Use Difficult Conversations to Provide Better Healthcare
Pretend you are a dust bunny behind the couch. Your life has meaning there, and you find happiness even though this is not what you expected. Times have been better, but things could be worse after all. The default in this world though is to be the fur on the back of a cat, not just some collection of fur, dust and house plant debris. Today, you have a problem and you need help. You aren’t exactly clear on what you want to happen, you just know that you need help. What arrives to your plea is a broom and a dustpan. The broom does not ask many questions – it just sees you as a dust bunny.  Unfortunate...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 19, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Justin Porter, RN, EMT-P Tags: Commentary Exclusives Patient Care EMT Healthcare Paramedic Source Type: news

Park River Ambulance (ND) President Keeps Pushing Boundaries for Good
Ann Bailey Grand Forks Herald (MCT) PARK RIVER, N.D. — Park River Ambulance President Daniel Young pushes boundaries to ensure emergency health services are available not only in his hometown, but across Walsh County. Besides supervising the day-to-day operations of the city’s volunteer ambulance service and overseeing training of its members, Young, a 30-year veteran of the Park River squad, schedules classes and trains first-responders in neighboring Walsh County towns Edinburg, Lankin, Adams, Hoople and Fordville. Young’s outr...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 18, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Administration and Leadership Best Practices News News Feed Spotlight EMS North Dakota Source Type: news

NIOSH Releases Report on Deadly Appleton (WI) Shooting During EMS Call
Summary of the NIOSH Firefighter Fatality Investigation On May 15, 2019, a career firefighter was killed, and a police officer and a civilian were injured after being shot while on an emergency medical services (EMS) incident involving a patient who overdosed. The firefighter was part of a three-person crew on engine 9321 that was dispatched along with a private ambulance company at approximately 5:30 p.m. to the report of a patient who had a seizure on a public bus at a bus terminal. A police officer was first on scene. The unconscious patient was successfully treated with naloxone on the bus by a paramedic and rega...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 18, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News Training EMS Firefighter LODD Wisconsin Source Type: news

191 San Diego Fire-Rescue Personnel Decline COVID-19 Vaccine So Far
David Hernandez The San Diego Union-Tribune (TNS) Nearly 200 San Diego Fire-Rescue personnel have so far turned down a COVID-19 vaccine, showing reluctance as health officials scramble to protect frontline workers like firefighters from the highly infectious coronavirus. As of Wednesday, 191 personnel had declined to take the vaccine; 895 had gotten the shot, according to department figures. The vaccine is available to all of the department’s roughly 1,500 employees, including lifeguards and non-sworn staff, a spokeswoman said. The force includes 943 firefighters, who double as paramedics or emergency ...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 18, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Coronavirus Industry News California San Diego Source Type: news

MD Man Arrested for Stealing, Flipping Ambulance
According to a report from WJLA, Augustus Redditt, 52, of Baltimore, Maryland, was charged with vehicle theft, driving under the influence, drug possession, and related traffic offenses after stealing and crashing an ambulance in Dorchester County. Police say they were contacted just after 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 15, regarding a Dorchester County Emergency Medical Services ambulance that was stolen from outside the University of Maryland Medical Center. Troopers located the ambulance traveling west on Route 50 in Cambridge. No patients or other passengers were on board the ambulance at the time it was stolen. ...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 18, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News Source Type: news

Gillette Stadium Opens as First Mass COVID Vaccination Site for First Responders
Jackson Cote masslive.com (MCT) Gillette Stadium is expected to open its doors Monday as Massachusetts’ first mass coronavirus vaccination site for first responders. Gov. Charlie Baker announced last week the Foxborough stadium would be turned into a large-scale vaccination facility. First doses were set to be given last Thursday to staff at the site, and first responders were scheduled to get vaccinated at the location Monday. The site was expected to administer 300 vaccines per day and then increase that number to 5,000 per day. “Potentially much bigger numbers” may follow,...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 18, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Coronavirus News News Feed First Responders Massachusetts Source Type: news

