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Floods, Mudslides in Sri Lanka Leave 91 Dead, 110 Missing
BELLANA, Sri Lanka (AP) — Floods and torrents of mud unleashed by heavy rains in Sri Lanka killed 91 people and left 110 others missing Friday. Authorities appealed for international help for rescue and relief operations. The Disaster Management Center said 2,040 people were evacuated to safer locations and more than 61,000 were affected by the rain that started early Friday. The foreign ministry appealed for assistance from the United Nations and from other countries. The government advised people living near swollen rivers and hilly slopes prone to landslides to evacuate, as heavy rains were expected to continue. N...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 26, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Bharatha Mallawarachi and Eranga Jayawardena, Associated Press, Associated Press Tags: News Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

European EMS Conference, EMS Today Planning: An Update from JEMS Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman
After nearly a month on the road, A.J. is on his way back to the USA and anxious to report on his trips EMS TODAY Conference planning meetings in Charlotte and the European EMS Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.   EMS Today Planning in Charlotte, N.C. In Charlotte, N.C., the site forr the Feb 20-2, 2018 JEMS/EMS Today Conference and Exposition, A.J. and PennWell's robust and dedicated conference team (our "education army"), led multiple meetings of exhibitors and 30 program development committee members. With more than 700 submissions for 2018 sessions, building the program was not an easy task, but 50 commi...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 26, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: Training News Source Type: news

A Report from SOMA SA 2017
Charlotte, N.C. - During EMS Week 2017, I had the good fortune to attend the Special Operations Medical Association’s 2017 Scientific Assembly (SOMA SA) held at Charlotte Convention Center. Picture a conference filled with camouflage and dress uniforms. Medics and medical teams from the US Army “Green Berets” and Rangers; US Navy SEALS; US Air Force Pararescue; US Coast Guard Tactical Teams, and other “special operators” from NATO partner forces across the globe coming together for medical learning and information sharing.  Military nurses, PAs, physicians/surgeons, clinical researchers a...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 26, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: William K. Atkinson, PhD, MPH, MPA, EMT-P Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Innovative California Community Paramedicine Project Shows Early Success
San Diego, Calif. – A new independent study of California’s Community Paramedicine pilot projects shows encouraging results, demonstrating how specially trained paramedics can safely help improve patient outcomes, reduce unnecessary emergency department (ED) transports and lower health care costs. The study by the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Healthforce Center is the first independent evaluation of California’s 13 paramedicine pilot projects, which includes San Diego’s successful program.   The evaluation studied patient care, patient safety, financial cost and overall resu...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 26, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Training News Source Type: news

East Coast EMS Memorial Bike Ride Finishes in Arlington
The East Coast Route of the National EMS Memorial Bicycle Ride completed on May 19th after completing over 530 miles in 7 days.  “The National EMS Memorial Bike Ride, Inc. (NEMSMBR) honors Emergency Medical Services personnel by organizing and implementing long distance cycling events that memorialize and celebrate the lives of those who serve every day, those who have become sick or injured while performing their duties, and those who have died in the line of duty.”  The group started in Boston on May 13th, completing the first two days in cold and wet weather.  But they persevered on, and had o...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 25, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Darren Girardeau Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman and the JEMS Team Plead for Extra Vigilance During Overdose Responses
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the paramedics and law enforcement officer in Harford County Maryland who were impacted and needed treatment for potential exposure to heroin and fentanyl while responding to a drug overdose call in Abingdon.  This incident is another important reminder and warning of the contact danger presented by overdoses of fentanyl and opioids. JEMS has been vigilant in reporting to our readers that fentanyl poses a dangerous and potentially deadly threat to all first responders called upon to see, assess and treat patients in the ever-growing opioid epidemic. Gloves should be worn whenever any...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 25, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Chief Executive of NHS Praises Emergency Response to Manchester Suicide Bombing
Manchester, England - NHS workers helping people injured by the bomb attack in Manchester have been praised for their "superb" response. North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust sent 60 ambulances to the scene at Manchester Arena on Monday. It said 59 casualties had been taken to nearby hospitals and a number of walking wounded were treated at the scene. Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents health service organisations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, said: "Together with the other emergency services, frontline NHS responders, managers and other staff have once again...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 24, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Manchester Evening News Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Edmonton Fire Rescue Service deploys Opticom Emergency Vehicle Preemption Technology to 58 Intersections
St. Paul, Minn. - Global Traffic Technologies Canada, Inc. (GTT) has contracted with Edmonton Fire Rescue Service in Alberta, Canada for the implementation of the GPS-based Opticom™ traffic preemption solution. The Opticom system works alongside intersection controllers to help ensure emergency vehicles can move through intersections rapidly and safely. When an emergency vehicle needs to navigate an intersection, the Opticom Emergency Vehicle Preemption (EVP) system on-board the emergency vehicle sends a request to the intersection’s controller ahead of its arrival, turning the light green and clearing a path t...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 24, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Global Traffic Technologies Canada Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Industry News Source Type: news

