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April 2017

 Wednesday, Apr 26 
NAEMT announces recipients of 'EMS Advocate of the Year' award (EMS1)
The award recognizes professionals whose volunteer efforts advance EMS through educating and engaging elected government leaders and the EMS community.
 Tuesday, Apr 25 
Excellance to display new ambulance for Frankfort Fire & EMS at FDIC International 2017 (EMS World)
Excellance, Inc. will be showing the custom-built ambulance for Frankfort Fire & EMS located in Frankfort, KY.
 Tuesday, Apr 25 
In bid to revamp health care, Trump could hurt one of U.S.'s biggest job creators (CNN)
In many ways, the health care industry has been a great friend to the U.S. economy. Its plentiful jobs helped lift the country out of the Great Recession and, partly due to the Affordable Care Act, it now employs one in nine Americans -- up from one in 12 in 2000.
 Tuesday, Apr 25 
Paramedic honored for replacing stolen flag (Paducah Sun)
When Doyott White heard that someone had stolen more than a dozen American flags from locations throughout Paducah, he was perturbed and then replaced the American flag in front of the Paducah Police Department.
 Sunday, Apr 23 
Ambulance crew pulls man from burning truck (The State Journal)
Two Frankfort firefighters transporting a patient in the early hours of Saturday morning had to get out of their ambulance and take quick action to remove a man from a burning vehicle.
 Saturday, Apr 22 
Survey: Majority of responders face workplace mental health challenges (EMS1)
Over 50 percent of responders believe their supervisor will treat them differently if they bring up their mental health concerns.
 Friday, Apr 21 
4 ways to demonstrate fiscal stability for EMS grant funding (EMS Grants Help)
Sustainment of a project beyond the period of grant funding is a sign of a wise investment for a project funder.
 Friday, Apr 21 
Madison EMS receiving significant increase in overdose calls (EMS World)
The amount of overdoses this year is up by 50% compared to the beginning of 2016.
 Thursday, Apr 20 
April Certificate of Need Newsletter (Cabinet for Health and Family Services)
The April edition of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Certificate of Need Newsletter.
 Thursday, Apr 20 
Louisville officials introduce new look and tech for Metro EMS ambulances (WDRB)
Louisville Metro EMS is switching to an orange color scheme to improve visibility on the road. The ambulances also have dual sirens and additional lights.
 Thursday, Apr 20 
Flight paramedic George Hatherill enjoying his dream job (Hazard Herald)
Becoming a flight paramedic was a dream come true for George Hatherill and he’s thankful to have a job he loves that is so important to the region.
 Tuesday, Apr 18 
Changes ahead for Bullitt County dispatch center after loss of national crime-fighting database (WDRB)
Fiscal court has taken action, transferring responsibility for the dispatch center over to the sheriffs office, taking it from Bullitt County EMS.
 Tuesday, Apr 18 
4 EMS special event coverage tips (EMS1)
Mass gathering coverage plans and preparedness need to encompass nearby residents, as well as event staff, volunteers and participants.
 Tuesday, Apr 18 
History of the NREMT in the United States (EMS1)
Emergency response and medical treatment is a sophisticated process that requires rigorous training. Qualified emergency medicine is a relatively recent phenomenon thanks, in part, to the National Registry of EMTs.
 Tuesday, Apr 18 
Report: Benefits, challenges of incorporating EMS in health information exchange (EMS1)
The report looks at how EMS and health information exchange organizations can work together to improve data sharing.
 Tuesday, Apr 18 
EMS provides best chance of surviving emergency, officials say (WAVE)
Victims or witnesses to violent crimes often don't call for help, officials said.
 Tuesday, Apr 18 
Lake Cumberland Healthcare Symposium Call for Presentations (Russell County EMS)
Call for Presentations for the 5th annual Lake Cumberland Healthcare Symposium.
 Saturday, Apr 15 
Man gets 4 years in prison in Maryland firefighter-paramedic's fatal shooting (EMS1)
A Maryland man who fatally shot a firefighter he mistook for an intruder will spend four years in prison.
