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No on AB 263: EMS Providers Respond to Emergencies In Real Time When Minutes Matter
Sacramento, CA  - Today, American Medical Response (AMR), California’s largest provider of 911 emergency ambulance services, launched an online media campaign in opposition to AB 263, authored by Assemblyman Freddie Rodriguez. AB 263 places patient care at risk by seeking to restrict or eliminate private EMS providers from operating in the state. The standard practice of EMS is that the closest ambulance to an emergency responds because patient care takes precedent to rest and meal breaks. AB 263 will prohibit that standard. The online media campaign ‘Lives Before Lunch’ highlights the onerous limita...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 23, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: American Medical Response Tags: Operations Industry News Source Type: news

18 EMS Responders Complete New 'Rescue Task Force for EMS' Course at State Preparedness Training Center
The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services today announced that eighteen emergency medical services (EMS) responders from across the state recently completed a new ‘Rescue Task Force for EMS’ pilot course at the State Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany. The course provided EMS responders with tools and techniques to save civilian lives through the use of rescue task force and tactical emergency casualty care principles. Taught by a team of instructors from the State Preparedness Training Center, and the National Center for Security & Preparedness, students learne...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 23, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Tags: Training News Source Type: news

Young EMS Providers from N.J., N.Y. Participate in Annual First Aid Competition
Young emergency medical service providers from New Jersey and New York battled over bandages, splints and car wrecks all in good fun as part of the 4th Annual Keyport First Aid Cadet Competition. The day-long event held June 10 in Keyport featured 115 competitors in 33 teams, who participated in events designed to test their abilities in basic and advanced skill categories, which included taking patient’s vital signs, cardiac arrest, CPR and for some with advanced abilities, removing a patient from a mangled car. “They seem to be improving every year, really,” said Keyport First Aid Chief Ken Krohe...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 23, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Richard Huff, NREMT-B Tags: Training News Source Type: news

First EMS Course Given in Sign Language in Israel
Jerusalem, June 22nd, 2017 - After becoming the first deaf EMT in Israel, Nechama Loebel has once again broken barriers for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community in Israel by instructing the first EMS course in sign language. Loebel, who recently graduated from both a Psychotrauma and Crisis Response course as well as an EMS instructors course, is certified to instruct basic CPR and EMS classes. She wasted no time in organizing the first ever EMS course in sign language for fellow members of the deaf and hard of hearing community in Israel. “It is my dream to be able to take this lifesaving information and pay it fo...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 22, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Raphael Poch, United Hatzalah Tags: Training News Source Type: news

EMS Council of New Jersey Awards Scholarships to Young EMS Volunteers
The EMS Council of New Jersey (EMSCNJ) has awarded 16 scholarships to young EMS volunteers. Winners of the 2017 Cadet Scholarship are: Andrew Belanger – Keyport First Aid Squad Emily Davis – Colts Neck First Aid Victorian Dennison – Lambertville-New Hope Ambulance & Rescue Squad Sara Dorrothy – Milton First Aid Squad Brendan Erickson – Sparta Ambulance Squad Shannon Kuehm – Wayne Township Memorial First Aid Squad Jake Lepore – Sparta Ambulance Squad Andrew Lopuch – Sparta Ambulance Squad David Lugara – Scotch Plains Rescue Squad Bret Pine – Keyport First Aid...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 22, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: EMS Council of New Jersey Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

FDA Approves New, Cheaper Rival to EpiPen Allergy Shot
There are now several cheaper alternatives to the exorbitantly priced EpiPens that should please EMS agencies. ABC News has shared this story:   U.S. regulators have approved new competition for EpiPen, the emergency allergy medicine that made Mylan a poster child for pharmaceutical company greed. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corp.'s product, which should go on sale later this year. Read more... This month’s cover story on the King County Washington EMS system (click here for a link to the article) focuses on their system’s move away from Mylan’s exorb...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 21, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

New Report Addresses the Risks and Benefits of EMS Lights and Siren
In a newly released whitepaper, EMS physician, paramedic and Pennsylvania EMS Medical Director Douglas Kupas, MD, takes an evidence-based approach to examining the controversial issue of using lights and sirens in EMS response and transport. The report discusses the impact of emergency lights and sirens driving on response and transport time, safety, public perception and patient outcome. Lights and Siren Use by Emergency Medical Services (EMS): Above All Do No Harm is one of the most thorough investigations of the topic ever published. Approaching lights and siren use as a medical therapy, Dr. Kupas lays out the evidence ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 20, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: EMS.gov Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Industry News Source Type: news