Discovering the Meaning of EMS Week
Being in EMS since 1990 I can certainly tell you I have seen numerous EMS Week celebrations come and go. Did you know EMS week owes its founding to the American College of Emergency Physicians?  In 1974, ACEP asked former President Gerald R. Ford to declare November 3-10 as National Emergency Medical Services Week. Since then, ACEP has moved the annual observance numerous times, finally landing on the third week in May. This move provided a distinction between EMS and Fire Prevention week. EMS has always been a part of my life, from the EMT-M class I took in January 1990 to becoming an RN in 2008.  I have done al...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 24, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Scott F. McConnell Tags: Training News Source Type: news

A Letter from Jon R. Krohmer, Director NHTSA Office of EMS
Recognizing EMS Week: Always in Service        I am so lucky to have spent most of my career alongside EMS professionals who dedicate themselves to service to others. As an emergency physician, I helped treat people who were brought to the emergency department by EMTs and paramedics who worked long hours, received little recognition and often sacrificed greatly in order to serve their communities. As an EMS medical director and a federal official, I see that same commitment also in the service leaders, state officials and policymakers who help support EMS systems across the country.  The EMS p...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 24, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jon R. Krohmer, MD Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

CertaDose, the Revolutionary Children ’s Syringe Can Prevent Accidental Overdoses, Launches on Indiegogo
Denver, Colo. - CertaDose, an innovative syringe that addresses the most common type of medical error in children - medication dosing errors - launched today on Indiegogo. CertaDose is a fast, accurate and safe way to measure children’s medication and helps eliminate dosage errors, which medical experts believe to be the number one killer of children. Emergency Room Doctor Caleb Hernandez developed the CertaDose Syringe to provide a simple method to measure and confirm the correct dose for any infant or child. “Each year, 140,000 children are harmed and about 7,000 children die needlessly due to dosing err...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 23, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: CertaDose Tags: Patient Care Industry News Source Type: news

Highlights from the 2017 European EMS Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark
Medical students worked for a year to make all of the Danish citizens aware of the need to perform CPR as soon as possible after a cardiac arrest.  Denmark has one of the world's most responsive citizen response to cardiac arrest. This year an "army" of 658 volunteers who designed a program to have people all over Denmark perform near perfect CPR for 30 seconds. Named "TryFoden World Record for Life," the massive endeavor was designed to occur over a 12-hour time period during the European EMS Conference in Copenhagen. Laerdal was an active, outstanding partner in this effort. Coordinated and tabul...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 23, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: Training News Source Type: news

