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Blind 9/11 Survivor Delivers Compelling Keynote at 2017 National EMS Safety Summit
Michael Hingson, best-selling author and speaker, presented an inspirational talk at the National EMS Safety Summit on his 30 years in technology sales and management, his more than 50 years with guide dog partners and his survival of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. He spoke about how to build a team on trust, using its strengths wisely, and harnessing the power of teamwork. Blind since birth, Hingson was presented with his first guide dog at the age of 14. The use of guide dogs allowed him to begin developing his skills in trust, teamwork, leadership and adaptation in adverse situations and...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 22, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

National EMS Safety Summit Begins in Denver
Highlights from Monday, August 21, 2017 The National EMS Safety Summit, presented by the Mile-High RETAC, began Monday August 21, 2017 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in Denver, Colo. JEMS Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman, a speaker at the event along with a stellar EMS faculty, filed this Day One report. The conference opened with a welcome and opening remarks by Jeanne-Marie Bakehouse, CDPHE, EMTS Chief; Charles Mains, MD, Chairman, Mile-High RETAC, Medical Director, Centura Health Trauma System; and David Ross, DO, Assistant Professor, Specialty Medicine, Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Prese...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 22, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

3 Children Rescued from Rubble on Quake-Hit Italian Island
MILAN (AP) — Italian firefighters working through the night, sometimes digging by hand, freed a 7-month-old baby Tuesday and then his two older brothers from the rubble of their home that collapsed when a 4.0-magnitude quake struck the resort island of Ischia during the height of tourist season. At least two people were killed in the quake that struck just before 9 p.m. (1900 GMT; 3 p.m. EDT) Monday, while another 39 were injured and some 2,600 were left homeless. The victims were an elderly woman who struck by masonry that fell from a church, and a second woman who was inside a building that collapsed. In the ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 22, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Colleen Barry, Associated Press Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Operations Source Type: news

2017 National EMS Awards of Excellence Recipients Announced
Clinton, Miss., — NAEMT and EMS World are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 National EMS Awards of Excellence. The awards will be presented during NAEMT’s General Membership Meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 17, in Las Vegas, Nevada, and on Oct. 18, during EMS World Expo’s opening ceremony. We congratulate the following recipients and recognize their outstanding contributions to the EMS profession and the patients they serve: Terry Bottjen, Paramedic, Faith, South Dakota 2017 NAEMT/Nasco Paramedic of the Year, sponsored by Nasco Ryan Houser, EMT, Morristown, New Jersey 2017 NAEMT/Braun Industr...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 21, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: NAEMT Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Emergency Reporting Partners with StreetWise Response Software for Fire and EMS Agencies
Bellingham, WA, – Emergency Reporting (ER), a leading provider of Fire & EMS records management software, is pleased to announce its new partnership with StreetWise response software, a leading producer of enroute software solutions. “The great thing about Emergency Reporting’s Platform is that, while we provide our customers with everything they need to run their agencies, our partners tie in other capabilities that meet the unique needs of each agency. It makes our system uniquely customizable, simple to plug in to the other software an agency is already utilizing, and highly flexible so that it fit...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 21, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Emergency Reporting Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Spain Death Toll Rises to 15, Suspect Linked to Fatal Carjacking
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The fugitive in the Barcelona van attack carjacked a man and stabbed him to death Thursday night as he made his getaway, Spanish officials said Monday as they raised the death toll in the country's two vehicle attacks to 15. Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, has been the target of an international manhunt since Thursday's van attack in Barcelona.  Authorities say they now have evidence he drove the van that plowed down the city's famed Las Ramblas promenade, killing 13 pedestrians and injuring more than 120 others. Another vehicle attack early Friday by other members of his extremist cell killed on...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 21, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Joseph Wilson and Aritz Parra, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Preparing for the Eclipse in Roswell, Georgia
Here in Georgia, American Medical Response (AMR) services the 9-1-1 zones for North Fulton, South Fulton, Dekalb and Troup Counties. We’re fortunate in the sense that the highly-populated metro Atlanta area is just outside of the totality path. We’ll witness a 97% partial eclipse. The totality of the eclipse in Georgia will be generalized in the extreme northeast of the state, and most people in the metro Atlanta area will be traveling to that region for the best views. Traffic We started our preparations at the end of July. Our main concern has been the excessive vehicle traffic we foresee as visitors from Atl...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 18, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Davina Holston Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Corpses Stored in Break Rooms in New York City Subways
NEW YORK (AP) — It's a largely overlooked but gory reality of the New York City subway system: When someone takes their life by jumping in front of a train, police need to find a place to put the mutilated body until a medical examiner truck arrives. Sometimes, transit workers say, that place is their break room or bathrooms. And naturally, they don't like it. Some say they have been traumatized by unexpectedly coming upon a stowed body. "The subway isn't supposed to be New York City's temporary morgue," said John Samuelsen, president of Transport Workers Union International. In one of the latest cases Wedn...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 18, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Tom Hayes, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Van Plows Into Crowd in Barcelona, 13 Dead, 50 Hurt
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A white van jumped up onto a sidewalk and sped down a pedestrian zone Thursday in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district, swerving from side to side as it plowed into tourists and residents. Police said 13 people were killed and more than 50 wounded in the terror attack. The attack left people sprawled out on the ground in the city in northeastern Spain, some spattered with blood, others with broken limbs. As witnesses and emergency workers tried to help the wounded, police brandishing hand guns launched a search of side streets amid reports that at least one perpetrator and maybe more wer...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 17, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Barry Hatton and Joseph Wilson, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

