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Fire and Ambulance Volunteers in NY Can Get Tax Break
(AP) - New York officials are reminding volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers that they could be eligible for a personal income tax credit. The credit is designed for state residents who were active as volunteer firefighters or ambulance workers for the full tax year. The credit is worth $200 for individuals and $400 for couples filing jointly, if both spouses qualify. Read More at WHEC (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 25, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Former Wethersfield Ambulance Chief Accused of Stealing from Volunteer Ambulance Association
The former chief of the Wethersfield Volunteer Ambulance Association (WVAA) is making nearly $100,000 of unauthorized purchases on the association's credit and debit cards. Police charged 48-year-old Philip J. Lombardo, of Wethersfield, with one count first-degree larceny on Monday, March 13. Read More at NBC Connecticut (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 25, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Yankees to Help Fund EMT Yadira Arroyo's Funeral, Parking
For one day, Yankee Stadium will be the House that Yadira Built. The Bronx Bombers will provide free parking Saturday for some of the 10,000 people expected at slain EMT Yadira Arroyo’s funeral — followed by a repast for mourners at the ballpark, the Daily News has learned. EMTs from around the nation are expected in the city to honor the mother of five. Read More at New York Daily News (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 24, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Selma EMS Handling of New Year's Shooting Raises Questions as County Considers Dissolving Contract
Johnston County officials are examining the actions of paramedics who responded to a shooting during a New Year's Day home invasion in Selma. Perry Champion told a 911 dispatcher that he awoke at 2 a.m. on Jan. 1 to the sound of pounding on the front door of his home on West Elizabeth Street and a man threatening to break into his home. Read More at WRAL.com (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 24, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Slain EMT's Colleagues Pack Courthouse During Hearing for Suspect in Ambulance Hijacking, Death
  The Bronx Criminal Courthouse was packed with mourning members of the FDNY as a man accused of running over and killing an emergency medical technician in a stolen ambulance last week was scheduled to face a judge Wednesday.  Jose Gonzalez, 25, is accused of murdering Yadira Arroyo, a mother of five and a 14-year veteran of the FDNY EMS. His attorney, Alice Fontier of Bronx Defenders, said Gonzalez was waiving his appearance and later told News 4 that he is recovering in the hospital.  (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 24, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: NBC4NewYork Tags: News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

D.C.'s AMR Workers Consider Unionizing
    WASHINGTON (ABC7) — In the year since the American Medical Response private ambulances came on, the number of horror stories around D.C. ambulance care have mostly gone away. But workers are voting Tuesday and Thursday on whether to have the AFSCME, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, union represent them. (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 23, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ABC7 Tags: News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Panel Selected to Facilitate Development of EMS Agenda 2050
What could be the role of EMS in our nation's healthcare, public health, and public safety systems in three decades? What do we have to do now to make that happen? EMS Agenda 2050, a two-year project with a mission to write a new Agenda for the Future, has selected 10 members to serve as the Technical Expert Panel (TEP), which will work with the EMS community to answer these and other questions. The panel will take ideas and suggestions from the EMS, public safety, and healthcare communities, as well as the general public, to create a path for a comprehensive system of emergency care integrated with the broader healthca...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 22, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

FDNY Holds Vigil to Remember EMT Yadira Arroyo
The New York City Fire Department held an unbearably sad vigil for Yadira Arroyo, the hero EMT who was killed in the line of duty last week.The vigil was held on Tuesday night outside EMS station 26 in the Morrisania section of the Bronx.The vigil was proof of what it looks like when an entire FDNY family reaches out to the Arroyo family. Read More at abc7ny.com (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 22, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Virginia Beach Announces First-Time Event to Recognize EMS Volunteers
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - City staff and Mayor Will Sessoms made an announcement about "Rock the Squads" today. The announcement took place at Mount Trashmore Park at 11 a.m. "Rock the Squads" will be a first-time event to recognize the efforts of more than 1,000 individuals that make up the Volunteer Rescue Squads of Virginia Beach. Read More at WTKR (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 22, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Co-Founder of Ohio's Courtesy Ambulance Dies
NEWARK - The co-founder of Courtesy Ambulance, Clair Griggs, died at his home Friday at the age of 90. Griggs and his wife, Lois, founded Courtesy Ambulance and Courtesy Funeral Livery in 1971 to help serve the community. The company's foundation was the continuation of a lifelong desire to help others and a passion for emergency medical work, according to Griggs' obituary. Read More at Newarkadvocate (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 22, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Union Boss Calls on Alberta Health to Increase Ambulance Funding
The union that represents Alberta’s ambulance workers says the provincial government is risking the stability of the service by refusing to provide a funding increase in the latest health budget. ‘This budget fails to respond to current response levels … with no growth of any kind,” Mike Parker, president of the Health Sciences Association of Alberta, said Friday. Read More at Ottawa Citizen (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 18, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News imported Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