Explosion at Ariana Grande Concert In UK, 22 Confirmed Dead
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — An explosion struck an Ariana Grande concert attended by thousands of young music fans in northern England, killing at least 19 people and injuring dozens in what police said Tuesday was being treated as a terrorist attack. Greater Manchester Police said 19 people were confirmed dead after the explosion at Manchester Arena. Northwest Ambulance Service said 59 injured people had been taken to hospitals, and a number of "walking wounded" were treated at the scene. Police cars, bomb-disposal units and 60 ambulances raced to the scene as the scale of the carnage became clear. "W...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 22, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jo Kearney, Gregory Katz and Jill Lawless, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

JEMS Editor In Chief Attends EMS 2017 in Copenhagen
JEMS Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman is in Copenhagen speaking and covering the European EMS Conference. JEMS is the Exclusive North American Media Partner for the event and A.J. will be filing frequent updates on this important conference which was opened by Her Royal Hynes Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. Follow JEMS for the most informative updates and A.J.'s perspective on the conference. (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 22, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Until Help Arrives Program from ASPR
We are excited to announce the Until Help Arrives program, which was developed to educate and empower the public to take action and provide lifesaving care before professional help arrives.  We hope that you will help us get the word out about this program. The Until Help Arrives program encourages the public to take these five steps in situations where someone may have a life-threatening injury due to trauma: Call 9-1-1 Protect the injured from harm Stop bleeding Position people so they can breathe Provide comfort There are three main training tools available as part of the Until Help Arrives program – all av...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 22, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Tags: Training Industry News Source Type: news

President Trump Appoints Chief G. Keith Bryant as U.S. Fire Administrator
Fairfax, Va. -- President Donald J. Trump announced May 18 his intention to appoint Chief G. Keith Bryant, 2014-2015 IAFC president, as U.S. fire administrator. As an entity of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Fire Administration provides national leadership to foster a solid foundation for American fire and emergency service stakeholders in prevention, preparedness and response. "The IAFC is extremely pleased with President Trump's appointment of Chief Keith Bryant as U.S. fire administrator," said Chief John Sinclair, IAFC president a...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 19, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: International Association of Fire Chiefs Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Nightstick Adds In-Body USB Recharging Port Innovation to New NSR-9854XL Tactical Dual-Light Flashlight
Wylie, Texas - Bayco Products Inc., a Texas, USA based leader in professional grade lighting products today announces availability of their new 850 Lumen Nightstick NSR-9854XL LED USB Rechargeable Tactical Dual-Light Flashlight. “Our Nightstick brand is already known as the innovator of Dual-Light Technology and we just upped the stakes again with the introduction of our new in-body USB recharging port that eliminates the need for external chargers and the need to remove the battery from the flashlight to recharge.” says Russell Hoppe, Marketing Manager for Nightstick. “No one else offers waterproof USB r...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 19, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Bayco Products, Inc. Tags: Industry News Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Car Plows into Times Square Crowd, At least One Dead, Many Injured
NEW YORK (AP) — A man who appeared to be intoxicated steered his car onto a sidewalk running through the heart of Times Square on Thursday and mowed down pedestrians for three blocks, killing a teenager and injuring 22 others, before he was tackled by bystanders, authorities said. Pandemonium erupted when the vehicle barreled through the prime tourist location and slammed into a security barrier, coming to rest with two of its wheels in the air. The car leaned on a lamppost and steel barriers intended to block vehicles from getting onto the sidewalk. "He didn't stop," said Asa Lowe, of Brooklyn, who was st...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 18, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Colleen Long, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Wash. Hospital Conducts Ebola Simulation at New Special Pathogens Unit
Spokane, Wash. - Sacred Heart Medical Center was the hospital selected for the Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho region to receive a $2.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to build a new special pathogens unit. Hospital staff can care for two Ebola patients or up to 10 patients with other highly infectious diseases. Paramedics wore waterproof suits with respirators as they unloaded a patient at the Sacred Heart Medical Center parking garage Wednesday morning. The back of the ambulance had been covered in plastic from floor to ceiling, and the patient was zipped into a plastic isolation ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 18, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Rachel Alexander, The Spokesman-Review Tags: Training News Source Type: news