Read About H & H Medical Corp. ’s New Hydrogel Seal Packaging to Expedite Trauma Treatment
H&H Medical Corp.’s new DualSeal occlusive chest dressing pack has been covered in a June 12 article on Qmed, “Trauma Care Eased with New Package,” by Daphne Allen. Corina Bilger, director of global sales, H&H Medical, told Qmed that “The DualSeal occlusive dressing pack is geared towards military and civilian users, primarily in emergency medicine and public safety (e.g., police, fire, EMS). We have seen interest in the product from wilderness/adventure customers for adding this to their first aid kits. There are needs in the field to respond to a casualty with multiple puncture injuries su...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 20, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: H & H Medical Tags: Patient Care Industry News Source Type: news

Register Now: Achieving Zero Preventable Deaths - Creating a National Trauma Care System
Trauma remains a leading cause of death in the United States despite advances in prehospital and in-hospital care over the last half-century. In 2016, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) released A National Trauma Care System: Integrating Military and Civilian Trauma Systems to Achieve Zero Preventable Deaths After Injury, which proposed a vision for a national trauma system that would reduce deaths from injury on highways, on the battlefield and in any setting. EMS plays a key role in achieving the goal of saving every savable victim of trauma.  Hear from leaders who are working on a c...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 19, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: EMS.gov Tags: Training Industry News Source Type: news

DHS Announces Funding Opportunity for FY 2017 Preparedness Grants
Today, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly announced the release of Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Notices of Funding Opportunity for 10 DHS preparedness grant programs totaling more than $1.6 billion. The grant programs provide funding to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as transportation authorities, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector, to improve the nation’s readiness in preventing, protecting against, responding to, recovering from and mitigating terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies. The grants reflect the Department’s focus on funding for pr...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 19, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Department of Homeland Security Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

East Baton Rouge EMS Receives American Heart Association ’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Award
BATON ROUGE, LA — East Baton Rouge EMS has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Plus Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks. Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 19, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: East Baton Rouge EMS Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

American Workers Unprepared for Workplace Cardiac Emergencies, Surveys Find
DALLAS, TX – Most U.S. employees are not prepared to handle cardiac emergencies in the workplace because they lack training in CPR and First Aid, according to new survey results from the American Heart Association (AHA), the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease. Two surveys reveal most workers do not have access to CPR and First Aid training, and half could not locate an automated external defibrillator (AED) at work – prompting the AHA to announce today a new campaign to promote First Aid, CPR and AED training in the workplace as well as public access t...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 19, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: American Heart Association Tags: Training News Source Type: news

