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June 2017

 Wednesday, Jun 28 
University of Louisville Hospital begins a new chapter as KentuckyOne Health exits (Louisville Courier Journal)
University Medical Center will assume management of the teaching hospital.
 Wednesday, Jun 28 
Should EMS let opioid overdose patients die? (EMS1)
A proposal to withhold treatment from opioid overdose patients shows the epidemic's continuing stress on EMS providers and its strain on municipal budgets.
 Wednesday, Jun 28 
National Safety Council publishes report on preventable deaths, accidents (EMS1)
The report ranked each state based on how they were preventing things like distracted driving, prescription painkillers and falls.
 Wednesday, Jun 28 
Fentanyl linked to half of Ky. OD deaths (Cincinnati Enquirer)
The powerful synthetic opiate fentanyl killed about half the people in Kentucky who died from overdoses last year, but officials say the toll could've been far grimmer.
 Wednesday, Jun 28 
GOP 'Obamacare' repeal teeters after Senate shelves vote (WDRB)
The Republican Party's long-promised repeal of "Obamacare" stands in limbo after Senate GOP leaders, short of support, abruptly shelved a vote on legislation to fulfill the promise.
 Tuesday, Jun 27 
Ambulance service tests communication equipment (Bowling Green Daily News)
Emergency medical dispatchers with The Medical Center EMS participated in a statewide drill Monday to test the effectiveness and efficiency of amateur radio for use in disasters when other communication methods are knocked out.
 Tuesday, Jun 27 
An EMT's view from the front lines of America's heroin crisis (CNN)
Driving through the streets of Huntington, West Virginia, with Gordon Merry is a stark reminder of what heroin is doing to American communities.
 Monday, Jun 26 
3 tips for preparing EMS for new Medicare cards (EMS1)
New cards will protect patient data and will fight fraud and identity theft.
 Monday, Jun 26 
Benefit held for Louisville paramedic's 19-month-old son as they prepare for his 13th surgery (WDRB)
A Louisville toddler, just 19 months old, is about to have his 13th surgery. Allison Schweitzer is a paramedic with Louisville Metro EMS and has been on medical leave for seven months to watch after her 19-month-old son Oakley.
 Monday, Jun 26 
Ohio city considers 'three strikes, you're out' policy on responding to overdoses (WLKY)
A controversial proposal has been made to deal with heroin overdoses.
 Monday, Jun 26 
Bevin’s proposed reorganization of 39 medical and professional boards delayed (Lexington Herald Leader)
Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed reorganization of dozens of medical and professional boards that oversee licensing of more than 100,000 professionals in Kentucky has been delayed, state officials told boards this week.
 Sunday, Jun 25 
2017 Midwest Safety Conference (Kentucky AAMS)
This event is being organized by KYAAMS, INAAMS and OACCT and all proceeds will be donated back to the 3 local AAMS chapters for furture safety events.
 Sunday, Jun 25 
Hardin County suspends EMS director (Elizabethtown News Enterprise)
The director of Hardin County Emergency Management Services was suspended without pay Thurs­day pending termination.
 Saturday, Jun 24 
Report: Putting others first can cost lives in emergencies (EMS1)
A study found survival rates were higher when strong people reached safety themselves before helping others.
 Saturday, Jun 24 
Deep cuts to Medicaid put rural hospitals in the crosshairs (CNN)
For the hundreds of rural U.S. hospitals struggling to stay in business, health policy decisions made in Washington, D.C., this summer could make survival a lot tougher.
 Saturday, Jun 24 
All Louisville first responders learning SWAT techniques in order to be prepared for anything (WDRB)
Mass shootings have become increasing more common across the United States, putting not only law enforcement but first responders in the crosshairs.
 Friday, Jun 23 
Governors wary of Medicaid cost shift in Senate health bill (WPSD)
Governors in states that expanded Medicaid are wary of a bill revealed Thursday by Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate.
 Wednesday, Jun 21 
What happens if astronauts get sick in space? (CNN)
Trying to perform chest compressions when you're floating around only results in two people pushing away from each other. So what's the solution?
 Wednesday, Jun 21 
June Certificate of Need Newsletter (revised) (Cabinet for Health and Family Services)
The revised June edition of the Kentucky Certificate of Need Newsletter.
 Wednesday, Jun 21 
3rd annual City of Carlisle Fire Dept. 9/11 Remembrance Service
The City of Carlisle Fire Dept. will hold their third annual 9/11 Remembrance Service on Sept. 10.
