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February 2017

 Saturday, Feb 18 
February Certificate of Need Newsletter (Cabinet for Health and Family Services)
The February Kentucky Certificate of Need Newsletter.
 Friday, Feb 17 
Ky. EMT shoots pit bull attacking teen (EMS1)
EMTs were treating a 16-year-old when the dog began to charge at them; an EMT shot the dog and killed it.
 Friday, Feb 17 
Kentucky Flight Medic earns Tim Hynes Safety Scholarship (EMS World)
The scholarship is awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions to enhance, promote and develop a culture of safety within their work environment.
 Thursday, Feb 16 
Madison County EMS sees a spike in overdoses (Lexington Herald Leader)
Emergency personnel have fielded five overdoses in the span of 90 minutes Wednesday night.
 Thursday, Feb 16 
House introduces companion bill to Sen. Rand Paul's ACA replacement (Louisville Courier Journal)
House conservatives joined with Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Wednesday to introduce their version of Paul’s free-market Obamacare replacement plan.
 Wednesday, Feb 15 
First responders: Mutual aid agreements save lives and property (Bowling Green Daily News)
Warren County’s nine volunteer fire departments and the Bowling Green Fire Department regularly assist one another through mutual aid agreements, which means that city and county residents are served as needed by more equipment and manpower.
 Wednesday, Feb 15 
Winter Edition: The Provider
The Winter edition of The Provider, the Kentucky Ambulance Providers Association's quarterly newsletter.
 Tuesday, Feb 14 
'He's blue': Louisville rattled by 151 overdoses in 4 days (CNN)
Louisville emergency crews responded to 151 calls of overdoses over a four-day span, a blistering pace that stretched and strained resources. CNN rode along to get a glimpse of the growing heroin crisis. "He's blue," one frantic 911 caller says.
 Tuesday, Feb 14 
Black Lives Matter protesters silence lawmakers after First Responder Protection Bill passes in House (WDRB)
Attacking a first responder would be considered a hate crime in Kentucky under the "First Responder Protection Bill," which passed in the House on Monday.
 Tuesday, Feb 14 
Drug overdose calls keeping ER doctors busy (WHAS)
Patients are even overdosing in hospital parking lots to be closer to help.
 Monday, Feb 13 
Overdose cases spike in Louisville: 52 calls in 32 hours (CNN)
Another week, another cluster of overdoses. This time it happened in Louisville, Kentucky, where Louisville Metro Emergency Services responded to 52 overdose calls between midnight Wednesday and 8 a.m. ET Friday.
 Monday, Feb 13 
New dispatch director right at home in E911 center he’s worked in for six years (Elizabethtown News Enterprise)
In the lowest depths of the newly built Hardin County Government Building, you never know exactly where you will find Mike Leo.
 Saturday, Feb 11 
Free Little Pantry feeds hungry anonymously (Paducah Sun)
In the unassuming parking lot of Aurora Baptist Church stands a small wooden box on a post filled with non-perishable food. When Rachel Lane, a paramedic in Benton, decided to make the box, all she could think about were the people in her community who were hungry.
 Friday, Feb 10 
For decades, women had heart attacks in silence (CNN)
Because research and treatments for heart disease were historically designed for men, many women and their doctors have missed the signs and risks of heart attacks, which can be very different between the genders.
 Friday, Feb 10 
Louisville first responders see 40+ overdose calls in 1 day (WLKY)
A growing drug problem in Louisville has first responders labeling it an 'epidemic.'
 Thursday, Feb 9 
7 effective communication steps for EMS leaders (EMS1)
Whether implementing a major initiative or making small policy shifts, two-way communication with every level of the organization is critical.
 Thursday, Feb 9 
HowEMS should benchmark for improvement (EMS1)
Put your old way of thinking about benchmarking in the grave and adopt the improvement-oriented approach to benchmarking.
 Thursday, Feb 9 
Bill on first responders clears panel (Glasgow Daily Times)
Police, firefighters and emergency medical services personnel would be added to those protected under Kentucky’s hate crime statute if a bill passed by a House committee Wednesday becomes law.