Richmond Ambulance Authority Paramedic Receives ‘Star of Life’ Award From the American Ambulance Association and Receives Award From Her Very First Cardiac Arrest Save!
RICHMOND, Va. – Richmond Ambulance Authority (RAA) paramedic Julie Anderson has received an American Ambulance Association (AAA) Star of Life award for 2017.   The award, presented at AAA’s Stars of Life Celebration on Monday, June 12 in Washington, DC, honored remarkable ambulance service professionals from around the nation who truly stand out and represent excellence in their field.  Those who receive this award are nominated by their peers. Anderson, a Hanover, Virginia resident and RAA employee since 2007, was honored at Monday’s ceremony.  “Julie is the complete role model ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 19, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Richmond Ambulance Authority Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Deck Collapses at Montana Resort, 50 Injured
LAKESIDE, Mont. (AP) — Dozens of people who attended the memorial of a firefighter at a Montana resort gathered after the service on the lodge's deck with its sweeping lake and mountain views, but the structure gave way, injuring at least 50. Saturday's collapse at the Glacier Presbyterian Camp left two people critically injured as of Sunday, and left many more to wonder whether the 10-foot-high deck buckled from the weight of too many people or if there was another reason it failed. Determining the cause of the collapse will be up to the resort's insurer, Lake County Sheriff Don Bell said. "It was not a crime, ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 19, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Car Carrying Explosives Rams Into Paris Police Vehicle
PARIS (AP) — A man on the radar of French authorities was killed Monday after ramming a car carrying explosives into a police vehicle in the capital's Champs-Elysees shopping district, prompting a fiery blast, officials said. France's anti-terrorism prosecutor opened an investigation. No police officers or passers-by were hurt, the Paris police department said. It is unclear why the attacker drove into police, though officials said the incident was apparently deliberate. Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said the man was killed after an attempted attack on a police convoy, saying that shows the threat is still very hi...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 19, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Elaine Ganley and Lori Hinnant, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Man Plows Van Into London Crowd, 10 Injured
LONDON (AP) — In an attack that British Muslims say was aimed directly at them, a man plowed a van into a crowd of Muslim worshippers outside a north London mosque early Monday, injuring 10 people. London police are investigating it as a terrorist incident. Police said another man died at the scene, although he was receiving first aid at the time and it wasn't clear if he died as a result of the attack or of something else. British Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the attack "on innocent people" and declared that Britain would stop at nothing to defeat extremism. "Hatred and evil of this kind will ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 19, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Danica Kirka and Paisley Dodds, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Man Sues City After Jumping Out of Ambulance While Intoxicated
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City man who says the city didn't do enough to keep him from drunkenly jumping out of the back of a moving ambulance has filed a lawsuit. Yaugeni Kralkin says he was intoxicated last June when he was picked up by EMTs. Court documents show police were needed to put the 54-year-old in an ambulance because he was being uncooperative. On the way to the hospital, he was able to unbuckle the straps on his stretcher and open the back door of the moving ambulance to jump out. The lawsuit says officials then found him unconscious in the street with severe injuries. Kralkin is suing the city, the fi...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 19, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

South Carolina First Responders Cycle More Than 600 Miles to Honor Fallen Colleagues
Dozens of first responders are riding more than 600 miles in six days in the mid-June heat to honor the lives of men and women who died doing jobs like theirs. "It's hot, but that's nothing compared to someone who didn't come home from work one day," said Mark Jameson, a founding member of Carolina Brotherhood. The annual ride began in North Carolina in 2012.   The mission is to provide support for families of those who died serving their communities. "We ride for people killed two years ago because there's always a lot of support for the families at first, but then life goes on," Jameson explained...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 16, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Elizabeth LaFleur, Greenville Online Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Firefighters Search for Survivors in London Building Fire
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a full public inquiry into the high-rise apartment blaze that killed at least 17 people in London amid growing public anxiety about whether similar blazes could occur in other housing blocks around the country. May moved quickly to establish exactly what caused the fire — and why it moved so quickly, engulfing the building that housed as many as 600 people in less than an hour. Fire safety engineers were stunned at the pace in which flames tore through the 120-apartment Grenfell Tower early Wednesday when most people were asleep. Senior fire official...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 15, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Danica Kirka, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Hanging with and Recognizing the Stars of Life
JEMS Editor-in-Chief, A.J. Heightman joined this year’s American Ambulance Association (AAA) Stars of Life on Tuesday, a day that started with an early morning breakfast in advance of visits to Capitol Hill with AAA representatives and agency officials to meet with their U.S. senators and representatives and ended with a cocktail hour, banquet and awards reception. During breakfast and over cocktails and at dinner, A.J. enjoyed meeting several of the Stars, hearing their stories personally and learning why they’re being recognized. The annual banquet and awards reception held at the Empire Ballroom of the Omni...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 14, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