New Report Uses EMS Data to Shed Light on the Response to the Opioid Overdose Crisis
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) first labeled the rise in opioid overdoses in the U.S. an "epidemic" five years ago. Since then, the percentage of patients receiving multiple naloxone administrations (MNAs) and the number of opioid-related deaths has only continued to increase.  Emergency medical services are often the first healthcare providers to treat opioid overdose patients and can provide valuable data to aid in determining the severity and scope of the epidemic, at the national level but also in local communities. The CDC, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Hi...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 18, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ems.gov Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

NC Senator Collapses at Race, Heat a Factor
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina said Wednesday he's "fine" after collapsing during a Washington, D.C., race and being taken away by ambulance. Tillis posted a video on Twitter from his hospital bed hours after the early morning race. "Hey everybody, I'm fine. Just running about 2 and a half miles in and got overheated, no CPR, no special measures, just checking me out. See you back on the Hill," the first-term senator said. Tillis, 56, was seen on the ground at about 15-20 minutes into the race, which started at 8 a.m. Bystanders were observed working on the senator...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 17, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

NEMSMA Releases New Position Paper on Paramedicine Nomenclature
The National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA) has issued a new Position Paper promoting common language in the field of Paramedicine. NEMSMA is advocating that the term “Paramedicine” be used to describe the discipline of pre-hospital medicine (historically called EMS) and that the term “paramedic” become the standard reference to all individual providers. For nearly half of a century US ambulance services and providers alike have used a variety of names to describe themselves and the work they do. A statement published by The National EMS Advisory Council in December, 2016 cited no less than 37 ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 17, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA) Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Richmond Ambulance Authority Named a Virginia Municipal League Insurance Programs (VMLIP) Risk Management Performance Award Winner for 2017
Richmond, VA - The Richmond Ambulance Authority has been awarded a Virginia Municipal League Insurance Programs (VMLIP) Risk Management Performance Award for 2017. RAA was recognized Friday, May 12th at VMLIP’s 2017 Annual Meeting held in Glen Allen. Each year, Risk Management Performance Awards are presented to members with a proactive risk management attitude and commitment, excellent loss experience and reporting time, or a significant improvement in their loss ratios.  The purpose of the award is to encourage and recognize outstanding risk management performance. RAA’s clinical education staf...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 17, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Richmond Ambulance Authority Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Hawks Cay Resort is Celebrating its Annual Heroes Salute with an Extra Month
DUCK KEY, Fla. – Hawks Cay Resort, an iconic destination resort in the Florida Keys, is honoring the brave men and women who serve our nation with its 9th annual Heroes Salute program, which is now from August 15 – December 23, 2017. Heroes Salute honors American heroes by offering active and retired members of the military, fire rescue, law enforcement and medical personnel, special discounted room rates starting at $129 per night, as well as discounts on resort activities and special weekly tribute events. The Heroes Salute Weekend celebration kicks off the program with live music, fireworks, food and activit...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 17, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Hawks Cay Resort Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Where in the World of EMS Is A.J. Heightman? In Charlotte, North Carolina.
JEMS Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman is spending the week in Charlotte, North Carolina at planning meetings for the 2018 EMS Today Conference & Exposition.  In addition to meetings, the committee will also be selecting conference speakers from the over 700 proposals submitted. While in Charlotte, A.J. is  also spending time on the streets with MEDIC crews doing ride-alongs. MEDIC is one of the most recognized high-performance EMS systems in the country with 38-40 vehicles on the road at peak times. MEDIC is currently in the process of constructing a new headquarters facility.  When completed it will be o...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 15, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: Training News Source Type: news

