From the Desk of
Dr. Jeffrey L. Jarvis, MD, MS, EMT-P
As a board certified emergency physician, EMS is an integral part of my specialty. As a currently licensed paramedic, EMS is an integral part of my DNA. Caring for the citizens of the Highland Lakes Area and its visitors is my medical practice and I am blessed to have an outstanding group of paramedics and first responders as my colleagues in this practice. We are very much aware that our mission is to serve the public and, therefore, place a very high value on being servants. We value the trust that is placed in us and strive every day to live up to expectations of our patients.
Our medical practice is founded in an educational model of continual quality improvement in which we are always assessing what we do and how we do it. We do this with peer review of charts, self-identification of areas for improvement, a comprehensive field training program, medical director ride outs, direct medical director field response, research and, most importantly, the belief that ongoing education is the foundation of the professional development of each of our careers.
We believe in the collaborative process for improvement. As such, we are actively involved in organizations dedicated to sharing best practices. We collect, analyze and publish the results of our quality improvement efforts as well as participate in clinical research. We are a data-driven organization which strives to practice evidence based medicine where available and best practices based medicine where it is not available.
Our Standards of Care document extends my medical license to my EMS colleagues and describes how they are authorized to practice. These SOCs are progressive. We utilize RSI medications for our intubations with mandatory confirmation using continuous waveform capnography, have an organized and standardized approach to cardiac arrest including early initiation of therapeutic hypothermia, activate appropriate facilities using our Code STEMI and Code Stroke programs and provide aggressive and compassionate analgesia to our patients in pain. We continually review our practice and strive to continue to advance the care we provide to our patients.
I thank you for your interest in our system. If there is any way that I might be able to assist you, or answer any questions about our practice, please don’t hesitate to contact me.