Captain James Carroll
Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue

Captain James Carroll is a Florida native and graduate of the University of Central Florida, James went on to earn his certifications as a paramedic and fire fighter in 1995.  He currently serves as a Captain with the Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue.  It was at the 2011 Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Broward County Sleep Summit that Captain Carroll became aware of the problem of sleep related infant deaths in Broward County and met someone with his equal passion for “saving the babies”, Jennifer Combs, MSN, ARNP.  Together Captain Carroll and Ms. Combs have developed the DOSE: Direct On Scene Education Program™.  This program brings Captain Carroll’s 19 years of experience as a first responder and Practitioner Coms’ 26 years’ experienced in the world of neonatal intensive care, together.  This innovative program utilizes first responders to educate families about safe sleep for all babies.  His past awards include 2003 Hero of the Year for the city of Hollywood and 2013 Father of the Year for Broward County.  

Direct On-Scene Education (DOSE) is an innovative program to help eliminate sleep-related infant death due to suffocation, strangulation or positional asphyxia by training first responders to identify and remove hazards while delivering education on-scene during emergency and non-emergency runs.  Verbal education is the key to behavior change in the field.  First Responders are on scene to help, giving their message more of an opportunity to make a lasting impression.  DOSE provides First Responders with the skills and resources to help infants reach their first birthday. If personnel find an expectant mother or infant less than one year of age, they will initiate an “environmental check” and, should any hazards be found in the home or in the baby’s sleep space, personnel will identify and remove them, and educate the family as to why these things must be kept away from the baby.

At the Infant Mortality Summit DOSE Event, First Responders will:

1)      Learn how they are uniquely qualified for providing this critical primary prevention to save the lives of Hoosier infants.

2)      Become proficient in identifying and removing infant safe sleep hazards while responding to emergency and non-emergency calls.

3)      Be trained in the most current SUID/SIDS education per the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) & Direct On-Scene Education techniques as developed by Captain Carroll and Jennifer Combs, RN.

4)      Receive, at no cost, training materials which will help provide continuing education and resources for their officers, staff and personnel.

5)      Receive, at no cost, supplemental program material to provide to their communities about infant health & safety.

**Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. 

Labor of Love Summit

Cancellation Policy: Refunds are not available for any cancelled registration. You may substitute a colleague to attend in your place. This must be submitted in writing at least 14 days prior to the Summit.  Substitutions will not be accepted after 14 days.  Mahern Events, Inc., 940 East Garfield Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana 46203, USA, 317-313-4046. OR, email at [email protected]

Accreditation Statement: The Indiana Department of Health is accredited by the Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement: The Indiana Department of Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.