Kids Rob Cleveland (OH) EMS Workers at Gunpoint
Two Cleveland EMS workers were hurt after three kids robbed them at gunpoint, according to a report on cleveland.com. The robbery happened around 7 a.m. Saturday morning at the station on Stickney Avenue near Pearl Road. The EMS workers had just gotten off their shift and started their cars to warm them up when they were approached by the suspects, aged between 13 to 14 years old. The workers got into a confrontation with the suspects when one of the suspects pulled out a gun. The suspect with the gun ran off while the other two were arrested at the scene by police. Related What You Should Know about Self-Defen...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 18, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News Cleveland EMS Ohio Police Source Type: news

New Innovation to Address System Overload by Systemizing the Field Triage and Treatment of Non-Emergent Patients
Introductory Note from JEMS Editor Emeritus A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P JEMS has prided itself on introducing countless groundbreaking concepts and innovations to the EMS community since its inception in 1980. As an example, in May 1980, JEMS introduced Jack Stout’s Public Utility Model and System Status management which changed the way many EMS Systems operated. His concepts introduced new ways to maximize resources and revenue through changes in the deployment of crews and resources. In Feb. of 1981, Dr. Jeff Clawson’s dispatch priority training and the Medical Priority Dispatch System (MPDS); the impact...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 18, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Marc Eckstein, MD, MPH Tags: Administration and Leadership Communications & Dispatch Exclusives California EMS Prehospital Telemedicine Source Type: news

WHO: ‘Not Right’ to Vaccinate Young Before Old
GENEVA —The head of the World Health Organization says it’s “not right” that younger, healthier adults in rich countries get vaccinated against COVID-19 before older people in poorer countries. Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus kicked off WHO’s week-long executive board meeting — virtually from its headquarters in Geneva — on Monday by lamenting that only 25 vaccine doses have been provided in a single poor country, while over 39 million doses have been administered in nearly 50 richer nations. “Just 25 doses have been given in one lowest income country &mdash...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 18, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Coronavirus International Medicine Source Type: news

Police: NY EMT Posed as Good Samaritan to Steal from Dying Landlord
Rocco Parascandola New York Daily News (MCT) An FDNY EMT who rushed to help his sick landlord get to the hospital then decided to help himself by entering the dying man’s vacant apartment to steal valuable electronics, jewelry and cash, police officers said Friday. Javier Rosario, 29, stole over $30,000 worth of property from his landlord’s Brooklyn home— not moments after he’d hurried to assist fellow EMTs as they bundled the distressed man into an ambulance to take him to a hospital, where he later died of natural causes. And while the EMT’s landlord was shuffling of...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 17, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News News Feed EMT FDNY New York Police Source Type: news

Governors Complain Over Pace of COVID-19 Vaccine Shipments
By LAURAN NEERGAARD, RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and DAVID CRARY Associated Press Governors bitterly accused the Trump administration Friday of deceiving the states about the amount of COVID-19 vaccine they can expect to receive as they ramp up vaccinations for senior citizens and others. But the government attributed the anger to confusion and misguided expectations on the part of the states. Meanwhile, the race between the vaccine and the virus may be about to heat up: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that the new, more infectious variant first seen in Britain will probably become the dominant vers...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 16, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Coronavirus Source Type: news

NJ Teen EMS Volunteer Qualifies for COVID Dose, Can ’t Find Pfizer Vaccine
Teenage EMS volunteer qualifies for COVID vaccine, but finding Pfizer is nearly impossible https://t.co/azcJfuEpxO pic.twitter.com/Fqp6tq86oH— njdotcom (@njdotcom) January 15, 2021 Kevin Shea nj.com (MCT) Kelsey Quinones is about as frontline of a healthcare worker as you can get. She volunteers with the Cranford First Aid Squad, working 12-hour weekend shifts responding to emergencies and often taking patients to area hospitals. The work qualifies her to get the coronavirus vaccine, now, as an EMS member of Phase 1A. But Kelsey is 16 years old, and can only receive the Pfizer vaccin...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 15, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Coronavirus News News Feed EMS Medicine New Jersey Source Type: news

Mental Health Calls Spike in the Pandemic in AL, Experts Say
Michael Wetzel The Decatur Daily, Ala. (MCT) Mental health calls have increased across the Valley, and the root cause is likely COVID-19, according to crisis centers and emergency personnel. “COVID-19 is on everyone’s mind and it is mentioned in many calls now,” said Connie Kane, clinical director at Crisis Services of North Alabama Inc. “We’re seeing an increase in calls because of isolation and loneliness, especially during the holidays, and COVID (played) a huge role this holiday season. Callers are expressing COVID fatigue. People are tired of wearing masks and b...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 15, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Communications & Dispatch Mental Health Source Type: news

