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August 2017

 Friday, Aug 18 
Local emergency personnel brace for Monday (Murray Ledger & Times)
Murray and Calloway County emergency personnel have planned and re-planned for months preparing for issues that might arise Monday with the total solar eclipse.
 Wednesday, Aug 16 
Emergency management officials brace for heavy solar eclipse traffic (WDRB)
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to travel to western Kentucky to see the total solar eclipse, which will bring heavy traffic to the region.
 Wednesday, Aug 16 
Ambulance service contract to lapse in tri-cities area (WPSD)
An ambulance service at risk —That's the reality facing almost 9,000 people in Fulton County, Fulton, and Hickman, Kentucky, as well as South Fulton, Tennessee.
 Wednesday, Aug 16 
ER chief: Danville needs emergency medical dispatch now (Advocate-Messenger)
EMD allows 911 dispatchers to provide instructions to callers on how to help someone who is having a medical emergency before emergency responders can get on the scene.
 Tuesday, Aug 15 
EMS crew retreats, requests for backup after confrontation with gun (EMS1)
A SWAT team was called after a person in the residence confronted the responding crew with a gun.
 Tuesday, Aug 15 
Solar Eclipse 2017: Traffic delays expected on major Kentucky highways (Louisville Courier Journal)
Heavy highway congestion forecast in Kentucky along corridor for prime viewing of eclipse.
 Tuesday, Aug 15 
UofL Hospital emergency nurses take first place in competition (Lane Report)
A team of emergency nurses from University of Louisville Hospital took first place in a state competition of emergency medical skills.
 Tuesday, Aug 15 
Avoid emergency rooms on the day of the eclipse (WPSD)
People are expecting a sort of great migration to happen next Monday with people from all over the nation. Doctors like Conyer are preparing for the influx of people.
 Tuesday, Aug 15 
Summer edition of The Provider (KAPA)
The 2017 Summer Edition of The Provider, the Kentucky Ambulance Providers Association's quarterly newsletter.
 Sunday, Aug 13 
Discounted conference hotel rooms end Aug. (KAPA)
Discounted hotel rooms for the 2017 Kentucky EMS Conference and Expo go back to their full price on August 31.
 Sunday, Aug 13 
A county admin told EMS workers they should quit or kill themselves if their job was bad (WISTV)
Several South Carolina EMS employees are making claims that a county administrator told them they should kill themselves or just quit if they are unhappy with their jobs.
 Thursday, Aug 10 
Trump says he plans to declare opioid emergency (CNN)
President Donald Trump said Thursday that his administration is working to declare the opioid crisis a national emergency, a designation that would offer states and federal agencies more resources and power to combat the epidemic.
 Wednesday, Aug 9 
Ambulance service continues to set records (Murray Ledger & Times)
The Murray-Calloway County Ambulance Service began seeing a strong uptick in its annual run totals, starting in 2013.
 Wednesday, Aug 9 
Two EMS workers, infant hospitalized after exposure during overdose call (WKYT)
Two Bath County EMS workers and an infant were hospitalized Tuesday after being exposed to heroin laced with carfentanil, authorities said.
 Tuesday, Aug 8 
9 steps to fostering EMS community support (EMS1)
Being a reliable and engaged community partner takes your EMS organization to lead agency status and makes you the authority when it comes to community health care.
 Tuesday, Aug 8 
US won't declare opioid emergency, Price says (CNN)
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price announced Tuesday that President Donald Trump has no immediate plans to declare the nation's opioid epidemic a public health emergency, a decision that flies in the face of the key recommendation by the President's bipartisan opioid commission.
 Tuesday, Aug 8 
Funeral arrangements for Walter Lage (Legacy)
Walter Lage had a long career in the Fire Service, spanning over 40 years.
 Tuesday, Aug 8 
American Medical Response to be acquired for $2.4B (EMS1)
More than five million patients will be transported per year through a fleet of air and ground ambulances across 46 states and the District of Columbia.
 Tuesday, Aug 8 
US drug overdose deaths reach new high (CNN)
The latest government numbers reported find that drug overdose deaths in 2016 continued to climb despite ongoing efforts to stem the the overdose epidemic.
