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Ebola Information for EMS

 

Click here for Letter from NYS DOH and CDC Health Advisory

 

Click here for Acting Commissioner of Health information on Ebola  Preparedness

 

Click here for Council Advisories on Ebola

 

To obtain a Health Commerce System Account (HCS) click below link

https://apps.health.ny.gov/pub/usertop.html

To contact Nassau HCS Coordinators -> jweiser@nassauems.org or jhassett@nassauems.org

 


 

ANNUAL EMS AWARDS

 

Click here for Annual Awards Dinner Information

 

2014 Award Winners List

Previous Years Award Winners:

 2013 Awards Winners List

2012 Award Winners List   2011 Award Winners List   2010 Award Winners List

 


Click Here for Warning on Heroin Disguised as Oxycodone


CDC Blast Injury Mobile Application

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), announces the release of a new CDC Blast Injury mobile application 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 for free today from the iTunes store:  https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/cdc-blast-injury/id890434999?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D2  


 

US Fire Administration Emergency Vehicle Safety Initiative

 

Click here for the USFA Emergency vehicle and roadway operations safety resources web site and download site.

 


Statement Issued 1/10/14 from U.S. Treasury Department: Treasury Ensures

 Fair Treatment for Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Under

the Affordable Care Act

click here for letter from congressional fire service institute


The Nassau REMSCo has moved! 

The new address is:

131 Mineola Boulevard, Suite 105

Mineola, NY 11501

Phone and Fax numbers have stayed the same.

All e-mail addresses should end in @nassauems.org.

 


Meridian Medical Technologies Auto-Injectors: Extension of Expiration Dates

including Auto-Injectors for

Atropen (atropine)
DuoDote (atropine/pralidoxime chloride)
morphine sulfate
pralidoxime chloride
diazepam

Click here for more Information.

DuoDote Expiration Dates - Letter from Manufacturer


Pediatric Triage During Disasters

The Connecticut EMS for Children (EMSC) released Pediatric Disaster Triage: Doing the Most Good for the Most Patients in the Least Time. Targeted towards prehospital providers such as fire and EMS personnel, the five module course is a result of the federal EMSC Program which funds grants to states and accredited schools of medicine "to identify new approaches in the provision of the best possible emergency care for children throughout the nation."

The narrated, interactive course covers the basics of scene assessment, securing the scene, resource estimation, and covers the fundamentals of the most common triage algorithms used: JumpSTART, SALT, SMART, and Clinical Decision Making.

Approximately two-thirds of the program specifically discusses the complexities of triaging children and touches on special considerations such as head injuries, children with disabilities or who are medically dependent on technology, and attempting to keep family units together during triage and transportation.

This program has quizzes embedded and provides a certificate on completion. Continuing Education (CE) units are not yet available, but will be soon. Other resources on pediatric triage and disaster response are on the EMSC website.


 

Notice on Long Island Emergency Rescue group 11/1/13

 

The attached letter was issued by Suffolk Remsco

LI Emergency Rescue Group

 

 


 

Our I-CARE subcommittee working to improve cardiac arrest survival rates is distributing an informational flyer and meeting announcement.

I-CARE Flyer

 

Join the ICARE Team

The ICARE team is recruiting additional members. We are looking for passionate, hard working, intelligent individuals who are willing to volunteer their time for this cause! Candidates are expected to participate 5 hours/week. Some of the teams available to join, include:

● Large Organization Planning & Implementation (educational institutions, government & community organizations, etc.)

● Professional Level Training & Disbursement

● Financial Planning & Grant Writing

● Incentives & Certification

● Information Technology Interfaces

● Program Implementation Counselors

● Defibrillation Networks

Please come to our informational session to learn more about the program and become part of the ICARE team…

● The Morrelly Homeland Security Center 510 Grumman Road, West Bethpage, NY 11714

● RSVP encouraged but not required bit.ly/joinicare

Can’t Make It? Sign up @ bit.ly/joinicare to be notified of alternative information sessions.

 


 

 

Heightened awareness for Suspicious Mailings

 

The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services has been monitoring the suspicious mail incidents that have taken place over the past 48 hours.  This is a notification only, advising that at this time there is no perceived or imminent threat to New York State, or its residents.  Currently there have been two suspicious mailings to government officials that are believed to have contained the chemical Ricin.  This chemical is known to be deadly if inhaled.  Due to these recent events, we are urging that you remain vigilant and exercise extreme caution when handling suspicious mail.
In the unlikely event that an item is received that appears suspicious and/or is believed to be of credible threat; it should be handled in accordance with your suspicious package procedures.
 


 

Regional EMS Updates

  • ·        PCR’s – All agencies are reminded that a PCR MUST be given to ED staff for EVERY patient before departing the ED.  Regardless if you are using paper or e-PCR’s.  Every ED has the capability to print from a mobile device (please advise us ASAP if you have any difficulties at an ED) and it is not acceptable to FAX the PCR after you leave the hospital…This is required under state law, QA/QI procedures and for the hospital to provide patient care.

    ·        NarcoticsUpdate 10/4/13 - The SEMAC did approve this proposal at its meeting.  As of May 1, 2015, all ALS agencies will have to hold a narcotics license from the State DOH or will be downgraded to BLS. 

    NYS EMS Narcotics Information Package and Forms  

    NYS DOH EMS Policy Statement 13-07

    ·        Medications – Due to medication shortages and increased costs, the hospitals have again asked EMS agencies not  to stop in with bags of expired meds for replacement.  Please try and replace meds PRIOR to expiration, as the hospitals can rotate the meds into their stocks.  If you have a quantity of meds to be replaced, please try and contact the hospital pharmacy as they can assist you and not the ED.  NSUH Manhasset has even created a form for this process to drop off and schedule a pick up for the replaced meds.