Arrest Made in Shooting Death of AZ Medical Transport Driver
According to a report from KOLD, 18-year-old Kennon Grover was arrested by investigators for the deadly shooting of a Department of Veterans Affairs medical transport driver in April 2019. The transport driver, 59-year-old Delfino Picazo, was picking up a patient when Grover approached his vehicle demanding money. Grover then shot Picazo in the head. After the shooting, Grover fled to the Hopi Reservation until he thought it was safe to return to Phoenix. After the arrest was made, Grover told officers he felt bad about the shooting and that he had tossed the gun into a canal. Grover was booked at the county jail ...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 15, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News Source Type: news

EMScapades: January 15, 2021
Previous EMScapades: January 1, 2021 The post EMScapades: January 15, 2021 appeared first on JEMS. (Source: JEMS Special Topics)
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 15, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ben Clincy, EMT-P Tags: Exclusives EMScapades Source Type: news

Expanded Vaccine Rollout in U.S. Spawns a New Set of Problems
By JANIE HAR, JENNIFER PELTZ and ALLEN G. BREED Associated Press The rapid expansion of COVID-19 vaccinations to senior citizens across the U.S. has led to bottlenecks, system crashes and hard feelings in many states because of overwhelming demand for the shots. Mississippi’s Health Department stopped taking new appointments the same day it began accepting them because of a “monumental surge” in requests. People had to wait hours to book vaccinations through a state website or a toll-free number Tuesday and Wednesday, and many were booted off the site because of technical problems and had to start o...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 15, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Coronavirus Medicine Source Type: news

Several Hurt as Bus Plunges Off Bridge in NY
NEW YORK (AP) — An articulated bus dramatically plunged off an overpass in New York City, leaving the front half hanging from the highway ramp it was navigating, its fall broken only by the road below. The driver was seriously injured in the crash just after 11 p.m. Thursday at an interchange of the Cross Bronx and Major Deegan expressways, and seven passengers suffered minor injuries, fire officials said. They were taken to hospitals. No other vehicles were involved. One part of the bus — essentially two buses connected by a pivot that allows it to navigate turns — remained on the bridge, with the ...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 15, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Operations Rescue & Vehicle Extrication Crash New York New York City Source Type: news

Feds Urge EMS to Prepare for Potential Unrest Ahead of Inauguration
EMS providers should be prepared for unrest ahead of the Inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden next week, according to memo from the federal government. “In light of last week’s violence at the US Capitol and the upcoming inauguration, it is important that every member of the EMS community maintains situational awareness and prioritizes their safety and the safety of their colleagues and patients,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of EMS wrote, linking to the document Fire and EMS Response to Civil Unrest on EMS.gov. The document includes steps that can be taken ...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 14, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Major Incidents News Terrorism & Active Shooter EMS EMT National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Paramedic PTSD Washington Source Type: news

Be Part of the Solution: Vax Up!
JEMS proudly gives two thumbs up to the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of EMS, which, in partnership with the Mentor Fire Department, created an outstanding “Vax Up” edition of their “Be Part of the Solution” public service announcement (PSA) series. The Division of EMS created, and is encouraging distribution, of this PSA as a resource to encourage EMS providers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, to highlight the importance of vaccination to all public safety personnel and to the community, and to encourage the populations in the upcoming phases of the vaccination plan to be immunized ...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 14, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P Tags: Commentary Coronavirus Spotlight EMS EMT Medicine Paramedic Source Type: news

Las Vegas (NV) Ambulance Service Effectively Managing Latest COVID-19 Wave
According to a report from Las Vegas Sun, the Southern Nevada Health District’s (SNHD’s) ambulance service in Las Vegas has effectively managed the burden of the current COVID-19 crisis, a stark contrast to neighboring California. John Hammond, emergency medical services (EMS) and trauma system manager for the SNHD, who oversees and directs protocols for all EMS providers in the region, said that hospitals and EMS agencies have not indicated that they cannot continue operations. Recently, parts of California have seen its intensive care units (ICUs) fill up completely. Earlier this month, Los Angeles Coun...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 14, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Coronavirus News Source Type: news

