MLH EMS conference Every Second Counts highlights trends in pre-hospital management


Submitted by Chris Knaff, System Director, EMS Operations & Patient Flow


The 9th Annual Main Line Health EMS Conference “Every Second Counts” was held on November 8 at Lankenau Medical Center. The conference highlighted new trends in pre-hospital management for both stroke and cardiovascular disease. This education helps to strengthen the collaboration between Main Line local EMS providers and MLH hospitals and supports Main Line Health’s goal of improved patient care through education and enhanced communication.EMS Ghosh400


Ben Usatch, MD, LMC ED physician and EMS, Montgomery County medical director, was the physician lead for this annual event. LMC physician faculty included Grahame Gould, MD, Neurosurgery, Christopher Droogan, DO, Heart Failure/Transplant, and Eric Gnall, DO, Doug Esberg, MD,  Electrophysiology, Steve Domsky, MD, Heart Failure/Transplant, Konstadinos Plestis, MD, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Larami MacKenzie, MD, Neurologist, Ehyal Shweiki, MD, Trauma Program Medical Director.


The case review and discussion was moderated by Timothy Shapiro, MD, chief, Interventional Cardiology, LMC. Paramedics from local EMS providers worked with Marc Baron, ED nurse, LMC, to organize and present heart attack cases. Physician faculty discussed treatment options in the field, Emergency Department and interventional treatment in the Cardiac Cath Lab.


In photo, Elena Casanova-Ghosh, CRNP, shows EMS providers how the ECMO equipment works.


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