2012 EMS Safety Summit
Transportation Research Board (TRB)

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The 2012 EMS Safety Summit was held on February 29th to coincide with EMS Today Feb/March 2012, on site at the National Academies, Keck Center in Washington DC - and via live interactive Webinar link and a satellite sites.
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'This one day Summit comprehensively covered that spectrum of cutting edge approaches to optimizing the systems safety of EMS and Medical Transport operations. Bridging the gap between what we do and what is known- Enhancing ambulance transport safety through shared knowledge of technical data'.
The National Academies TRB EMS Summit was an information packed event, beamed live with an Opening address from AJ Heightman via satellite site at EMS Today- February 29th, 2012
The TRB booth in the lobby at EMS Today had much interest, with many folks stopping by to hear more about the Summit. If you missed the EMS Safety, System, Strategies and Solutions Summit Feb 29th, the handouts and recordings are available here.

The 2012 Summit included an interdisciplinary update on EMS and Medical Transport Safety development over the previous 36 months. There was a focus on new systems safety technology solutions that are now available and also those under development, innovative fleet and vehicle solutions underway and future concepts, and the human factors issues integrating task analysis and vehicle and transportation system design and including culture of safety, change tolerance and generational challenges, hours of service concepts and issues pertaining to the impaired driver, as well as new initiatives in testing and standards.

This full day 2012 Summit brought together a spectrum of diverse expertise and representation, as for the 2008 and 2009 TRB EMS Summits - Government agencies including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation ITS, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Federal Highways Administration (FHWA), Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS); EMS State Directors, EMS Services, private and municipal from across North America, Fire/EMS, Volunteer EMS, EMS Physicians, Industry partners, for EMS Equipment and vehicles, both OEM and aftermarket, academics and Technical experts from fields such as automotive safety engineering, occupant protection, and ergonomics and human factors.

A comprehensive over view of the range of EMS transport safety issues were addressed. The theme was: Systems Safety Strategies and Solutions.

The previous 2009 Summit, set the stage in depth with a focus on the Burden and Benefit (Safety Data, Economics and Ethics/Resource Allocation), Transport System management (Fleet Safety and Operations Management), Vehicle Safety Assessment and Design, Information Sharing and Policy (Knowledge Transfer Platforms and Challenges, Standards, Specifications and Policy) , Research Priorities and Summit Synopsis.

Click here for 2012 TRB Summit Multimedia Recorded Conference .pdf

Biosketches of the 2012 Summit Speakers and Moderators

Click on the links below to access the slides, handouts and audio recordings from the Summit which are all public access.
To access the slides click on the speakers name and
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Audio 1
Opening Address: A.J. Heightman and Handout

Introductions and Safety Developments Update:
Nadine Levick, MD, MPH
and Handout
TRB Rick Pain, PhD, Research needs assessment forms explained - E. Frazer
Download Research Needs Statement Forms here and submit your ideas to the TRB for potential funding.

Session 1: Data and Recent Initiatives - moderator - C. Cobb
Safety data update - N. Levick and Handout
Bureau of Labor Statistics data- J. Windau and Handout
NTSB /NEMSAC/NIST/DHS Update - E. Frazer and Handout
NAEMT Safety Course - G. Luedtke and Handout

Audio 2
Session 2: Transport, Human Factors and Bridging Diverse Disciplines - moderator - C. Cunningham
Safety Culture/ Culture of Change - E. Frazer and Handout
Bridging Ergonomics Operational Task Analysis and automotive safety
- Automotive Perspective, G. Lukianov and Handout/
- Ergonomic/Human Factors, Perspective C. Fitzgerald and Handout
Information and technology transfer - N. Levick and Handout

Audio 3
Session 3: Testing and Standards - moderator - J. Bourgraf
Fleet and Vehicle Standards- N. Levick and Handout
Review of types of testing for ambulance safety - G. Lukianov and Handout

Audio 4
Session 4: New systems safety technology solutions & telematics - moderator - E. Frazer
Dispatch Technologies - J. Augustine and Handout
E911/next generation 911/R.E.S.C.U.M.E. - L. Dodge and Handout
Implementing new polices - M. Crossman and Handout

Audio 5
Session 5: Fleet management strategies - moderator - J. Augustine
Impaired/distracted drivers/hours of service - N. Bendickson and Handout
Predictive and Telematics technologies - N. Levick and Handout
Fleet safety systems & "Putting invehicle telematics to use" -
- AMR Perspective, R. Thackery and Handout/
- Sunstar Perspective, C. Cobb and Handout/
- Niagara Region Perspective, J. Cunnane and Handout