Lake George (NY) Delays Vote on EMS District
Chad Arnold The Post-Star, Glens Falls, N.Y. (MCT) LAKE GEORGE — The Town Board on Monday agreed to hold off on a vote approving the formation of a town-run ambulance service after several residents expressed concerns over increased taxes and asked to see additional information on the plan. Board members were poised to approve a special tax district that would fund the town-run emergency medical services system, replacing the town’s contracted ambulance service, which has experienced gaps in service in recent years as the number of volunteers continues to decline. “We have struggled for the...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 14, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Administration and Leadership News News Feed Ambulance New York Source Type: news

COVID-19 Vaccine Shots Begin at Disneyland (CA) Parking Lot
Ian Wheeler and Dan Albano The Orange County Register (MCT) Cars and socially spaced crowds amassed at Disneyland’s Toy Story parking lot Wednesday, Jan. 13, as hundreds queued for coronavirus vaccines at Orange County’s first mass-vaccination site, a pivotal step toward county leaders’ new goal of delivering 1.5 million shots per month. The tented site’s opening marks a new chapter in Orange County’s battle against the coronavirus as people age 65 and older, especially those who have underlying health conditions that might make them more susceptible to a bad case of COVID-19, can ...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 14, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Coronavirus News News Feed California Medicine Source Type: news

GA EMT Saving Lives During COVID Thanks to High School Training Program
Mark Rice Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Ga. (MCT) Alejandro Corredor is the first participant in the two-year-old emergency medical technician program at Shaw High School to pass the national certification exam. He also is the first to be hired. “We’re 18-year-old kids,” he told the Ledger-Enquirer, “but we’re doing big things.” Big things such as saving lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even before the winter surge in coronavirus cases, Corredor said, the medics at EMS Care Ambulance in Columbus went on every call assuming the patient was COVID-1...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 14, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News News Feed Spotlight Training EMT Georgia Source Type: news

NTSB Says Vehicle Battery Fires Pose Risks to 1st Responders
By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT (AP) — Electric vehicle fires pose safety risks to first responders and guidelines from manufacturers about how to deal with them have been inadequate, according to U.S. investigators. There are also gaps in industry safety standards and research on high-voltage lithium-ion battery fires, especially in high-speed, severe crashes, the National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday. The agency, which has no enforcement powers and can only make recommendations, called for manufacturers to write vehicle-specific response guides for fighting battery fires and limiting ch...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 14, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Operations Rescue & Vehicle Extrication Fire National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Source Type: news

U.S. Traffic Deaths Up Despite Virus Lockdowns
DETROIT (AP) — The number of people killed on the nation’s highways rose 4.6% in the first nine months of 2020 despite coronavirus lockdowns that curtailed driving early in the year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 28,190 people died in traffic crashes from January through September of last year, up from 26,941 in the same period of 2019. Final statistics for the full year won’t come out until fall. Related The EMT’s and Paramedic’s Role in Vehicle ExtricationReducing Roadway Risks During EMS Operations Authorities blamed the increase on risky driv...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 14, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Operations Rescue & Vehicle Extrication National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Roadway Response Source Type: news

What Should You Know about COVID-19 Vaccines and Pregnancy
What should I know about COVID-19 vaccines if I’m pregnant? Vaccination is likely the best way to prevent COVID-19 in pregnancy, when risks for severe illness and death from the virus are higher than usual. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says COVID-19 vaccinations should not be withheld from pregnant women, and that women should discuss individual risks and benefits with their health care providers. The U.S. government’s emergency authorization for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines being rolled out for priority groups doesn’t list pregnancy as a reason to withhold the ...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 14, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Coronavirus Medicine Source Type: news

The EMS Handoff: Pediatric Restraint with Tim Nowak
Get every episode by subscribing to The EMS Handoff podcast using Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts. The EMS Handoff crew is joined by Tim Nowak, AAS, BS, NRP, CCEMTP, SPO, MPO, CADS. Tim is the founder and CEO of Emergency Medical Solutions, LLC, an EMS training and consulting company that he developed in 2010. Through this venture, he is the editor-in-chief of EMS Director magazine, a webinar/app-based continuing education content developer, columnist and blog writer, product developer, instructor and speaker, podcast guest and host, and a social media influencer on LinkedIn. Tim is also the...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 13, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Podcasts EMS Handoff Pediatric Care Source Type: news