 Tuesday, Jun 20 
Bevin plans revamp of 39 medical and professional boards; Beshear pledges to fight (Lexington Herald Leader)
Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is pledging to fight a proposed reorganization and restructuring by Gov. Matt Bevin of nearly 40 medical and professional oversight boards, which control the licensing of more than 100,000 professionals in Kentucky and investigate complaints against them.
 Tuesday, Jun 20 
FirstNet, AT&T advance nationwide broadband network for public safety (EMS1)
The network will modernize communications with technologies that will help save lives.
 Monday, Jun 19 
Alexandria man among 19 honored by Carnegie Hero Fund Commission (Lexington Herald Leader)
A 72-year-old man who rescued a 48-year-old man from a truck near another burning vehicle that had crashed into it in Grants Lick, Kentucky, is one of 19 people being honored with Carnegie medals for heroism.
 Sunday, Jun 18 
Emergencies are My Nature: Traumatic incident changed an EMS provider's life (EMS1)
Daniel Carter looks back on what inspired his 37-year career as an EMT.
 Friday, Jun 16 
Barren ambulance tax district board mulls bylaws (Glasgow Daily Times)
The board of directors for the ambulance service taxing district established by Barren County ordinance in December is working toward finalizing its bylaws.
 Thursday, Jun 15 
SLIDE SHOW: Firefighter and EMT Steven Lee Coots Funeral (Bowling Green Daily News)
Stephen Coots was a volunteer firefighter for over 30 years and an EMT for over 20 years.
 Wednesday, Jun 14 
FDA asks pharmaceutical co. to pull opioid med from stores (EMS World)
In an effort to slow down the rampant opioid crisis, the FDA urged Endo Pharmaceutical to remove its opiate painkiller medication from store shelves.
 Wednesday, Jun 14 
EMS warns against synthetic drugs after viral video (WHAS)
Lexington police say the viral video circulating around the internet showing a man crawling on the ground and banging his head against the window show the reality of a newer and powerful drug called Serenity.
 Tuesday, Jun 13 
Coroner to first responders: Throw away your latex gloves when responding to ODs (EMS1)
Officials said the gloves may allow absorption into the person’s tissue, turning the responder into a victim.
 Tuesday, Jun 13 
Are public pensions a thing of the past for young workers? (CNN)
The Pennsylvania reform will build upon previous legislation to help fully fund the pension system and preserve a path to retirement for public workers.
 Tuesday, Jun 13 
3 firefighters injured after truck crashes in Trimble County (WDRB)
Three Bedford, Kentucky, firefighters escaped serious injuries when their truck crashed during an emergency call in Trimble County on Monday afternoon.
 Monday, Jun 12 
Ky. Board of Emergency Medical Services releases 2017 annual report (EMS World)
KBEMS reviews agency accomplishments, future goals and activity summaries.
 Monday, Jun 12 
After long minutes without a pulse, patient recovers (Citizen Voice & Times)
Seventy-nine year old Mary Jenkins remembers nothing of those minutes when she collapsed and her heart stopped beating.
 Monday, Jun 12 
PHI Air Medical now carries life-saving blood products
PHI operations in Morehead, London, Monticello, and Greenville have added plasma to their life-saving toolbox in addition to packed red blood cells on board their aircraft
 Monday, Jun 12 
Why Republicans might let their health care bill fail (CNN)
With the Republican Party's most pressing undertaking stuck in limbo, GOP senators and aides are beginning to wonder about one undesirable outcome: that the Senate takes a vote on a health care bill in the coming weeks.
 Sunday, Jun 11 
Family says stopped train kept EMS from getting to sick mother in Pulaski Co. (WKYT)
Police have cited the railroad company over this issue.
 Saturday, Jun 10 
With synthetic opioids on the rise, feds look to protect first responders (EMS1)
The current plan is to update training to make sure that first responders are aware of the risks posed by contact with fentanyl.
 Friday, Jun 9 
Man assaults EMS provider after naloxone administration (EMS1)
A car crash escalated into an arrest after a man assaulted an EMS provider.
 Friday, Jun 9 
DEA warns first responders of accidental opioid overdose (WLKY)
Accidental opioid overdose is an alarming phenomenon being seen more frequently among first responders, including police officers and paramedics, which is why the US Drug Enforcement Administration issued a warning to them this week.
 Thursday, Jun 8 
STATE OF ADDICTION: Louisville EMS, fire say overdose calls are rising (WLKY)
Louisville Metro Emergency Services and the Fire Department are seeing a rise in the number of overdose calls their departments handle.
 Thursday, Jun 8 
5 changes to health care and how they impact EMS (EMS1)
EMS leaders need to focus on continually improving quality, efficiency and innovation to add value as health care undergoes dramatic changes.
