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Raising the Bar:  A Medical Director's Quality Improvement Initiatives

Guest:  Dr. Steve Stroman, Medical Director at Eagle III, Oshkosh Fire, DePere Fire and Rescue, and Oconto Falls Area Ambulance
Posted February 18, 2015 - 18 minutes and 18 seconds

Over the years, I’ve seen local ambulance service medical directors engaged in policy, procedures, trainings, and quality improvement projects.  Unfortunately, we have medical directors at the other end of the spectrum who are never seen and their name not known by the people working under their MD license.

When Dr. Steve Stroman from the Green Bay area stood up at last September’s Paramedic Systems of Wisconsin Conference and rattled off over six or seven major initiatives they completed for the year, I listened in amazement.  In this webcast Dr. Stroman offers some great ideas from the medical director’s perspective, and projects they’ve recently completed that you can easily pick up on and do the same.

Topics covered, include:

  • Identifying gaps in protocols, process and delivery
  • Intra nasal medications
  • Use of ketamine
  • Spinal protection procedures (not immobilization), cost savings
  • Airway video laryngoscopy
  • Cyanide toxicity kit
  • Physician oversight at scene calls
  • 15 lead EKGs

There’s something to be learned in this webcast.  It’s more than what’s being done, but also what you can do with some effort and collaboration.  EMS departments often strive or boast to be the best.  Proof is in your system’s performance and your next great initiative.  The ideas shared in this webcast can be a good conversation starter.

Contact Information

Dr. Steve Stroman

Office 920-405-5382

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November 14, 2014 - Run Time 20:39
Guest:  Brian Schimming, Partner at Midwest Strategy Group and PAAW Lobbyist


Wisconsin politics was front and center with a number of big and close races during the recent November 4 elections.  As an EMS person do I really need to care how these things turn out?  Absolutely!  EMS and local ambulance services by many standards are driven by decisions made and action taken at local, state and national levels within government.

 

Brian Schimming is someone well versed in politics.  He’s been in and around it for over 25 years.  He is a partner at Midwest Strategy Group in Madison; first vice chair for the Wisconsin Republican Party; and political talk show host frequently heard on NewsTalk1310 WIBA in Madison and WISN in Milwaukee and other media outlets.  He’s also one of two lobbyists for the Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin.

 

In this webcast, Mr. Schimming offers a perspective on the recent elections, what we can expect in the next few months from state government, and the importance we all have in sharing EMS with elected officials and government leaders.


Additional Resources


PAAW Legislative and EMS Advocacy



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November 14, 2014 - Run Time 20:39
Guest:  Brian Schimming, Partner at Midwest Strategy Group and PAAW Lobbyist


Wisconsin politics was front and center with a number of big and close races during the recent November 4 elections.  As an EMS person do I really need to care how these things turn out?  Absolutely!  EMS and local ambulance services by many standards are driven by decisions made and action taken at local, state and national levels within government.

 

Brian Schimming is someone well versed in politics.  He’s been in and around it for over 25 years.  He is a partner at Midwest Strategy Group in Madison; first vice chair for the Wisconsin Republican Party; and political talk show host frequently heard on NewsTalk1310 WIBA in Madison and WISN in Milwaukee and other media outlets.  He’s also one of two lobbyists for the Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin.

 

In this webcast, Mr. Schimming offers a perspective on the recent elections, what we can expect in the next few months from state government, and the importance we all have in sharing EMS with elected officials and government leaders.


Additional Resources


PAAW Legislative and EMS Advocacy



This audio webcast is sponsored by:










 

The State of Wisconsin is looking to establish a STEMI system similar to the one put in place for Trauma.

 

An important stakeholder in this effort is the American Heart Association.  Eastern Wisconsin was one of a few areas identified nationally by AHA to complete a STEMI study. 

 

This past June the findings from the research study were presented to a broad audience of EMS and hospital stakeholders at the state capitol.  The event was organized by Wisconsin State Assembly Representative Paul R. Tittl.

 

In this webcast find out more information on STEMI and findings from the AHA study from Katie Sahajpal, Director of Quality and Systems Improvement at the American Heart Association.



