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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced the release of a new CDC Blast Injury mobile application to assist in the response and clinical management of injuries resulting from terrorist bombings and other mass casualty explosive events. The application provides clear, concise, up-to-date medical and healthcare systems information to assist healthcare providers and public health professionals in the preparation, response, and management of injuries resulting from terrorist bombing events.

Download the mobile application for free today from the iTunes store:

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/cdc-blast-injury/id890434999?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D2


The Bureau of EMS has recently released procedures and forms that address the new certification level of Emergency Medical Service Vehicle Operator (EMSVO) and the requirement of a “Transfer of Care Form” that shall be utilized by Licensed EMS Agencies.

 

EMSI will provide the EMSVO endorsement to eligible EMS Providers who are submitted through their EMS Agency on the roster provided in this email.  EMS providers will not receive a new provider ID Card with the EMSVO endorsement until their next expiration cycle.  However, the con-ed requirements for all EMSVO’s is currently in effect.  EMSI will not process EMSVO endorsement requests from individual EMS providers.  If you have individuals in your organization who operate Licensed EMS Vehicles but do not hold an EMS certification (ie: EMR, EMT, Paramedic) please call our office for additional application instructions.  EMS Agency Licensure coordinators should also start to update your service rosters showing the newly assigned expiration dates for paramedics.

 

We have included the EMS Information Bulletin 2014-002-EMS-Transfer of Care Form.  This bulletin address’s the requirement in the current EMS Regulations for providing patient information to receiving facilities when a patient is transferred.  You may download an electronic version of the form at http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=556994&mode=2


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.


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 www.emsi.org


 

Effective June 23, 2014, our office hours will be 8am until 4:30pm.


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.

http://event.clirems.org/ViolenceEvent.aspx


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.


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 http://www.yellowdot.pa.gov/

 

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[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
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[file] EMS Week 2014.pdf05/15/14 2:08 pm1.22 MB
[file] Blitz Flyer Class List PDF Update.pdf07/15/14 2:31 pm580.39 KB
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