La Jolla, Calif., February 27, 2014 … PennWell Corporation and JEMS announces the winning teams in the 2014 JEMS Games Advanced Clinical Competition held during the EMS Today Conference & Expo, a PennWell event; the conference is a leader in providing quality education for emergency medical services (EMS) worldwide.

Each year, the JEMS Games are produced as a special event at the EMS Today Conference & Expo. The goal of the games is to provide EMS professionals with a valuable combination of education and competitive rivalry. Teams from across the U.S. and abroad competed in the preliminary rounds of the competition on Thursday, February 6, 2014. The top three teams competed in the final round on Friday evening, February 7, 2014.

The Games present competing teams with patient care scenarios that test each three-person team’s skills as EMS professionals. Each team had a total of 20 minutes to complete the scenario.

Final scenario challenged teams in realistic incident

The Game’s final scenario was staged to simulate a NASCAR® race, where EMS crews were initially dispatched for a pregnant female who had been injured from a fall in the stands. While crews cared for the woman, a multi-car crash occurred on the track, sending debris into the crowd and wounding several individuals: patient #2 was lying supine under a wheel and rim assembly that jettisoned off a vehicle, patient #3 sustained significant burns to the upper body, patient #4 was struck by debris and complained of severe back pain, and patient #5 was mortally wounded. Irrespective of treatment, patient #4 worsened until she became unconscious secondary to massive retroperitoneal hemorrhage.

Unbeknownst to the competing team, an EMS transport crew was set to arrive at the twelve-minute mark with the capability to transport one critical patient, with a second unit available at the fourteen-minute mark. Time was called at the seventeen-minute mark. The lead paramedic had one minute to gather information from her crew, and was asked to subsequently provide a hospital report in the remaining two minutes of the scenario.

Industry experts and JEMS contributors developed this realistic, complex and challenging scenario. Emergency services personnel look to the JEMS Games to create realistic situations in which they can test their skills and compete against fellow EMS professionals. Additionally, the final competition grants the audience quality continuing education based on the scenario and accompanying mini-lectures presented between each round of participation.  The EMS Today Conference & Expo provides training that is essential to professional success, and the JEMS Games brings that training to life.

JEMS Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P, said that “Once again, the JEMS Games offered a realistic and extremely challenging scenario … challenging not only for the competing teams, but also the audience of responders to ponder what they would do if confronted with a similar incident. Each year we ask JEMS Medical Editor Dr. Ed Dickinson to present a continuing education segment during the competition. This year he focused on the pregnant patient suffering from acute pain post trauma. His short, concise, educational CE this year, and his explanation of why these patients need to be quickly placed on their left side to relieve complications from pressure on their vascular system, could result in many lives being saved – another important aspect of the JEMS Games.”

2014 JEMS Games winning teams

  • The 1st Place (gold medal) team: Cumberland County (N.C.) EMS;
  • The 2nd Place (silver medal) team: Lucas County (Ohio) EMS; and
  • The 3rd Place (bronze medal) team: Surry County (N.C.) EMS.

The gold medalist team receives a $1,000 cash prize and each team member receives a complementary three-day registration to the 2015 EMS Today Conference and Exposition, which will be held in Baltimore, M.D., February 25-28, 2015.

The remaining teams that participated in the 2014 JEMS Games Preliminary Competition were:

  • Sussex County EMS (Del.)
  • HGH EMS Rescue (Nev.)
  • FDNY EMS (N.Y.)
  • New Britain EMS (Conn.)
  • Bensalem EMS (Pa.)
  • Queen Anne’s County (Md.)
  • London Ambulance Service NHS Trust (UK)
  • Cumberland County EMS (N.C.)—Team 2
  • Jersey City Medical Center (N.J.)
  • Empress EMS (N.Y.)
  • Fairfax County Fire & Rescue (Va.)
  • First Health EMS Chesterfield (S.C.)
  • Wilson County EMS (N.C.)
  • Moore County Hospital District EMS (Texas)
  • St. Francis Hospital (Del.)
  • Forsyth County EMS (N.C.)

The JEMS Games Founding Sponsor is Laerdal Medical Corp.  Additional sponsors for 2014 JEMS Games were:  Gold Sponsor – Air Methods; Bronze Sponsors – Rapid Rescue Products and Vidacare; Supporting Sponsors – Ferno, Hartwell Medical, iSimulate, Kimberly-Clark and Moulage Concepts. Hartwell Medical, Kimberly-Clark and Laerdal Medical Corp donated prizes for the teams.

More information on the EMS Today Conference & Expo or the JEMS Games may be found at EMSToday.com.

PennWell Public Safety, a PennWell business located in La Jolla, Calif., produces public safety products and services including JEMS (Journal of Emergency Medical Services), FireRescue Magazine, Law Officer, EMS Today Conference and Exposition, JEMS.com, FirefighterNation.com, LawOfficer.com and other products.

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