Additional Resources


American Heart Association Mission Lifeline (STEMI)

Phone number to call for information on the Wisconsin STEMI coordinators group - 414-227-1423


This audio webcast is sponsored by:






 

STEMI:  A System Approach to Care

September 30, 2014 - Run Time 15 min:28 sec
Guest:  Katie Sahajpal, Director of Quality and Systems Improvement, American Heart Association



When Wisconsin’s Trauma Care System received its initial funding nearly 10 years ago, it was a grassroots effort in sheer determination and the right legislative backing.  That same spirit and determination is beginning to build at the state capitol, but this time the word “Trauma” has been replaced with “STEMI”.

 

The State of Wisconsin is looking to establish a STEMI system similar to the one put in place for Trauma.

 

An important stakeholder in this effort is the American Heart Association.  Eastern Wisconsin was one of a few areas identified nationally by AHA to complete a STEMI study. 

 

This past June the findings from the research study were presented to a broad audience of EMS and hospital stakeholders at the state capitol.  The event was organized by Wisconsin State Assembly Representative Paul R. Tittl.

 

In this webcast find out more information on STEMI and findings from the AHA study from Katie Sahajpal, Director of Quality and Systems Improvement at the American Heart Association.



Additional Resources


American Heart Association Mission Lifeline (STEMI)

Phone number to call for information on the Wisconsin STEMI coordinators group - 414-227-1423


This audio webcast is sponsored by:







 

STEMI:  A System Approach to Care

September 30, 2014 - Run Time 15 min:28 sec
Guest:  Katie Sahajpal, Director of Quality and Systems Improvement, American Heart Association



When Wisconsin’s Trauma Care System received its initial funding nearly 10 years ago, it was a grassroots effort in sheer determination and the right legislative backing.  That same spirit and determination is beginning to build at the state capitol, but this time the word “Trauma” has been replaced with “STEMI”.

 

The State of Wisconsin is looking to establish a STEMI system similar to the one put in place for Trauma.

 

An important stakeholder in this effort is the American Heart Association.  Eastern Wisconsin was one of a few areas identified nationally by AHA to complete a STEMI study. 

 

This past June the findings from the research study were presented to a broad audience of EMS and hospital stakeholders at the state capitol.  The event was organized by Wisconsin State Assembly Representative Paul R. Tittl.

 

In this webcast find out more information on STEMI and findings from the AHA study from Katie Sahajpal, Director of Quality and Systems Improvement at the American Heart Association.



Additional Resources


American Heart Association Mission Lifeline (STEMI)

Phone number to call for information on the Wisconsin STEMI coordinators group - 414-227-1423


This audio webcast is sponsored by:







 

Webcast Library

Click the title of the webcast you wish to listen.

2015

>> Raising the Bar: A Medical Director's Quality Improvement Initiatives
February 1, 2015 - 18 minutes and 18 seconds
Guest:  Dr. Steve Stroman, Medical Director at Eagle III, Oshkosh Fire, DePere Fire and Rescue, and Oconto Falls Area Ambulance

>> Wisconsin Healthcare Coalition Surges Forward
February 1, 2015 - 17 minutes and 53 seconds
Guest:  Dr. Michael Clark, Co-Medical Advisor, Wisconsin Healthcare Coalitions

2014

>> Recent Election Outcomes and EMS
November 14, 2014 - Run Time 20 min:39 sec
Guest:  Brian Schimming, Partner at Midwest Strategy Group; First Vice Chair, Republican Party of Wisconsin; political talk show host; and PAAW Legislative Lobbyist

>> Cardiotronix:A Single-Source EMS Equipment Maintenance Provider
October 8, 2014 - Run Time 15 min: 31 sec
Guest:  Craig Harmon, Founder/President/CEO at Cardiotronix

>> STEMI:  A System Approach to Care

September 30, 2014 - Run Time 15 min: 28 sec. Guest:  Katie Sahajpal, Director of Quality and Systems Improvement, American Heart Association

>> ACTIVE SHOOTER:  Preparation and Training for Emergency Responders
August 5, 2014 - Run Time 16 min: 24 sec
Guests: Lt. James Mac Gillis, City of Milwaukee Police Dept. and Captain Michael Wright, City of Milwaukee Fire Dept.
 