 Thursday, Feb 9 
Ambulance taxing district board holds first meeting (Bowling Green Daily News)
At its first meeting, the new Barren County Ambulance Taxing District Board named a board chair and decided to obtain the bylaws of other similar entities to use as a guide for making its own bylaws.
 Thursday, Feb 9 
Stealth drug fentanyl ravages Louisville as deaths spike (Louisville Courier Journal)
Fentanyl is blamed for causing or contributing to nearly 43 percent of the county's 325 fatal drug overdoses last year — and taking more lives than homicides.
 Tuesday, Feb 7 
Increased data flow from EMS to hospital saves time, boosts care (HealthData Management)
Too often, information between an ambulance and the hospital is exchanged verbally, or if data is being transmitted, it is done in only one direction—EMS personnel are sending patient data to the hospital, with nothing being transmitted back to them.
 Tuesday, Feb 7 
Three survive helicopter crash in Lee County (WKYT)
A medical helicopter crashed Tuesday morning in Lee County. Lee County Ambulance Director Steve McIntosh says all three crew members survived the crash.
 Monday, Feb 6 
911 dispatchers: What they wish the public knew (EMS1)
Dispatchers said there are three vital steps they must take before sending help, and protecting first responders is also a priority.
 Monday, Feb 6 
Air medical services: What is the cost of a life? (EMS1)
Regardless of its cost, helicopter transport is a treatment choice and should not be chosen out of convenience.
 Monday, Feb 6 
Trump gives America's 'poorest white town' hope (CNN)
Cole saves lives as an EMT for the local ambulance company. She estimates 80% of the ambulance runs she makes now are for drug-related issues.
 Friday, Feb 3 
Narcan: Saving lives, often the same ones over and over again (WHAS)
On busy days, Louisville Metro EMS can respond to upwards of 450 calls. The sad reality is that more and more of those call involve overdoses - the vast majority being heroin and other opiate overdoses.
 Thursday, Feb 2 
Medical helicopter company Air Methods exploring sale (Reuters)
U.S. medical helicopter company Air Methods Corp is exploring a sale, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
 Thursday, Feb 2 
More toddlers suffer eye burns from laundry packets, study says (CNN)
From 2012 to 2015, the number of chemical burns to the eye linked to laundry detergent packets rose more than 30 times among young children, a new study says.
 Wednesday, Feb 1 
Rural Healthcare Training Weekend starts Feb. 18
The class schedule has been finalized and the Rural Healthcare Training Weekend staff are putting on their finishing touches as they prepare for another great weekend of EMS continuing education.
 Wednesday, Feb 1 
Dr. Neal Richmond named Texas Medical Director of the Year (EMS World)
Richmond was recognized for his leadership in enhancing prehospital care within the service area of MedStar Mobile Healthcare, the North Texas region and nationally.
 Wednesday, Feb 1 
High-Value EMS: The key to our future (EMS World)
What does value mean in EMS, and how can we demonstrate it?
 Wednesday, Feb 1 
Antidysrhythmics in cardiac arrest: What does the literature say? (EMS World)
While there have been several different antidysrhythmic medications that have come and gone over the years, lidocaine and amiodarone are the most common used today.

January 2017

 Monday, Jan 30 
What color uniform should paramedics wear? (EMS1)
Applying the lessons learned from research about uniform colors in other industries to EMS.
 Monday, Jan 30 
Emerging trends in EMS grants (EMS1)
In 2017, expect substance abuse, mental illness, innovative technology and collaborative solutions to be top trends in EMS grant funding.
 Friday, Jan 27 
AMR talks EMS coverage during Inauguration Day (EMS1)
AMR worked with D.C. Fire and EMS and the National Park Service to provide medical care to those attending inauguration festivities last week.
 Friday, Jan 27 
EMS taboo: Covering for partners (EMS World)
Say your prehospital partner screws up. How far would you go to protect him or her? How far should you go?
 Friday, Jan 27 
In dire need of more staff, Louisville Metro EMS begins new class with 20 recruits (WDRB)
Twenty recruits were selected from more than 400 applicants to fill out the newest EMT recruit class for Louisville Metro EMS.
 Friday, Jan 27 
New ER at Hardin Memorial to open by mid-March (Elizabethtown News Enterprise)
State-of-the-art health care is continuing to grow at Hardin Memorial Health.
