APEMS ALERTS:    Offices will be Closed Tuesday November 11th to HONOR VETERANS DAY.

TransCOR

TransCOR offers rugged mobile computing solutions for EMS applications; providing best of breed in rugged mobile computers, vehicle mounts, on-site installation services, wireless connectivity, mobile printing, GPS, AVL and more.

TG Higgins

T.G. Higgins Business Services, P.A. is located in downtown Winterport, Maine. With over 20 years combined expertise in EMS Billing our goal is to make sure your service receives the revenue it’s entitled to; whether the ambulance service is large or small, municipal, private or volunteer. 207-223-5733

Please join us in supporting our Vendors! Visit their Websites and stop by and see them at the 34th Annual EMS Seminar Friday and Saturday!

2014 Seminar

Please join us in supporting our Vendors! Visit their Websites and stop by and see them at the 34th Annual EMS Seminar Friday and Saturday!

Boundtree

We are a distributor of emergency medical equipment, supplies, pharmaceuticals and product expertise for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) professionals who provide pre-hospital, emergency care, including First Responders, EMTs and Paramedics.

Hamilton Marine offers a wide variety of safety equipment for both land and sea applications. Inventory is geared especially to cold water rescue and safety. 800-639-2715 hamiltonmarine.com

Hamilton Marine

Hamilton Marine offers a wide variety of safety equipment for both land and sea applications. Inventory is geared especially to cold water rescue and safety. 800-639-2715 hamiltonmarine.com

Sugarloaf Ambulance/Rescue Vehicles

visit the Dealer page at www.plcustom.com Come see the latest... http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1414812636Telephone - 207.235.2221; Cell Phone - 207.650.3090; Fax - 207-645-5222Sugarloaf Ambulance / Rescue Vehicles, 411 U S Route 2 East Suite A, Wilton, Maine 04294

Masimo

A key medical technology innovator, Masimo is responsible for the invention of award-winning noninvasive technologies, medical devices, and a wide array of sensors that are revolutionizing patient monitoring in various care settings

Image Trend

ImageTrend’s Emergency Data Systems software solutions help emergency professionals collect important data for EMS, Fire, Trauma, Emergency Preparedness, Licensure and more. Millions of electronic fire and patient care reports have been collected in the comprehensive EMS Bridge systems by local, regional, city and state users. For more information, visit www.ImageTrend.com/EDS ...

PVC

We at PVC strive to deliver the best quality emergency vehicles, parts & service to your door with the safety and dependability that you have grown to trust. Our team has combined over 150 years experience in fire & EMS service.

Our products include the Ferno Powerflexx+ Powered ambulance cot and the EZ Glide tracked stair chair are designed to take the patient weight off your back. This reduces your chance for injury, and reduces the total weight you lift throughout the day, so you have more energy for the things that matter to you when you get home.

ferno

Our products include the Ferno Powerflexx+ Powered ambulance cot and the EZ Glide tracked stair chair are designed to take the patient weight off your back. This reduces your chance for injury, and reduces the total weight you lift throughout the day, so you have more energy for the things ...

Bay State offers an extensive array of innovative, high quality solutions to help EMS clinicians better manage their patients, particularly with airway management and therapeutic hypothermia

baystate

Bay State offers an extensive array of innovative, high quality solutions to help EMS clinicians better manage their patients, particularly with airway management and therapeutic hypothermia

New England Marine and Industry

New England Marine and Industry We sell high quality, hard to find products at very competitive prices. We are committed to our customer’s satisfaction. We carry the best products that world-wide fishing industries have to offer.

Philips

People focused. Healthcare simplified.

Bulldog Fire & Emergency Apparatus is the one-stop-shop for all of your emergency vehicle needs. Located in Woodville, MA, we serve the New England region as a dealer for KME Fire Apparatus & Fuel Trucks, Braun Industries and Osage Ambulances.

Bulldog Fire & Emergency Apparatus

Bulldog Fire & Emergency Apparatus is the one-stop-shop for all of your emergency vehicle needs. Located in Woodville, MA, we serve the New England region as a dealer for KME Fire Apparatus & Fuel Trucks, Braun Industries and Osage Ambulances.

Stryker

Stryker is one of the world’s leading medical technology companies and is dedicated to helping healthcare professionals perform their jobs more efficiently while enhancing patient care.

Greenwood

Greenwood Emergency Vehicles Vehicles was incorporated in Massachusetts in 1979 as a dealer for Emergency One, Inc., which is one of the largest manufacturers of fire apparatus in the United States and is a true innovator in the field of fire apparatus construction.

Physio Control

“Beyond Defibrillation – Beyond CPR “ We are the Medical Emergency Response Company

ZOLL Medical Corporation, a leader in medical products and software solutions, helps responders manage, treat, and save lives in emergency rescues and in hospitals; outside the hospital while at work or home; in doctors' and dentists' offices and schools; in public places and on the battlefield.

zoll

ZOLL Medical Corporation, a leader in medical products and software solutions, helps responders manage, treat, and save lives in emergency rescues and in hospitals; outside the hospital while at work or home; in doctors' and dentists' offices and schools; in public places and on the battlefield.

Egress

Emergency Evacuation and Emergency Preparedness How do you evacuate your facility in an emergency? NO ELECTRICITY = NO ELEVATORS/ESCALTORS. We provide safe, affordable and easy to use evacuation devices to assist disabled or immobile persons to safety in an emergency. Ensure the safety of your tenants, ...