Pulsara Wins 2021 BIG Innovation Award
BOZEMAN, Mont., Jan. 12, 2021 — Pulsara, the leading mobile telehealth and communication platform that connects healthcare teams across organizations, announced today that the company was named a 2021 Product Innovation of the Year Award Winner by Business Intelligence Group’s BIG Innovation Awards. Judged by prominent industry leaders and experts, the awards program recognizes the most innovative organizations and people transforming systems and industries across the globe. “More than ever, the global society relies on innovation to help progress humanity and make our lives more productive, healthy, a...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 13, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Industry News Pulsara Source Type: news

New Ambulance Service Launches in Northwoods (WI) Through Marshfield Clinic Health System
According to a report from WAOW, Marshfield Clinic Health System is adding an ambulance service to their operations in the Northwoods, Wisconsin. The health care system also operates hospitals in Minocqua and Park Falls. Launched in December, the ambulance service will not be used for emergency or 911 calls. However, it will be used as an interfacility transfer service. Marshfield Clinic said this new service will increase access to health care for those living in rural areas. Dr. Michael Schaars stated that certain patients from Park Falls and Minocqua will require specialty care at larger medical centers, so having...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 13, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News Source Type: news

Seattle Fire Will Go Door to Door with Coronavirus Vaccines
David Gutman The Seattle Times (MCT) The Seattle Fire Department on Thursday will begin vaccinating residents of adult family homes throughout the city, after the city was approved late last week as a distributor of COVID-19 vaccines, Mayor Jenny Durkan announced. Durkan framed the new push as the first in what will eventually be a major city effort to distribute the vaccine from sites spread throughout the city. “We have to get these shots out of refrigerators and into people’s arms,” she said. “We hope that if we get steady supplies, we will stand up mass vaccination sites...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 13, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Coronavirus News News Feed Fire Department EMS Washington Source Type: news

UK May Move Patients Into Hotels to Ease Hospital Strain
Discussions about the issue were first reported by the Guardian newspaper. “We would only ever do that if it was clinically the right thing for somebody,” Hancock told Sky News. “In some cases, people need sit-down care, they don’t actually need to be in a hospital bed.” Britain already has Europe’s deadliest coronavirus outbreak, with over 83,000 deaths, and the number of hospital beds filled by COVID-19 patients patients is still rising. Hospitals in England English are now treating 55% more COVID-19 cases than during the first peak of the pandemic in April. The post UK May Move ...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 13, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Coronavirus International Hospital Prehospital United Kingdom Source Type: news

FL Firefighter-Paramedic Charged in Capitol Riot
A Florida firefighter who was photographed inside the Capitol during a riot by loyalists of President Donald Trump has been charged with disorderly conduct. A charge of disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds was filed Tuesday in the District of Columbia against Andrew Williams. Previous: Sanford (FL) Firefighter-Paramedic on Leave after Taking Part in Siege on Capitol Williams has been a firefighter with the Sanford Fire Department since 2016. He was placed on administrative leave from the fire agency last week pending an internal investigation. Sanford is located about 25 miles outside Orlando. Fire department ...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 13, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Arrest Washington Source Type: news

University Hospitals (OH) Implements Vaccine Platform to Track COVID-19 Vaccination Process
University Hospitals, a super-regional health system serving northeast Ohio, has partnered with Logis Solutions to use innovative new software to track administration of COVID-19 vaccines to its 28,000 employees and affiliated caregivers. Building on the cutting-edge Logis Intelligent Decision Support (IDS) system, Logis IDS Vaccines can be used to simultaneously schedule first and second dose appointments, to assign vaccine batches to dispensation sites, and to track adverse events or side effects. Providers at any location can access Logis IDS Vaccines through a secure web portal, allowing organizations with multiple ...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 13, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Coronavirus Ohio Source Type: news

Muskogee (OK) Police to Provide Transport to Free Up Ambulances
D.E. Smoot Muskogee Phoenix, Okla. (MCT) Escalating numbers of new COVID-19 cases requiring emergency health care or hospitalization continue to hobble local resources. An increase in the number of patients requiring hospitalization and staffing shortages have resulted with a shortage of available hospital beds at area hospitals. As a result, Muskogee County Emergency Medical Service employees have experienced a corresponding increase in the amount of time spent on calls. Extended transports to hospitals in Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri limit the number of ambulances availa...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 13, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Coronavirus News News Feed EMS Oklahoma Police Source Type: news

