APEMS ALERTS: Please be aware that due to the fentanyl shortage, EMMC is now out of Fentanyl Carpujects. You may find different concentrations/packaging of fentanyl in our drug boxes, or Morphine in place of Fentanyl
2013 Maine EMS PROTOCOL
iOS devices in the App Store: itunes.apple.com/us/
Droid devices: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.maineems&hl=en
This is a reminder that the new protocols go into effect on December 1, 2013. If you are an ALS service, please make sure that you have communicated with your local pharmacy and have a plan worked out for drug box update/exchange. I have attached a copy of the medication changes for your information.
The Android version of the new protocol app is now available free of charge from Google Play. Unfortunately, the iOS version is still awaiting approval from Apple.
EMS Conference returns to Samoset
Thank you to the Village Soup and Sarah Reynolds for coming and covering our 33rd Annual EMS Conference. For the full story see the link below!
MaineGeneral has completed transfer of Augusta patients to the Alfond Center for Health about three hours ahead of schedule.
MaineGeneral Medical Center’s move of 120 patients from its former hospitals in Augusta and Waterville to the new Alfond Center for Health wrapped up well ahead of schedule Saturday, officials said. They’d expected the move to last until around 5:30 p.m., but the last patient arrived at 1:53 p.m. Saturday. All 120 patients were moved safely.
“It went incredibly well,,” said Chuck Hays, chief executive officer of the hospital’s parent corporation, MaineGeneral Health. “We’re so proud of the staff, and Delta Ambulance did a fantastic job. We moved 120 patients with no unexpected outcomes, about three-and-a-half hours earlier than expected. It was a very safe, efficient, incredible day.”
Brian Chamberlin, of Atlantic Partners EMS, which provided the LEFR-TCC (Law Enforcement First Responder- Tactical Casualty Course) training, the school exercise is crucial for firefighters and law enforcement to learn how to work as a team. ”Everyone needs to talk to the same language,” Chamberlin said. “Those seconds count.”
This course was designed to teach public safety first responders (police and other law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other first responders) the basic medical care interventions that will help save an injured responder’s life until EMS practitioners can safely enter a tactical scene.
The course combines the principles of PHTLS and Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC), the training provided to military medics by all branches of our Armed Services. It is consistent with the Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) guidelines, and meets the recommendations of the Hartford Consensus Document on Improving Survival from Active Shooter Events.
Course participants will learn life-saving medical actions such as bleeding control with a tourniquet, bleeding control with gauze packs or topical hemostatic agents, and opening an airway to allow a casualty to breathe.
Waldo County General hospital is pleased to introduce the Blue Folder Project-October 1st
The Blue Folder is recommended to support patients’ success in achieving their desired health outcomes. This folder will contain pertinent CURRENT medical information that can be used by the patient’s medical caregivers to provide the SAFEST medical care possible. We hope the Blue Folder will be taken by our patients to all key points of medical services i.e. Doctor office visits, pharmacy, hospital visits, etc. The Blue Folder will include the following elements:
- A Medication list
- Plan of Care document (this could include a patient-focused discharge instruction, or other updated plan of care, including the Personal Health Record if applicable)
- Essential Health Education Material (focused on actions patient can take to support health outcomes, rather than “useful information” about conditions)
- Instructions Sheet re: how to use the Blue Folder
- Magnet alerting others to the existence of the Blue Folder in the home.
- Advance Directives or POLST forms (if applicable)
- Copies of cards such as pacemaker cards, implant cards etc.
Sue Hludik Memorial Scholarship Fund “Helping Those Who Help Others”
The Sue Hludik Memorial Scholarship was created in cooperation with the Hludik family and Wells Associated Charities to provide assistance in the pursuit of educational opportunities to members of the community in the EMS field. Sue earned an Associate’s Degree in Science with a major in Paramedicine/Emergency Medical Services in 1989 from New Hampshire Technical Institute. As a paramedic she rose to the position of Director of Wells EMS, a job she held and enjoyed for over 20 years. Through working in her position at Wells EMS, she aided many members of the community and EMTs in furthering their education.
A good education was a core part of Sue’s belief and she is responsible for countless Emergency Medical Technicians making a positive change in their communities.Each year applicants will be selected to receive the scholarship from review of submitted essays. The ultimate goal of the scholarship is to add highly educated providers to the field of emergency medical services and further the education of those already practicing in emergency medicine.The application is open to anyone who is enrolled in a licensure class (EMT-Basic, Advanced EMT, or Paramedic), enrolled at a college with a major in Emergency Medical Services or related fields, or licensed providers looking to advance their level of education.
Licensed providers who wish to apply must be pursuing a degree or certificate in a field related to emergency medicine.Requirements· Contact Information – an email confirmation will be sent upon receipt of your application.
· Letter of Acceptance into the program of study
· Essay explaining-The program you are in
-Why you are pursuing the education
-Why you deserve the scholarship
· Be available for an interview if needed.(Interviews will only be held in the cases where the reviewers need more information.)
