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Audrey Fraizer

Research Spotlight: Rich Lindfors

Audrey Fraizer

Oct 01, 2020|AEDR 2020 Vol. 8 Issue 2|Research Spotlight

When did you begin researching issues related to the profession? Unofficially, I began many years before becoming official. Officially speaking, I have been a researcher since 2017. In my role, research enabled me to revamp, customize, launch, and optimize process improvement initiatives and programs to maximize operational performance and enhance customer service. What started you along the research and process improvement path? I took a new role within my organization in 2017, which requires me to research many aspects of not...

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Research Spotlight: Jenna Streeter

Audrey Fraizer

Jun 03, 2020|AEDR 2020 Vol. 8 Issue 1|Research Spotlight

Where do you work? Madison County Fire Department Communications, Huntsville, AL, USA. As manager, I oversee operations for 14 full-time employees; handle all policy development, training program development, and quality assurance/quality improvement program oversight; and am a liaison with 16 volunteer fire chiefs and other public safety officials. What are the parts of your job that connect with research? I regularly analyze data in decision-making in all fields identified above. My recent research project published in AEDR...

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Litigation and Adverse Incidents in Emergency Dispatching

Jeff J. Clawson, MD, Denise Jorgensen, Audrey Fraizer, Isabel Gardett, PhD, Greg Scott, MBA, EMD-QI, Brent Hawkins, JD, Ann Maggiore, JD, NRP, Christopher Olola, PhD

Sep 20, 2018|AEDR 2018 Vol. 6 Issue 2|Original Research, Special Edition

Risk management is an area of critical importance for emergency services and public safety agencies, including emergency communication centers. However, almost no information currently exists regarding litigation against, or involving, emergency dispatch. The primary objective in this study was to characterize the most common types of adverse events, actions, and omissions of action that lead to lawsuits against emergency dispatchers and their agencies. The study was a systematic literature review...

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“For Us, It’s the Only Way:” Characteristics of ACE Achievement and Barriers to Success

Kim Rigden, Isabel Gardett, PhD, Audrey Fraizer, Edward Trefts, MFA

Jun 22, 2021|AEDR 2021 Vol. 9 Issue 1|Original Research

Relatively few dispatch agencies using the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch protocol systems have achieved Accredited Center of Excellence (ACE) status. Despite ACE being the gold standard for implementation of these systems, no research exists about either barrier to ACE achievement or drivers of ACE success. s: The objectives of this study were to describe the barriers to achieving ACE and to identify characteristics that indicate success with respect to...

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Factors Contributing to Stress Levels of Emergency Dispatchers

Kate Wahlgren, EMD, Audrey Fraizer, Mike Taigman, MS, Marc Gay, Ronald Williscroft, QI, EMD, Dawn Faudere, EMT-P, EMD-Q, Andre Jones, PhDc, Christopher Olola, PhD

Jan 20, 2021|AEDR 2020 Vol. 8 Issue 3|Original Research

There is now substantial research literature on the occupational stress among emergency dispatchers from multiple studies that have cited dispatcher claims of significant emotional, mental, and physical stress as a result of their work. However, there is very little literature that ranks in order of prevalence or severity the factors contributing to overall stress specific to emergency dispatchers. The aim of this study is to collect data that will complement other research findings in this field to inform the development of new programs designed to address specific...

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Research Spotlight: Andrea Furgani

Audrey Fraizer

Jun 22, 2021|AEDR 2021 Vol. 9 Issue 1|Research Spotlight

Q1. What drew you into research involving stress? The inspiration for this research stemmed from a question that an EMD, one of the authors of the study, asked me. As she finished her shift, she asked, “Have you ever wonder if we make more mistakes in evaluating emergency calls when we work for longer hours? Because in my opinion…” Starting with that question, we planned and developed the study, involving all the Telecommunication Centers in our region [Liguria]. Q2. Your recommendations...

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Research Spotlight: Gigi Marshall

Audrey Fraizer

Jan 20, 2021|AEDR 2020 Vol. 8 Issue 3|Research Spotlight

What is your advice for selecting the correct Emergency Communication Nurse System™ (ECNS™) symptom and injury-based protocol when the patient complains of several symptoms and/or injuries? Choosing the most concerning symptom that the patient has is achieved by keeping the ABCD concepts in mind (A= Airway, B= Breathing, C= Circulation, and D = Deficit in level of consciousness). If a symptom could cause a problem in any of the ABCD areas, the nurse should pick that symptom most likely to result in the compromise...

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