Van Plows Into Crowd in Barcelona, At Least One Dead, 20 Injured
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A white van jumped the sidewalk Thursday in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district, killing and injuring several people as it plowed into a summer crowd of tourists and residents, police said. The El Pais newspaper said police were treating the crash as a terror attack. Police cordoned off the broad, popular street, ordering stores and nearby Metro and train stations to close. They asked people to stay away from the area so as not to get in the way of emergency services. A helicopter hovered over the scene. Quoting unnamed police sources, El Pais said the two perpetrators of the crash were ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 17, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

5 Missing After Army Helicopter Crashes in Ocean off Hawaii
HONOLULU (AP) — A multi-agency team scoured the ocean off Hawaii for five soldiers aboard an Army helicopter that went down during a nighttime training exercise. The UH-60 Black Hawk went missing when another Army helicopter training with it lost visual and radio contact about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, said Lt. Col. Curtis Kellogg, a spokesman for the 25th Infantry Division. Two pilots and three crew members were on board, he said. The Army has notified the soldiers' families, Kellogg said. "As we do this work, the soldiers and their families are in the forefront of our minds. That's what we're doing this for," K...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 17, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Operations Source Type: news

Nation's Largest Pharmacy Benefit Manager Puts Limits on Opioid Prescriptions
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The nation's largest pharmacy benefit manager will soon limit the number and strength of opioid drugs prescribed to first-time users as part of a wide-ranging effort to curb an epidemic affecting millions of Americans. But the new program from Express Scripts is drawing criticism from the American Medical Association, the largest association of physicians and medical students in the U.S., which believes treatment plans should be left to doctors and their patients. About 12.5 million Americans misused prescription opioids in 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. More tha...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 16, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jim Salter, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Wisconsin Man Drives to ED After Accidentally Puncturing His Heart With a Nail
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin man who doctors say came perilously close to death after accidentally shooting a nail into his heart while working on his house calmly drove himself to the hospital and even parked his pickup truck in the lot before walking into the emergency room. Doug Bergeson is ready to get back to work this week after surviving a June 25 ordeal that others might not have taken in such stride. Bergeson told The Associated Press he was working on framing in a fireplace at his house near Peshtigo in northeast Wisconsin when his nail gun accidentally fired, sending a nail ricocheting off some wood and in...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 16, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Gretchen Ehlke, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Where in the World of EMS are A.J. Heightman and Ryan Kelley?
The objective is to plan and coordinate future programs, projects and offerings for you, our readers, to help you take EMS to the next level of staffing, safety, education and operations. JEMS Sales representative Mike Shear, Managing Editor Ryan Kelley and Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman, prepare for four days of intense meetings at the Margarita lounge. PennWell CEO Mark Wilmoth addresses the JEMS Editorial & Sales teams, along with other PennWell staff.  PennWell Vice President Paul Andrews, a seasoned EMS and Fire media specialist, addresses the JEMS/EMS TODAY Conference team and other PennWell staff on the...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 15, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Tree Crashes on Crowd at Festival in Portugal, 13 Killed