Armed Inmate Killed, Hostage Rescued During Illinois Hospital Lockdown
GENEVA, Ill. (AP) — Officers fatally shot an armed jail inmate who took two nurses hostage at a hospital in northern Illinois on Saturday, several hours after the inmate stole a gun from the correction's officer guarding him, authorities said. A SWAT team quickly moved in to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva after negotiations broke down with the inmate Saturday afternoon, Kane County Sheriff's Off6ice spokesman Patrick Gengler said. Gengler said one officer shot and killed the inmate, whom he identified as 21-year-old Tywon Salters. The inmate initially took one female nurse hostage, but she was releas...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 15, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

GTT to Highlight Traffic Priority Control for Emergency Vehicles at EMS2017 Copenhagen
St. Paul, Minn. - Global Traffic Technologies, LLC (GTT) will give delegates to the EMS2017 event in Copenhagen this month a chance to find out more about the Opticom™ Emergency Vehicle Preemption (EVP) system. Opticom provides drivers of emergency vehicles with priority control that enables green lights during emergencies. Opticom EVP allows ambulances and other emergency vehicles to navigate congested intersections more effectively, resulting in improved response times and a reduction in accidents. Emergency vehicles equipped with Opticom communicate with traffic signals via a purpose-built radio based on thei...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 15, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Global Traffic Technologies Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Industry News Source Type: news

Train in Greece Derails, Three Dead, 10 Injured
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — An Intercity train derailed and crashed into a house in northern Greece, leaving three people dead and 10 injured, Greek police said Sunday. The train, traveling on the Athens-Thessaloniki route with 70 passengers, derailed at 9:45 p.m. (1945 GMT) Saturday in the village of Adendro, 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of the northern city of Thessaloniki. Its engine rammed into a three-story house, exiting on the other side. There was no immediate reason given for the derailment. An investigation has begun. Police said the train's 44-year-old driver and a 50-year-old passenger died at the scene...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 14, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Epidemiologist Morgan Anderson Joins ImageTrend
LAKEVILLE, MINN. - ImageTrend, Inc. announced the addition of Morgan Anderson, MPH, to its growing team. For the prior five years, she worked at the US Army Public Health Center’s Injury Prevention Department, where she focused on the study, analysis and interpretation of trauma data. “We are very excited about the blend of skills and analytical mind Morgan brings to the team,” remarked Mike McBrady, President of ImageTrend. “We foresee her work helping our clients do more with their data through guided analysis so they can accomplish their goals.” In addition to working with the company&rsquo...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 14, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ImageTrend Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

VORTRAN Medical Has Been Granted FDA 510K and CE Certification Approval for The New and Improved Automatic Resuscitator called the GO2VENT
VORTRAN Medical has been granted FDA 510K and CE certification approval for the new and improved automatic resuscitator called the GO2VENT (Gas Operated Ventilator). The latest addition to their product line offers an option for ventilation of patients during an MRI or CT scan. The GO2VENT has been tested per FDA regulations by Dr. Frank Shellock to meet the MRI compatibility testing and has been approved as a MR Conditional device and is perfect for use during a scan. The new model uses Copper springs to remove the chance of artifacts in the MRI picture. The GO2VENT can be used on a wide patient population from 10kg and a...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 14, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: VORTRAN Medical Tags: Cardiac & Resuscitation Industry News Source Type: news

Kappler Introduces AntiFog Expanded-View Visor
Guntersville, AL - Thanks to Kappler, one of the most perplexing problems for protective clothing users now has a clear solution — literally.  Kappler’s AntiFog Expanded-View Visor means no more fogged-up face visors for gas-tight suit wearers. A video demonstration may be viewed here: http://www.kappler.com/index.php/products/antifog There have been many efforts to address this common problem over the years, from wipes to sprays to homemade concoctions. But cost-effective solutions have eluded protective apparel manufacturers until now. “The anti-fog ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 14, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Kappler, Inc. Tags: Industry News Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