 Thursday, Jan 26 
Kentucky paramedic nears 50 years in EMS (EMS1)
John Hultgren, now a manager at Air Evac Lifeteam, began his EMS career as a high school volunteer.
 Wednesday, Jan 25 
Study: Kentucky among least educated states (Louisville Courier Journal)
Kentucky placed in the bottom five in a ranking of 2017's most and least educated states, according to a national study released Tuesday.
 Monday, Jan 23 
Kentucky EMS Memorial Foundation reorganizes
The Kentucky EMS Memorial Foundation met last Friday at the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services office in Lexington to discuss ways to reorganize.
 Monday, Jan 23 
When you hear a 911 caller's last breath (EMS1)
I have been told that I don't have PTSD since I've never been threatened or witnessed these incidents in person.
 Monday, Jan 23 
Will EMS fee-for-service change with Obamacare repeal? (EfficientGov)
EMS has been perpetually plagued by under-funding and a reimbursement structure which pays largely on the distance a patient is transported.
 Saturday, Jan 21 
Magistrate asks for ambulance service at Phelps (Appalachian News Express)
A Pike County magistrate told Fiscal Court that residents in the Phelps area do not have dependable ambulance service, and asked the county to help with the situation.
 Saturday, Jan 21 
Trump issues executive order to start rolling back Obamacare (CNN)
Within hours of taking the oath of office, President Donald Trump on Friday night signed an executive order aimed at trying to fulfill one of his most impassioned campaign promises: Rolling back Obamacare.
 Thursday, Jan 19 
What happens to EMS when Trump, Congress repeal Obamacare? (EMS1)
Dramatic changes for EMS reimbursement are destined to happen regardless of the Republican repeal or replacement efforts targeting the Affordable Care Act.
 Thursday, Jan 19 
Are you ready for paramedic school? (EMS1)
Five questions EMTs should ask themselves before advancing their certification.
 Tuesday, Jan 17 
Louisville street closure near downtown hospitals Saturday
Brook Street between Gray and Chestnut will be closed on Saturday, January 21, from 07:00 until 19:00 hrs while Norton Hospital replaces signage.
 Tuesday, Jan 17 
Why shift work is unhealthy and dangerous (EMS1)
Review from The BMJ confirms what many paramedics, firefighters and police officers already know about shift work and its effect on sleep.
 Tuesday, Jan 17 
EMS impact of the Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (MOST) form (KBEMS)
Where we are in the implementation process of the MOST form in Kentucky.
 Tuesday, Jan 17 
Ransomware leads the way in 2017’s predicted rise in health data theft (HIT Consultant)
Personal health information is 50 times more valuable on the black market than financial information.
 Tuesday, Jan 17 
Already troubled, rural hospitals brace for effects of Obamacare repeal (CNN)
The Affordable Care Act threw a number of life-savers to vital but financially troubled rural hospitals. And its full repeal could signal their death knell.
 Monday, Jan 16 
ZOLL 2017 EMT Scholarship Program open for applicants (EMS World)
Scholarship Program awards medical education grants to up to 12 EMTs working toward paramedic certification.
 Monday, Jan 16 
Junction City renews airlift contract with AirEvac (Advocate Messenger)
The Junction City Council renewed their contract with AirEvac Thursday night during the first council meeting of the year.
 Saturday, Jan 14 
Kentucky Office of Homeland Security acepting grant applications (SurfKY)
The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security announced Thursday they will accept applications for the federally-funded 2017 Homeland Security Grant Program through Feb. 17.
 Friday, Jan 13 
NEMSMA expands EMS officer credentialing program (EMS1)
The association has also created preparation courses for individuals to help them understand the format and style of the examinations.
 Friday, Jan 13 
Homeland Security Grant Program Resources (Kentucky Office of Homeland Security)
Kentucky uses a competitive grant application for local agencies to submit proposed projects.
 Friday, Jan 13 
New Oldham County EMS headquarters could improve response times (WDRB)
The new Oldham County EMS headquarters puts the station closer to the majority of the population in Oldham County.