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A tree crashed down on a popular religious festival on the Portuguese island of Madeira on Tuesday, killing 12 people and injuring 52 others, officials said. The tree fell while a large crowd was gathered near the island's capital of Funchal as part of the Nossa Senhora do Monte festival. It's Madeira's biggest annual festivity and was being held Monday and Tuesday, drawing large crowds to a church on Funchal's outskirts. Local media reports said that the tree was an oak that was more than 200 years old. Regional health chief Pedro Ramos said that seven people had serious injuries. Ramos said ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 15, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Tree Crashes on Crowd at Festival in Portugal, 12 Killed
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A tree crashed down on a popular religious festival on the Portuguese island of Madeira on Tuesday, killing 12 people and injuring 52 others, officials said. The tree fell while a large crowd was gathered near the island's capital of Funchal as part of the Nossa Senhora do Monte festival. It's Madeira's biggest annual festivity and was being held Monday and Tuesday, drawing large crowds to a church on Funchal's outskirts. Local media reports said that the tree was an oak that was more than 200 years old. Regional health chief Pedro Ramos said that seven people had serious injuries. Ramos said ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 15, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

At Least 600 Missing in Deadly Sierra Leone Mudslides
REETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — The death toll from massive mudslides in Sierra Leone's capital was certain to rise Tuesday as bodies washed up on a beach and workers searched for an untold number of people buried in their homes. The Red Cross estimated that 600 people were still missing. Authorities have said more than 300 people were killed in and around Freetown on Monday following heavy rains. Many were trapped under tons of mud as they slept. The Connaught Hospital mortuary in central Freetown was overwhelmed on Tuesday with more than 300 bodies, many spread on the floor. "The magnitude of the destruction as ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 15, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Clarence Roy-Macaulay, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Data Shows Fewer Deaths from Lightning Strikes
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lightning — once one of nature's biggest killers —is claiming far fewer lives in the United States, mostly because we've learned to get out of the way. In the 1940s, when there were fewer people, lightning killed more than 300 people annually. So far this year, 13 people have died after being struck, on pace for a record low of 17 deaths. Taking the growing population into account, the lightning death rate has shrunk more than forty-fold since record-keeping began in 1940. People seem to be capturing the phenomenon more on camera than before, making it seem like something new and sizzlin...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 15, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Seth Borenstein, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

How Paramedics helped BlueCross BlueShield of New Mexico Reduce ED Usage, Readmissions
The EMS profession has been suggesting Alternate Payment Models (APMs) for the services we provide for several years.  Many of us believe that the payment model used by most third party payers (Medicare, Medicaid, commercial insurers) provides what’s referred to as “perverse incentives," in essence forcing EMS to transport patients to an emergency department (ED) in order to be eligible for payment.  A recent article outlines a new initiative in New Mexico and a shift in thinking from some third party payers:   Since the program’s full launch in 2016, BCBSNM estimates that it saved $1...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 14, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Matt Zavadsky, MS-HSA, EMT Tags: News Mobile Integrated Healthcare Source Type: news