 Thursday, Apr 13 
Emergency medical dispatch could help Boyle’s dismal cardiac arrest survival rate, but it’s expensive (Advoate-Messenger)
A doctor said the best way to up the survival rate for heart attack victims is to provide “emergency medical dispatch” through the local 911 center.
 Wednesday, Apr 12 
Running behind: Marathons may delay medical care for others (WPSD)
A US study finds that it takes longer for nearby residents to get to a hospital for heart care on race day and they're less likely to survive.
 Wednesday, Apr 12 
AAMS publishes air medical cost study results (EMS World)
The AAMS conducted a cost-benefit analysis study showing air medical services are worth the expenditure and need more Medicare coverage.|
 Tuesday, Apr 11 
AAMS responds to Consumer Reports article (AirMed & Rescue)
The US-based Association of Air Medical Services has issued a statement responding to what it described as ‘inaccuracies’ in an article published by Consumer Reports.
 Tuesday, Apr 11 
911 operators: We are first responders (EMS1)
Every April, public safety telecommunication personnel are honored for their dedication and service through National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.
 Friday, Apr 7 
New survey finds half of Americans afraid to perform CPR (EMS World)
Only half of Americans can be counted on to perform CPR in an emergency, a new survey finds.
 Friday, Apr 7 
When your patient has a gun (EMS World)
A short primer on how to deal with a patient who happens to have a handgun.
 Friday, Apr 7 
The big one is coming, and it's going to be a flu pandemic (CNN)
Experts say we are "due" for one. When it happens, they tell us, it will probably have a greater impact on humanity than anything else currently happening in the world.
 Thursday, Apr 6 
Kentucky hospital improves treatment for heart attack patients through collaboration and technology (EMS World)
Using a new app technology, a hospital in Kentucky has decreased the time to treat critical heart attack patients by 30 percent.|
 Thursday, Apr 6 
Louisville officials brace for overdoses from people using elephant tranquilizer (Louisville Courier Journal)
A dangerous street drug — an elephant tranquilizer never intended for humans — already has killed at least one person in Louisville.
 Wednesday, Apr 5 
Today, tomorrow or next year? Coping with PTSD in EMS (EMS1)
If you suspect someone is suffering from PTSD, let them know that you care.
 Wednesday, Apr 5 
Is affordable air ambulance transport a right? (EMS1)
Montana legislators have endorsed a bill to prevent financial ruin for patients who urgently need air ambulance transport.
 Tuesday, Apr 4 
10 cities where EMS providers earn more than the average wage (EMS1)
EMS1 has uncovered several areas where EMS salaries are actually higher than average.
 Tuesday, Apr 4 
EMS Find app integrates with Lyft (EMS World)
EMS Find users will be able to set up rides nationwide simply by clicking on the Lyft button from the transport request screen of the EMS Find app.
 Tuesday, Apr 4 
Louisville Metro EMS captain dies after cancer battle (WHAS)
An EMT who devoted his life in helping others has died.
 Tuesday, Apr 4 
Kansas agency to field a low-top ambulance (EMS World)
Kansas EMS is bringing a European design to the U.S.
 Tuesday, Apr 4 
The Midlife Medic: When 'just ask' doesn't work (EMS World)
To improve your interview game, consider the when and why along with the what.
 Monday, Apr 3 
FDA alerts consumers of nationwide voluntary recall of EpiPen and EpiPen Jr (FDA)
This recall is due to the potential that these devices may contain a defective part that may result in the devices’ failure to activate.

March 2017

 Friday, Mar 31 
Here's what passed, what failed in Ky legislative session
Here's a look at what the Kentucky Legislature did with bills that were of interest to EMS during the 2017 regular session, which ended at midnight Thursday.
 Thursday, Mar 30 
Congress could kill state retirement plans (CNN)
Dozens of states are trying to make it easier for workers to save for retirement, but Congress could throw a wrench in their plans.