New York Man Charged with Murder after EMT Killed by Ambulance
Jose Gonzalez was charged Friday afternoon with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and first-degree robbery. His next court date is scheduled for Wednesday. Read More at Fox43 (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 18, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News imported Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Primary Ambulance Looking to Hire EMTs, Paramedics
Priority Ambulance is expanding into the greater Memphis area and is looking to hire approximately 60 EMTs and paramedics. Priority Ambulance will host several hiring events with interviews and offers that will be completed onsite. Upcoming hiring events include: Tuesday, March 14, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Read More at www.wmcactionnews5.com (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 16, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Tri-State Ambulance in Wis., Transmitting ECG Data from Field to ED
  La Crosse, WI (WXOW) - Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. When someone suffers a heart attack, every second counts. Paramedics are often the first on the scene, and making sure they have the tools they need to save lives is a priority. EMS can now transmit important detailed information to hospitals from the field with just a click of a button. Emergency Responders like Tri-State Ambulance have had access to 12-lead ECG machines for years, but over the past few, they have been able to share that information from the field to the ER. While the patient is on their way...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 16, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: WXOW Tags: News Videos Patient Care Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Source Type: news

Austin Medics Debut 'Emergency Medical Hotspot' at SXSW
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — If you get into medical trouble during South by Southwest this year, city paramedics are rolling out a high tech lifesaver that could be a first in the nation. EMS is using a dedicated, private WiFi signal to send real-time information from ECG heart machines at the downtown festival directly to local emergency rooms. (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 16, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: KXAN Tags: News Videos Patient Care Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Source Type: news

France Firefighters Protest Austerity Measures
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Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 15, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Administration and Leadership Slideshow Source Type: news

9-1-1 Dispatcher in Tamir Rice Case Suspended for Protocol Violation
CLEVELAND (AP) — A 9-1-1 dispatcher who took a call that led to a white police officer's fatal shooting of a 12-year-old black boy outside a recreation center has been suspended for eight days. Police Chief Calvin Williams found in a disciplinary letter dated March 10 that Constance Hollinger violated protocol the day of the shooting of Tamir Rice, who had been playing with a pellet gun. Tamir was shot within seconds of a police cruiser skidding to a stop just a few feet away from him in November 2014 outside the Cleveland rec center. The city's internal disciplinary charges accused Hollinger of failing to tell the dispa...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 15, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Communications & Dispatch Source Type: news

Woman Disfigured in Savage Attack Marries EMT Who Rescued Her
This couple has proven the testament and definition of love as they recently walked down the aisle. In 2011, Melissa Dohme was stabbed 32 times by her jealous ex-boyfriend. Her wounds were so bad that witnesses thought she was dead. But six years later, Dohme is very much alive, and walking down the aisle to say "I do" to the EMT who rescued her. Read More at AOL (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 14, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Women of Medic Ambulance Always Working to Improve Themselves
VALLEJO - When it comes to women making a difference, you can't get much better than Vallejo-based Medic Ambulance where four of the six co-owners are women - Helen Pierson, Cindy McBride, Sandra Whaley and Kristi Kendall. Quality Assurance Director McBride and Communications Center Director Whaley are the twin daughters of Pierson, chief financial officer and older sister of Medic CEO Rudy Manfredi. Read More at Dailyrepublic (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 14, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