More than 200 Dead in Sierra Leone Mudslides
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Relatives dug through the mud in search of their loved ones and a morgue overflowed with bodies Monday after heavy rains and flooding early in the day killed at least 200 people in Sierra Leone's capital. Bodies were spread out on the floor of a morgue, Sinneh Kamara, a coroner technician at the Connaught Hospital mortuary, told the national broadcaster. "The capacity at the mortuary is too small for the corpses," he told the Sierra Leone National Broadcasting Corp. Kamara urged the health department to deploy more ambulances, saying his mortuary only has four. Sierra Leone's n...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 14, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Clarence Roy-Macaulay, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

An Emergency Physician & Paramedic Recounts His Experience as a Motorcycle EMS Provider
I began my service in EMS and Fire at the tender age of 16. That makes it more than 25 years now of responding to the tones. I’ve worked in myriad roles: volunteer first aid, EMT, paramedic, firefighter, beach lifeguard, air ops, boat ops and as an emergency physician on a fast motorcycle response unit (MRU) in Hungary—by far my favorite job. Quick response motorcycles offer an efficient and highly effective platform for both EMS and fire departments whose present resources are stretched too thin due to increasing call volumes and stagnant budgets. More than half the countries on the planet utilize tw...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Patric Lausch, MD Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Tomasz Roginski, Head of the Gdansk Motorcycle Response Unit, Discusses the Origins of Motorcycle EMS in Poland
I became a paramedic in 2000 and one year later, I started working on an emergency ambulance (“R” class in Poland). My colleague Dr. Piotr Kołodziej and I often thought about how much more convenient it would be to use motorcycles to get to patients in a more timely manner.  In 2002, Piotr made a friend at the local Harley Davidson dealer who donated a Harley Davidson Dyna Super Glide T Sport for a three-month trial with Gdansk (Poland) EMS. To get the motorcycle into service, we had to improvise many things that are standard on an EMS motorcycle today. We painted the regular white fog lights bl...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Tomasz Roginski Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News Operations Source Type: news

EMS Physicians Endorse Toxicology Groups' Opioid Safety Precautions Guidance
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) announces its endorsement of a new American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) and American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT) document detailing pragmatic and actionable safety precautions for first responders in opioid overdose situations. NAEMSP is an organization of physicians and other professionals partnering to provide leadership and foster excellence in the subspecialty of EMS medicine. In pursuing its mission to improve out-of-hospital emergency medical care, NAEMSP’s Executive Board and Standards and Clinical Practice Committe...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Patient Care Industry News Source Type: news

Cummins Connected Diagnostics is Now Available Through Zonar's Smart Fleet Management System
COLUMBUS, Indiana - Zonar, the leader in smart fleet management technology, and Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI), the leading independent manufacturer of diesel and natural gas engines, controls and emission solutions are announcing the availability of Cummins Connected Diagnostics to customers using Zonar's smart fleet management solution, delivering critical information to operations managers that can help optimize the performance of their fleets. By obtaining data through Zonar's V3 telematics control unit, Cummins Connected Diagnostics wirelessly connects your engine to Cummins for immediate diagnosis of engine fault aler...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Cummins, Inc. Tags: Operations Industry News Source Type: news

President Trump to Declare Opioid Crisis a National Emergency
BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will officially declare the opioid crisis a "national emergency" and pledged to ramp up government efforts to combat the epidemic. "The opioid crisis is an emergency. And I am saying officially right now: It is an emergency, it's a national emergency. We're going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis," Trump told reporters during a brief question-and-answer session ahead of a security briefing Thursday at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey. He said he'd be drawing up documents to f...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jill Covin and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

REVA Performs Air-Ambulance Transfer Drill With Air National Guard
REVA, Inc., the largest dedicated, fixed-wing, aero-medical services provider in the Americas, last week participated in Empire Strike, a highly successful two-day medical-evacuation training exercise with the Air National Guard at Schenectady County Airport (SCH) where REVA’s northeast base resides. With the help of REVA’s Human Patient Simulator as a mock patient, the Air National Guard and REVA critical-care medical teams practiced unloading the “patient” from the Guard’s C-130 personnel carrier then transferring and loading “him” onto the Learjet 35A air-ambulance for a &ldq...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Reva, Inc. Tags: Industry News Operations Source Type: news

