APEMS ALERTS:    Offices will be closed Friday July 3rd for the Independence Day Holiday

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Sally Taylor, EMT-P, APEMS Specialty Education Director and AHA Training Site Director will Celebrating EMS Week  at the Maryland Resuscitation Academy 

Sally will be reporting on the work of APEMS with a presentation,  The Voices from Maryland East Coast Jurisdictions: Pathways to Change Resuscitation Academy along with Montgomery County, Maryland at this years Spring 2015 2-Day Resuscitation Academy Presented by Howard County Fire and Rescue Services  & Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems .

BEES ON THE MOVE ACROSS MAINE! bee

Approximately,  80,000 hives will be shipped to Maine in the coming weeks for crop  pollination.  The first loads of honey  bees are scheduled to arrive the week of April 28th with subsequent loads arriving until mid-May.  The majority of hives are destined for Washington and Hancock Co. blueberry fields, however, several thousand hives will also be distributed in the apple and blueberry regions located in southern and central regions of the state. Hives are shipped on netted flatbeds with approximately 360-480 hives/load according to weight.

In the event of an accident, I can be reached at: 441-5822 cell, 287-7562 desk/voicemail or 465-7289 home.

 The major blueberry companies are:

Cherryfield Foods 546-7134 Ragnar Kamp & Bill Millay (mgrs.)

Tony Smith, field operations (546-1422 & 546-1921 both cell numbers)

Wyman’s– Deblois office 638-2201, Darin Hammond, field operations 460-0702 cell

Allen’s Blueberry– Ellsworth 667-5561

G.M. Allen– Blue Hill 469-7060

Allen’s Blueberry– Union area-Gordon Colby mgr. 785-2282 office, 542-0045 cell

Northeast Blueberry– Columbia 483-4501

Cherryfield Foods and Wymans are the largest companies and beekeepers are often on site with loaders, trucks and expertise in the event of an accident/roll over.

Following are key points for consideration in the event of a roll over or accident:

  • Honey bee flight activity can be minimized by instructing the fire department to spray a mist or water curtain/umbrella over the wreck.
  • Fire fighter turnout gear or a hazmat suit offer adequate protection for rescue workers should they need to attend a trapped or injured victim.  Wrap the person in a blanket for sting protection.
  • If the load is still secure on the trailer (with ratchet straps), instruct the fire department to mist the load with water and instruct the fire chief or officer in charge to locate large wreckers and air bladders to right the load.  This can usually be done without spilling the hives.  Even if locating the air bladders takes time, it is far better than cutting the straps or attempting to right the load using only wreckers since it usually results in breaking the hives apart, tearing the net and releasing agitated bees.
  • Honey bees are easily killed with AFFF (aqueous film forming foam)
  • The severity of the accident and location will dictate the course of action. (Destruction of bees and clean up vs. save the bees and manually pick up hives and reload onto another truck.)

Bees will be on the move again after the bloom.  The majority of hives will be shipped from Maine to crops in other states beginning in mid-June through early July.  Several thousand hives will remain in central Maine for the summer and/or shipped to Aroostook county in mid-June.  These hives remain in Maine until the fall migration to southern states during October and November.

If an accident occurs, instruct the officers to call me so I can coordinate salvage and cleanup efforts.

Thank you, Tony Jadczak,  State Apiarist

Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry

 

Eastern Maine Community College broke ground today on it’s new Public Safety Training Building.  

APEMS will soon be re-located in this new building and offering programs!!!

EMCC Ground Breaking on Public Safety Building in Bangor

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

 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

Teen Death Triggers FDA Warning on Powdered Caffeine

www.ems1.com/health-and-wellness/articles/1947818-Teens-death-triggers-FDA-warning-on-powdered-caffeine/

 

CDC Launches Blast Injury Mobile App 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is pleased to announce the release of a new CDC Blast Injury mobile application for iphone and ipad to assist in the response and clinical management of injuries resulting from terrorist bombings and other mass casualty explosive events. The application provides clear, concise, up-to-date medical and healthcare systems information to assist healthcare providers and public health professionals in the preparation, response, and management of injuries resulting from terrorist bombing events. Download the mobile application…
itunes.apple.com/au/app/cdc-blast-injury/id890434999?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D2.

