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Rethinking lift-assist calls with Maia Dorsett

The clinical, cognitive and potential risk considerations in lift-assists, which are more complex than we realize

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Listen as Ginger Locke and Dr. Maia Dorsett discuss why lift-assist calls require comprehensive assessments.

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In this episode of The Medic Mindset Podcast, our host, Ginger Locke, is joined by Maia Dorsett, MD, PHD, to discuss why lift-assist calls require comprehensive assessments.

Dr. Dorsett is an EM and EMS physician at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She completed her EMS Fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. Her primary interests are EMS education and quality improvement initiatives aimed at encouraging patient-centered care, both outside and inside the hospital.

Together, they cover topics like the potential harms in transport, clinical reasoning and cognitive biases that may play a part in lift-assist calls.


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The Medic Mindset podcast is created and hosted by Ginger Locke, BA, NRP. As an associate professor of EMS Professions at Austin (TX) Community College, she has immersed herself in the art and science of how medics think and perform. In interviews with medics and subject-matter experts, she thoughtfully explores the inner-workings of the minds of medics. Prior to becoming a paramedic, she studied social psychology at the University of Georgia and the University of Leicester, UK. Her professional endeavors revolve around the conviction that the most important and complicated tool in EMS in the brain of the medic.