Redivus Health Recognized as Finalist in Fierce Innovation Awards: Healthcare
OLATHE, Kan. — Redivus Health announced that the company has been selected as a finalist in this year’s Fierce Innovation Awards: Healthcare Edition 2017, an awards program from the publisher of FierceHealthcare. Redivus Health was recognized as one of three finalists in the Clinical Information Management category. Redivus Health was selected as a finalist for its innovative, industry-leading product, which improves patient care by providing physicians, nurses and paramedics with actionable, clinical guidance during a critical care event. The Redivus mobile application, combined with a cloud-based platform,...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Revidus Health Tags: Industry News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Doug Wolfberg Chosen as Interim Chair for Nation ’s First EMS Interstate Compact Commission
Mechanicsburg, PA – Page, Wolfberg & Wirth, the National EMS Industry Law Firm is proud to announce that founding partner, Douglas Wolfberg, has been selected as the interim chairperson for the Recognition of EMS Personal Licensure CompAct (REPLICA). REPLICA is intended to facilitate the day to day movement of EMS personnel across state boundaries, by allowing EMS offices to afford immediate legal recognition to EMS personnel licensed in a member state. REPLICA model legislation provides a formal pathway to recognize an EMS provider’s ability to practice in multiple states without having to carry multiple l...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Page, Wolfberg & Wirth Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Point of Care Ultrasound Announces the Launch of SonicXpress Real-Time, Secure, Remote Tele-Ultrasound Transmissions Now Possible
Indianapolis,IN (PRWEB) August 03, 2017 -- Point of Care Ultrasound, L.P. a point-of-care ultrasound education company, is excited to announce the launch of SonicXpress, a revolutionary new mobile platform which transmits real-time ultrasound examinations at the point-of-care or point-of-injury to qualified physicians, even from the most rural or remote locations. Using patented cellular bonding technology, SonicXpress facilitates reliable, secure transmission of pre-hospital ultrasounds with visual and audio communication between the ultrasound performer and the physician thus providing early access clinical information, ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Point of Care Ultrasound Tags: Communications & Dispatch Industry News Source Type: news

Pedestrian Hit During Police Chase
DYER, Ind. (AP) — A suspected car thief was shot to death and a pedestrian has been hospitalized after a police chase that started in south suburban Chicago and ended in northwestern Indiana early Thursday, authorities said. The suspect was fatally shot about 6 a.m. in the town of Dyer, Indiana, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) south of downtown Chicago, Lake County sheriff's department spokesman Mark Back said. Authorities haven't released information about the person who died or the circumstances of the shooting, which is being investigated by Indiana State Police. Indiana State Police spokesman Capt. David Bursten s...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 10, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Curaplex Launches Stop the Bleed Kits as Licensees of the Department of Homeland Security ’s Stop the Bleed Initiative
Dublin, Ohio–Curaplex, the brand carried exclusively by Sarnova’s family of companies, is adding Stop the Bleed kits to their product portfolio. Curaplex Stop the Bleed kits were designed to provide their end user with immediate access to products intended to stop traumatic hemorrhaging. These kits contain basic products for emergency responders or civilians to address a traumatic bleeding situation. These kits are all vacuum‐packed and tamper‐proof for easy storage and opening. These kits are available through both Bound Tree Medical (www.boundtree.com) and Emergency Medical Products Inc. (www.buyemp.com)...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 10, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Sarnova Tags: Patient Care Industry News Source Type: news