*****NOTICE***** Mandatory Reporting Law CHANGE!!!

Below you will find a copy of H.P 1094; L.D. 1523 which adds to the child abuse mandatory reporting law. EMS providers are considered to be mandatory reporters, so this law change applies to us. Please note that this law requires reporting if you find or suspect any of these injuries regardless of the circumstances or whether you suspect child abuse.  

If there are any questions, please feel free to contact Rick for assistance.

STATE OF MAINE
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IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD TWO THOUSAND AND THIRTEEN
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H.P. 1094 – L.D. 1523
An Act To Strengthen the Laws Governing Mandatory  Reporting of Child
Abuse or Neglect

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 22 MRSA §4011-A, sub-§7 is enacted to read:

7. Children under 6 months of age or otherwise nonambulatory. A person
required to make a report under subsection 1 shall report to the department if a child who
is under 6 months of age or otherwise nonambulatory exhibits evidence of the following:
A. Fracture of a bone;
B. Substantial bruising or multiple bruises;
C. Subdural hematoma;
D. Burns;
E. Poisoning; or
F. Injury resulting in substantial bleeding, soft tissue swelling or impairment of an organ.

 APEMS Clinical Coordinator and Augusta Fire Lieutenant Brian Chamberlin Receives EXCELLENCE IN EMS AWARD

brian award

Lt Chamberlin with his wife, Tara and son, Liam!

 

 

Maine Celebrates EMS WEEK 2014

May 18-24, 2014, marks the 40th anniversary of National EMS Week – and in this insert, we are happy to share with
you articles about people and services who exemplify this year’s EMS Week theme, “Dedicated. For Life.” Please look through our EMS WEEK Supplement for interesting facts, EMS Service Profiles, information on the Maine EMS Memorial and EMS Celebrations.

maine.gov/ems/documents/EMSWeekSupplement2014.pdf

The Maine Emergency Management Agency PRESENTS:  Basic Public Information Officer Course (G290)

June 4 and 5, 2014 in Auburn, Maine.

Course Details:

This 2 day course is intended for the new or less experienced PIO (in order to be NIMS compliant all agencies must have a designated and trained Public Information Officer.). Program emphasis is on the basic skills and knowledge needed for emergency management public information activities.

Topics include the role of the PIO in emergency management, conducting awareness campaigns, news release writing public speaking, and television interviews. Completion of FEMA Public Information Officer Awareness Course (G 289) or the online version IS-29 is a prerequisite for attendance of the program. Certificate must accompany application.

Selection Criteria:

Preference will be given to State, Tribal, County and local emergency management and emergency services staff who have either full or part time direct responsibility for public information in their communities or departments.

Applicants will include an organizational chart indicating their position in local or departmental public information functions. Students should bring copies of their organization’s Public Information plan and laptop computers if available.

Instructors:

MEMA Public Information and Training staff will facilitate the program along with guest participants.

Logistics

Lunch and break refreshments will be provided. All other expenses including lodging if required are the responsibility of the student. We are an equal opportunity educational provider.

Registration:

For further information or to register, please contact Lynette Miller or Mike Grant at MEMA. All applications should be submitted by email/fax via FEMA training application form (.pdf format).

For more training announcements visit the MEMA Training website. Or sign up to receive MEMA Training and Exercise news and announcements by email.

 ONLINE Prerequisite Course  (ENTRY LEVEL PIO Training)

training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/courseOverview.aspx?code=IS-29

Contact:

Lynette Miller / Mike Grant
800-452-8735 / 207-624-4400 / FAX 207-287-3178

 

stroke

May 1st marks the beginning of American Stroke Month; a great opportunity to not only increase our personal stroke awareness, but to also share that life-saving knowledge.