 Monday, Aug 7 
Officials: Aggressive patients pose added dangers for EMTs (EMS1)
About 52 percent of respondents to a 2005 survey by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians said they've been assaulted by a patient.
 Monday, Aug 7 
Here, heroin spares no one, not even the sheriff's wife (CNN)
Most nights, the freezer in the Montgomery County, Ohio's morgue is stacked floor-to-ceiling with bodies.
 Saturday, Aug 5 
Louisville ER doctors seeing more patients overdosing on Meth (WDRB)
Doctors believe some of the Meth is being laced with fentanyl, the extremely potent opioid that led to skyrocketing overdose numbers in Louisville.
 Friday, Aug 4 
NASEMSO announces comment period for the revision of the National EMS Scope of Practice Model (EMS1)
Priority topics include use of opioid antagonists and therapeutic hypothermia following cardiac arrest.
 Friday, Aug 4 
Millions of Americans live nowhere near a hospital, jeopardizing their lives (CNN)
As a nurse practitioner, Wanda Liddell knew it was a medical emergency when she saw one of her patients struggling to breathe last month. But in her backcountry town of Cross City, Florida, the ambulance took 30 minutes to arrive. Even worse, it was another 45 miles to the nearest hospital.
 Friday, Aug 4 
Emergency responders planning for simulation, real events (Advocate-Messenger)
“Tabletop is just exactly what it says. We sit around the table and we will put a scenario,” he said.
 Friday, Aug 4 
Bevin takes to social media to reassure pensioners (Louisville Courier Journal)
Gov. Matt Bevin went on social media Thursday evening to say he and the General Assembly intend to honor the state's "moral and legal" obligations regarding the pensions of public retirees and employees.
 Thursday, Aug 3 
Ford Explorer fumes have police departments worried (WPSD)
A growing number of police departments across the country are taking action over concerns that carbon monoxide fumes from Ford Explorer patrol vehicles are seeping inside the SUVs and potentially sickening officers.
 Thursday, Aug 3 
Ky. EMS director says naloxone is not a cure for opioid epidemic (EMS1)
“Narcan is more of a Band-Aid, it doesn’t really fix anything,” Madison County EMS Director Carlos Coyle said.
 Thursday, Aug 3 
Prevent, identify and treat sleep disorders in EMS providers (EMS1)
EMS providers are more susceptible to sleep disorders and their inherent dangers and health implications.
 Thursday, Aug 3 
Ambulance taxing district board approves bylaws, discusses potential budget (Glasgow Daily Times)
The board of directors for the Barren County ambulance service taxing district approved its bylaws during a regular meeting Wednesday.
 Wednesday, Aug 2 
No mention of EMS from Trump's opioid commission (EMS1)
EMS experience, overdose patient data and funding needs aren't mentioned in commission's national emergency declaration request to President Trump.
 Wednesday, Aug 2 
A step in the wrong direction: Reducing EMS certification levels (EMS1)
Crumbling volunteer EMS infrastructure requires radical thinking and strategies to provide quality emergency care.
 Tuesday, Aug 1 
WKYT Investigates: Paramedic shortage, concern to local EMS providers (WKYT)
Owen County Emergency Medical Services Administator Dan Brenyo is estimating a 35 percent paramedic shortage across Kentucky.

July 2017

 Monday, Jul 31 
How difficult is EMT training? (EMS1)
Succeeding in an EMT class and as an EMT in the field is more than just knowing things.
 Monday, Jul 31 
US hospitals set record for fast heart attack care (WPSD)
U.S. hospitals have set a record for how quickly they open blocked arteries, averaging under one hour for the first time since these results have been tracked.
 Monday, Jul 31 
Fire departments thinking outside the box in light of paramedic shortage (EMS1)
Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio fire departments say they need a new generation of paramedics to come on board.
 Thursday, Jul 27 
Will there be a paramedic, when you need one? (Cincinnati Enquirer)
There is a shortage of paramedics on both the local and national level. Educators in the emergency medical service field are scrambling to form classes to fill expected shortages in Northern Kentucky and Clermont County.
 Thursday, Jul 27 
Fund that paid for uninsured at University Hospital scrapped after Medicaid expansion changes landscape (WDRB)
A special government fund set up in 1983 to help pay for uninsured patients at University of Louisville Hospital, the city’s safety net hospital for the poor, will be dissolved soon as officials say it’s no longer needed because of Kentucky’s expansion of Medicaid.