UPS Employee Opened Fire at San Francisco Facility, 4 Dead
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A UPS employee opened fire at a San Francisco package delivery facility on Wednesday, killing three employees and then himself as officers closed in, police and the company said. San Francisco assistant police chief Toney Chaplin said at a news conference that two others were wounded in the shooting that prompted a massive police response in an industrial neighborhood near downtown. Police have not determined a motive. Chaplin said that the shooter was armed with an assault pistol and put the weapon to his head and pulled the trigger when police found him. A UPS statement said the shooter and all...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 14, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Paul Elias, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Massive Fire in London Apartment Building, At Least Six Killed
LONDON (AP) — A fast-moving overnight fire engulfed a 24-story apartment tower in London on Wednesday, killing at least six people and injuring 74 others, police said. Desperately trying to avoid the flames, residents threw babies and small children from high windows to people down on the sidewalk, witnesses said. The inferno lit up the night sky and spewed black smoke from the windows of the Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, where more than 200 firefighters battled the blaze. The smoke stretched for miles (kilometers) across the sky after dawn, revealing the blackened, flame-licked wreckage of the building, which ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 14, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Gregory Katz and Danica Kirka, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Rescuers Search for Survivors in Fatal Bangladesh Mudslide
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Rescuers went from door to door searching for information on people who might be missing Wednesday after massive landslides crashed onto villages and killed at least 140 in southeastern Bangladesh, officials said. With some roads collapsed and others blocked by mud, soldiers were erecting a portable bridge to reach the worst-hit district of Rangamati, where government shelters housed about half of the 4,500 people whose homes were swamped by mud and debris unleashed by the landslides Tuesday. "The devastation is huge," said Shah Kamal, secretary of the Ministry of Disaster Managemen...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 14, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Julhas Alam, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Shooting at Va. Baseball Field, Top House GOP Leader Shot
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top House Republican, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, was shot by a rifle-wielding gunman Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice just outside of Washington. Several other people were also wounded, officials said. Capitol Police said officers who were part of Scalise's security detail returned fire and wounded the shooter, who was taken into custody. In all, five people were taken to area hospitals, including the suspect, Alexandria police said. Scalise, 51, the No. 3 House Republican leader first elected to the House in 2008, was in stable condition and undergoing surgery at a nearby hospital....
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 14, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Erica Werner, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Stars of Life Award Winners Visit Congress on Capitol Hill
The American Ambulance Association (AAA) Stars of Life event, which began yesterday and runs through tomorrow at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., is an important annual event that recognizes remarkable EMTs, paramedics, dispatchers, educators, fleet technicians and others awarded with AAA’s Stars of Life awards, but it’s also an important week for our industry to increase its visibility with key members of both houses of the U.S. Congress. The 108 awardees identified as this year’s Stars of Life represent excellence in EMS across the country, and starting today and through tomorrow, they join ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 13, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ryan Kelley, NREMT Tags: News Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Point-of-Care Ultrasound Helps Streamline Management of Cardiac Arrest
Point-of-care ultrasound plays an important role in the management of cardiac arrest, as Dr Matthew Reed, an Emergency Medicine consultant at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, explained: “We know that the prognosis for a patient with a beating heart is far better than for someone in cardiac standstill. Using ultrasound, we can see whether or not a patient remains in cardiac standstill following a period of intensive resuscitation, and may also be able to identify a previously undetected pathology – such as cardiac tamponade or ventricular fibrillation – that was not visible on the ECG. Ultrasound can also...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 13, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: FujiFilm SonoSite, Inc. Tags: Patient Care Industry News Source Type: news

Building Collapses in Nairobi, At Least Ten Missing
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An eight-story building has collapsed in a low-income area of Nairobi and 10 people are missing, witnesses and officials in Kenya said Tuesday. The collapse occurred late Monday night, Nairobi Police Chief Japheth Koome said. Police fired tear gas after residents angered by the slow deployment of government rescuers hurled stones slowing search and rescue efforts, said a resident, Hailey Akinyi. Akinyi, who lives in an adjacent building, witnessed the collapse and said three people had been rescued from the debris. The collapsed building and the building she lives in had been marked with an &quo...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 13, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Tom Odula, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Drones Carrying Defibrillators Could Aid Cardiac Emergencies
CHICAGO (AP) — It sounds futuristic: drones carrying heart defibrillators swooping in to help bystanders revive people stricken by cardiac arrest. Researchers tested the idea and found drones arrived at the scene of 18 cardiac arrests within about 5 minutes of launch. That was almost 17 minutes faster on average than ambulances — a big deal for a condition where minutes mean life or death. Drone-delivered devices weren't used on patients in the preliminary study, but the results are "pretty remarkable" and proof that the idea is worth exploring, said Dr. Clyde Yancy, a former American Heart Associatio...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 13, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Report: Day One of the 18th Annual American Ambulance Association (AAA) Stars of Life Event
The 18th Annual American Ambulance Association (AAA) Stars of Life event kicked off its first of three days this morning at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. The Stars of Life is an awards program recognizing remarkable ambulance services professionals across the country. Although many of the 108 Stars of Life are EMTs and paramedics, awardees also include dispatchers, educators, fleet technicians and other dedicated men and women who stand out and represent excellence in every area of the industry. The first item on today’s agenda saw the Stars of Life participating in a Hill Meeting Training with AAA&rsq...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 12, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ryan Kelley, NREMT, Managing Editor, JEMS and JEMS.com Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
As the elderly population continues to grow, so does the likelihood of elder abuse taking place in our communities.  June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and JEMS is pleased to provide several resources for more information about a difficult topic that often goes unreported. This year’s focus is financial exploitation, which is becoming prevalent in the elderly community.  According to the United Nations, 5 to 10 per cent of older people globally may experience some kind of financial exploitation. JEMS is excited to share with you an excellent resource from MerckManuals.com.  The content, which...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 12, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

