Associate Professor UT Health / EMS Medical Director UTHSCSA San Antonio, Texas
Description: San Antonio Fire Department applies the latest in cutting-edge trauma care. This advanced level of trauma care is possible because Texas is a delegated medical practice state. This means that the EMS Medical Director can train and deploy advanced trauma care paramedics for critically injured trauma patients. San Antonio also deploys EMS Physicians in the prehospital setting. Discussion of open thoracostomies performed by all paramedics and a modified clamshell thoracotomy performed by EMS physicians will be discussed. The department has deployed and is reviewing the use of an abdominal aortic junctional tourniquet for critically injured trauma patients. SAFD medial special operations team has developed a novel prehospital amputation process where the paramedics will perform the amputation. San Antonio Fire Department has deployed digital blocks prehospital, resulting in true pain control for the injured digit. There will be a discussion about these advanced trauma tactics and how they can be deployed in EMS systems to treat patients and save lives.
Discuss the state of the science of point of injury prehospital resuscitation.
Review advanced device thoracostomy and thoracotomy procedure. Will include training, practice, and quality assurance practices.
Discuss the science of digital blocks and amputations and the equipment, training, and best practice to realize these treatments.
Discuss alternatives to invasive techniques for hemorrhage control such as the abdominal aortic junctional tourniquet (AAJT).
Discuss logistical challenges related to deploying advanced trauma treatments in the prehospital setting.