Riggs Air and Air Methods Partnership Granted a Preferred Provider Agreement Acceptance at John C. Fremont Hospital in Mariposa County for Emergency Air and CCT Services
The Riggs Air and Air Methods partnership was recently granted approval to provide Emergency Medical Air Transportation and Critical Care Transport (CCT) services in Mariposa County and the surrounding communities. The John C. Fremont Board of Directors voted unanimously in support of the partnership with Riggs Air Division and the Healthcare District. The Riggs / John C. Fremont Helicopter will be based at the medical center allowing immediate access to the community of critical care and rapid emergency medical transport by air. For instances where circumstances do not allow air transport, Riggs also has a partnership w...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 10, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Riggs EMS Tags: Industry News Operations Source Type: news

New App Makes Cardiac-Arrest Charting Easier Than Ever
PORTLAND, Ore. - Introducing the first ever cardiac-arrest charting app built by and for EMS professionals: Code-One! Combining the critical features EMS providers require with an extraordinarily easy-to-use interface, Code-One empowers every user to run and chart even the most chaotic of prehospital cardiac calls without missing a beat. And now, for a limited time, Code-One is available for FREE! Founded by a former paramedic, Code-One was designed from the ground up to be the world’s easiest-to-use cardiac-charting app, boasting essential features such as: - Crystal-clear visual cues that ensure critical trea...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 9, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Code One Tags: Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Industry News Source Type: news

Unique EMS Leadership Training Video Series in the Works
Triple Zilch Productions, LLC and the National EMS Management Association, Inc. (NEMSMA) announce the development of a new and unique EMS Leadership training video series.  The series will be produced and developed by Triple Zilch Productions in St. Louis, Missouri which specializes in video productions for EMS, Fire, and Police services.  Ray Kemp, CEO for Triple Zilch Productions, says the series is the first of its kind with a specific focus on EMS leadership.  “This series is designed specifically with the EMS officer in mind and we designed each video course with a specific scenario that an EMT or...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 9, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Triple Zilch Productions Tags: Training Industry News Source Type: news

Keep Safety in UTV Public Safety Rescue
UTV chassis side-by-sides outfitted with appropriate medical or fire skid units complement most any agency's first response fleet.  Safety concerns surrounding their use, particularly when used for patient transport, warrant careful attention from rescue teams.  A thorough understanding of the vehicle, transport apparatus, off-road terrain, and patient requirements must precede any use in public safety situations. First understand the vehicle Before considering the advantages of using a patient transport skid unit for side-by-side UTVs, understand the design and limitations of the off-road vehicle in which it fit...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 9, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Kimtek Corporation Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Industry News Source Type: news

Crestline and Oxford County Announce Canada ’s First Hybrid Ambulance
Oxford County becomes the first municipality in Canada to introduce electric hybrid ambulances as part ofits Paramedic Services fleet with the purchase of two Crestline Coach Fleetmax XL3 Hybrid ambulances. Oxford County has been steadily shifting towards cleaner burning fuels and electric power in its fleet in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a key goal under the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan. Oxford County turned to Crestline to access the feasibility of implementing hybrid technology into their ambulance fleet. With Crestline’s understanding of alternate fuel and hybrid systems, widely u...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 9, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Crestline Coach Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Industry News Source Type: news

Parasitic Cyclospora Infections up 134% This Summer
A recent article from CNN highlighted the increase in the number of cases of cyclospora infections: There were 206 cases of cyclospora infections reported by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from the first of May to the beginning of August, a 134% increase from the 88 cases reported over the same time period in 2016. Cyclospora infections or cyclosporiasis are caused by ingestion of the parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis in food or water. Cyclospora infect the small intestine and most commonly cause watery diarrhea; other symptoms include abdominal cramping, nausea and weight loss. Those with...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 9, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Katherine West, BSN, MSEd, CIC Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

