EMS researcher spreads knowledge through science-focused social media campaign
Catherine R. Counts, PhD, MHA, a health services researcher with Seattle Medic One and the University of Washington, takes over the "Real Scientists" Twitter account this week to share her EMS experience
By Laura French
SEATTLE — A Seattle EMS researcher has been featured as the curator of the week for a science-focused social media campaign.
The organization Real Scientists announced that Catherine R. Counts, PhD, MHA, research and quality improvement manager for Seattle Fire Medic One and instructor in the Division of Emergency Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine, will take over its Twitter account for a week to share her knowledge and experience in EMS with a wide audience.
Hi Everyone! My name is @CatherineCounts and I'm going to be spending the week sharing my experiences as an emergency medical services (EMS) researcher.— RealScientists | Counts (@realscientists) January 24, 2021
If you've never heard of such thing, have no fear, it's very real...and similar to EMS it's very varied so buckle up! 1/x https://t.co/77cLMxpUW8
Real Scientists features a scientist each week to curate information on its Twitter profile, which has nearly 90,000 followers. Counts said she hopes her week with the campaign will lead people to have more appreciation for the importance of EMS.
"People only think about EMS when they need it. Which is a blessing, but there is so much more behind the scenes of this arm of healthcare as we work to make sure that the care being provided in the prehospital setting is as good (or sometimes even better) than what's received in the hospital setting," Counts said in a statement. "EMS also touches everyone as it's often seen as a public good/service, so realistically everyone should be interested/invested in making sure their EMS system is high performing."
In her first two days as the campaign's featured curator, Counts discussed cardiac arrest response and the importance of learning CPR, gave a history lesson on EMS in the United States from the 1960s to the present and highlighted several pieces of EMS research. Counts plans to cover additional topics throughout the rest of the week, including provider wellness, EMS technology and her personal journey as an EMS researcher.
I'll be part tour guide, part educator as we spend the week covering the science of what happens when you call 911 (in the US) and need help for a medical emergency.— RealScientists | Counts (@realscientists) January 24, 2021
Here's our itinerary 3/x pic.twitter.com/CkKdiJmqOd
What's the most important thing EMS takes care of? Well I would argue that depends on who you ask.— RealScientists | Counts (@realscientists) January 24, 2021
But we see the biggest impact on a single patient when doing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on someone having an out of hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). 1/x https://t.co/SpFiJ60EZP
The prevalence of high acuity terrorist attacks that happened in the 90's and early 00's highlighted EMS' role in responding to such events.— RealScientists | Counts (@realscientists) January 26, 2021
They also opened large streams of funding for training and equipment on related topics. pic.twitter.com/8lE5093VV7
And then there's the random chances (mid-pandemic) when we get to try a new device in black box mode to see if it measures what they say it's going to measure and make sure it doesn't break in the EMS setting.— RealScientists | Counts (@realscientists) January 25, 2021
If it works, next stop interventional trial. https://t.co/6rtHBOOel3