Quick Clip: Why EMS needs to take ownership of industry research

Hosts Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson discuss why EMS needs to start doing its own medical research on issues important to the industry


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In this week’s Inside EMS podcast quick clip, hosts Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson discuss why EMS needs to start doing its own medical research on issues important to the industry.

“We really have to be the ones to step out and challenge the paradigm, and not be fearful of what those people are going to be saying — those armchair quarterbacks,” Cebollero said.

He highlighted a controversial study about giving cardiac patients placebos instead of epinephrine, that Cebollero and Grayson discussed in a past podcast, as an example of the type of research with potential to move the industry forward.

Field intubation, he said, is another issue that should be addressed.

“There are no studies that show field intubation is really taking care of these patients,” Cebollero said.

Grayson agreed that EMS needs to take the lead in studies that have the potential to influence patient care and industry standards.

“We are relying on physicians and nurses and the rest to dictate our practice to us,” Grayson said. “If we’re not doing EMS centered research ourselves, then we are at the mercy of other healthcare professions to shape our future. We have to take ownership.” 

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Inside EMS, a podcast series that features hosts Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson, brings expert perspective to hot topics, clinical issues, operational and leadership lessons to EMS personnel and leaders to be safe and successful.

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