Tom Bouthillet, Fire Captain with Hilton Head Fire-Rescue has made significant contributions to the improvement of care for cardiac patients across the globe. He has embraced the EMS 2.0 movement, utilizing the Internet to educate a wide audience in many countries. His blog has been cited by leading emergency physicians, and repeatedly referenced as an excellent resource.
Tom advocates for evidence-based care of STEMI and cardiac arrest patients through his blog and Facebook page and focuses on subjects, such as the development of regional systems of care, shortening treatment intervals, data tracking, and the implementation of improvement measures to enhance survival. His blog monitors and reports on emerging trends in emergency cardiac care and connects with healthcare professionals from around the world.
Using the Internet, Tom took EMS communication/education to a whole new level. As a facilitator, educator/coach, he encouraged/motivated people out of their comfort zones to use social media, Internet resources, and online education to stimulate debates/discussions/continuing education. Tom has exploited mediums, such as podcasting, to improve the understanding and application of evidence-based treatments. These innovations have allowed Tom to interact with and educate large numbers of people. Recently, he has become involved in a webTV series that will further systems of care on a large scale.
Tom has forged important partnerships and relationships with a wide variety of parties, helping to foster needed change in complex issues relating to cardiovascular care. Tom selflessly devotes time to the education of others. He is passionate about patient care, and in the area of cardiac care and 12 lead ECG’s, and has devoted countless hours not only to the patients in his own community, but to the improvement of patients around the world through his innovative approaches in educational design.
The EMS 10 Awards, sponsored by JEMS magazine (JEMS.com) and Physio-Control awards the unsung heroes in emergency medical services systems throughout the country. Recognizing those who have developed new ways to improve patient care, response, and systems, the EMS 10 award winners are nominated by their colleagues and peers and then a committee of industry leaders reviews the nominations and chooses the 10 most deserving innovators.
This episode of Innovations in Patient Care podcast is hosted by Chris Montera, EMTP, a former EMS 10 award-winner and host of the EMS Garage podcast. This program is produced by MedicCast Productions, LLC under a sponsorship agreement with Physio-Control, Inc. More programs covering medical and health topics can be found on the ProMed Network (ProMedNetwork.com) where there are over 45 programs like this one covering all areas of health care.