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PCRF Research Podcasts

The Prehospital Care Research Forum is dedicated to fostering and improving research in EMS. Below you will find select podcasts discussing current research that affects EMS. These podcasts are meant to review methodology and applicability to prehospital care, promote healthy and respectful discussions, and inspire new research. We encourage you to comment on the podcasts and make suggestions as to how we can improve this feature.

"Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Ohio EMS Providers" - PCRF Journal Club by Megan Corry

This month, PCRF fellow Megan Corry led our discussion of a study examining the prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) among emergency medical service (EMS) personnel in Ohio and the associated risk factors.
 
"Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Ohio EMS Providers: A Statewide Cross-sectional Study," by Robert C. Orellana MPH, Armando E. Hoet DVM, PhD, Christopher Bell MPH, Christina Kelley RN, MPH, Bo Lu PhD, Sarah E. Anderson PhD & Kurt B. Stevenson MD, MPH, published online in October 2015 in Prehospital Emergency Care.

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Is the Supine Position Associated with Loss of Airway Patency? - PCRF Journal Club by Lawrence Brown, Megan Corry, and Jeff Anderson

This month, PCRF fellow Megan Corry and Dr. Lawrence Brown, Director of Research Education at UT Austin, led our discussion of a recent systematic review to investigate whether the supine position is associated with loss of airway patency as compared to the lateral position.
 
"Is the supine position associated with loss of airway patency in unconscious trauma patients? A systematic review and meta-analysis," by Per Kristian Hyldmo, Gunn E Vist, Anders Christian Feyling, Leif Rognås, Vidar Magnusson, Mårten Sandberg, and Eldar Søreide, was published July 2015 in the Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine.

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Canadian EMS Research Agenda & Magnesium Sulfate as Neuroprotection - PCRF Journal Club by Megan Corry, David Page, Ryan Brown, and Kari Haley

This month, PCRF fellow Megan Corry and PCRF Director David Page led our discussion of two studies: a feasibility study mixed-methods study on the state of EMS research in Canada and a study on the use of magnesium sulfate as neuroprotection in the prehospital setting.

Read the studies and follow along with the podcast discussion:

"The Canadian National EMS Research Agenda: Impact and Feasibility of Implementation of Previously Generated Recommendations," published September 2015 in the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine.

"Prehospital Use of Magnesium Sulfate as Neuroprotection in Acute Stroke," published February 2015 in New England Journal of Medicine.

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Emergency Medical Services and "Psych Calls" - PCRF Journal Club by David Page, Rob Gurliacci, Megan Corry, Jeff Anderson, Keith Monosky, and Elliot Carhart

This month, PCRF Director David Page led our discussion of "Emergency Medical Services and 'Psych Calls': Examining the Work of Urban EMS Providers," a study by Christopher Prener and Alisa K. Lincoln of Northeastern University. 
 
Published online in advance of its print publication in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, this article presents "an analysis of the ways in which EMS providers interact with people with mental illness and substance abuse problems, as well as providers’ experiences with the mental health care system." We were joined by an amazing, large group of panelists for a fascinating discussion about the stigma of homelessness and the role EMS providers play.

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"Race and Sex Disparities in Prehospital Recognition of Acute Stroke" - PCRF Journal Club by Megan Corry and Prasanthi Govindarajan

This month, we discussed a study on disparities in recognition of stroke by prehospital providers based on race and sex. Joining us were guest facilitator and PCRF fellow Megan Corry and study author Dr. Prasanthi Govindarajan of Stanford University. This was a fascinating discussion about a key topic in EMS.
 
"Race and Sex Disparities in Prehospital Recognition of Acute Stroke" was authored by Prasanthi Govindarajan, MD, MAS, Benjamin T. Friedman, NREMT-P, James Q. Delgadillo, David Ghilarducci, MD, Lawrence J. Cook, PhD, Barbara Grimes, PhD, Charles E. McCulloch, PhD, and S. Claiborne Johnston, MD, PhD. It was published March 2015 in Volume 22, Issue 3 of Academic Emergency Medicine.

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