EMS Leadership Awards Presented at Pinnacle Conference
The 2017 Pinnacle Leadership Awards and Lifetime Achievement Award were peresented on Tuesday evening during the 2017 Pinnacle EMS Leadership Conference in Boca Raton, Fla.   The Leadership Award was presented to two deserving EMS leaders, Doug Hooten of MedStar Ambulance and Brenda Staffan of REMSA, for their outstanding leadership in the development, implementation and ongoing financial sustainability of community paramedicine programs. Their highly successful programs have become a model for other systems worldwide. Both Doug and Brenda are past EMS10 Innovator of the Year Award recipients.     2017 Pin...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 9, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

6.5 Magnitude Earthquake in China Kills 19, Injures 247
BEIJING (AP) — Stranded tourists and residents struggled Wednesday to clear roads and cope with power cuts caused by a powerful earthquake that killed at least 19 people and injured 247. The magnitude 6.5 quake struck a mountainous region near a national park that is one of the country's top tourist attractions. Rescuers dug through rubble with their hands and used detectors to search for signs of life. The Tuesday night quake knocked out power and phone networks, complicating efforts to locate and evacuate survivors. Most of the deaths and injuries were recorded in Zhangzha township, near to Jiuzhaigou or Jiuzhai Va...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 9, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Louise Watt, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

Driver Slams Car into Paris Soldiers, Man Arrested
LEVALLOIS-PERRET, France (AP) — French police arrested a man Wednesday in the search for a driver who slammed his BMW into soldiers in a Paris suburb Wednesday, injuring six of them in what appeared to be a carefully timed ambush before speeding away, officials said. The driver's motive was unclear, but officials said he deliberately aimed at the soldiers, and counterterrorism authorities opened an investigation. None of the soldiers had life-threatening injuries, authorities said. It was the latest of several attacks targeting security forces guarding France over the past year. While others have targeted prominent s...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 9, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Angela Charlton and Raphael Satter, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

NICE to Demonstrate NICE Inform Elite Incident Intelligence Dashboards at APCO 2017
Hoboken, N.J. – NICE (Nasdaq:NICE) today announced that it will exhibit the newly launched NICE Inform Elite, the eighth generation of its industry-leading multimedia incident information management solution for emergency communications centers, in booth #923 at the 2017 APCO Conference. APCO 2017 will take place August 13-15 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. NICE Inform Elite combines a future-ready multimedia recording platform with Incident Intelligence dashboards, CAD incident analytics and GIS mapping, to give 9-1-1 center managers the tools they need to make operational improvements, and...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 9, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: NICE Tags: Industry News Operations Source Type: news

EMS Physicians Endorse First Responder Opioid Safety Guidance Developed by Major U.S. Toxicology Orgs
The National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) announces its endorsement of a new American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) and American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT) document detailing pragmatic and actionable safety precautions for first responders in opioid overdose situations. NAEMSP is an organization of physicians and other professionals partnering to provide leadership and foster excellence in the subspecialty of EMS medicine. In pursuing its mission to improve out-of-hospital emergency medical care, NAEMSP’s Executive Board and Standards and Clinical Practice Committee voted unanimously to...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 9, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: NAEMSP Tags: Industry News Operations Source Type: news

Enhanced Version of New SIPQuik Vacuum Cervical Splint Getting Rave Reviews
The new, enhanced version of the SIPQuik (Stabilize in Place) one-size-fits-all vacuum cervical splint, one of the 30 Hot Products selected at the 2017 EMS Today Conference in Salt Lake City, is getting rave reviews by early adopters, and its enhanced version is now available. I had the opportunity recently to meet with Steve Islava, the creator of the SIP cervical splint to see the latest, enhanced version and try it out. The splint is unique from other collars and splints because one size truly fits all patients. The splint is designed to be placed on the patient in the position they are in to avoid excessive movement of...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 8, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Enhanced Version of New SIPQuick Vacuum Collar Getting Rave Reviews
The new, enhanced version of the SIPQuick (Stabilize in Place) one-size-fits-all vacuum collar, one of the 30 Hot Products selected at the 2017 EMS Today Conference in Salt Lake City, is getting rave reviews by early adopters, and its enhanced version is now available. I had the opportunity recently to meet with Steve Islava, the creator of the SIP collar to see the latest, enhanced version and try it out. The collar is unique from other collars because one size truly fits all patients. The collar is designed to be placed on the patient in the position they are in to avoid excessive movement of their neck. The enhancements...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 8, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

