Rural Access to Emergency Devices Grant Program
Health Resources & Services Administration — Department of Health and Human Services

Public Access to Defibrillation Demonstration Project
Health Resources & Services Administration — Department of Health and Human Services


Information on Fentanyl-Laced Heroin Compounds

Prehospital and emergency providers should follow tyical protocols when managing opiod toxicity, including the use of assisted ventilations and administration of naloxone as indicated. More information is listed below.

Information on EMS Night at PNC Park, to see the Pittsburgh Pirates take on the Washington Nationals, can be found here

Check out the newsletter from the EMSI Regional Safety Committee here 

The Bureau of EMS has released EMS Information Bulletin 2013-008, Use of Expired Medications. EMS Agency medical directors can apply for a waiver to use certain expired medications with very detailed and limited restrictions. The bulletin can be accessed below. Questions on this waiver must be addressed to Joseph Ponko in the EMSI office.

The following documents were recently published in the PA Bulletin

  • 2013 Approved Drugs for ALS Services
  • 2013 EMSOF Priorities
  • 2013 Scope of Practice

You can access these documents below or by clicking the corresponding link on our home page at

The PA Department of Transportation has announced the Yellow Dot program. Participants fill out the program form with their emergency contact, medical contacts and medical information, insert it in the program's folder and then place it in their vehicle's glove compartment. A sticker alerts emergency responders to check a vehicle's glove compartment for the folder. Yellow Dot materials are available at EMSI. More information is available at




On October 1, 2013, Level II Trauma Center Accreditation status was granted to Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville, PA. Practitioners should review protocols 180 and 190 to determine patient criteria and transport decision making.


Please review--Guide to Infection Prevention in Emergency Medical Services from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). The purpose of this guide is to provide Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system responders and their organizations with a practical resource to infection recognition and prevention in the EMS environment. This guide contains current information, recommendations, regulations, resources, program examples, and forms to utilize in the EMS setting.

The Violence Against EMS Provider Reporting Tool developed by the Center for Leadership, Innovation and Research in EMS in cooperation with the National EMS Management Management Association (NEMSMA). This tool has been created for EMS practitioners to anonymously share violence against EMS provider information by answering a series of questions in an online format. The data collected will be analyzed and possibly used in the development of EMS policies and procedures, as well as for the purpose of training, educating and preventing similar events from occurring in the future.

EMS Information Bulletin 2013-007 on PCR Submission has been released. As of June 1, 2013, EMS Agencies not submitting PCR data as required in regulations wiill be in violation of EMS System Act and disciplinary action will be considered. The information bulletin from the Bureau of EMS can be accessed here.

JEMS readers - additional information on the Safety Shows Seat Belt Covers can be found here.



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[file] 2013 Approved Drugs for ALS Services.pdf06/13/13 2:37 pm86.2 KB
[file] 2013 EMSOF Priorities.pdf06/13/13 2:37 pm141.86 KB
[file] 2013 Scope of Practice.pdf06/13/13 2:37 pm187.69 KB
[file] EMSIB-2013-008.pdf08/01/13 9:02 am2.52 MB
[file] Am14.pdf12/16/13 4:10 pm1.25 MB
[file] Jan14expired010914.pdf01/09/14 2:51 pm1.41 MB
[file] 2014-PAHAN-0276-1-28-14-ADV.pdf01/29/14 8:18 am196.42 KB
[file] CIKR 02A-14 Corrected Heroin Overdose Alert.pdf01/29/14 3:31 pm163.4 KB
[file] DEA Tip Notice.pdf01/29/14 3:31 pm41.05 KB
[file] PPPOD info card FINAL.pdf01/29/14 3:31 pm133.61 KB
[file] EMS Night 2014.pdf02/10/14 3:16 pm779.29 KB
[file] By-laws Training Flyer - Don Kramer 3-2014.pdf02/28/14 4:05 pm363.72 KB
[file] RFA Announcement.pdf03/04/14 9:35 am27.98 KB
[file] Expired BLS Providers 04082014.pdf04/08/14 11:29 am1.41 MB