 Thursday, Jul 27 
Boyd EMS boss weighs in on bigger trucks (Ashland Daily Independent)
A U.S. Senate committee is considering legislation to increase size and weight limits for tractor-trailers, but the director of Boyd County Emergency Medical Services is strongly opposed.
 Thursday, Jul 27 
EMS board hears about updates to buildings, staff (Glasgow Daily Times)
Lots of changes are still taking place with Barren-Metcalfe County Emergency Medical Service, from freshening up the headquarters station to having fresher medical staff because they now work 13-hour shifts instead of 24 at a time.
 Wednesday, Jul 26 
Is rural EMS on life support? (EMS1)
As the number of volunteers dwindles, so does the medical safety net that EMS provides.
 Saturday, Jul 22 
Louisville EMS flooded with calls as Metro records hottest day in 3 years (WLKY)
Temperatures were recorded at 97 degrees Friday in the Metro, making it the hottest day of the year so far. But with those near triple digits comes trouble.
 Saturday, Jul 22 
July Certificate of Need Newsletter (Cabinet for Health and Family Services)
The July edition of the Kentucky Certificate of Need Newsletter.
 Friday, Jul 21 
EMS agency wraps ambulance in handprints of children with autism (EMS1)
The autism ambulance is the second ambulance specially wrapped as a joint project between the Whitley County Fiscal Court and Whitley EMS.
 Friday, Jul 21 
Toddler’s brain damage reversed by treatment after near drowning (USA Today)
A 2-year-old from Arkansas who nearly drowned in her family's swimming pool is on the mend thanks to a type of oxygen therapy.
 Friday, Jul 21 
Everyone from first responders to runners battle hottest temperatures of year (WDRB)
While some people are turning up the air conditioning to beat the heat inside, others are out braving the extreme temperatures.
 Thursday, Jul 20 
KBEMS receives Innovation Award (Image Trend)
Under the leadership of Michael Poynter, Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services has continuously been on the forefront of EMS data collection.
 Thursday, Jul 20 
Study: Rural patients wait longer for EMS (EMS1)
The average interval between a call to 911 and arrival on the scene is seven minutes in the U.S., but patients in rural areas wait as long as 30 minutes.
 Wednesday, Jul 19 
Rural hospitals face uncertainty with health care proposals (WPSD)
Rural hospitals face prospect of struggling to stay viable as Republicans in Congress consider everything from outright repeal to gradual phase-out of Medicaid expansion.
 Wednesday, Jul 19 
MetroSafe shortage leaves seizure patient waiting nearly 40 minutes for an ambulance (WDRB)
The problem stems from a shortage in operators.
 Wednesday, Jul 19 
911 Services Board announces $3.6 million of emergency call center grants (Kentucky Press News Service)
The $3.6 million of funding for the 2017 911 competitive grant cycle represents a 50 percent increase over 2015, where $2.4 million was awarded. No grants were issued in 2016.
 Tuesday, Jul 18 
Emergency responders to activate Emergency Operations Center for eclipse (WPSD)
With up to 500,000 visitors expected in the area for the total solar eclipse, emergency management agencies have been meeting for almost six months to organize a plan.
 Monday, Jul 17 
Why point-of-care ultrasound should be a mainstay in EMS (EMS1)
A former firefighter/EMT turned medical student describes the functional components, diagnostic uses and roadblocks of using this imaging technology.
 Monday, Jul 17 
Why electronic health records will replace EMS patient care reports (EMS1)
Access to patient records through prehospital and hospital EHR integration will help paramedics improve patient outcomes.
 Monday, Jul 17 
EMS in 2030: What technologies will be widely available? (EMS1)
EMS1 contributors and editorial advisory board members predict the future technologies that will transform patient assessment, care and transport.
 Saturday, Jul 15 
Can public pension benefits be cut? Kentucky officials looking into it (Louisville Courier Journal)
Kentucky law protects pension benefits earned by public employees, but some parts of benefit packages are not protected.
 Friday, Jul 14 
New Air Evac Lifeteam base under construction in Floyd County (WYMT)
Officials broke ground on a new Air Evac Lifeteam Helipad base in Floyd County Thursday.