During May, Learn YOUR Risk:

 

What’s your risk for stroke?  If you don’t know, you’re not alone.  Stroke remains the No. 4 cause of death in the U.S. and the leading cause of disability.  Yet 80 percent of strokes can be prevented.  Take this stroke risk quiz  and consider scheduling a check-up with your regular physician.  Know your numbers, quit smoking, get physically active, and maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle, and you could significantly reduce your risk for stroke.

On May 1st, Learn the Signs and Symptoms of Stroke.  Simply remember F.A.S.T.:

 

F  – Face Drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb?

A – Arm Weakness: Is one arm weak or numb?

S – Speech Difficulty: Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand?

T – Time to call 9-1-1: If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.

 Pay Your Knowledge Forward

 

Tell your friends, families, and neighbors about American Stroke Month.  Share the stroke risk quiz​.  Encourage loved ones to visit their healthcare providers.  Share F.A.S.T. with everyone you know!

 Below are two quick social media messages you can share:

·         May is American #StrokeMonth. Up to 80 percent of all strokes can be prevented. Do you know your risk? bit.ly/1ouHiPK

·         Stroke is a major cause of disability. But it can be prevented. May is #StrokeMonth; know your risk: bit.ly/1ouHiPK

 

MAINE EMS AWARD CEREMONY 

THURSDAY, MAY 22nd 10:30am  HALL OF FLAGS, STATE HOUSE

Please come join us as we celebrate our Award winners and all involved with the development, improvement and daily service of Emergency Medical Services.  

Congratulations to the 2014 Maine EMS award recipients!

– Excellence in EMS: Brian Chamberlin, Paramedic, APEMS/Augusta Fire Dept.

– Lifetime Achievement: Donna Bulger, RN, Paramedic, LifeFlight/EMMC,

– Lifetime Achievement: Carl French, Paramedic, Sanford Fire/Alfred Fire/Maine EMS Honor Guard.
More on the recipients and details on the awards ceremony will be posted in the coming weeks.

  Maine EMS Releases 2013 MEMSRR Annual Report

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2013 MEMSRR Annual Report    (can also be found under the QI Tab on this website)

We are pleased to provide the annual report of the Maine Emergency Medical Service Run Report  System (MEMSRR) for calendar year 2013.
The information in this report comes directly from the incident and patient care reports and has been compiled in the following manner:

Section 1: Provides the agency demographic overview by service license, organization type, and license levels
Section 2: A summary of the response data collected from each report
Section 3: A breakdown of the transports to and from Maine hospitals
Section 4: An overview of agency response totals by region and month
Section 5: Provider demographics
Section 6: Reporting system compliance and statistics

In 2013, this information was used for protocol review, research on pediatric hypoglycemia, research on pre-hospital responses to farm land injuries, as well as projects relating to highway safety and trauma research. Timely submission of a complete and accurate patient care report continues to be a critical part of
providing quality patient care.

Thank you to all the services and providers who provide this information. The patient care and incident reports entered into the MEMSRR provide invaluable information that benefits our system, our practice, and our patients.

Sincerely,
Jonathan N Powers, NR-Paramedic
Data & Preparedness Coordinator

APEMS Returns from exciting and energizing trip to FIJI to teach ACLS 

The Fiji National University (FNU) College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences is collaborating with a medical organisation from the United States of America after there was a need for more training for emergency staff in hospitals.

Atlantic Partners Emergency Medical Services from Maine in the US instructor Rick Petrie said: “The Fijians identified that there was a need for more training for their accident and emergency staff. “A doctor also came here and found that there was a new course offered at the school taking doctors and nurses who have already been working to be trained and specialize in Emergency.”
He said the course was offered for four days in Suva beginning from Monday with the batch going through the course for duration of two days.
Mr Petrie said the participants were energetic and willing to learn what they were taught throughout the course. Meanwhile, FNU College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine Doctor Anne Creaton described the course as a practical for nurses and doctors from around the country that had attended.

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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.

Memorial

 

Sally Taylor

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.