Ogden (UT) Man Accused of Stealing Ambulance, Resisting Arrest
An Ogden (UT) man was charged after stealing an ambulance just after the New Year, according to authorities. Police said Mitchell Bryce May stole the ambulance on January 3 after first responders were called to a medical call at an apartment complex, the Deseret News reported. The ambulance was later found abandoned behind a house several hours later. Video footage was also obtained that showed the man who stole the vehicle, police said. On January 11, police were called to a disturbance where May was accused of being violent. Officers saw May was allegedly in possession of a bag of suspected methamphetamine. T...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 12, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News Stolen Ambulance Utah Source Type: news

71 TX Hospitals Now Have Real-Time Access to Mobile Medical Data
Chambers County Emergency Medical Services was deployed to the city of Del Rio last week to assist with the care and transport of patients suffering from the coronavirus. To support its partner-client’s mission, Beyond Lucid Technologies (BLT) — a software firm that shares EMS & Fire data with hospitals and public health agencies and tracks patient care over time (including COVID-19 exposures, labs and vaccines) — today announced that it has activated access to inbound patient records for all 71 hospitals that are affiliated with the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Network (STRAC). All NEMSIS...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 12, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Coronavirus News EMS Hospital Mobile Integrated Healthcare Texas Source Type: news

U.S. to Speed COVID-19 Shots as Cases and Deaths Rise
By ZEKE MILLER and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Barely a month into a mass vaccination campaign to stop the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trump administration unexpectedly shifted gears Tuesday to speed the delivery of shots. The move came after widespread concern over a slow start even as coronavirus cases and deaths reach new highs. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced a series of major changes to increase supply of vaccines and expand the age groups eligible as well as locations where people can get shots. One change will have some teeth to it. Azar said going for...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 12, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Coronavirus Source Type: news

Backus (MN) May Increase EMS/Fire Service Contract to Surrounding Areas
According to a report from Brainerd Dispatch, the Minnesota townships of Bungo, Deerfield, Bull Moose, and McKinley may experience up to an eight-percent increase in their emergency medical services (EMS) and fire coverage contracts from Backus (MN) Fire Department (BFD) crews. In an address to the Backus City Council, BFD Chief Jason Smith said that 2020 was a record year for EMS calls, with an unexpectedly high amount of those calls being to the aforementioned townships. Although those townships are subject to some of the lowest contract prices currently, the number of all-terrain vehicle and car accidents, search and...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 12, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News Source Type: news

TLC Emergency Medical Services (NY) Ambulance Director Calls It a Career
Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck said Lon Fricano has made Cayuga County better over the past 30 years. https://t.co/DT0ATJOmKC— The_Citizen (@The_Citizen) January 10, 2021 Kelly Rocheleau The Citizen, Auburn, N.Y. (MCT) Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck said Lon Fricano has made Cayuga County better over the past 30 years. Fricano, 72, is the longtime director of operations for TLC Emergency Medical Services, Auburn’s longtime ambulance provider, and his first day of retirement was Jan. 1. Schenck praised Fricano’s decades of service ...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 12, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News News Feed Spotlight EMS EMT New York Paramedic Source Type: news

Let ’s Get It Straight: New Information on HIV
Get every episode by subscribing to Let’s Get It Straight using Apple Podcasts or Google Play. While EMS is rightly focused on COVID-19 right now, Katherine West explains why keeping up to date on HIV infection is extremely important. Previous: Katherine West explains what work restrictions are and why they are needed. The post Let’s Get It Straight: New Information on HIV appeared first on JEMS. (Source: JEMS Special Topics)
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 12, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Podcasts HIV Let's Get It Straight Source Type: news

UN: COVID-19 Herd Immunity Unlikely in 2021
By MARIA CHENG and JAMEY KEATEN Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization’s chief scientist warned that even as numerous countries start rolling out vaccination programs to stop COVID-19, herd immunity is highly unlikely this year. At a media briefing on Monday, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan said it was critical countries and their populations maintain strict social distancing and other outbreak control measures for the foreseeable future. In recent weeks, Britain, the U.S., France, Canada, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands and others have begun vaccinating millions of their citizens against th...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 12, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Coronavirus Source Type: news