 Thursday, Mar 30 
AT&T selected to build nationwide public safety network (EMS1)
The high-speed network aims to equip firefighters, EMS and police with a single network that allows real-time communication during crises.
 Thursday, Mar 30 
How to improve sepsis care with better EMS education (EMS1)
EMS educators can improve sepsis patient outcomes by ensuring EMTs and paramedics have knowledge appropriate and impactful training.
 Wednesday, Mar 29 
Why EMS cares for all patients without bias, judgement (EMS1)
All patients, including terrorism suspects, are treated with the same fairness and respect we deserve ourselves.
 Wednesday, Mar 29 
Governor vetoes bill aimed at providing court-ordered mental health treatment (WLKY)
Supporters of a bill that would have allowed people to petition a judge to order outpatient treatment for individuals living with mental illness said they are shocked to see it vetoed by the governor.
 Tuesday, Mar 28 
5 grant writing tips for fire, EMS agencies (EMS Grants Help)
Quality writing, demonstrated need and staying within the financial parameters are critical in determining whether or not your EMS agency wins an award.
 Tuesday, Mar 28 
Confronting pension crisis calls for reforming benefits structure (SurfKY)
The commonwealth faces more than $38 billion in pension debt with the state employee nonhazardous fund – the Kentucky Retirement System’s largest plan – sliding toward insolvency with a current funding level of only 16 percent.
 Tuesday, Mar 28 
Healing first responders through critical incident stress management interventions (EMS1)
Critical incident stress management is a short-term, psychological first-aid intervention strategy that can help mitigate long-term mental health issues.
 Monday, Mar 27 
Why EMS agencies need a PIO (EMS1)
Managing the media and public-facing communication is a science unto itself; here's a look at why PIOs are vital and what you can do help them.
 Friday, Mar 24 
Ambulance board delays final budget for AG opinion (Advocate Messenger)
After requesting an opinion from the Kentucky Attorney General on the legality of the ambulance board’s tax rate increase, the board has decided to postpone voting on a final budget to next month.
 Friday, Mar 24 
Panel selected to facilitate development of EMS Agenda 2050 (EMS World)
Ten members will engage the EMS community in creating a vision for the future of prehospital care.
 Friday, Mar 24 
Ambulance dispatch debate goes to committee (Glasgow Daily Times)
The debate is still cooking about how dispatching for Barren and Metcalfe counties' ambulance service should be handled, but now a committee has been delegated to work out a solution.
 Friday, Mar 24 
You might want to read this before you say 'Hey Siri, 108' to your iPhone (WLKY)
Some are claiming that saying “Hey Siri, 108” will elicit an interesting response from your phone assistant but that’s not actually the case.
 Thursday, Mar 23 
March Certificate of Need Newsletter (Cabinet for Health and Family Services)
The March Certificate of Need Newsletter.
 Wednesday, Mar 22 
EMSEK makes donation to Kentucky EMS Memorial
Emergency Medical Educators of Kentucky presented a $1,200 donation this afternoon to the Kentucky EMS Memorial Foundation.
 Wednesday, Mar 22 
GOP health care debate misses the point, experts say (CNN)
The future of American health care dominates politics this year, but a high-profile team of experts suggests the current debate will not be the prescription to fix the country's entire ailing system.
 Wednesday, Mar 22 
Hospitalizations from gunshot wounds cost $700 million a year, study says (CNN)
A new study sheds light on just how much gunshot wounds cost the United States and self-paying patients for an initial hospitalization. More research is needed to determine long-term costs.
 Wednesday, Mar 22 
Bevin signs ‘Blue Lives Matter’ bill into law (WFPL)
Gov. Matt Bevin has signed the so-called “blue lives matter” bill into law. The legislation gives hate crimes protections to emergency responders and police officers.
 Wednesday, Mar 22 
7 ways EMS changes you (EMS1)
For some, EMS has exposed them to the best and worst elements of humanity.