 Wednesday, Jun 7 
EMS students using virtual reality to learn about real-life scenarios (EMS1)
A 360-degree video camera allows faculty to recreate real life locations and situations.
 Wednesday, Jun 7 
How to mentally, physically prepare for a mass violence event (EMS1)
As responders, we can't run from danger because we're tasked with mitigating the incident and managing the aftermath.
 Wednesday, Jun 7 
EMS physicians send FDA letter praising agency's opioid crisis initiative (EMS1)
The letter reiterated support for a thorough, nationwide approach to resolving the systematic issue of opioid abuse.
 Tuesday, Jun 6 
DEA warns police of accidental overdose risks (WLKY)
“If you don’t know what it is, assume there’s something in it that will kill you"
 Tuesday, Jun 6 
EMT ranked third for most in-demand, fast-growing job (EMS1)
The list factored in opportunity and projected growth.
 Monday, Jun 5 
Kentucky hospitals say drug overdoses constrain resources (WLKY)
Amid the opioid epidemic in Kentucky, hospitals say overdoses have strained emergency rooms.
 Monday, Jun 5 
NIOSH explains ambulance crash-testing (EMS World)
A new seven-part video series examines its connection to worker safety.
 Monday, Jun 5 
WHAS Crusade for Children raises near $5.5M in 64th year (WHAS)
The WHAS Crusade for Children has raised near $5.5 million during its 64th Annual telethon.
 Friday, Jun 2 
Breathitt County ambulance service accused of lying to get payments from Medicare, Medicaid (Lexington Herald Leader)
Managers at an ambulance service in Breathitt County defrauded taxpayer-funded health plans by submitting false bills, a federal grand jury has charged.
 Thursday, Jun 1 
Bound Tree launches new Naloxone Rebate Program in partnership with IMS
Bound Tree has been working closely with their partner, International Medication Systems (IMS), to coordinate a national rebate on Naloxone purchases.

May 2017

 Tuesday, May 30 
Medicare plans to replace Social Security numbers on cards (WLKY)
Old Medicare cards will be going in the shredder as a measure goes in place to protect against identity theft.
 Monday, May 29 
Overdose mapping system could be used in fight against heroin (WHAS)
First responders in the Louisville Metro area are hoping that a real time overdose mapping system could help them in the fight against the ongoing heroin epidemic.
 Sunday, May 28 
EMS recognized for dedication to patients (Glasgow Daily Times)
May 21-27 is the 43rd annual Emergency Medical Services Week celebration.
 Saturday, May 27 
Deadly Beverly Hills Supper Club fire marks 40 years (WAVE)
Kentucky's Beverly Hills Supper Club fire remains one of the nation's worst fire tragedies. It happened 40 years ago, Memorial Day weekend. 165 people died and more than 200 were injured.
 Friday, May 26 
10 ways to build effective community relations (EMS World)
There are many simple steps your agency can take to develop trust and foster respect.
 Friday, May 26 
Compassion fatigue in EMS: How to empathize while avoiding burnout (EMS World)
Learn one experienced nurse's solution to burnout in the medical field when your compassion begins to fade in the midst of repeated trauma.
 Friday, May 26 
Lexington council agrees to add 12 EMTs (Lexington Herald Leader)
The Lexington council agreed Thursday to make changes to Mayor Jim Gray’s proposed budget that included adding money for 12 additional EMTs.
 Friday, May 26 
Unions ask judge to block Kentucky’s new ‘right-to-work’ law. (Lexington Herald Leader)
The AFL-CIO and Teamsters Union filed a lawsuit in Franklin Circuit Court Thursday challenging the constitutionality of a new law that prohibits unions from requiring employees to pay dues in a unionized workplace.
 Thursday, May 25 
Barren EMS board approves proposed budget (Glasgow Daily Times)
The new executive director of the Barren-Metcalfe ambulance service has apparently kept plenty busy during his first month – which still has another week to go – on the job.
 Wednesday, May 24 
FirstNet: Connecting EMS To Improve On-Scene Triage, Care and Safety (EMS World)
A video example shows how its enhanced communications and data capabilities could work for EMS.
 Wednesday, May 24 
EMS unveils new southern Madison station (Richmond Register)
Madison County EMS unveiled their new Berea station to the public during a Tuesday afternoon open house, full of food, fun and fellowship.
 Wednesday, May 24 
First responders shown appreciation with hot breakfast (Ashland Daily Independent)
A piping-hot meal, smiles on faces and a big community “thank you” was waiting for first responders as they walked into the Elks Lodge on Tuesday morning for a Boyd County First Responders Appreciation Breakfast.