Audio 6
Session 6: Innovative Vehicle Design - moderator - E. Frazer
Innovative Vehicle designs - technical aspects - J. Swartz and Handout
Alternative fleet vehicles - F. Mencl and Handout
Designing medical interiors for optimal safety" - C. Fitzgerald and Handout
Vulnerable populations - Peds/Neonates - N. Levick and Handout
A leading edge approach integrating ergonomics, automotive safety and cost efficiency - N. Levick/R. Rolfsen and Handout

Audio 7
Session 7: Operationalizing Safety - - moderator - R. Thackery
"What Air Medical Can Teach Us" - E. Frazer and Handout
"Making it Happen" - C. Cunningham and Handout
"Balancing relative benefit in safety initiatives" - D. Gainor and Handout

Audio 8
Session 8: Panel: How to optimize the safety of your existing fleet - moderator - D. Gainor
J. Augustine/A. Miller/C. Cunningham/C. Fitzgerald/J. Cunnane/
R. Thackery/G. Lukianov/N. Levick/J. Swartz

Wrap up - from Prof. Art Cooper and Handout

A TRB e-circular and a series of white papers will be produced to chronicle the Summit trilogy of content and activities

The March 2012 EMS Safety Foundation Webinar provides a comprehensive overview of the information packed National Academies 2012 TRB EMS Safety Summmit.
The one day TRB event is condensed into a 50 minute Webinar for public access.
For this full EMS Safety Foundation Webinar synopsis of the 2012 TRB EMS Safety Summit, just click the image below.


Click here for the synopsis Webinar slides and handout

Above is a YouTube recording of this March 2012 EMS Foundation Webinar overview of the TRB 2012 Summit
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*A Synopsis of the Key Lessons from the 2009 Pre-Conference Workshop and 2009 TRB Ambulance Transport Safety Summit* is available here

"Key Lessons from the 2009 Workshop and the Summit" - the EMS Safety Foundation November 2009 Synopsis Webinar recording - Click the image below to access the recording link.


This recorded Synopsis Webinar is gratis and public access, and runs for 45 mins.
And Click here for the handout for the EMS Safety Foundation 2009 November Synopsis Webinar


And Click here for the for the the previous Summits detailed 2009 AMBULANCE TRANSPORT SAFETY SUMMIT AGENDA and DOWNLOADS:.


Ambulance transport is a complex interface between emergency medical care, transportation, public safety and public health. The safety issues that are involved in this unique system bridge safety data capture, transport systems safety engineering, fleet management, occupant protection, automotive biomechanics, clinical decision priorities and management, occupational safety and health, economics, ethics and standard and policy development. This 2011 Summit brings these diverse fields of technical expertise together, with a comprehensive update on systems solutions and strategies in an independent forum, to assist EMS systems to have access to the optimal and most reliable and valid data upon which to base their management, purchase and operational decisions. This 2011 EMS SAFETY SYSTEMS, STRATEGIES AND SOLUTIONS Summit is a follow on from the inaugural Ambulance Transport Summit held at the National Academies in DC on November 7th 2008 and the subsequent Summit held October 29th 2009. Click here for 2008 TRB Summit and here for 2009 Summit info and recordings.


The EMS Transportation Safety Subcommittee of the National Academies Transportation Research Board (TRB) in conjunction with the National Ambulance Transportation Safety (ATS) Task Force held an inaugural Ambulance Transport Safety Summit in Washington DC, November 7th 2008. That inaugural Summit included an interdisciplinary panel of invited speakers, and a live Webinar broadcast and has been recorded electronically. There were approximately 45 onsite and 100 online attendees who participated.
Click here for 2008 TRB Summit info and recording.

The purpose of these Summits is to share interdisciplinary peer reviewed and published transportation safety and technical data. It has been identified that access to transportation safety and technical data is complex and the EMS community is in need of this information to improve operations and practice in providing quality patient care and safe transport today and into the future.

These Summits are recorded as a live Webinar and the recordings are available here for off line public access. In addition, the National Academies 'e-circular' will also chronicle the Summits content in detail.

Submit your questions to the Summit Expert Panel here:

Submit your questions to the EMS Transport Safety Subcommittee 2012 Summit's Expert Panel -

Please complete this form at the following link to forward your Two Top Questions for the attention of the Summit's Expert Panel.
To submit your Top 2 Ambulance Transportation Safety Questions, please click here and complete this form to submit your questions to the 2012 Summit panel

Sample Presentation from 2008 TRB Summit

Presentation on EMS Motorcycle Fleets - by Paul Riley, Road Safety Manager, exMotorCycle Medic

Click here for Paul Riley's Presentation (12 mins).