 

"SUICIDE BAGS" INFORMATION AND PRESENTATION

 


Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Fire and Emergency Medical Services Training (click for link)

The Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Fire and Emergency Medical Services Training was developed to assist fire and emergency medical service personnel in recognizing what kinds of suspicious behaviors are associated with pre-incident terrorism activities, understanding how and where to report suspicious activity, and protecting privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties when documenting information. This training also provides information about integrating the Nationwide SAR Initiative (NSI) into your agency's operations.



FREE Online CME from Medic Alert

Click on the link above for a free CME on Medic Alert programs and equipment.  Complete the course and be entered to win a Littman SE Classic II Stethoscope.


  • event.clirems.org
    Welcome to the EMS Voluntary Event Notification Tool (E.V.E.N.T.). E.V.E.N.T. is a tool designed to improve the safety, quality and consistent delivery of Emergency Medical Services (EMS). It collects data submitted anonymously by EMS practitioners. The data collected will be used to develop policies, procedures and training programs to improve the safe delivery of EMS. A similar system used by airline pilots has led to important airline system improvements based upon pilot reported "near miss" situations and errors. 

    Any individual who encounters or recognizes a situation in which an EMS safety event occurred, or could have occurred, is strongly encouraged to submit a report by completing the appropriate  E.V.E.N.T. Notification Tool. The confidentiality and anonymity of this reporting tool is designed to encourage EMS practitioners to readily report EMS safety events without fear of repercussion.

    Sponsored by National Association of EMT's (NAEMT)



Narrow Banding and Medical Control Communications

Nassau County Police Department is in the process of establishing appointments with all departments to have the new radios installed.

 


AMPUTATIONS

The Nassau Regional BLS Supplement to Protocol T-1 has been approved by NY State and is now in effect.   Winthrop University Hospital and North Shore Manhasset have been designated as the receiving hospitals for amputations by the REMAC. If your patient is stable, contact MedCon to activate the team at either hospital and transport to facility as per MedCon orders. If the patient is unstable, transport to the closest trauma receiving facility. The protocol is posted on the protocol page.


VBIED DOCUMENTARY

Car Bomb - Robert Baer uncovers the history of an extraordinary weapon - the car bomb, which has shaped human conflict all over the world. Watch the free documentary.  www.snagfilms.com    Great video documentary of vehicle borne devices. Lengthy but worth the time!


Online training for response to incidents involving the Chevrolet VOLT...

Training - Electric Vehicle Safety Training

www.evsafetytraining.org

 NFPA's Electric Vehicle Safety Training will provide firefighters and first responders with the information and materials necessary to respond to emergency situations.

Chemical Hazard Medical Management Website

http://chemm.nlm.nih.gov/index.html

 A website to enable first responders, first receivers, other healthcare providers, and planners to plan for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of mass-casualty incidents involving chemicals.

It provides a comprehensive, user-friendly, web-based resource that is also downloadable in advance, so that it would be available during an event if the Internet is not accessible.

 


Nassau County Medical Control

Our new MEDCON radio/telemetry system utilizes the General Devices CAREpoint’ Workstations. Upgraded functionality includes all current features; voice communications, medical control, notifications and channel coordination, as well as receiving of single lead EKG’s via the UHF medical frequencies as in the past. Among many new added/improved capabilities, is the vendor-neutral receiving of 12-lead EKG’s for the various monitor brands. The specific method of transmission / reception is dependent on the monitor, communications computing and data equipment your department is using. We suggest that you contact the manufacturer of your monitor/defibrillator or Mr. Curt Bashford of General Devices at (201) 313-7075 for compatibility information concerning the options available and equipment requirements to suit your specific needs.

If you need any further information please call Coordinator Howie Bartone at (516) 573-3170.


Medication Backorder update list.

Click here for Medication Backorder update list

 


 

Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) Program

The Governor recently signed legislation allowing the use of the MOLST form for out of hospital care. The Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) Program is designed to improve the quality of care people receive at the end of life by translating patient/resident goals and preferences into medical orders. 

The MOLST form is a bright pink medical order form signed by a New York State Licensed physician that communicates patient wishes regarding life-sustaining treatment to health care providers. The form includes medical orders and patient preferences regarding:

·         CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)

·         Intubation and mechanical ventilation

·         Artificial hydration and nutrition

·         Future hospitalization and transfer

We are currently awaiting a policy and procedure from the NYS DOH Bureau of EMS.  The links listed below will provide additional information and EMS training materials.  THIS PROGRAM IS NOW IN EFFECT.

MOLST Information and FAQ

MOLST EMS Training Program

MOLST Form

 


 

Occupational Exposure – Ryan White Law Update

 

The federal Ryan White act contained a provision for notification of possible exposure to infectious diseases including HIV. Unfortunately, a change in the federal law eliminated these provisions.  Recent and existing NYS law addresses exposure concerns and notifications.  Below, please find information detailing the procedure for obtaining patient information in an exposure, and a training PowerPoint.

Guidance letter for occupational exposure to HIV

NYS Law (10 NYCRR section 63.8)

EMS Training Program

 


 

EMS Respiratory Protection FAQ

A list of frequently asked questions on the topic of EMS Respiratory Protection for Infection Control has been developed by Ernest Heeren, Nassau REMSCo’s WMD Instructor, and is being provided to answer some of the common questions.  There is also a checklist to assist in the development of a respiratory protection program.  Click here to download this PDF file.

 


 
 

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