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Urban Shield 2015 Participation

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Alameda County EMS is a high performance EMS system located in the Bay Area of Northern California.There are over 140,000 9-1-1 call each year in the system.
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Urban Shield is the largest full-scale exercise in the country with the mission to prepare local (and not local) First Responders for mass casualty acts of violence. The EMS Branch exercises the integration of EMS and medical responders with law enforcement to respond to these incidents to mitigate loss of life. This year we also have the opportunity to practice managing a treatment area of a large MCI to include triage, re-triage, treatment, reassessment, patient tracking, patient distribution and transport ingress/egress considerations.

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SMR Update

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Spine Injury assessment and Spinal Motion Restriction (SMR) update and message from the Alameda County EMS Agency.

There has been an additional 28% decrease from the date of publication through 2014.

There has been an additional 28% decrease in the use of rigid backboards from the date of publication through 2014.

We have seen a tremendous reduction in the use of the hard backboard in Alameda County. As published in our Prehospital Emergency Care (PEC) peer reviewed journal, within four months of implementing our new spine injury assessment guidelines, we reduced the use of hard backboard immobilizations by 58%.  We want that trend to continue.

It all starts with a proper assessment. In emergency medicine it is important to figure out what is wrong with a patient. It is equally important to figure out what is NOT wrong with the patient and not subject them to unnecessary and potentially harmful treatments, including spine immobilization. It is clear that traditional spine immobilization causes more harm than good in subset of trauma patients. There has never been any study, or research that shows any benefit of spine immobilization. Continue Reading…

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Spinal Motion Restriction Publication

Karl Sporer, M.D.

Karl Sporer, M.D.

EMS Medical Director at Alameda County EMS
Dr. Karl Sporer is an emergency physician with over 20 years experience at San Francisco General Hospital.Previously he served as the medical director for San Mateo County and more recently San Francisco Fire Department.He received the California ACEPEMS Achievement Award in 2005 and was recently selected as the EMS Medical Director of the year by California EMSA.
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Recent Accomplishments at Alameda County EMS From 2013

Karl Sporer, M.D.

Karl Sporer, M.D.

EMS Medical Director at Alameda County EMS
Dr. Karl Sporer is an emergency physician with over 20 years experience at San Francisco General Hospital.Previously he served as the medical director for San Mateo County and more recently San Francisco Fire Department.He received the California ACEPEMS Achievement Award in 2005 and was recently selected as the EMS Medical Director of the year by California EMSA.
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This past year has been a very busy one for the Alameda County EMS system.  Changes in such a large and complex system require a lot of cooperation and work from all aspects of the system.

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