South Orange Rescue Squad Cadets Bring Home the Gold in the Bayshore State Cadet Competition
On Saturday June 11, 2017, the South Orange Rescue Squad took part in the 5th Annual Bayshore EMS Cadet Competition in Keyport, New Jersey at the Keyport First Aid Squad.   This event brought Emergency Medical Services cadet teams from New York and New Jersey together for a two day event that combines EMS skill competitions, educational experiences, training, and socializing with like-minded peers.  Many volunteer ambulance squads across the state have cadet programs where teenagers train alongside adult members to provide emergency medical care to their community.  “These cadet groups are valuabl...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 12, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: South Orange Rescue Squad Tags: Training News Source Type: news

Richmond Ambulance Authority Receives its Second Consecutive Mission: Lifeline Gold Award for Rapid Treatment of Heart Attacks
Richmond, Va. – RAA has received an American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline Gold Award for the second year in a row for its excellence in rapidly treating heart attack patients and improving patient outcomes.  Every year, more than 250,000 people experience a STEMI, or ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction, a type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart requiring timely treatment. To prevent death, restoration of blood flow as quickly as possible is critical.  This is accomplished either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication. The ro...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 12, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Richmond Ambulance Authority Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Maricopa Ambulance Recognized as Premier EMS Agency by Arizona Department of Health Services
Maricopa Ambulance has been designated a Premier EMS Agency by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and Bureau of EMS and Trauma System. The award signifies that Maricopa Ambulance has met the requirements for utilizing data to improve patient outcomes for ST-segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) cardiac patients, stroke, major trauma and out-of-hospital cardiac arrests. “This designation honors our commitment to data-driven quality improvement and patient care, which is our No. 1 priority,” said Maricopa Ambulance Operations Manager Jason Payne. “The Premier EMS Agency Program allow...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 12, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Maricopa Ambulance Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Technimount Has a New Distribution Partnership With Specialty Vehicles Inc.
We are pleased to announce that Specialty Vehicles Inc. is a new distributor for Technimount System. They are now distributing our products for EMS, and covers the New England region (Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine). According to our president Mr. Carl Bouchard, this is a very strategic agreement to positioned Technimount’s products in many States where regulations are important for the safety of the paramedics and patients. Offering our products in these states through a distributor of quality, reinforce our brand and give the opportunity of future Technimount’s cli...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 12, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Technimount System Inc. Tags: Operations Industry News Source Type: news

Technimount Signed a Canadian Distribution Agreement With Roxon Medi-Tech
We are pleased to announce that Technimount has a new distribution partnership with Roxon Medi-Tech. They will be distributing our products among all Canadian provinces for hospitals and to all provinces except for the Maritimes and Quebec areas for EMS. Roxon Medi-Tech is dedicated to supplying quality specialized equipment to medical facilities across Canada. It is a Canadian corporation operating since 1975. Our president Mr. Carl Bouchard is happy to count on Roxon Medi-Tech as a new partner to expand its product lines sales. According to him, Roxon Medi-Tech is a major distributor that benefits of a significant expert...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 12, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Technimount System Inc. Tags: Operations Industry News Source Type: news

Lessons from Fire Prevention: Why We Can Head Off Disease Without Sacrificing Cure
This insightful and data-filled evidence-based article from the Boston University School of Public Health  illustrates the work EMS can, and should, do to prevent disease where we cannot control curing it: Public health is concerned with creating a healthier world, preferably one where we prevent disease before it starts. This inevitably occasions grappling with our overwhelming investment in medicine and curative care, and arguing for a recalibration of our investment towards the social, economic, and cultural factors that promote health. We can educate people how to reduce their chances of suffering heart attacks, ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: Training News Source Type: news