 Tuesday, May 23 
New ambulance crash test methods aim to keep EMS providers safe (EMS1)
NIOSH's video series highlights demos and improvements to patient compartment design.
 Tuesday, May 23 
Why I came to accept being called an 'ambulance driver' (EMS1)
The public sees what they want to see and I've come to accept that they see EMTs and paramedics as people driving ambulances.
 Tuesday, May 23 
Jessamine EMS adds ultrasound training (Lexington Herald Leader)
Jessamine County EMS has announced a 14-week internship with the University of Kentucky Medical Center that will train the team to add ultrasound to its list of critical care offerings.
 Monday, May 22 
May Certificate of Need Newsletter (Cabinet for Health and Family Services)
The May edition of the Kentucky Certificate of Need Newsletter.
 Monday, May 22 
Report looks at regulatory practices of out-of-state EMS agencies (EMS1)
The report breaks down the findings from a 2016 survey of state EMS offices on licensure requirements, exemptions and special conditions for ground and helicopter EMS agencies.
 Monday, May 22 
Could you be an expert witness? (EMS World)
Paramedics with the right communication skills, clinical experience and administrative know-how can turn a part-time venture into a significant chunk of income.
 Sunday, May 21 
Air Methods E'town partners with Red Cross for blood reserves (Elizabethtown News Enterprise)
Air Methods Elizabethtown will now have its blood reserves supplied by the American Red Cross thanks to a partnership announced between the two last week.
 Friday, May 19 
First responders ride for fallen EMS providers, stop in Penn. (EMS World)
National EMS Memorial Bike Ride participants gave fallen providers' dog tags to their families.
 Friday, May 19 
‘We have an epidemic.’ Kentucky now leads the nation in Hepatitis C infection rate. (Lexington Herald Leader)
The CDC said Kentucky had the highest rate of new hepatitis C infections in the nation from 2008 through 2015, the last year with available data.
 Friday, May 19 
Lawmaker to clarify non-emergency EMS Medicaid transport reimbursement (EMS1)
Kentucky delegation of EMS leaders asked congressional representatives to clarify that non-emergency, medically necessary ambulance services can't be waived by the states.
 Thursday, May 18 
Kentucky's pension problem just got $2 billion worse (Louisville Courier Journal)
Board majority says more realistic assumptions for investment income and payroll growth give a more realistic look at huge pension problem.
 Thursday, May 18 
KAPA: Guthrie to clarify non-emergency EMS Medicaid transport reimbursement
U.S. Representative Brett Guthrie (KY-02) has told the Kentucky Ambulance Providers Association (KAPA) that he will amend H.R. 1394, the Medicaid Nonemergency Transportation Bill that would allow states to eliminate coverage for non-emergency medical transportation under their respective Medicaid programs.
 Thursday, May 18 
Officer overdoses from powder on shirt after drug arrest (Lexington Herald Leader)
Police say an Ohio officer suffered an accidental overdose after a drug arrest when he touched powder on his shirt without realizing it was the powerful opiod fentanyl.
 Wednesday, May 17 
5 EMS back injury prevention tips (EMS1)
To be in the EMS profession for the long haul, following these simple lifting tips every day will pay off in the future.
 Wednesday, May 17 
Report uses EMS data to shed light on opioid overdose crisis (EMS1)
The report's findings help identify when and where highly potent opioids are introduced into a community.
 Tuesday, May 16 
Who might buy Jewish Hospital and other KentuckyOne sites? Think local, experts say (Louisville Courier Journal)
KentuckyOne Health's decision to withdraw from the Louisville market has unleashed widespread speculation about potential interest in the ailing health system's assets.
 Monday, May 15 
Spring Edition of The Provider
The 2017 Spring Edition of The Provider, the Kentucky Ambulance Providers Association's quarterly newsletter.
 Saturday, May 13 
Impact of pensions on state budget will come into sharper focus soon (Louisville Courier Journal)
Within the next two weeks, Kentucky policymakers are expecting to get a clearer view of the dimensions of the state's pension crisis.
 Saturday, May 13 
Whitley County EMS honors children with cancer (EMS World)
EMS personnel covered an ambulance with handprints of children affected by cancer in their honor.
 Friday, May 12 
KentuckyOne Health to sell off Jewish Hospital, other Louisville facilities (Louisville Courier Journal)
KentuckyOne Health, the once-dominant hospital system across the state, announced Friday that it will sell off Jewish Hospital and many other high-profile facilities in Louisville as it refocuses on Central and Eastern Kentucky.
 Friday, May 12 
Metro EMS still short-staffed after new EMTs hit the streets (WDRB)
More EMTs are working in Louisville, but the department is still short-staffed.