>> Is Mobile Integrated Healthcare the answer to EMS' future?
June 3, 2014 - Run Time 22 min:17 sec
Guest:  Scott Cravens, Group Publisher, EMS World

>> Raising the Colors for Wisconsin's EMTs
May 14, 2014 - Run Time 13 min: 2 sec
Guest:  Craig Nelson, Executive Officer, Wisconsin EMS Honor Guard

>> EMS on the Hill Day "On Message" in DC
April 23, 2014 - Run Time 13 min: 40 sec
Don Lundy, President, National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT)

>> Preparing Your Ambulance Service for the Affordable Care Act
April 8, 2014 - Run Time 13 min: 56 sec
Attorney Thomas Shorter, Godfrey and Kahn Law Firm, Madison, WI

>> Feeling the Pinch:  IV Fluids Remain in Limited Supply
March 18, 2014 - Run Time 13 min: 50 sec
Guest: Stacey Barksdale Price, Product Manager of IV Therapy and Pharmaceuticals,
Bound Tree Medical

>> EMS 2020 Vision Report and More with A.J.
March 5, 2014 - Run Time 15 min: 5 sec
Guest:  A.J. Heightman, Editor-in-Chief, JEMS and EMS Today Conference

>> AAA Update:  Medicare, Medicaid, Affordable Care Act and more...
February 14, 2014 - Run Time 17 min: 57 sec
Guest:  Tristan North, Senior Vice President for Government Affairs, American Ambulance Association, Washington, D.C.

>> Trans 309:  Change is coming for WI Ambulances.  Meet the Man in the Driver's Seat
January 22, 2014 - Run Time 11 min: 35 sec
Guest:  Bernard (Bud) Coxhead, Manager, Wisconsin State Patrol, Bureau of Transportation Safety, Motor Carrier Enforcement Unit

2013

>> Critical Care Paramedic Update
February 2, 2013 - Run Time 8:17
Guest:  Fred Hornby, Paramedic Coordinator, State of Wisconsin EMS Office

>> Become A Data Driven Ambulance Service
January 14, 2013 - Run Time 25:11
Guest:  Kep Anderson, EMS Director, City of Sun Prairie

>> President Signs Ambulance Medicare Relief Extension and EMT Line of Duty Death Benefit
January 10, 2013 - Run Time 17:58
Guest:  Tristan North, Vice President of Government Affairs, American Ambulance Association

2012

>> How to Manage Your EMS Risk and Protect Your Operation
December 12, 2012 - Run Time 17:06
Guest:  Pat Daglio, Vice President of Marketing, McNeil and Company

>> NHTSA's Assessment on the State of Wisconsin's EMS System Is In
November 13, 2012 - Run Time 23:17
Guest:  Brian Litza, State of Wisconsin EMS Director

>> Maintain Your Local EMS Identity
September 19, 2012 - Run Time 28:50
Guest:  Ernie Rodriguez, EMS Chief, Austin-Travis County EMS, Austin, Texas

>> Time to Pay Attention to EMT Wage and Labor Laws
September 18, 2012 - Run Time 18:50
Guest:  Jim Chiolino, Director, Labor Standards Bureau, WI Dept. of Workforce Development

>> DHS Issues Medicaid Policy Change Following PAAW Effort
June 29, 2012 - Run Time 15:42
Guest:  Patrick Ryan, President, Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin

>> Change Brings Clarity for Critical Care Paramedic and Advanced EMT
June 14, 2012 - Run Time 15:42
Guest:  Fred Hornby, ALS Coordinator (Paramedic) and Chuck Happel, ALS Coordinator (Intermediate), State of Wisconsin EMS Office

>> ICD-10 Codes for Patient Billing:  What You Need To Know
April 13, 2012 - Run Time 11:25
Guest:  Debbie Rickelman, Senior Director, Information Center, Wisconsin Hospital Association & Chairperson, Wisconsin ICD-10 Collaborative Committee

Three Part Series:  EMS Drug Shortage and Ongoing Product Backorders

>> Part 1:  EMS Pharmaceutical Backorders (Product Distribution)
February 29, 2012 - Run Time 15:55
Guest:  Stacey Barksdale Price, Pharmaceutical and IV Therapy Marketing Manager, Bound Tree Medical