NEMSMA Annual Meeting Held at the 2017 Pinnacle Conference
The National EMS Management Association held their annual meeting on August 8, 2017 at the Pinnacle Conference in Boca Raton, Fla.  John Chamberlain of Medserve serves as the NEMSMA Executive Director. Immediate past president Mike Touchstone reported that he and other NEMSMA members and officers had conducted the initial Managing Officer's exam at the Pinnacle Conference. Pat Songer reported on NEMSMA's role in conjunction with JEMS in establishing the Alliance on EMS Resiliency, announced at 2017 EMS Today Conference. The Alliance involves almost all of the key EMS, physician and emergency medical dispatch associati...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 8, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

A.J.'s Pinnacle Moments: Day One
On Tuesday, JEMS Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman attended the Pinnacle EMS Leadership & Management Conference in Boca Raton, Florida. The Power Seminar sessions were presented by AIMHI. AIMHI is a group of organizations that are members of the International Mobile Healthcare Integration; systems with similar functions and who share ideas and programs across borders. Here are some key takeaways from the sessions: Session: The Attributes of High Value EMS Presented by: Jon Washko, Asst. VP, Northwell Health Center for EMS Key Takeaways: High Value Organizations Provide Value Beyond Their Mission The Value Equation Value =...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 8, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

U.S. Officials Abandon Sleep Apnea Screening Requirements for Truck Drivers, Train Engineers
U.S. officials are abandoning plans to require sleep apnea screening for truck drivers and train engineers, a decision that safety experts say puts millions of lives at risk. The Federal Railroad Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said late last week that they are no longer pursuing the regulation that would require testing for the fatigue-inducing disorder that's been blamed for deadly rail crashes in New York City and New Jersey and several highway crashes. The agencies argue that it should be up to railroads and trucking companies to decide whether to test employees. One railroad that does te...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 8, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Michael Balsamo and Michael R. Sisak, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Envision Healthcare to Sell American Medical Response
NASHVILLE, Tenn. and LEWISVILLE, Texas – Envision Healthcare Corporation (Envision) (NYSE: EVHC) and an entity controlled by funds affiliated with KKR have entered into a definitive agreement under which KKR’s portfolio company, Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), and Envision’s medical transportation subsidiary, American Medical Response (AMR), will combine to create a new industry leading medical transportation company. The transaction will be structured as a cash acquisition of AMR from Envision valued at $2.4 billion. The combination of AMGH and AMR will create an integrated medical transportation comp...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 8, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Envision Healthcare Tags: Operations Industry News Source Type: news

Experts Stumped by Australian Teen's Foot Injury
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A teenager who went for a swim at a Melbourne beach and emerged with his feet covered in blood has stumped marine experts. Sam Kanizay's legs felt sore after playing a game of football on Saturday, so he decided to soak them at the beach. About 30 minutes later, the 16-year-old walked out of the water with his feet and ankles covered in what looked like hundreds of little pin holes that were bleeding profusely. Upon returning home, his parents promptly took him to the hospital. Kanizay's father, Jarrod, said hospital staff had no idea what kind of creature could have caused the injuries. S...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 7, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Remains of 9/11 World Trade Center Victim Identified 16 Years Later
NEW YORK (AP) — The remains of a man killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11 have been identified nearly 16 years after the attacks, medical examiners said Monday. His name was withheld at his family's request, the New York City medical examiner's office said. The announcement marked the first new identification made since March 2015 in the painstaking, ongoing effort. The office uses DNA testing and other means to match bone fragments to the 2,753 people killed by the hijackers who crashed airplanes into the trade center's twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001. Remains of 1,641 victims have been identified so far. That mea...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 7, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news