First Responder Describes Scene at London Bridge Attack
LONDON (AP) — One of the first police officers on the scene of the London Bridge attack says he was met by pandemonium, as people fled in panic and the wounded lay on sidewalks. But he also described how, within minutes, police had killed the attackers, ushered bystanders to safety and begun treating and evacuating the wounded. Inspector Jim Cole, who was scrambled from his south London police station, said the response was "like something out of a Battle of Britain film" as officers piled into vehicles and raced to the scene. In an account of the June 3 attack released by the Metropolitan Police, Cole said...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jill Lawless, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

London Bridge Attackers Wore Fake Bomb Belts to Create 'Maximum Fear'
LONDON (AP) — The London Bridge attackers wore fake suicide belts to create "maximum fear" as they carried out their rampage, police said Sunday. The Metropolitan Police released photographs of the blood-splattered belts, which were made from plastic water bottles wrapped in duct tape. Attackers Khuram Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba wore the belts when they mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge then stabbed people in nearby Borough Market on June 3. They killed eight people before being shot dead by police. Police Commander Dean Haydon said the attackers may have worn the belts because they plan...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Ada County Paramedics Appoints New Deputy Chief
Boise, Idaho  – Ada County Paramedics Chief Darby Weston promoted longtime Ada County Paramedics Battalion Chief John Blake to Deputy Chief, after an interview panel selected Blake for the role the end of May. Weston said the impressive pool of internal interview applicants is a direct reflection of the excellence demonstrated by those who work for Ada County Paramedics.  “We convened a panel [May 30] to conduct the interview process,” Weston said. “At the conclusion of that process, it was the consensus of the panel to promote Battalion Chief John Blake to the position.” Blake, who ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ada County Paramedics Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Memphis Mobile Stroke Unit Saves Lives
A year after a mobile stroke unit hit the streets of Memphis, officials say it is saving lives by cutting the time it takes to treat stroke patients. The University of Tennessee Health Science Center began using the 14-ton ambulance last year as part of a three-year controlled study. The unit has a CT scanner that can X-ray images of the brain, and is equipped to provide early fluids to stroke patients and dye blood vessels to determine the type of stroke the patient has had. "The emergency room on average takes 40 to 50 minutes to do the things we do in 13 to 14 minutes," said Dr.Andrei Alexandrov, UTHSC neurolo...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 10, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Olivia Peterkin, The Commercial Appeal Tags: News Mobile Integrated Healthcare Source Type: news

Highlights from Day Two of the June 2017 PWW abc360 Conference
The June 2017 PWW abc360 conference concluded on Thursday June 8 in Clearwater Beach, Florida.  abc360 provides a broad focus on the ambulance revenue cycle.  This event is designed for those involved in agency billing and compliance and provides a wide variety of sessions that cover revenue cycle, compliance and practical coding skills.  One word that continued to come up throughout the day:  documentation.  Thursday morning was dedicated to documentation – its importance, how it can be done well and the implications of poorly-documented calls.  Stephen Wirth be...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 8, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Training News Source Type: news

Highlights from Day One of the June 2017 PWW abc360 Conference
The abc360 conference started on Wednesday June 7 in Clearwater Beach, Florida.  abc360 provides a broad focus on the ambulance revenue cycle.  This event is designed for those involved in agency billing and compliance and provides a wide variety of sessions that cover revenue cycle, compliance and practical coding skills.  The conference kicked off on Wednesday morning with an opening from Stephen Wirth and Doug Wolfberg, who welcomed everyone and took their traditional abc360 selfie with the whole crowd: Steve and Doug then introduced attendees to the entire PWW team.  The PWW team has done an incred...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 7, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Training News Source Type: news

