APEMS ALERTS:    APEMS offices will be closing at noon today February 2, 2015

 

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/

 

EMS Licensure Program Offerings Spring 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

EMT– 01/20/2015 – 05/05/2015 Mon & Wed Evenings 6p-9:30p

Location: KVCC King Hall, Fairfield  Tuition: $844.00 plus books (Jones&Bartlett AAOS: Emergency Care for the Sick and Injured, 2011 Copyright)Book and Workbook Bundle ISBN: 9781284061963)  Instructor: Kerry Pomelow, EMT P

EMT– 01/27/2015 – 05/30/2015 Mon & Thurs Evenings 3p-6p

Location: Foster Tech Center Farmington Tuition: $844.00 plus books (Jones&Bartlett AAOS: Emergency Care for the Sick and Injured, 2011 Copyright)Book and Workbook Bundle ISBN: 9781284061963)  Instructor: Carol Pillsbury, EMT P

EMT—02/24/2015 – 05/09/2015 Tuesday & Thursday Evenings 5:30p-9:30p

Location: Rockland EMA Office,  Tuition: $844.00 plus books (Brady Emergency Care 12th Edition Limmer O’Keefe)  Instructor: Holly Scribner, EMT P

EMCC

EMT– 1/20/15-5/5/15 Tuesdays 8a-4p
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  Instructors: Lt. Chris Baker, FF, NREMT-P & Chris Liepold, FF, NREMT-P
Hybrid-online EMT—3/20/2015-5/30/15 Fridays 5p-9p and Saturdays 9a-5p
Location: University of Maine Orono  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  Instructors: Cheri Volta, EMT-P
University of Maine Machias

EMT—  1/17/15-5/9/15 Saturdays 8a-5p
Location: University of Maine Machias Torrey Hall Room 104  Contact 974-4880 for cost details 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
Instructors: Sally Taylor, EMT-P
EMCC

EMT—- 1/21/15-5/6/15 Mon & Wed Evenings 5:30p-8:30p

Location: EMMC Penobscot Hall Room 221 Monday/ Wednesday RM on Campus TBD  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
Instructors: Jena Rudolph NREMT-P

Advanced EMT– Jan 21st – May 6th classes will be on Wednesdays from 9am to 4pm with a lab 6pm to 8pm    OPEN ENROLLMENT

Location: EMCC Penobscot Hall Room 221   EMCC Rates:$1,931.50 In State Residents$2,921.50 Out of State Residents Plus Books Textbook: Advanced EMT: A Clinical-Reasoning Approach (ISBN-13: 9780135030431) and EKG Plain and Simple, 3/E (ISBN-13: 9780132377294), Workbook for Advanced EMT (ISBN-13: 9780135031063)
Prerequisites: Reading Comprehension & Writing Exam, AHA BLS for Healthcare Provider CPR Card, Updated Immunizations and Medical Knowledge Exam   Instructor: Myles Block

KVCC

PARAMEDIC—- January 2015-December 2015 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

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

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:

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