 Tuesday, Mar 21 
NASEMSO releases interim guidance on safe transport of children (EMS1)
The purpose of the guidance is to reduce the gap as much and as soon as possible, until evidence can be collected, analyzed and used to develop standards specifically for children.
 Tuesday, Mar 21 
US infant mortality rates down 15% (CNN)
Infant mortality rates have reached new lows, according to a report released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday.
 Monday, Mar 20 
So what health insurance does your member of Congress have? (Columbus Dispatch)
What health care plan does Congress have, and how is it different from one I can get? The general answer: They're all on Obamacare.
 Monday, Mar 20 
Prescriptions may hold clues to who gets hooked on opioids, study says (CNN)
he duration of a prescription may give clues into how long a person ends up using a narcotic painkiller, a new study finds.
 Monday, Mar 20 
Baseball stadium, hotel proposed for parking lot across from EMS Conference site (Lexington Herald Leader)
A new downtown baseball stadium for the Lexington Legends is among the proposals submitted for a nearly 20-acre parking lot across from the site of the Kentucky EMS Conference.
 Sunday, Mar 19 
Head injuries, concussions from falls rising fast among seniors, study finds (CBS)
Elderly people are suffering concussions and other brain injuries from falls at what appear to be unprecedented rates, according to a new report from U.S. government researchers.
 Saturday, Mar 18 
Is Trump keeping his three big health care promises? (CNN)
President Trump has made some pretty big league promises when it comes to improving Americans' health care.
 Saturday, Mar 18 
Epidemiologist Morgan Anderson joins ImageTrend (EMS World)
In addition to working with the company’s clients, Anderson will play a key role in further expanding Continuum™ to include essential topics such as the opioid crisis, identifying sepsis and recognizing stress levels in the emergency services industry, as well as publishing findings for scientific advancement.
 Friday, Mar 17 
Metcalfe officials eye ambulance service options (Glasgow Daily Times)
Some Metcalfe County Fiscal Court members are floating the idea of pulling out of the joint ambulance service for Metcalfe and Barren counties, depending on what other options they may have.
 Friday, Mar 17 
New York emergency worker run over by stolen ambulance (WDRB)
A New York emergency medical technician and mother of five who authorities say was "bravely doing her job" was killed when she was run over by her own ambulance that had just been stolen.
 Friday, Mar 17 
Online campaign funds EMT's bucket list goal (Bowling Green Daily News)
Steve Coots has worked on the car with the aim of converting it into a showpiece that pays tribute to the local fire departments and EMTs.
 Wednesday, Mar 15 
St. Matthews Fire and Rescue offering ambulance services to Louisville Metro (WAVE)
The St. Matthews Fire Protection District launched its own Emergency Medical Services to respond more quickly to their residents and step in to assist Louisville Metro Emergency Services.
 Tuesday, Mar 14 
Former Boyle EMS worker sues for sexual harassment, discrimination (Advocate-Messenger)
The Boyle County Fiscal Court is facing a lawsuit from a former employee of Boyle County Emergency Medical Service, seeking damages for sexual harassment, discrimination on the basis of his sex, retaliation, constructive discharge and breach of an implied employment contract.
 Monday, Mar 13 
Prove It: Mobile stroke care improves patient outcome (EMS1)
A mobile stroke unit offers specially trained personnel and equipment which can provide remote diagnosis and evidence-based management to patients for definitive treatment.
 Monday, Mar 13 
Louisville man who overdosed attacks first responders who saved him, police say (WLKY)
A man accused of attacking the first responders who saved his life faced a judge Monday.
 Friday, Mar 10 
EMS concealed carry law: 5 things you need to know (EMS World)
Support for EMS and firefighters to legally carry weapons on duty is steadily growing.
 Friday, Mar 10 
Mumps outbreaks reported across USA (USA Today)
Hundreds of cases of mumps have been reported across the country since the start of 2017, according to the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention.
 Friday, Mar 10 
Hospitals using higher dose of drug to counteract heroin overdoses (WDRB)
Louisville hospitals are using a higher dose of a drug that can reverse the effects of heroin.