 Friday, May 12 
Mayfield Air Evac celebrates five years (Paducah Sun)
The Mayfield Air Evac Lifeteam base celebrated its fifth anniversary on Wednesday with a ribbon cutting, luncheon and open house.
 Wednesday, May 10 
How to deal with angry EMS employees (EMS1)
When you truly listen to a group of angry EMS providers, there is always a bounce from negative complaints to positive affirmations.
 Wednesday, May 10 
Survey shows high rates of depression, PTSD among first responders (EMS World)
Researchers say EMS leaders must make conversations about mental health more open to allow staff to feel comfortable discussing the topic.
 Tuesday, May 9 
LODD: Ky. firefighter-paramedic dies after complaining of illness (EMS1)
James "Dewon" Wells, 52, was found at home by his wife; he was unresponsive and not breathing.
 Tuesday, May 9 
Coworkers team up to help EMT whose son has rare condition (WLKY)
A woman who spends her days saving lives as a Louisville EMT is now helping her son fight for his life.
 Tuesday, May 9 
Ky. first responders leery of new opioid more resistant to Narcan (EMS World)
First responders are dealing with a surge in heroin laced with acrylfentanyl, a deadlier strain that is harder to treat with Narcan.
 Tuesday, May 9 
EpiPens still potent 4 years after expiration date, study says (WLKY)
EpiPen products can still deliver an effective dose long after they have expired, according to a study published Monday.
 Monday, May 8 
Devices used for heart emergencies may not work (WKYT)
A study by University of Louisville Cardiologist Dr. Brad Sutton found that 20 percent of the AEDs he and his students tested in Louisville and other major cities didn't work.
 Sunday, May 7 
Ga. officials warn responders about furanyl fentanyl dangers (EMS World)
Synthetic opioids can be fatal by touch or inhalation.
 Saturday, May 6 
Ambulance taxing board meets new BMCEMS director (Glasgow Daily Times)
The board of directors for the Barren County ambulance service taxing district met Charlie O'Neal, the new director of the Barren-Metcalfe County Emergency Medical Services, during their regular meeting Wednesday.
 Friday, May 5 
Why EMS providers need living wills (EMS1)
It is not easy to speak about living wills. But for every first responder, it’s a conversation worth having.
 Friday, May 5 
Senator McConnell works with Madison County EMS to improve safety (Berea Online)
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced today that Madison County EMS has received $373,000 in competitive federal grant funding through FEMA's Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.
 Friday, May 5 
Emergency rooms prepare to see hundreds of patients over Derby weekend (WDRB)
Thousands of people will be visiting Louisville for the Kentucky Derby, and with that comes the need for local emergency rooms.
 Thursday, May 4 
Why the media singles out wrongdoing by firefighters, EMTs (EMS1)
Do the right thing because it is right, but also do the right thing because your job, supported by the currency of public trust, depends on it.
 Thursday, May 4 
How to reduce risk of violence to EMS providers (EMS1)
Take a mental "stand down" to review essential safety practices that can reduce the risk of injury from violence.
 Wednesday, May 3 
Boyle on board with idea to shift 911 responsibility to Danville (Advocate Messenger)
Boyle County magistrates say they’re OK with a plan for the City of Danville to take over all management of the 911 center.
 Wednesday, May 3 
New EMS facility unveiled (Bowling Green Daily News)
Med Center Health unveiled its new emergency medical services facility in Bowling Green on Tuesday.
 Tuesday, May 2 
How to become a paramedic abroad (EMS1)
Becoming a paramedic abroad can be both challenging and rewarding.
 Tuesday, May 2 
PHI now carries blood products
As a patient, being airlifted from a traumatic accident can be scary, but not having any available red blood on the medical aircraft can be fatal.
 Tuesday, May 2 
Dallas paramedic shooting suspect found dead, 2nd body found (EMS1)
Emergency responders were treating a civilian who had been shot when another person approached, opened fired and critically injured a paramedic.
 Monday, May 1 
New EMS requirement for patients of domestic violence
KAPA became aware today of Kentucky House Bill 309, which will require EMS to report an act of domestic violence and abuse or dating violence and abuse to a law enforcement officer at the request of the victim, and to provide a suspected victim of domestic or dating violence with certain educational materials.
 Monday, May 1 
Simulation technology improves training quality (EMS World)
High-fidelity sim lab offers more creative, realistic training scenarios for AMR providers in Michigan.
 Monday, May 1 
Special protocols for special patients (EMS World)
When a condition is easily treatable but rare, how much should EMS try to do?


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