New EMS Director for Greeneville, Tenn.
When the Greene County-Greeneville Emergency Medical Services Board voted unanimously to name then-interim EMS Director Calvin Hawkins as the permanent head of the organization on June 2, 2016, they had just placed him into what he would later call "the best job I ever had and the only job I ever want." Read More at www.greenevillesun.com (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 14, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News imported Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

$4.5 Million Bill for FDNY at Trump Tower
Stationing firefighters and medics 24 hours a day at Trump Tower costs New York City taxpayers $4.5 million a year - none of which has been reimbursed to the FDNY, agency officials said Thursday at the City Council. Read More at Newsday (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Does Increased Call Data Actually Improve Patient Care and Outcome?
In light of the dizzying pace in which technology has impacted prehospital medicine, I propose that the emergency medical dispatch (EMD) algorithms and lengthy questioning does not demonstrate measurable improvement in patient outcomes. Rather, I propose that the delay encountered during interrogation procedures lengthens response times and provides prehospital responders with just enough information to create situation bias and, in some cases, provider apathy. This silently incentivizes the providers to find a reason to disprove the call type through their assessment, rather than perform a critical examination. In Malcolm...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 10, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Josef J. Chlebowski, BS, NRP Tags: Administration and Leadership Communications & Dispatch Source Type: news

Illinois Official's Pay Tied to Health Fund Meant to Pay Ambulance Services
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration had arranged to pay a new deputy governor out of an employee health care account that is more than $4 billion behind on its bills due to the state's budget crisis, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. After the AP reported Thursday that half of Leslie Munger's $138,000 salary was scheduled to come from a pool of insurance premiums, a spokeswoman for the governor said an agency "mistakenly" designated the wrong fund and that Munger's pay would come from elsewhere. Munger, Rauner's hand-picked choice to fill a vacancy in the ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 10, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JOHN O'CONNOR, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Ambulance Services in Pennsylvania 'in Crisis'
HARRISBURG, Pa. - Members of the Ambulance Association of Pennsylvania say there is an EMS crisis in the state. Since 2004 there has not been an increase in medical reimbursement rates. Despite not being reimbursed fully ambulance services are required, by law, to respond to calls regardless of a patient's ability to pay. Read More at Fox43 (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 9, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Chicago Mayor, Fire Union Clash Over Ambulance Expansion
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration and the Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 are blaming each other for a broken promise to add "at least" five ambulances by July 1, 2016. Read More at Chicago Sun-Times (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 8, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Former Barren-Metcalfe EMS Director Mike Swift Died Monday Afternoon
GLASGOW - A pioneer for Barren County ambulance service, Mike Swift died Monday afternoon. He was 66. Swift retired in September after serving as director of the Barren-Metcalfe County Emergency Medical Services for more than 41 years. He was also the Barren County coroner prior to his retirement. Read More at Glasgowdailytimes (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 8, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Maine Lawmakers May OK 'Do Not Resuscitate' Tattoos
AUGUSTA, Maine--A proposal before the Legislature would allow Mainers who don't want emergency medical care to get a "Do Not Resuscitate" tattoo on their chests to indicate their wishes. The measure would prohibit "emergency medical treatment providers from starting resuscitation on a person when an order not to resuscitate is presented in the form of an indelible mark on the person's chest." The Judiciary Committee plans Wednesday to discuss the proposal. Rep. Beth Turner, R-Burlington, said she introduced the bill after a constituent told her she didn't want anyone to resuscitate her if she stopped br...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 7, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Steve Collins/Maine Sun Journal via LexisNexis Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

UK Government Urged to Tackle Abusive Callers to EMS Dispatch
Calls have been made for harsher penalties to protect ambulance control room workers from abusive callers. Figures obtained by the BBC under Freedom of Information laws revealed hundreds of verbal attacks in the past three years including threats to kill, racist and sexual slurs. The union Unison has urged the government to bring in tougher punishments to deter abusive callers. Read More at BBC (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 7, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News imported Communications & Dispatch Source Type: news

New Minn. Bill Aims to Help First Responders with PTSD
    (ABC 6 News) -- A new bill working its way through the Minnesota legislature would make it easier for EMS workers and other first responders with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to get the help they need. According to a recent study through the Ambulance Service Manager Program, EMS workers are 10 times more likely to think about suicide, and more than 12 times more likely to attempt it, than the average person. (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 7, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: KAALTV Tags: News Videos Administration and Leadership Operations Source Type: news