 Thursday, Jul 13 
Pension costs just jumped for Kentucky's school districts, local governments (Louisville Courier Journal)
School districts and local governments will have to contribute more for their employees’ pension benefits under a new set of assumptions made Wednesday by the Kentucky Retirement Systems board.
 Wednesday, Jul 12 
Hardin County EMS Director fights back after being fired (WDRB)
Former Hardin County EMS Director John Malcomson got emotional Tuesday night while trying to convince county leaders to let him keep his job.
 Wednesday, Jul 12 
What happens if Congress doesn't repeal Obamacare (CNN)
Even if Congress fails to repeal Obamacare, Republicans have a big decision on their hands.
 Tuesday, Jul 11 
Poll: Emergency care is the most essential health benefit to cover (EMS1)
Almost three in four Americans said that emergency medicine services should be covered by insurance.
 Tuesday, Jul 11 
Suspended EMS director to speak to Fiscal Court (Elizabethtown News Enterprise)
Suspended Hardin County Emergency Management Ser­vices Director John Malcom­son will address Hardin Fiscal Court today with his job on the line.
 Tuesday, Jul 11 
Danville to share data, discuss legal issues of proposed 911 split at public workshop (Advocate-Messenger)
Many questions are looming about how 911 service will be provided within the various jurisdictions inside Boyle County in the future.
 Sunday, Jul 9 
Give EMS compliance training the respect it deserves (EMS1)
It's time for EMS leaders and educators to take compliance training as seriously as clinical training – caregivers' careers and patients' lives depend on it.
 Sunday, Jul 9 
The ransomware epidemic: What EMS agencies need to know (EMS1)
Don't get caught paying to access your data; use these tips to prevent, identify and recover from EMS ransomware attacks.
 Sunday, Jul 9 
6 tips for debriefing EMS simulation scenarios (EMS1)
You can use the Gather-Analyze-Summarize model to facilitate scenario debriefing and maximize learning
 Sunday, Jul 9 
Boyle County governments ponder splitting from Danville for 911 service (Advocate-Messenger)
Boyle County, Perryville and Junction City are considering splitting from Danville’s 911 dispatch center and having their emergency calls handled by Bluegrass 911 in Garrard County.
 Saturday, Jul 8 
Woman crashes, takes helper's car and flees from police (LEX18)
A woman led police on high-speed chase for 30 miles in Kentucky after she took a vehicle from someone who stopped on the highway to help.
 Thursday, Jul 6 
Officer who owns ambulance company settles suit for pulling over EMT (EMS1)
Darrell McIntosh was accused of intimidating a competing EMT as they transported a patient.
 Thursday, Jul 6 
Ambulance taxing district board still tweaking bylaws (Glasgow Daily Times)
The board of directors for the Barren County Special Ambulance Taxing District took no action on adopting proposed bylaws Wednesday, but there was additional discussion of a few potential tweaks.
 Wednesday, Jul 5 
How to handle the change EMS forces on you (EMS1)
After accepting that personal change is inevitable, here is how you can begin to handle that change for you and your family.
 Tuesday, Jul 4 
Lake Cumberland Healthcare Symposium (Lake Cumberland Healthcare Symposium)
The 2017 Lake Cumberland Healthcare Symposium registration is now open.
 Tuesday, Jul 4 
KSP now charging fee for fingerprinting services (WKSP)
If you need to have your fingerprints taken for work or personal use by Kentucky State Police, you will now have to pay $10.
 Sunday, Jul 2 
Boyd to add $48 fee to fund 911 (Daily Independent)
Boyd County property owners will be expected this fall to pay an extra fee of $48 per parcel to fund the county’s financially-strapped 911 center, if a new ordinance gains final approval.
 Saturday, Jul 1 
NASA predicts 300K people to descend on western Ky. for eclipse (SurfKY News)
NASA is predicting that 300,000 people will come to western Kentucky to experience the Solar Eclipse on August 21.
 Saturday, Jul 1 
Louisville Metro Emergency Services hiring while 911 operators say they're 'overworked' (WHAS)
Louisville Metro Emergency Services is currently hiring and needs to fill 18 positions; seven 911 operator spots and 11 dispatch spots.


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