GTT to Provide Live Demo of Traffic Priority Control for Emergency Vehicles at EMS2017 Copenhagen
St. Paul, Minnesota - Global Traffic Technologies, LLC (GTT) will give delegates to the EMS2017 event in Copenhagen this month a chance to see the Opticom™ Emergency Vehicle Preemption (EVP) system in action on the city’s streets. Opticom provides drivers of emergency vehicles with priority control that enables green lights during emergencies. For the demonstration, GTT will have outfitted five intersections. Opticom EVP allows ambulances and other emergency vehicles to navigate congested intersections more effectively, resulting in improved response times and a reduction in accidents. Emergency vehicles e...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 14, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Global Traffic Technologies Tags: Operations Industry News Source Type: news

New Study Finds ER Visits for Kids More Than Quadrupled Since Colorado Legalized Marijuana
This study highlights the negative consequences we've been seeing in Colorado since the state legalized marijuana, and now more teens are suffering from the harmful effects of highly potent pot products," said SAM President Dr. Kevin Sabet. "The costs for Coloradans keep mounting while the marijuana industry keeps getting richer. We need to wake up to the fact that the commercialization of marijuana in Colorado has been a disaster for public health and safety."   (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 14, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) Tags: Patient Care Industry News Source Type: news

Five Ada County Paramedics to Receive Red Cross Hero Award
Boise, Idaho – Five Ada County Paramedics employees will receive the American Red Cross’ Hometown Hero Award in a ceremony at the Riverside Hotel, May 16th at 12 pm. Annelise Lane, Casey Lane, Peder Ahearn, Cody Porter and Emily Shaw will be among the recipients.  Annelise, Casey, Peder and Cody are all members of the Ada County Paramedics Tactical Medical (Tac Med) Team who responded to a November 2016 Boise Police officer shooting. They will be honored at the awards luncheon with the “Medical Hero” award for their lifesaving care of two officers, including Corporal Kevin Holtry, who were...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 14, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Hadley Mayes, Ada County Paramedics Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Priority Ambulance Welcomes Puckett EMS
Austell, Ga. - Priority Ambulance announced today that Puckett EMS is joining its national family of ambulance companies. Puckett EMS, a private ambulance service based in Austell, Ga., provides emergency and nonemergency ambulance service in 12 Georgia and Southeast Tennessee counties.    “Puckett EMS is pleased to have a partner in Priority Ambulance that shares our mission and vision of patient care, efficiency and friendly customer service,” said Steve Puckett, president and co-owner of Puckett EMS. “Joining with Priority’s national ambulance family will allow our company the resources...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 14, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Priority Ambulance Tags: Operations Industry News Source Type: news

Upgrading the University: VFIS Expands Online Fire/EMS Classes
YORK, Pa.  – VFIS is proud to announce the roll-out of new expansions and enhancements to the distance learning opportunities at VFIS University (VFISu). After working hand-in-hand with clients to focus on their wishes and needs, VFIS expanded class offerings, added features to better manage training plans and records, and improved system performance for users. “Today’s responders need increased opportunities and flexibility to complete training – VFISu helps make that possible,” said Bill Jenaway, VFIS executive vice president of Education, Training and Consulting. “The additional ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 14, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Training Industry News Source Type: news

Carlisle County Takes Care of Its EMS
Bardwell, KY  – With the help of a Department of Homeland Security grant, the Carlisle County Ambulance Service added the world’s first Integrated Patient Transport and Loading System, the iNʃX, to their fleet. The iNʃX was developed by Ferno to eliminate lifting during patient transport. Ferno is the global leader in pre-hospital patient handling equipment. Focusing on safety for caregivers is one of their top priorities. Greg Terry, Carlisle County Judge Executive, invested in the iNʃX® to minimize risk and keep EMS professionals in Carlisle County safe. EMS is one of the most injurious occ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 14, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ferno EMS Tags: Operations Industry News Source Type: news