 Thursday, Mar 9 
Why EMTs, paramedics don't get paid enough (EMS1)
Understanding the complex and multifaceted reasons for low EMS wages is an important first step to improve pay and benefits.
 Wednesday, Mar 8 
Ky. flight paramedic returns to duty after losing leg in crash (EMS1)
Jason Buck was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash July 2015.
 Wednesday, Mar 8 
'One of a kind': Remembering Mike Swift (Glasgow Daily Times)
According to some of those who knew him best, Barren County lost an "icon" and a "one-of-a-kind man" this week.
 Tuesday, Mar 7 
'Blue Lives Matter' bill passes, but not before objections touching on race and division (Louisville Courier Journal)
The state Senate on Tuesday gave final approval to a measure dubbed "Blue Lives Matter," which makes it a hate crime to attack a police officer, a firefighter or emergency medical personnel — adding them to individuals protected by the law because of race, religion, sexual orientation or national origin
 Tuesday, Mar 7 
Louisville EMS administered naloxone to record number of suspected overdoses last month (Insider Louisville)
Louisville EMS administered naloxone to 394 suspected overdose victims in February, shattering monthly record.
 Tuesday, Mar 7 
Funeral arrangements for Mike Swift
Mike Swift, who retired as the EMS director for Barren-Metcalfe County EMS last year, passed away Monday afternoon. He was 66.
 Tuesday, Mar 7 
Swift, former ambulance director, died Monday afternoon (Glasgow Daily Times)
A pioneer for Barren County ambulance service, Mike Swift died Monday afternoon. He was 66.
 Monday, Mar 6 
How to reduce ambulance collision death and injury (EMS1)
Operations policies, driver and occupant training and behavior change come before and during the implementation of new ambulance safety innovations.
 Monday, Mar 6 
Safeguard EMS personnel with advanced ambulance decontamination practices and products (EMS1)
Move beyond a hospital towel and spray bottle of disinfectant with specialized tools to fully eliminate dangerous pathogens from ambulances.
 Friday, Mar 3 
Blood use in the field (EMS World)
It’s estimated that about one-third of the 200,000 trauma deaths in the U.S. each year are due to extreme blood loss.
 Friday, Mar 3 
Wait to cut umbilical cord, experts urge (CNN)
Doctors traditionally cut a newborn's umbilical cord right after birth, but recent research shows that there may be benefits in delayed cord clamping.
 Friday, Mar 3 
Despite law, hospitals turn away women in labor (Louisville Courier Journal)
Under the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, or EMTALA, every U.S. hospital with an emergency room has a duty to treat patients who arrive in labor, caring for them at least until the delivery of the placenta after a baby is born.
 Friday, Mar 3 
Feedback in EMS: Do we really know if our diagnosis is correct? (JEMS)
Most of us in EMS do not receive routine feedback on our diagnosis.
 Thursday, Mar 2 
Bill to split up pension funds put on hold by sponsor (WHAS)
A lawmaker says he's following Gov. Matt Bevin's request to temporarily shelve his bill to let local government pension funds break away from the Kentucky Retirement Systems.
 Thursday, Mar 2 
Ambulance tax board learns more about local EMS (Glasgow Daily Times)
The board of directors that will oversee the revenue collected from a special ambulance service taxing district in Barren County is still inching into its duties, but its three members are asking numerous questions and gathering documents to learn more about the agency the money is meant to help.
 Thursday, Mar 2 
DARPA has been using ambulances to search for nukes in D.C. (Business Insider)
DARPA has been using ambulances outfitted with special equipment to keep the nation's capitol safe from nuclear weapons.
 Thursday, Mar 2 
Bill to create medical review panels passes Kentucky Senate (WPSD)
The Kentucky House has passed a bill to shake up the state's medical malpractice system by creating panels of medical providers to review cases.
 Wednesday, Mar 1 
Wanna grow? Be nice to your patients (EMS World)
If you looking for a way to be at the top of a hospital's first call list, start by getting back to the basics of patient care.


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