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FDIC Preview: Rommie Duckworth Balances “Extrication and EMS: Coordinating Delivery of Critical Care”

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On Friday, April 24, 2020, at FDIC International 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana, from 10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Ridgefield (CT) Fire Department Captain/EMS Coordinator Rommie Duckworth examines how two seemingly disparate aspects of the fire service must be coordinated in the classroom session “Extrication and EMS: Coordinating Delivery of Critical Care.”

Good vehicle extrication demands a unique collaboration between rescue and emergency medical personnel. Incorporating key victim assessment information in the extrication size-up will improve your strategic and tactical plans. To save a patient (not just chop up a vehicle) rescue and EMS must understand each other’s’ jobs and work together effectively.

This program uses a real-world approach to incorporate EMS care considerations in the extrication strategy and shows how most critical trauma encountered in vehicle collisions can be managed quickly and effectively by first responders. This program will help you make better strategic extrication decisions and more safely deliver immediate life-saving treatment, reducing time from patient contact to patient removal to patient surgery.

Duckworth is a career captain and paramedic EMS coordinator for the Ridgefield (CT) Fire Department. He is a dedicated emergency responder, author, and award-winning educator with 30 years of experience working in career and volunteer fire departments, hospital healthcare systems, and public and private emergency medical services. He is on the editorial advisory board for JEMS and on the advisory committee for EMS Today and FDIC. He is the founder and director of the New England Center for Rescue and Emergency Medicine and an emergency services advocate and educator at conferences around the world.


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