Nightwatch Creators Seeking Cases for Upcoming Project
Attention all EMTs and Paramedics!  The creators of Nightwatch are looking for jaw-dropping cases to feature in an upcoming project.   Do you have an unbelievable, awe-inspiring work story you’d love to share? Have you ever faced what seemed like insurmountable odds when trying to do your job? Have you ever put yourself in life-threatening circumstances while trying to save someone else? Or have you been a part of a miraculous recovery effort that the world should hear about?  If so, we want to hear from you! Please send your story to emtstories@44blue.com Be sure to include your first and la...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 12, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Crystal Simms, 44 Blue Productions Tags: Training Industry News Source Type: news

PulsePoint Foundation Appoints Medical Director
HILTON HEAD, SC —The PulsePoint Foundation, a pioneer of location-aware mobile apps that empower off-duty professionals and everyday citizens to provide life‐saving assistance to victims of cardiac arrest, has announced that Michael Sayre, MD, has been named its first medical director, responsible for medical guidance, oversight and continuous quality improvement for the Foundation. The announcement was made at the South Carolina Resuscitation Academy, a regional program for EMS managers, EMS directors and EMS medical directors, and conducted in association with Seattle Medic One and King County EMS. “With ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 12, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: PulsePoint Foundation Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Priority Ambulance to Begin Serving Baptist Memorial Hospital-Booneville
Baptist Memorial Hospital-Booneville announced today that it has entered into a partnership with Priority Ambulance to provide patient medical transport services to the hospital. Priority Ambulance will staff Baptist-branded ambulances and manage all medical transport operations for interfacility transports and transfers from the Northern Mississippi facility, as well as serve as the emergency 911 service for Prentiss County beginning June 1. “We believe this new strategic partnership will lead to improved efficiency and high-quality emergency services in Prentiss County,” said Baptist Booneville CEO James Gran...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 12, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Amanda Shell Jennings, Priority Ambulance Tags: Operations Industry News Source Type: news

Richmond Ambulance Authority Manager to Receive a Major Award From the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation
Richmond, Va. - Richmond Ambulance Authority (RAA) Training  Manager, Shannon Daniel, has been selected by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation to receive the 2017 Excellence in Training & Education award. The award, to be presented this week at the 14th World Congress on Stress Trauma and Coping in Baltimore, is given to commemorate an individual’s exemplary dedication and commitment to critical incident stress management. Shannon is one of the founding members of the RAA Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) team and is regularly on ca...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 12, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Rob Lawrence, Richmond Ambulance Authority Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

UK Hospital Cyber Attack Impacts Delivery of Health Services
LONDON (AP) — A large cyberattack crippled computer systems at hospitals across England on Friday, with appointments canceled, phone lines down and patients turned away. Britain's National Health Service said hospitals across England were hit by an apparent "ransomware" attack, but there was no immediate evidence that patient data had been accessed. NHS Digital, which oversees hospital cybersecurity, says the attack used the Wanna Decryptor variant of malware, which holds affected computers hostage while the attackers demand a ransom. Pictures posted on social media showed screens of NHS computers with imag...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 12, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jill Lawless, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

