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Paramedicine director presents at EMS Show in London

OSU-OKC paramedicine director presents at EMS Show in London

OKLAHOMA CITY (Aug. 14, 2019) – Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City paramedicine director Justin Hunter was recently invited to speak at The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Show in London. The show is the United Kingdom’s largest event for emergency medical professionals.

Hunter, one of only a few speakers from the United States, was asked to speak about the research he is taking part in as a Ph.D. candidate at Monash University in Australia. The research he is currently gathering alongside two team members focuses on crew resource management and situational awareness.

“The research we’re doing is groundbreaking,” Hunter said. “Our goal is to improve outcomes of patients, not just in the ambulance, but in the emergency room and the operating room. I want to prove this works in our environment, and in the end we could probably save some lives.”

Presenting his research at The EMS Show was overwhelming at first, Hunter said, because of the large audience that included several professionals to whom Hunter has looked up to in the paramedicine field.

“To be included was pretty humbling,” he said. “Some of the best researchers and speakers in the world are invited to this conference and I was simply honored to be a part of this event.”

Hunter, who is also a critical care paramedic with Norman Regional Health System’s EMSSTAT, has worked at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City (OSU-OKC) since 2009. Originally from St. Petersburg, Florida, Hunter now calls Oklahoma home. His yearning to help others is initially what drew him to the paramedicine field and “getting to help people when they are at their absolute worst” is what has kept him interested.

For the future, Hunter plans to continue his research.

“Research in paramedicine is simply too important to ignore,” he said. “I want to continue doing research with OSU-OKC while also maintaining all my responsibilities as program director and faculty.”