by Beth Blevins
Another organization covered in the pages of the Rural Monitor (in the Fall 2005 issue [no longer available online]) is also sharing a tenth anniversary this year. Spokane-based EMS Live @ Nite, one of the largest video conference educational series in the country, has continued to help health professionals who live in rural and frontier communities, expanding its services to six Northwest states, now including Wyoming. Once a month, as many as 300 medical personnel gather in different locations to learn simultaneously about cleverly titled topics such as “Hypothermia and Cold Related Injuries, The Right Pill for the Big Chill”; “The Agitated Patient, How to Restrain Yourself”; and “Burn Care, It’s Not Too Hot to Handle.” EMS Live @ Nite is a ten-month continuing medical education (CME) program with all topics relating to Emergency Medical Services, at no charge to the participant. Classes are taught using interactive video technology over the INHS Northwest TeleHealth network and other networks allowing participants to see and hear instructors and ask questions.
“We serve people over a large geographical area. For them to get CME is a logistical challenge,” says Dr. James Nania, co-founder of the program and medical director for Northwest MedStar. “So we bring the CME to them. In one shot we are able to reach a large regional audience.”
For Colleen Rodrigues, the EMS training coordinator for Jefferson Healthcare in Port Townsend, Wash., the program has been a godsend. “We are very rural,” Rodrigues said. “Most classes we would have to go 80 miles to attend. Now we go seven miles. We learn from the other organizations. We are staying current. It has impacted us hugely in a positive way.”
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