Beloved Emergency Physician and EMS Leader Dies Suddenly at 56
Dr. Salvatore Silvestri, a central figure in Orange County’s emergency medicine and public safety who made all emergency medical service practices based on evidence-based protocols and implemented programs that have become national standards, and a man who mentored hundreds of residents and emergency physicians, died unexpectedly on Sunday. Read More at Orlando Sentinel (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 4, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

AIM Software & Services Launch Newly Redesigned Website Featuring Online EMS Workflow solutions for Dispatch, ePCR, and Billing
Slippery Rock, PA.-- AIM Online EMS Software & Services, which develops online solutions for EMS Dispatch, ePCR, Billing and Billing Services, announced today the launch of its newly redesigned website. Continuing with AIM’s values on providing superior customer support and service, the new website will provide the best answers and solutions to EMS professional’s most common questions and problems. The new AIM website has been revamped with a fresh new platform and updated information on AIM Online EMS products and services. The AIM goal is to provide Online EMS Workflow™ solutions to meet EMS needs with Dispa...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 3, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: AIM Software Tags: Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Industry News Source Type: news

Former EMS Supervisor Charged In Drug Theft
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - A former EMS supervisor was arrested and charged after allegedly misusing his position to steal narcotic drugs. Randy Davidson, 48, of Crossville was arrested Wednesday by agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The TBI and the officials from the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury began investigating Davidson in August of 2016. Read More at NewChannel5.com - Sports (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 3, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Google Honours Founder of World's Largest Volunteer Ambulance Network Abdul Sattar Edhi
Google today honoured the founder of the world's largest volunteer ambulance network in Pakistan, the Edhi Foundation. Abdul Sattar Edhi dedicated his life to the organisation and today would have been his 89th birthday. With more than 1,800 ambulances stationed across Pakistan, the Edhi Foundation is Pakistan's largest welfare organisation. Read More at Asian Image (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - March 1, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News imported Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Dallas Fire-Rescue Chief: EMS Services Under 'Substantial Strain'
  Dallas Fire-Rescue Chief David Coatney told members of the City Council's public safety committee on Monday that the rescue side of Dallas Fire-Rescue is under a "substantial strain" and needs more resources in the years ahead. Increasing call volume, a growing population and a shrinking department have spelled trouble for the city's emergency medical responders. Coatney said he's looking at several plans to reshape EMS service, but it's going to cost money. (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - February 28, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Dallas Morning News Tags: News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Oklahoma Town Losing Its Ambulance Service
The town of Konawa is about to lose its ambulance service. City Manager Eric Kuykendall says ambulance service had taken a $300,000 chunk out of the town's $1.3 million budget each year. Starting March 1, Konawa's 1,400 residents will rely on ambulance services from Wewoka, the town of Seminole and Mercy Hospital in Ada. Read More at News9 (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - February 28, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

With EMSA Under Fire, Oklahoma City Memo Outlines Ambulance Alternatives
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma City Council sees the Emergency Medical Services Authority as a cost-efficient option for ambulance service, taking an attitude of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." The question now is whether EMSA is "broke," as federal authorities pursue a civil fraud investigation of the ambulance service, its top administrator and a former contractor. Read More at The Tulsa World (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - February 28, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Analyzing the Threshold for ALS Response in EMS Protocol
As part of this series of columns from the National EMS Management Association, we posted a survey in December 2016 on JEMS.com to elicit responses from EMS providers around the country about the level of care their agencies would provide for certain types of patients. This survey was meant to help determine how EMS has evolved over the last 50 years and where we had divergent approaches to prehospital care across America. We were interested in the impact of dwindling reimbursement and the rising cost of EMS, and thought there might be an impact on patient care. This was not a scientific study, just an informal survey. Alt...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - February 27, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Vincent D. Robbins, FACHE, FCEMSE Tags: Columns Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

