I got a strange voice mail from the Secretary of the Chief of Department asking if I could talk to a reporter about our advancements in cardiac arrest survival.
Laura Landro from the Wall Street Journal asked the kind of questions I wish more reporters asked. Not just asking for our survival rate, but the more important question:
“Why is your number improving?”
We discussed continuous chest compressions, training the entire department to AHA standards and ensuring our BLS fleet can anticipate ALS interventions. We discussed esophogeal airways, CPAP, see through CPR (from ZOLL), end tidal capnography, so many different tools that come together to make a 9% into a 23%. And that was all before I got my job at HQ. It’s nice to highlight the work of those who came before including Jeff Myers, Seb Wong, Brett Powell, Pete Howes.
Hopefully this is just the beginning of a conversation with the public about how EMS impacts their daily lives, not just when they, for lack of a better term, drop dead.