VFIS Announces ESO Drone Coverage at No Extra Cost
YORK, Pa. – With the ability to deliver real time, high definition, infrared video while reaching inaccessible or dangerous areas, the use of drones in the emergency services industry is ever increasing. While this technology may help keep first responders from unnecessary danger, ESOs now face the risk of both liability and financial issues. VFIS recently announced that as of June 1, clients will automatically receive drone coverage as part of their policy at no extra cost. Coverage includes repair or replacement, general and excess liability for drones that are owned, operated, rented or loaned to the ESO. “W...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 12, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: VFIS Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Israel EMS Provider Rebrands Uniforms, Vehicles to Reflect their Role in the Community
Jerusalem - In an effort to raise awareness and create a stronger visual presence in the community, United Hatzalah has rebranded its vehicles and uniforms utilizing a new logo and embracing the color orange which has been widely understood as representing the organization’s 3,200 EMS volunteers around the country. While explaining the choice of why the organization chose to rebrand at this time and to this color, President and Founder of the organization, Eli Beer said, “I remember when I was a kid saving people’s lives wearing the star of life and dressed in Orange. I was inspired by those symbols ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Raphael Poch, United Hatzalah Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Washington State Passes Bill Supporting Public EMS and Fire Agencies
Olympia, Wa. - This week, Washington State took another step in leveraging pre-hospital providers to be part of the healthcare solution. Following the initial launch of community paramedic programs, the issue of sustainability quickly emerged. Those of us who have deployed community paramedics (MIH) programs have witnessed the broad impact in our communities. However, due to the diverse impact of these programs; it has made it challenging to identify sustainable funding pathways. A new law passed this week is a step toward creating sustainable funding for community paramedic/ MIH programs. Wednesday, Governor Inslee signed...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Shaughn Maxwell, EMT-P Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

8 Dead, 20 Injured After Moderate Quake in Western China
BEIJING (AP) — A moderate earthquake that struck close to the earth's surface killed eight people and injured more than 20 others in far western China on Thursday, the region's earthquake administration said. The morning quake struck in Taxkorgan county, a remote mountainous area that borders Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan in China's Xinjiang region. The Xinjiang Earthquake Administration said 23 people had been injured, including one seriously, and more than 180 houses had collapsed in the lightly populated area. Most houses in the area were made of wood and mudbricks or rock, it said. Search and rescue work w...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

FDNY Unveils 2017 EMS Week Poster
NEW YORK - On Wednesday, May 10, 2017, Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro joined FDNY members and a patient they rescued this past February at FDNY Headquarters in Brooklyn to officially unveil this year’s new citywide posters celebrating national EMS Week 2017, which begins on Sunday, May 21. This year’s FDNY-developed poster’s theme is “Always In Service” and features FDNY Rescue Paramedics Jose Benitez and Ari Nathanson of Station 8 in Manhattan working closely with Firefighter Gregory Beach of Rescue Company 1 and Firefighters Ronneal Edwards and Brendan Lee of Engine 26 to provide emergenc...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Fire Department City of New York Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Celebrating ImageTrend Co-founder Valerie McBrady
LAKEVILLE, MINN. – Valerie McBrady, co-founder of ImageTrend, passed away at her home on the morning of May 4, 2017 after a prolonged illness. She served as Chief Operating Officer since the company’s beginning in 1998.  Valerie’s positive outlook resonated within the ImageTrend community and extended to customers, as she treated each individual as a friend. She believed in innovation and nurturing individuals, and was the driving force behind the company’s in-house daycare. To Valerie, everything, everyone and every idea was connected and important. “She was the designer of ImageTrend&rs...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 10, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ImageTrend Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

NY State Senate Passes Community Heroes Protection Act
Attacking cops and other first responders would be a hate crime under a bill passed by the State Senate on Tuesday. The Community Heroes Protection Act would make cops, firefighters, and EMTs among those to be included in the state's hate- crimes laws, which bump violent crimes up a level and impose harsher penalties. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Fred Akshar (R-Broome County), a retired undersheriff, was spurred in part by the deaths of 135 US law-enforcement officers killed in the line of dutylast year, the highest number since 2011. Twenty-one were ambush killings, the highest number in two...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 10, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Kirstan Conley, New York Post Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

VA Algorithm May Help Identify and Reduce Emergency Service Stress & Suicide
The San Diego Union Tribune recently published an article about an innovative program that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has implemented:   Facing a 20-a-day veterans suicide rate, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is turning to math for help. Using a series of algorithms, a new predictive tool developed by the VA crunches information from 6 million patient records and produces the names of the 0.1 percent of veteran patients at highest risk for suicide. Read more... This innovative algorithmic system uses their existing database as a predictive tool that crunches six million patient records and produc...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 10, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: News Operations Source Type: news