The EMS Industry Must Provide More Growth Opportunities for its Paramedics
This fall I welcomed a class of new recruits into the Austin-Travis County EMS System. I was impressed by the excitement in the room and the enthusiasm for the positions these folks were about to take on. Some were newly minted EMTs, some seasoned paramedics, but all were motivated to be a part of this great system. Then I asked the question that has been burning within me regarding the future of this industry: “How many of you are interested in going to nursing school?” Half of the room raised their hands. Half of the newest recruits had the desire as a career goal to do something else. Perhaps my gloomy interpretatio...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - February 27, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mark E.A. Escott, MD, MPH, FACEP Tags: Columns Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Research Highlights from NAEMSP Annual Meeting Presented at EMS Today 2017
The National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) Annual Meeting is one of the foremost forums to encourage, share and expand research in EMS and prehospital care. Paul Rostykus, MD, MPH, the immediate past program committee chair, who orchestrated the 2016 and 2017 NAEMSP meetings, presented a summary at EMS Today 2017 of the top research from the 2017 NAEMSP Annual Meeting held in New Orleans last month. Rostykus highlighted the award-winning abstracts from the 2017 NAEMSP annual meeting and the ever-popular Top Five Articles presentation. Five of the first six oral presentations of the top-judged abstracts covered car...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - February 25, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Administration and Leadership EMS Today Source Type: news

Zygowicz and Wayne Discuss EMS Implications of Marijuana Legalization at EMS Today 2017
In their EMS Today 2017 presentation, Rocky Mountain High: Legalization of Marijuana and its EMS Implications, Marvin Wayne, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, FAHA, and Division Chief Wayne M. Zygowicz, MA, EFO, EMT-P, shared lessons learned from two states that were at the epicenter of the marijuana legalization movement, Washington and Colorado. Soon, EMS and public safety agencies in four other states that recently legalized recreational marijuana, will also learn to cope with the after-effects of this budding “green industry.”  This session provided an overview of the history and economics of the marijuana industry. It highli...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - February 24, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Patient Care Administration and Leadership EMS Today Source Type: news

Keynote Sessions Kicks Off EMS Today 2017
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Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - February 24, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Administration and Leadership Slideshow EMS Today Source Type: news

JEMS and PennWell Corporation Announce the 2017 Recipient of the James O. Page/JEMS Leadership Award
Salt Lake City, UT (Feb. 23, 2017) – JEMS and PennWell Corporation are proud to announce James Dunford, MD, FACEP, as the 2017 recipient of the James O. Page/JEMS Leadership Award. The award was presented on February 23, 2017, at the 36th annual EMS Today Conference & Exposition in Salt Lake City, UT., hosted by PennWell’s JEMS (Journal of Emergency Medical Services). The James O. Page/JEMS Leadership Award is given to individuals or agencies who have exhibited the drive and tenacious effort necessary to develop improved EMS systems, resolve important EMS issues and bring about positive EMS system changes. Thi...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - February 24, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Administration and Leadership EMS Today Source Type: news

JEMS and PennWell Corporation Announce the 2017 Recipient of John P. Pryor, MD/ Street Medicine Society Award
Salt Lake City, UT (February 23, 2017) –Jeremy T. Cushman, MD, MS, EMT-P, has been awarded the 2017 John P. Pryor, MD/Street Medicine Society Award at the EMS Today conference in Salt Lake City, UT. The award, sponsored by iSimulate, recognizes Dr. Cushman’s exemplary service to the field of emergency medicine and, specifically, emergency medical services (EMS). In 2006 Dr. Cushman became the medical director for the Gates Fire District in New York. Today he represents almost 30 fire and 10 ambulance agencies in a county with a population of 750,000 people. Dr. Cushman has been instrumental in developing, coordinating ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - February 24, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Administration and Leadership EMS Today Source Type: news

Wolfberg Presents Strategies to Manage the Risk of Patient Data Breaches at EMS Today 2017
The EMS environment and the risks posed by the widespread use of portable electronic devices formed the backdrop of the EMS Today session, “Breaches are Bad: Protecting the Security of Patient Information.” Nationally-known EMS attorney Doug Wolfberg—who literally “wrote the book” as one of the co-authors of the widely-used Ambulance Service Guide to HIPAA Compliance—told the audience that “there are countless ways in which the security and privacy of patient information can be breached,” noting that this can include “both external threats such as ransomware and malware and from internal threats, such as ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - February 23, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Administration and Leadership EMS Today Source Type: news

