The EMS Community is saddened to learn that trauma pioneer Norman McSwain, MD, FACS, is in critical condition in the Neuro ICU at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans after suffering a cerebral bleed on Friday.
Best known as the pioneering trauma surgeon who assisted the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma in the development of the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) program and his work with the ACS/COT and NAEMT in developing the Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support program, McSwain made major contributions to the development of the Kansas EMS System.
While on the clinical and academic faculty at the University of Kansas in Kansas City, McSwain was given the responsibility of EMS education and system development for the State of Kansas.
By the time he was recruited four years later to Tulane University School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, and Charity Hospital, 90% of the population of Kansas was covered by paramedic quality care within ten minutes and one out of every 500 hundred Kansans (including the entire Kansas Highway Patrol) was trained to the EMT level.
He decided to leave Kansas and move to New Orleans because he considered Charity Hospital to be one of the three most important trauma centers in the United States. After arriving in New Orleans, he was recruited by the City of New Orleans to develop an EMS system for the city. He initiated both the EMT-Basic and EMT-Paramedic training within the New Orleans Police Department and helped establishÂ a citywide EMS System.