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POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS- IT CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE!

Seminar Overview

It’s in your workplace! Join your colleagues in an enlightened information sharing and interactive discussion about post-traumatic stress signs and symptoms among your employee population. Do you know/realize that there are many underlying causes of post-traumatic stress, including military service,and that PTS isn’t limited to just service related trauma?

If you have  colleagues that have had a difficult childbirth experience, who have ever been in a car accident, who may have grown up in a dysfunctional family, were bullied on the job or picked on at school as a child or may have been sexually assaulted, then you will find this seminar to be of great value and a source of vital information to share through your wellness programming or support your work.

Learning objectives:

  • Increase awareness and knowledge of the functional changes in the body relative to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder that impact on workplace health.
  • Identify and discuss possible trauma examples in the workplace
  • Gain an understanding of the accommodations to minimize symptom triggers.
  • Observe/participate in hands-on treatment techniques
  • Learn about community resources and referral opportunities.

About our panel 

Dr. John Langevin is the Assistant Dean of Students for Student Support Services and Director of Counseling at the University of New England.  His Doctorate is in Counseling Psychology and he is a Family Therapist, an Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and an approved Clinical Supervisor. In addition, he is the State of Maine representative for the Family Journal Advisory Board, board certified expert in traumatic stress and holds Diplomatic status in the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress

Dr. Fredric Shotz has been practicing in the Portland area for ten years. His practice, Maine Integrative Wellness, combines science-based natural therapies with the best and safest of mainstream medicine. Prior to receiving his doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University Medical School in 2003, he was a pilot for Trans World Airlines for 32 years. A focus of his practice for the past five years has been treating veterans with post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, chronic pain issues and loss of function or range of motion following trauma.

Roy Driver has been a treatment provider and advocate for veterans for over 40 years. In 1980 he was hired as the Team Leader for the first Vet Center in Hartford, CT, a program established by VA to treat symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress from a non-traditional, non-medical approach. Since that time he has worked in a number of other Vet related positions in Maine and upon retiring he has been involved in several volunteer activities as an advisor to the Goodwill Industries Veterans Fund, Pine Tree Legal Assistance, the Travis Mills Project and the Vice President of Embrace A Vet. He has his MS in Counseling from Southern Connecticut State College and is a licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC).

Date/Time/Location:

 Tuesday, January 20, 2015- 8:30am-11:30am, ( Registration deadline: Friday, January 16, 2015 )

USM Abromson Center, Bedford St., Portland, Room 216 ( free parking is available in the Abromson garage)

Co-sponsor:

 

 

APEMS Seeks Office Manager

 

Atlantic Partners EMS is seeking a qualified individual to work as a full-time Office Manager for the Bangor Office. 

Position Description:The Office Manager is responsible for management of the daily office operations for the Bangor office of Atlantic Partners EMS.  This Office Manager will be responsible for various administrative duties, including phone answering, scheduling, filing, paperwork processing, word processing, and project management as well as support work for the organization and with member agencies.

This is a full-time, 40-hour per week, hourly wage position, with the wage being determined by the Executive Director each year. Hours are 8:00am – 4:30pm Monday – Friday.

Minimum Qualifications: 1)  High School Diploma or equivalent required.             2)  Computer literacy and good interpersonal communication skills required.

Application: There is no formal application for the position. Instead, submit a cover letter along with a complete resume of experience and education, and the names and contact information of three professional references to:

  Atlantic Partners EMS    Office Manager Search Committee  354 Hogan Rd. Bangor, ME    04401

 Applications can be submitted either electronically, regular mail, or hand delivered.  Applications will be accepted until 5:00pm on Friday, December 26th. Questions about the position can be directed to Rick Petrie, 877-0936, or [email protected].

 

 

Doffing PPE post exposure to a potential Emerging Infectious Disease (EID) patient

1. There is no need for a HAZMAT-type decon when doffing PPE post-exposure.

 A. Your Hospital should provide a means to safely doff  PPE, including showers.  There have been no recommendations to date that call for a HAZMAT decon level type of procedure for ebola.  Methodical, stepwise, monitored doffing is the standard set and practiced at the health centers who have successfully treated ebola patients here in the US with no          breakdowns or infected health care workers to date.

 B. If you contact a potential EID patient at a scene and do not transport to  the Hospital, you should follow the same methodical, stepwise,  monitored doffing procedure and contain the PPE in a red Biohazard bag, double-bagged.   There is a contract through the state for disposal of the contaminated PPE, so you should contact your local Hospital and request assistance with disposal of the PPE (and anything else that is contaminated). This may include the hospital bringing you one of the disposal containers, or requesting the disposal company to come directly to you at the scene.

The key to successfully doffing the PPE is that you take the time to follow the procedures. Service should place a checklist on each of their ambulances to be followed by the provider and observer. Prior to doffing, the observer should visually inspect the provider and look for obvious contamination. If any contamination is seen, spray the area with your disinfectant solution (fresh bleach solution or commercial product), let it sit and dry, then start the doffing process

The CDC has released a donning/doffing video that is a little more than 13 minutes long and is a good reference/training tool. The link to the video is below:

www.medscape.com/viewarticle/833907

 

 Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

SAMHSA Pamphlet on What You Should Know

When you hear, read, or watch news about an outbreak of an infectious disease such as Ebola, you may feel anxious and show signs of stress—even when the outbreak affects people far from where you live and you are at low or no risk of getting sick. These signs of stress are normal, and may be more likely or pronounced in people with loved ones in parts of the world affected by the outbreak. In the wake of an infectious disease outbreak, monitor your own physical and mental health. Know the signs of stress in yourself and your loved ones. Know how to relieve stress, and know when to get help.

Paste this link into your browser to print:  store.samhsa.gov/shin/content//SMA14-4885/SMA14-4885.pdf

 

Checklist for Healthcare Coalitions for Ebola Preparedness

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), in addition to other federal, state, and local members, aim to increase understanding of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) and encourage widespread preparation against the time when they may be faced with a person possibly infected with Ebola.  To that end, we have attached links to two websites that you may find useful.

The “Checklist for Healthcare Coalitions for Ebola Preparedness”  is intended to enhance collective preparedness and response by highlighting key areas for healthcare coalitions to review in preparing to care for patients possibly infected with the Ebola virus. The checklist provides practical and specific suggestions to ensure healthcare coalition members are able to detectpossible Ebola cases, protect employees, and respond appropriately.  www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/coalition-checklist-ebola-preparedness.pdf

The “Detailed Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Checklist for Ebola Preparedness” is similar to the above, and is intended to enhance collective preparedness and response by highlighting key areas for EMS personnel to review in preparation for encountering and providing medical care to a person with Ebola.

www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/ems-checklist-ebola-preparedness.pdf