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US Department of Health and Human Services Announces:
Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Grant Program

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Federal Office of Rural Health Policy is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2015 Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal (ROOR) Grant Program. The purpose of this program is to reduce the incidences of morbidity and mortality related to opioid overdoses in rural communities through the purchase and placement of emergency devices used to rapidly reverse the effects of opioid overdoses and training of licensed healthcare professionals and emergency responders on their use. See attached Grant Application

Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Grant Program

PROTOCOL ROLLOUTS

Reminder that we will be doing one protocol rollout in each region for those people that wish to attend a face-to-face presentation involving the Regional Medical Director. EMS providers may also get the training on-line through the MEMSED system. You do not have to accomplish both; either will satisfy the requirements.

So far, we have 2 of the rollouts scheduled and will be trying to work on a few others:
 
The first one is scheduled for Tuesday, April 28th, from 8am – 12pm and will be held at DEAN 3 & 4, Thayer Hospital, Waterville. The protocol update will run from 8am – 10:30am (approx) and the instructor piece will follow.
The second one is scheduled for Wednesday, April 29th, from 5pm – 9pm and will be held in the conference room at the PBMC Physicians Building. The protocol update will run from 5pm – 7:30pm (approx) and the instructor piece will follow.
In addition to the online update and the Regional Protocol Rollout session, EMS I/C’s who attend the instructor piece of the Regional protocol rollout session may conduct training locally in the APEMS regions under the following guidelines:
1. The instructor must be currently licensed as an I/C and have attended one of the Instructor sessions.
2. Apply prior to the program using the standard CEU request process. Application must be received far enough in advance to allow appropriate review and approval.
3. The education session must use the Maine EMS generated materials for the program.

 apems-seminar  Call for 2015 APEMS Seminar Presentation Proposals

The seminar will once again be held at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, ME. This year’s conference is scheduled to run from Wednesday November 11th to Sunday November 15th. Classes scheduled on Wednesday and Thursday are considered pre-conference classes and are typically longer classes in length than the regular conference classes. All classes scheduled during regular conference days Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, are 90 minutes in length only.

We are continuing to ensure that as much of our communication as possible with instructors is electronic. When submitting classes please click on the hyperlink offered in the body of the email you received that delivered this letter. You will also find the link available on the APEMS website (listed above) as well as the APEMS Seminar Facebook page. If you have any difficulties with the form please contact [email protected] for assistance.

Submission deadline for the 2015 APEMS Seminar is May 8. Proposal forms submitted later than this date will not be considered for this year’s conference. We are happy to accept multiple proposals from instructors, but kindly request that no material be submitted from recent conferences.

The call for course proposals for the 2015 APEMS Seminar is once again upon us.  You will find the link to submit your proposals at the bottom of this email. You should copy and paste this link into your browser and it will take you to the GoogleDoc form where you can enter all of your class information. Please only submit one class per form. Once each form is submitted it will automatically give you the option to submit another.

Deadline to submit courses is May 8 and that this date is firm.

Click on the Link or if you have difficulties Copy Link into you browser and complete the form!

 

 Licensure Program Offerings Summer & Fall 2015

Anyone interested in registering for ANY of these programs or need more information should call  APEMS at either 877-0936 or 974-4880

KVCC-Fairfield

EMT—06/01/2015- 08/08/2015 Mon & Wed Evenings 6p-9:30p

Location: KVCC King Hall, Fairfield Tuition: $844.00 plus books (Brady 13th Edition Emergency Care, 2016 Copyright Book and Workbook Bundle ISBN 13:9780134034904)  Instructor: Kerry Pomelow, EMT P

EMT—09/08/2015 – 12/15/2015 Tue & Thurs Evenings 6p-10p

Location: Unity Ambulance Base: $844.00 plus books (Jones&Bartlett AAOS: Emergency Care for the Sick and Injured, 2011 Copyright)Book and Workbook Bundle ISBN: 9781284061963)  Instructor: Bruce Cook, EMT-I

EMT—09/08/2015 – 12/15/2015 Tue & Thurs Evenings 6p-10p

Location: Manchester Fire Dept: $844.00 plus books (Jones&Bartlett AAOS: Emergency Care for the Sick and Injured, 2011 Copyright)Book and Workbook Bundle ISBN: 9781284061963)  Instructor: Josh Wheeler, EMT-I

PARAMEDIC—- January 2016-December 2016 Fridays 8a-5p with Saturdays TBD Ongoing OPEN ENROLLMENT

Location: KVCC- King Hall Fairfield

Prerequisites: Current AEMT License, Completed Accuplacer Exam, Immunization Record Instructors: Dan Batsie, Mark King & Brian Chamberlin

 

EMCC-Bangor

EMT—05/12/2015-08/20/2015 Tuesday & Thursdays Evening 5:30p-9:30p
Location: Hancock Fire Dept , Ellsworth  Tuition: $888.25 in state, $1383.25 out of state Plus Books: (Textbook: Brady 12th Edition Emergency Care Student Package, ISBN: 97-80132824415 97-80132375344 Workbook)

Prerequisites: Reading Comprehension Exam, AHA BLS for Healthcare Provider CPR Card, Updated Immunizations  Instructor: Theresa Cousins, NREMT-P
EMT—05/19/2015-08/19/2015 Tuesday & Thursdays Evening 5p-8p
Location: EMMC Penobscot Hall Room 221/223  Tuition: $888.25 in state, $1383.25 out of state Plus Books: (Textbook: Brady 12th Edition Emergency Care Student Package, ISBN: 97-80132824415 97-80132375344 Workbook)

Prerequisites: Reading Comprehension Exam, AHA BLS for Healthcare Provider CPR Card, Updated Immunizations  Instructor: Jena Roduolph, NREMT-P

EMT—07/06/2015-07/24/2015 Mon-Fri 8a-5p
Location: EMMC Penobscot Hall Room 221/223  Tuition: $888.25 in state, $1383.25 out of state Plus Books: (Textbook: Brady 12th Edition Emergency Care Student Package, ISBN: 97-80132824415 97-80132375344 Workbook)

Prerequisites: Reading Comprehension Exam, AHA BLS for Healthcare Provider CPR Card, Updated Immunizations  Instructor: Tessa Byard, NREMT-P

PLEASE WATCH FOR CONTINUED OFFERINGS OF EMR, EMT, AEMT, AND PARAMEDIC CLASSES.

NEW:  Bloodborne Pathogens Online Course

Available now! 24/7 – at your convenience!  As required by OSHA/BLS all staff within your agency must be trained in the dangers of and precautions against Bloodborne Pathogens.  With a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, we have developed a 1.5 hour online course.  This comprehensive six-unit course will provide the following information:

  • Overview & news related to bloodborne pathogens
  • Scanning for risks
  • Understanding risks – what diseases can be transmitted
  • Protecting against bloodborne pathogens
  • Eliminating the pathogens – decontaminating equipment and surfaces
  • Reporting requirements

This training, combined with the review of your site-specific plan, will satisfy the annual requirement.  You will receive 1.5 hours of continuing education upon successful completion.

You can find this training on the Maine EMS Education (MEMSEd) system at www.maine.gov/ems

 

Check out—Rick Tarr of APEMS takes his portable driving simulators through schools and community centers, as part of a campaign to curb distracted driving in Maine

wabi.tv/2015/01/22/belfast-teens-try-distracted-driving-simulator/

 

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