Ocean Safety Chief Chosen to Lead Honolulu ’s Emergency Services
Longtime city ocean safety chief Jim Howe was chosen to be Honolulu's new director of the Department of Emergency Services. The department oversees both ocean safety and emergency services, including ambulance operations. Mayor Kirk Caldwell made the announcement in a press release Tuesday. Howe starts the job March 1 in a designee capacity pending confirmation by the Honolulu City Council. Howe replaces Mark Rigg, who resigned at the end of last year after holding the job since shortly after Caldwell was sworn-in as mayor in January 2013. Howe has more than 35 years of experience in emergency operations and ri...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - February 23, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

D.C. Sees Progress with Private Ambulances
WASHINGTON (ABC7) — After nearly a year of mixing public and private ambulances to handle Washington, D.C.’s 170,000 calls for service, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Fire Chief Gregory Dean Wednesday morning called a news conference to declare victory on their decision to do it this way. “We’re seeing an improvement in unit availability, we’re seeing an improvement in response times,” said Dean. They estimate as many as 72 percent of ambulance runs are not true emergencies so with the system they started last year…private ambulances arrive and take lesser cases off the city’s hands. And Wednesday offic...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - February 23, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

EMS10: Innovators in EMS Award Winners Announced at EMS Today 2017
The winners of this year’s EMS10: Innovators in EMS awards were announced Wednesday, Feb. 22 at an exclusive banquet, hosted as part of EMS Today 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. A panel of professional EMS colleagues and peers selected the distinguished winners, who each displayed initiative, creative thinking, action-orientation and a desire to positively impact EMS, patients and their communities. This year's winners are: Mary Ahlers, MEd, BSN, RN, CP-C, NRP: Founder of Paramedic Health Solutions, Mobile CE, and Community Paramedicine Association and Registry Michael Baker, MA, EMT-P: Director of EMS, Tulsa (O...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - February 23, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Kristina Ackermann Tags: Administration and Leadership EMS Today Source Type: news

Saturday Highlights: 2017 EMS State of the Science Gathering of Eagles XVIX
Covering an unprecedented number of topics, the 19th Annual EMS State of the Science: Gathering of Eagles Conference concluded Saturday afternoon with 910 attendees treated to rapid-fire lectures presented by the “Eagles”—medical directors from the largest municipalities and EMS systems in the United States, Great Britain and New Zealand. JEMS: Coverage of Friday's highlights from the Gathering of Eagles Conference Led by founder and coordinator Paul E. Pepe, MD, MPH, the faculty of 40 EMS medical directors presented talks that immersed the attendees’ brains in the “state of the science” of EMS, including the ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - February 19, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Friday Highlights: 2017 EMS State of the Science Gathering of Eagles XVIX
The 19th Annual EMS State of the Science: Gathering of Eagles Conference, “dedicated to the men and women of EMS who advocate daily for the sick and injured,” began today, packed with 85 topics, faculty and attendees ready to dive into and learn about the latest in EMS and prehospital care. The conference began at 7:30 a.m. with the conference overview and philosophy presented by Raymond L. Fowler, MD—officially dubbed “The First Eagle”—and course coordinator, Paul E. Pepe, MD, MPH. Top 5 Studies of the Year The conference began with a customary review of “The Five Most Important Publications of the Past Yea...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - February 17, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Highlights from the 2017 EMS State of the Science: Gathering of Eagles Retreat & Conference
Forty medical directors from some of the largest population and call volume EMS systems in the U.S. and other countries—representing a cumulative 450+ years of medical direction experience—attended the Eagles' annual Eagle Creek closed retreat in Dallas Texas. The group conducted a lively roundtable of issues being confronted in their systems. Exact details and discussions are restricted to attendees, but we can say that the following topics were reviewed and considered for future action. Roundtable of EMS Issues Airway management Proper management of patient refusal Unsafe driving practices Transporting to free-stan...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - February 16, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P Tags: Administration and Leadership Source Type: news