Mail to: Sue Hludik Memorial Scholarship Fund 283 Bills Lane Wells, ME 04090 Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
EMS MEMORIAL TAKING SHAPE
The Star of Life is now prominently displayed on the Capital Grounds in Augusta! A true sign of honor for all who are involved in EMS! Keep watch for more additions and updates!!! Take a visit to Augusta and get some photos with your crews and share them with us on FaceBook!
MaineGeneral HomeCare & Hospice Adds POLST FORM to Patient BLUE FOLDER
The greatest concerns for patients and families under out of hospital Hospice care are those of dignity, respect, compassion and choice. To that end, we at MaineGeneral HomeCare & Hospice are working to ensure that the wishes of patients we serve are, when appropriate, known and documented. We believe that the POLST (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) form is a wonderful tool for patients and physicians to translate care preferences into actionable medical orders.
POLST orders specify patient wishes for medical interventions, including CPR, hospitalization, and artificial fluids/nutrition. Because these are signed physician orders recognized in Maine EMS Protocols, Gray 1, II.C.2, we are assured that you also will be able to honor them in the course of your care of these patients.
Do you have a Public Information Officer on Your Department???
*Have you ever had the media show up and want information on an incident and not known what you could share?
*Have you had multiple statements given by multiple members of your department??
*Have you wanted to share a Public Service Announcement with your community, but not known where to start??
Then you need to be sure you have a well trained, solid Public Information Officer who can speak on behalf of your department. They will be able to give accurate and knowledgeable statements and work on a process to keep your community involved in non-emergency and emergency situations. Following the training they will learn what resources are available and be better prepared the next time.
THIS IS AN ONLINE TRAINING SPONSORED BY the Federal Emergency Management Agency and a MUST HAVE FOR ALL DEPARTMENTS. It is also the pre-requisite for the any Advanced PIO Training with FEMA and MEMA
IS-29: Public Information Officer Awareness
Maine Paramedic Students Help Build EMS System in Guyana
Five students, two instructors participated in the service-based project
Five paramedic students and two instructors from Eastern Maine Community College and Kennebec Valley Community College paramedic programs traveled to the South American country of Guyana to participate in a service-based learning project helping the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation build a first-of-its-kind emergency medical system.
Boosting CPR Quality: Saving More Lives from Cardiac Arrest Inside and Outside the Hospital
- The science behind CPR quality and its impact on survival from cardiac arrest
- The latest AHA guidelines for measuring CPR quality both inside and outside the hospital
- Challenges to implementing high-quality CPR within healthcare systems
- Solutions and examples where high-quality CPR has been optimized to save lives
After viewing this webcast, take the CE test that accompanies the program at Rapidce.comto earn 1 CE hour courtesy of ZOLL Medical Corporation. This CE activity is approved by EMS World, an organization accredited by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS).
Managing the MCI with Tack Force 1
Augusta Fire will be hosting the Managing the MCI as presented by Task Force 1 December 6 & 7, 2-13, See registration information below.
New online training program – Infection Control and Prevention for EMS personnel
I would like to let everyone know on our CAH Patient Safety Collaborative distribution list about a new training opportunity for EMS providers. As we explored the challenges of nursing home transfers in the SAFER project , we discovered an interest/need in infection control and prevention training specifically for EMS personnel. Over many months, we worked with stakeholders at Maine CDC and Maine EMS to develop a two-hour training module that will help with that need.
EMS Memorial and Education Project Audio Stops
You can dial (207) 480-3104 (at the site, or anywhere in Maine) to hear the EMS Memorial and Education Site audio tour. Learn about the people of Maine EMS and the Maine EMS system– compelling stories told in the words and voices of EMS providers, their colleagues and families.
Augusta Fire’s Mission to serve Cardiac Patients in the Captial City
Augusta Fire Department and Medical Director Tim Pieh, MD Highlight Efforts to place numberous AED Units thoughtout the city as part of their efforts for National EMS Week 2013
APEMS Executive Director Addresses Midcoast EMS Needs
In a presentation to midcoast town managers Rick Petrie, Executive Director of Atlantic Partners EMS, addresses budgeting, the future of EMS, and the potential for community paramedicine. www.penbaypilot.com/article/camden-hope-lincolnville-rockport-plowing-new-turf-ambulance-decisions/13561
Eric Beck, DO, NREMT-P Medical Director for Chicago Fire Named Keynote Speaker for Samoset Seminar
The 2013 Atlantic Partners EMS Seminar will feature a Saturday morning keynote address for all attendees. This presentation will be part of a full slate of national and state offerings taking place this November 6-10, 2013. Mark your calendars now and for more information, check out the seminar page.
2013 Seminar Vendors Sign-Up Opens
Those businesses interested in becoming a vendor at the 2013 Atlantic Partners EMS Seminar can sign up immediately. All the information regarding this opportunity can be found by CLICKING HERE.
APEMS Specialty Training Coordinator To Receive EMS Award
Congratulations Sally A. Taylor, EMT-P, Atlantic Partners EMS Specialty Training Coordinator and AHA Coordinator, for being a 2013 Recipient of a Maine EMS Excellence in EMS Award! Sally will be honored with the other award winners on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at the dedication of the Maine EMS Memorial on the Capital Grounds in Augusta.