DEA Warns of Opioid Dangers, Issues New Guidelines for First Responders
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Tuesday warned of a new problem presented by the nation's drug abuse epidemic: the threat of law enforcement officers accidentally overdosing. Officers and paramedics are increasingly coming in contact with potent synthetic opioids that can be dangerous and deadly, a troubling side effect of the United States' opioid crisis. Even very small amounts of drugs such as carfentanil and fentanyl, which investigators are finding in powder form or laced into other drugs, can be lethal. Although DEA does not keep data quantifying the problem, first responders handl...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 7, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Sadie Gurman, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Highlights from the June 2017 PWW XI Leadership Conference
The PWW XI Leadership Conference took place Tuesday June 6th in Clearwater Beach, Florida.  The PWW Executive Institute is a one-day workshop with sessions tailored for executives, chiefs, top-level managers, owners and leaders interested in high-level views and discussions about the industry of ambulance industry finance, reimbursement, compliance and human resource management.    Previous sessions were held in March and April of this year, and the session in Florida marks the third and final in this season’s sessions. Highlights from day one: An incredible keynote from Jerry L. Ross, a Retired NASA ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 7, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Citizen CPR Foundation and PulsePoint Competition to Award $20,000 Grant for Local PulsePoint Respond Implementation
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- It is with a shared vision, to save lives from sudden cardiac arrest by stimulating effective community, professional and citizen action, that the PulsePoint Foundation and the Citizen CPR Foundation join forces to bring a first-of-its-kind grant competition to the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update (ECCU) Conference in New Orleans, December 5-8, 2017. The grant includes a complete PulsePoint Respond implementation, including first year costs (valued at over $20,000), to be awarded to a community that demonstrates commitment to improving care and outcomes consistent with the mission of the Citizen ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 7, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Citizen CPR Foundation Tags: Training Industry News Source Type: news

Shooting at Orlando Office Building, Multiple Deaths
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A disgruntled former employee opened fire Monday inside a Florida awning factory, killing five workers before killing himself, authorities said. Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings described the shooter as a 45-year-old man who had been fired in April and had been previously accused of assaulting a co-worker. The attacker was not believed to be a member of any type of subversive or terrorist organization, he said. The man was not charged when he was accused of battering the co-worker in June 2014, and his previous criminal record was otherwise minor — marijuana possession and driving under ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 5, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Terrance Harris, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Dayton, Ohio Addresses Opioid Crisis
The Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association is leading an effort to create a one-stop crisis care center in Montgomery County to ease the current burden on hospital emergency rooms and the jail, which are overloaded with opioid addicts and those in need of mental health services. It was one of many projects tackling the opioid epidemic presented Friday at a meeting of the Montgomery County Community Overdose Action Team (COAT). "The numbers in our community are not getting better," County Commissioner Dan Foley said in opening the meeting. Ninety-eight people died from accidental overdoses in...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 4, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Katie Wedell, Dayton Daily News Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

More Than 1,500 Injured in Turin After Panic in Crowd
MILAN (AP) — More than 1,500 people were injured when panic swept through a crowd of Juventus fans watching the Champions League final in a piazza in the northern Italian city of Turin, authorities said Sunday.' The Turin prefect said in a statement that the crowd "was taken by panic and by the psychosis of a terror attack," fearing that a loud noise was caused by attackers. The source of the loud noise that triggered the stampede remained unclear, officials said. The noise triggered panic among thousands of fans gathered in Piazza San Carlo to watch the match pitting Juventus against Real Madrid on giant ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 4, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Terror Attack in London, At Least 20 Injured, Several Killed
LONDON (AP) — Terrorism struck at the heart of London, police said Sunday, after a vehicle veered off the road and mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge and witnesses told of men with large knives stabbing passersby at nearby Borough Market. The violence turned a summery Saturday night in an area packed with bars and restaurants into a scene of panic and chaos, with officers running through crowded streets screaming for people to flee and lifeboats drafted to help clear the area. The London Ambulance Service said at least 20 injured people had been taken to six hospitals, and British media said several people had ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 4, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Danica Kirka and Jill Lawless, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

"Imposter" Ambulances Now Illegal in Texas
Some of you may recall back in 2012, a local business owner re-branded a retired ambulance as the 'Slambulance.'  The ‘Slambulance’ is a party bus, complete with a stripper pole, neon interior lights and a full wet bar.  An excerpt from the article: Paramedics at Fort Worth's ambulance service Medstar are raising questions about a boxy vehicle driving on city streets with the word "ambulance" on the front and red and blue lights on top -- but isn't a real ambulance. "Just like anybody when they see it for the first time, it looks like a legitimate ambulance," said Medstar spokesma...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 3, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Matt Zavadsky, MS-HSA, EMT Tags: News Operations Source Type: news