As paramedics toil in the battle again Covid-19, Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America wants to use National EMS Week to celebrate the efforts of these medical professionals.
“EMTs, paramedics and first responders are really the first line of treatment for our patients,” said Dr. Fred Mullins, president of BRCA. “We can never thank them enough for the work they do to make sure our patients get to one of our burn centers in a safe, expedient manner.”
This year, EMS Week is being celebrated May 17-23, and the five days of EMS Week have specific themes, according to the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, the organization that leads the national celebration of the week. The themes for 2020 are:
- Monday – EMS Education Day
- Tuesday – Safety Tuesday
- Wednesday – EMS for Children Day
- Thursday – Save-A-Life Day (CPR & Stop the Bleed)
- Friday – EMS Recognition Day
This year’s National EMS Week, the 46th since it was authorized by President Gerald Ford in 1974, will be a little different than past years, said Dr. Mullins. With the pandemic and social distancing guidelines in place, BRCA is using EMS Week to launch its new online education platform. The online repository of digital presentations allows users to earn continuing education and continuing medical education credits while learning about various topics, including emergency treatment of burn injuries, burn critical care, acute and reconstructive surgical interventions.
“We are excited to roll out this program that will become a comprehensive destination for learning about the care of burn, hand and wound patients,” Dr. Mullins said. “Over the years, we have done thousands of in-person presentations, and as the world becomes more digital, we want to be able to meet those needs and educate people at their convenience.”
For more information about BRCA’s online education program, please visit us online or call 855-863-9595.