>> Part 2:  Pharmaceutical Backorders (State of Wisconsin EMS Office)
March 5, 2012 - Run Time 10:35
Guest:  Fred Hornby, ALS Coordinator (Paramedic), State of Wisconsin EMS Office

>> Part 3 - State EMS Medical Director on Drug Shortage:  Be Flexible
March 28, 2012 - Run Time 22:10
Guest:  Dr. Charles Cady, EMS Medical Director, State of Wisconsin

2011

>> E.V.E.N.T - A New Self Reporting Safety Notification Tool for EMS
December 17, 2011 - Run Time 13;30
Guest:  Gary Wingrove, Government Relations & Strategic Affairs, Mayo Clinic Medical Transportation

>> Increasing the Odds in Getting Paid for Patient Transports
November 23, 2011 - Run Time 12:10
Guest:  Ryan Reid, Senior Accounts Receivable Consultant, Transworld Systems, Inc.

>> Wisconsin's New Conceal Carry Weapons Law and EMS
November 2, 2011 - Run Time 12:45
Guest:  Sgt. Kevin Bygd, Dunn County Sheriff's Office

>> Your EMS Budget:  Validate, Present, Defend
July 28, 2011 - Run Time 21:00
Guest:  Aarron Reinert, Executive Director, Lakes Region EMS

>> Community Paramedics:  An Emerging EMS Delivery Model in the U.S.
June 2, 2011 - Run Time 17:00
Guest:  Gary Wingrove, Government Relations & Strategic Affairs, Mayo Clinic Medical Transportation

>> Wisconsin Medicaid Broker Update
May 18, 2011 - Run Time 12:40
Guest:  Patrick Ryan, President, Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin

>> Wisconsin-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team
May 12, 2011 - Run Time 12:00
Guest:  Jason Liu, MD, Acting Commander, Wisconsin-1 DMAT

>> Wisconsin Medicaid Patient Runs Go Thru Broker Staring July 1
April 8, 2011 - Run Time 8:00
Guest:  Patrick Ryan, President, Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin

>> 2010 EMS Executive of the Year, Presented by the National EMS Management Association
March 14, 2011 - Run Time 11:35
Guest:  Aarron Reinert, Executive Director, Lakes Region EMS

>> The Silent Killer:  Carbon Monoxide and Public Safety Workers
March 2, 2011 - Run Time 11:01
Guest:  Randolph Mantooth - John Gage from the 1970's TV Series "EMERGENCY!" - Actor, Writer, Producer



EMS to the Point is an audio interview program dedicated to the most current and emerging EMS topics in Wisconsin. 

This brief interview program comes to the point talking with those at the top or with the answers. PAAW began producing the program in 2010.  Since its inception over 50 interviews have been completed totaling more than 30,000 downloads.

The most current interview is shown in the left column; however, make sure to look further down this page for the Webcast Library and a list of past interview topics and recordings. 


EMS to the Point is produced by the Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin as a community service to EMS professionals throughout Wisconsin for the purpose of sharing information.
 


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Each webcast averages over 500 downloads, and some interviews reach as many as 2,500 downloads.
 
Pick a topic from the highlighted titles in the Webcast Library located in the lower left column of this page.  Each interview is about 10 to 15 minutes in length.

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About Your Webcast Host

Joe Covelli


Joe is executive director at the Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin.  He joined PAAW in January 2010 as Director of Business and Development.

His professional and volunteer ambulance and emergency medical service work began in 1988 at Fitch-Rona EMS in Fitchburg, Wisconsin.  He's held national, regional and state EMS leadership positions, to include:  director of sales and public relations at the Wisconsin EMS Association, EMS EXPO conference show manager at Cygnus Business Media, and regional manager and director of strategic initiatives at Life Link III, an air medical and ground ambulance provider in Minneapolis. 

In addition, Joe was appointed by Governor Jim Doyle to the Wisconsin EMS Advisory Board and served a four year term from 2004 to 2008.  He's held committee positions with the National Association of EMTs (NAEMT) and Los Angeles County Fire Museum's Pioneers of Paramedicine Project.

Joe earned a master's degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls, and bachelor's degree in radio/TV broadcast management from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville. 

You may reach him directly at 414-236-4192 or by email.












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