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PHTLS FOUNDER AND MEDICAL DIRECTOR Norman E. McSwain, Jr., MD, FACS. 1937-2015

"What have you done for the good of mankind lately?" 
¿Qué has hecho por el bien de la humanidad últimamente?
Dr. Norman McSwain 1937-2015


Norman E. McSwain, Jr., MD, FACS
1937-2015

Revered trauma physician Dr. Norman McSwain dies at 78
Dr. Norman McSwain, a New Orleans physician revered for establishing New Orleans' emergency medical services system, died Tuesday (July 28), according to the New Orleans Police Department. He was 78.
He had been hospitalized in critical condition at Tulane University Medical Center after suffering a "cerebral bleed" July 17, according to a report in the Journal of Emergency Medical Services.McSwain's life will be remembered for the impact he made on emergency trauma care. As a member of the American College of Surgeons' Committee on Trauma, he helped develop the Advanced Trauma Life Support and the Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support programs. His methods are widely regarded as the standard for trauma care outside hospitals.
His practices have been taught to more than 500,000 people in 45 countries. He was also the only physician in the American College of Surgeons' history to achieve all five major trauma awards.
McSwain served as director of trauma for the Spirit of Charity Trauma Center at the Interim LSU Hospital was a surgery professor at Tulane's School of Medicine. He also served as a consulting medical director for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival for almost 30 years.
Originally from Alabama, McSwain is credited for the creation of emergency medical service programs in New Orleans and Kansas.
His programs emphasized immediate medical services to treat victims of traffic crashes, gunshots, stabbings and other life-threatening injuries before arriving at a hospital.
McSwain earned his medical degree from the University of Alabama before joining the faculty at the University of Kansas, according his biography on Tulane's website.
He was later drawn to New Orleans because he believed Charity Hospital to be "one of the three most important trauma centers in the United States."
McSwain spent his time in New Orleans as he did in Kansas—he helped lift Interim LSU Hospital to become a Level I trauma center and started training police in basic emergency medical and paramedic procedures.
He made a point to care for severely injured police officers in his last 30 years.
McSwain additionally wrote or revised 25 textbooks and made more than 800 presentations of emergency trauma care in all 50 states, all Canadian provinces and most of Europe and South America.

Norman E. McSwain, Jr., MD, FACS
PHTLS Medical Director
Norman E. McSwain, Jr., MD, FACS
PHTLS Medical Director
Email: norman.mcswain@tulane.edu
Norman E. McSwain, Jr., MD, FACS, attended The University of The South in Sewanee, Tenn., and then returned to his birthplace of Alabama to learn medicine under Dr. Tinsley Harrison (of Harrison’s Textbook of Medicine fame) and surgery from Dr. Champ Lyons at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. After completing two years of surgical training at Bowman-Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C., McSwain then joined the Air Force. There, he performed more than a thousand surgical procedures. After his service, he went to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta to finish his initial education as a surgeon. Over the next three years, he learned more about true patient care as a partner in private practice with Dr. Harrison 
Rogers in Atlanta before he joined the clinical and academic faculty at the University of Kansas in Kansas City. While there, he was given the responsibility of EMS education and system development for the State of Kansas. When he was recruited four years later to Tulane University School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, and Charity Hospital, New Orleans, he left behind 90 percent of the population of Kansas covered  by paramedic quality care within ten minutes of home, and one out of every 500 Kansans (including the entire Kansas Highway Patrol) trained as an EMT-Basic.  Serving as academic and clinical faculty at Tulane, McSwain’s main interest was in pre-hospital patient care through Charity Hospital, considered to be one of the three most important trauma centers in the U.S. at the time. Through his work there, 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 as well as a citywide EMS system.  McSwain also was recruited to the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma to assist in the development of the Advanced Trauma Life Support program. He worked with the ACS/COT and NAEMT to develop the PHTLS program.  Today, PHTLS has trained over half a million people in 45 countries.  It is considered to be the world standard for pre-hospital trauma care. He has worked with the military and the Department of Defense to develop the Tactical Combat Casualty Care program for military medics. For the past 30 years, he has provided care to severely injured police officers at Charity Hospital and has written or revised more than 25 textbooks, published more than 360 articles and traveled throughout the world giving 800 presentations. McSwain has lectured in each of the U.S.’s 50 states and in all of Canada’s provinces, most of the countries in Europe and in Central America,
and in the upper part of South America, as well as in Japan, China, Australia, and New Zealand.


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DR. NORMAN MCSWAIN, FOUNDER OF NAEMT'S PHTLS PROGRAM, HAS DIED

Jul 28, 2015


We are very saddened to report that Dr. Norman McSwain passed away today in his home in New Orleans. Internationally renowned and respected for his pioneering work in trauma care, Dr. McSwain founded NAEMT’s Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) program 30 years ago, and is recognized by our association as the father of NAEMT education.
Norman McSwain
In addition to his prestigious career as a trauma surgeon, Dr. McSwain was a certified paramedic. He worked tirelessly throughout his career to ensure that EMS practitioners, both in the civilian and military sectors, received the highest quality education to enable them to provide the best care to their patients. He is admired and beloved by the EMS community across our country, as well across the globe, who have been impacted by his vision and passion for excellence in patient care.

He will be missed by the thousands of people whose lives he touched, but he will live on in the hearts and minds of his family, friends, colleagues, students and patients. We send prayers to his family and wish them strength and peace in the coming days.

Read more about Dr. McSwain's prestigious career:

http://tulane.edu/som/departments/surgery/faculty-staff/upload/bio-080608-short-1.pdf

http://www.emsmuseum.org/virtual-museum/curriculum/articles/398251-1971-Norman-McSwain-MD

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/09/us/nationalspecial/a-surgeon-caught-up-in-the-flooding-tells-of-a-week-of-chaos-peril-and-heroism.html

http://neworleanscitybusiness.com/blog/tag/dr-norman-mcswain/

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/9270986/ns/health/t/doctors-medical-workers-are-katrinas-heroes/#.VbgV4bfZu7w

http://www.emsmuseum.org/virtual-museum/timeline/articles/398156-EMT-Journal-NAEMT-1977

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The 2012 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons (ACS)



2015 Hartford Consensus III




Announcements:


http://www.wdsu.com/news/local-news/new-orleans/trauma-medicine-pioneer-dr-norman-mcswain-dies/34405790


http://www.nola.com/health/index.ssf/2015/07/revered_trauma_physician_dr_no.html