 Thursday, Jan 12 
New Oldham Co. EMS station opens (WAVE)
An open house and christening ceremony was held Thursday for the new Oldham County EMS station.
 Thursday, Jan 12 
Flu level raised to widespread in Kentucky (WPSD)
The Kentucky Department of Public Health says the influenza level in the state is now at "widespread."
 Thursday, Jan 12 
First responders: Nine overdoses in 24 hours in Jessamine County (WKYT)
First responders and law enforcement in Jessamine County have been busy dealing with a rash of overdoses, officials said Tuesday.
 Wednesday, Jan 11 
House approves bill to protect emergency access to controlled medications (American Heart Association)
The House of Representatives last night voted 404-0 to approve the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medicines Act.
 Wednesday, Jan 11 
Rural hospitals brace for damage from health law's repeal (HealthLeaders Media)
The incoming Trump administration hasn't released its health plan to replace Obamacare. But, experts say, it is likely to give the states less federal money for treating the poor.
 Tuesday, Jan 10 
Report: EMS data must create 'information culture,' drive decision-making (EMS1)
The NHTSA report focuses on envisioning an information-driven future and what is needed to turn the vision into reality.
 Tuesday, Jan 10 
5 ways the iPhone changed fire, EMS (EMS1)
Here's an overview on how the iPhone changed the course for fire and EMS departments.
 Tuesday, Jan 10 
St. Matthews Fire running own EMS operation (WAVE)
St. Matthews Fire launched their EMS service in December but originally got the idea a year ago after firefighters would respond to medical runs and wait for Emergency Medical Services to respond.
 Tuesday, Jan 10 
NKY hospital system copes with 36% heroin OD jump (Cincinnati Enquirer)
Hospital system turns around ODs of 1,584 self-reported heroin users in 2016.
 Monday, Jan 9 
Health officials urge vaccinations as flu season nears peak (Lexington Herald Leader)
Health officials in Lexington and Louisville are urging people who haven't gotten flu shots to get vaccinated.
 Sunday, Jan 8 
The 31 Ways to Crash-Land in EMS (EMS World)
Avoid these mistakes to keep yourself and your department out of trouble.
 Saturday, Jan 7 
Senate passes bill making Kentucky 'right-to-work' state (WDRB)
The Kentucky Senate on Saturday gave final approval to a bill letting union members in the state choose to pay dues while also getting union benefits.
 Friday, Jan 6 
Rapid reaction: 3 active shooter, mass killing truths (EMS1)
A gunman's attack at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is a reminder of soft-target vulnerability and to prepare everyone to "stop the bleed."
 Thursday, Jan 5 
Ambulance board to switch collections contractors (Glasgow Daily Times)
The board of directors for Barren-Metcalfe County Emergency Medical Services chose Wednesday to change which company handles collections for older bills that haven't been paid.
 Thursday, Jan 5 
6 actions to join EMS 3.0 transformation (EMS1)
Here are six immediate actions for EMS leaders to join the EMS 3.0 transformation.
 Thursday, Jan 5 
5 EMS compliance resolutions (EMS1)
Ensure your EMS billing is in compliance at the start of the calendar year or fiscal year with five important resolutions.
 Wednesday, Jan 4 
Calling 911 quicker than taking victim to hospital (WAVE)
In an emergency, most people call 911. But sometimes they take matters into their own hands.
 Wednesday, Jan 4 
Drug overdose deaths climb in Kentucky counties (EMS1)
Since 2011, an average of 1,074 Kentucky residents have fatally overdosed on drugs.
 Tuesday, Jan 3 
Texas EMS agency adds ‘Safe Sleep Rooms’ to combat fatigue (EMS1)
Separate from bunk rooms, the rooms have blackout shades, disabled tones, a fan and bedding to allow for proper sleep.
 Tuesday, Jan 3 
Kentucky legislature to convene Tuesday with GOP majority (WHAS)
The Kentucky House of Representatives is preparing to convene with a Republican majority for the first time in nearly 100 years.
 Monday, Jan 2 
Medicare launches revamp for heart attacks, hip fractures (WPSD)
Medicare wants to start changing how it pays for treatment of heart attacks and broken hips to promote quality and contain costs.


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