Report: Medical Pioneer Norman McSwain in critical condition

Report: Medical Pioneer Norman McSwain in critical condition

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Medical pioneer Norman McSwain is in critical condition at the Tulane Medical Center, according to a post from the Journal of Emergency Medical Services.

McSwain is known world-wide for his work in Trauma and Emergency Medical Services. According to his biography posted on Tulane University's website, McSwain is credited with creating and helping develop EMS programs in Kansas and New Orleans.

The post, written by JEMS Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman, said that McSwain suffered a "cerebral bleed" on July 17 and is now in critical condition in the Neuro ICU.

McSwain currently works as a Professor of Surgery at Tulane University, the Trauma Director for Interim LSU Public Hospital and a Police Surgeon for NOPD.

While in Kansas, McSwain developed an EMS system and educational program for the state. Within four years, his program made sure that 90 percent of Kansas' population was covered by paramedic care within 10 minutes and that the entire Kansas Highway Patrol was trained in basic emergency medical techniques.

McSwain was then recruited by Tulane University and Charity Hospital, which he considered one of the most important trauma centers in the United States. While working at Tulane, McSwain was recruited by the City of New Orleans to develop an EMS program for the city. McSwain both implemented New Orleans' city-wide EMS system and initiated the EMT-Basic and EMT-Paramedic training within the NOPD.

McSwain was also recruited by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma to help develop the Advanced Trauma Life Support program. Through his work, the Advanced Trauma Life Support and Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support programs were created and has since been used to train over half-a-million people in 45 different countries. it is now considered the world standard for pre-hospital trauma care.

McSwain also worked with the US Department of Defense to develop a Tactical Combat Casualty Care Program for military medics.

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