of prototype vehicles have been developed, manufactured and implemented based on this interdisciplinary technical input, and advances in fleet and operational safety practice and policy throughout the consortium. Discussion: Establishment of a sustained interdisciplinary forum for transfer of knowledge from research to practice has been achieved through a secure virtual access network, demonstrated to be accessible to a spectrum of end users, and has resulted in development of innovations in vehicle design and operations policy for safer EMS transport.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Occupational health and safety
Provision of health care to the public
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe the gap in interdisciplinary interface to address EMS transport systems safety issues Demonstrate a sustainable model e-platform to integrate operational EMS practice with interdisciplinary technical expertise

Keywords: EMS/Trauma, Participatory Action Research

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have conducted research in the field of EMS Safety and I chair the National Academies Transportation Research Board's Subcommittee on EMS Safety
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
EMS Safety Foundation EMS Safety Research Director

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.