Minuteman Fire & Rescue Apparatus

Road Rescue – In Service for Life. The best built ambulance with all aluminum construction, designed to meet your needs. New England Dealer: Minuteman Fire & Rescue Apparatus, Inc. Walpole, MA 02081. Contact: Daniel Brock, 79 Wildwood Cir, Westbrook, ME 04092 Cell: 207-251-8311 – email: [email protected]

seminar2014

 34th Annual APEMS MidCoast EMS Seminar

November 12-16, 2014

 Classes are filling FAST!!!  Have you registered?? 

 

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

SPINE INJURY MANAGEMENT MEMO FROM REGIONAL MEDICAL CONTROL 

 

TO:                         Maine EMS Providers

FROM:                  Tim Pieh, MD; Jonnathan Busko, MD; Whit Randolph, DO

RE:                          Spine injury management

DATE:                    August 25, 2014

There has been considerable discussion in the medical community recently about changes in the way suspected spine injury patients should be managed. The MDPB is in the process of reviewing the protocols, and spine injury management is part of that review.  However, are hearing anecdotal reports that some EMS providers in Maine are altering their practice based on changes in other parts of the country.

It is important to note that Maine EMS protocols have not changed. Maine EMS providers are required to follow the current Maine EMS protocols (effective 12/1/2013), conduct an appropriate assessment when they have a patient with a complaint or mechanism of injury that indicates the possibility of a spinal injury, and immobilize as indicated. 

There is a growing body of evidence-based literature on this topic and it is our intent to review this material thoroughly when developing the new guidelines. It is very important that if/when changes are made to the way patients with potential spine injuries are managed, an appropriate educational initiative for both prehospital and hospital personnel is also available to ensure that patients continue to receive an appropriate level of care and that everyone understands the evidence behind the changes.

Regardless of the direction that is chosen, two things remain in place as it relates to patients with potential spine injuries:

  1. An appropriate spine assessment will have to be conducted and documented on any patient with a potential spinal injury based on patient complaint or mechanism of injury.
  2. Patients with a suspected spine injury based on the assessment still need to be appropriately immobilized.

Maine EMS intends to be transparent in its discussions regarding the protocols. Persons interested in hearing the MDPB’s dialogue regarding spine management are welcome to attend any of the following events:

1)      The Maine EMS Trauma Protocol Webinar (September 16, 2014, 3:00pm. Additional information available on the Maine EMS website),

2)      The Trauma Protocol review session at the MDPB (on October 15th) or,

3)       The upcoming Maine EMS Trauma Advisory Committee (October 28, 2014, 12:30pm).

If there are any questions, please feel free to contact your Regional Medical Director or Regional Coordinator.

 

Mission: Lifeline® EMS Recognition Informational Webinar, from the American Heart Association

As providers of outstanding pre-hospital STEMI care, we invite agencies to apply for Mission: Lifeline® EMS Recognition.  Please join us for a free webinar on Tuesday, September 9thfrom 2:00 -3:00 PM to learn more. The webinar agenda:

 

2:00-2:05 PM Welcome and Introductions
2:05-2:20 PM Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition: Review the Mission: Lifeline® EMS Recognitionapplication requirements and processPresenter: Lori Hollowell, BSN, RN, Mission: Lifeline ConsultantAmerican Heart Association, Dallas, TX
2:20-2:30 PM Benefits of Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition: Hear from a currently recognized EMS agency* on the benefits of achieving recognitionPresenter: Brian Andrews, EMT-P, President, County Ambulance, Pittsfield, MA
2:30-2:55 PM Strategies to Improve Pre-Hospital STEMI Care: Learn about best practices for pre-hospital STEMI carePresenter: Michael Redlener, MD, Medical Director for Pre-Hospital CareSt. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, NY
2:55-3:00 PM Wrap-Up, Questions, and Instructions for Claiming Credits

Register Here!  https://www150.livemeeting.com/lrs/8002012614/Registration.aspx?pageName=98lxbfn7m1w8k0sh

Please forward this invite to your colleagues that may be interested in attending. Feel free to contact my colleague Amanda Graver at [email protected] with any questions.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify strategies to reduce on-scene time for STEMI patients picked up in the field.
  2. Discuss strategies to obtain pre-hospital EKGs within ten minutes of first medical contact.
  3. Explain two strategies to improve pre-activation of the cath lab at PCI centers to expedite treatment times.
  4. Describe three effective communication methods to improve feedback and share data with PCI hospitals.
  5. List the benefits of achieving Mission: Lifeline EMS recognition.

Continuing Education Accreditation – Emergency Medical Services

This continuing education activity is approved by the American Heart Association, an organization accredited by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS), for 1.00 Advanced CEH, activity number 14-AMHA-F3-0233. More info at learn.heart.org.

All persons who develop and/or control educational content in CME/CE activities sponsored by the American Heart Association will disclose to the audience all financial relationships with any commercial supporters of this activity as well as with other commercial interests whose lines of business are related to the CME/CE-certified content of this activity.  In addition, presenters will disclose unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices discussed in their presentations.  Such disclosures will be made in writing in course presentation materials.

*Check out page 9 of the August 2014 edition of JEMS for a list of agencies earning Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition in 2013.