Should I Get a COVID-19 Vaccine If I ’ve Had the Virus?
Should I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I’ve had the virus? Yes. Regardless of previous infection, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people should plan on getting vaccinated when it’s their turn. “It’s a pretty straightforward question,” said Johns Hopkins infectious disease specialist Dr. Amesh Adalja. “Yes, you need to get vaccinated.” After someone recovers, their immune system should keep them from getting sick again right away. “Your immune system is able to identify the virus, and protect itself,” said Dr. Saskia Popescu, an...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 12, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Coronavirus Medicine Source Type: news

The Child in Status Epilepticus Dilemma
The following case is based on a real-life situation, highlighting the difficulties in applying ethical decisions in the prehospital critical care setting. While the case is based from the United Kingdom, it ought to be applicable to similar EMS systems and settings. Kassirer et al. highlight that discussing real-world scenarios helps exemplify reasoning (both good and bad) that the reader ought to relate to within similar and future contexts.1 During the start of a night shift, an ambulance crew consisting of a paramedic and an assistant (EMT-B) are dispatched to a 10-year-old child in status epilepticus (SE). The pati...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 12, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Best Practices Exclusives Patient Care Pediatric Care Seizure Source Type: news

Identifying an Acute Coronary Syndrome: Part 1
There are more than eight million cardiac calls that arrive to the hospital in the United States each year. Nearly one million of the cases may have an acute coronary syndrome. About a third of those cases will have a myocardial infarction. Here’s a refresher on how we as EMS providers can play a role in saving lives. Read the original JEMS manuscript here! Previous: Identify the ECG rhythm before you use adenosine, not the other way around. The post Identifying an Acute Coronary Syndrome: Part 1 appeared first on JEMS. (Source: JEMS Special Topics)
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 11, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Cardiac & Resuscitation Patient Care Patient Care Videos Training Videos Cardiac Arrest Master Your Medics Source Type: news

Ambulance Wait Times of 17 Hours Reported in LA County
Soumya Karlamangla, Hayley Smith, Rong-Gong Lin II Los Angeles Times (MCT) At a hospital near South Los Angeles, doctors debate whether an elderly patient should be hooked to one of the few remaining ventilators. Meanwhile, nurses at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood fear they are treating too many patients to provide them all with the best care. And for emergency medical technicians, racing the sick to hospitals has become an obstacle course, with not enough beds for the hundreds of patients in need. Once an ambulance that has responded to a 911 call finds a hospital, it...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 11, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Coronavirus News News Feed Ambulance California EMS Paramedic Source Type: news

Officials Seek ID for Pickup Truck Driver They Say Hit CT Ambulance
Leah Brennan Connecticut Post, Bridgeport (MCT) WALLINGFORD — Officials are trying to find out who was driving a pickup truck that hit an ambulance near North Plains Industrial Road Saturday, according to a news release. While the ambulance sustained heavy damage and was towed from the scene after the 8:20 p.m. crash, neither of the two people inside — neither of whom were patients — was harmed, police said. The ambulance was heading north on North Plains Industrial Road and making a left turn into a parking lot when it was hit, police said. “It was de...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 11, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News News Feed Source Type: news

Project Mayday: Lisa Bertaccini, LCSW
Get every episode by subscribing to Project Mayday using Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts. Why did you choose to be a first responder? Is there a link between the impact of childhood trauma, or does a generational family history of career choices influence a person’s career choice? Hear a different perspective from a military family life consultant from the Department of Defense on her experience with her psychological perspective on how to maintain mental wellness, the affects of PTSD on the family and how to do a mental health check on yourself. Previous: Hear the story of the p...
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Vaccine Rollout Confirms Public Health Officials ’ Warnings
By MICHELLE R. SMITH and CANDICE CHOI Associated Press PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Public health officials sounded the alarm for months, complaining that they did not have enough support or money to get COVID-19 vaccines quickly into arms. Now the slower-than-expected start to the largest vaccination effort in U.S. history is proving them right. As they work to ramp up the shots, state and local public health departments across the U.S. cite a variety of obstacles, most notably a lack of leadership from the federal government. Many officials worry that they are losing precious time at the height of the pandemic, an...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 11, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: AP News Coronavirus Medicine Source Type: news