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September 2017

 Saturday, Sep 23 
2017 Kentucky EMS Conference & Expo: Friday Photos (KAPA)
Photos from the Kentucky EMS Conference.
 Saturday, Sep 23 
2017 Kentucky EMS Conference & Expo: Thursday Photos (KAPA)
Photos from the Kentucky EMS Conference.
 Saturday, Sep 23 
2017 Kentucky EMS Conference & Expo: Wednesday Photos (KAPA)
Photos from the Kentucky EMS Conference.
 Saturday, Sep 23 
2017 Kentucky EMS Conference & Expo: Tuesday EMS Golf Scramble Photos (KAPA)
Photos from the Kentucky EMS Golf Scramble.
 Friday, Sep 22 
Louisville Metro Council looks for options during state pension crisis (WAVE)
Metro Council advanced a measure that would separate the County Employment Retirement System (CERS), which is made up of JCPS and city employees, from the failing state system.
 Thursday, Sep 21 
Study: Ambulances lower survival rates for gunshot, stabbing victims (EMS1)
The study suggested that dispatchers begin asking callers if they have a car and can take victims to the nearest trauma center.
 Wednesday, Sep 20 
Death of Louisville firefighter creates debate over line of duty deaths (WAVE)
The passing of a Louisville firefighter is creating debate over what counts as a line of duty death.
 Sunday, Sep 17 
Firefighters devote more time for medical calls (Paducah Sun)
Fighting fires, especially structure fires, is an increasingly smaller part of the duties of paid and volunteer firefighters.
 Saturday, Sep 16 
EMS agencies increase incentives for workers in tight labor market (WDRB)
A shortage of paramedics and EMTs across Kentucky has agencies aggressively competing for workers.
 Friday, Sep 15 
Which trauma training course is right for you? PHTLS vs. ITLS (EMS1)
Compare course scope, cost and general requirements for two EMS trauma course providers.
 Friday, Sep 15 
Kentucky pension crisis: Retirees ask board to protect their benefits (Louisville Courier Journal)
The Kentucky Retirement Systems board deferred action Thursday on requests that it urge Gov. Matt Bevin and lawmakers to protect current benefits of public workers and retirees when they consider pension reform later this year.
 Thursday, Sep 14 
Ambulance tax district board ponders banking, bonding matters (Glasgow Daily Times)
The Barren County Special Ambulance Taxing District's board of directors is still wading through preliminary work that is part of getting itself set up and ready to accept funds once county property owners begin paying their tax bills this fall.
 Thursday, Sep 14 
Kentucky leads nation with decline of uninsured (WYMT)
New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows Kentucky led the nation with the largest decrease of people without insurance since the implementation of former President Barack Obama's health care law.
 Wednesday, Sep 13 
Fit for duty: How to be a resilient responder (EMS1)
Fit for duty does not always mean being physically fit; it also refers to being resilient to the stress and emotional impacts of the job.
 Wednesday, Sep 13 
Expedite your registration and check-in at the Kentucky EMS Conference (KAPA)
The 27th annual Kentucky EMS Conference and Expo begins next week at the Lexington Convention Center, and there are some steps you can take now that will expedite your check-in at the conference.
 Wednesday, Sep 13 
The Midlife Medic: Warm soup and dry socks (EMS World)
Recognizing that your crews’ basic human needs are being hit hard by the work you’re asking them to do and fighting to make it better will help them in ways you cannot anticipate.
 Wednesday, Sep 13 
Overcoming bias, small-mindedness in EMS (EMS1)
EMS leaders must promote a culture that values professionalism and excellence, regardless of age, sex, race, sexual orientation or religion.
 Wednesday, Sep 13 
Boyle considering draft agreement with Bluegrass 911 (Advocate-Messenger)
Magistrates are now considering an interlocal agreement that would set up Bluegrass 911 as the emergency call center for Boyle County.
 Tuesday, Sep 12 
KentuckyOne Health pays $150M to Jewish foundation to cut ties with hospitals (Louisville Courier Journal)
A Jewish foundation has received $150 million from the parent of KentuckyOne Health, ending its relationship with the health system's properties statewide.
 Tuesday, Sep 12 
How many field training officers should an EMS agency have? (EMS1)
It's better to decide how many current employees would make great FTOs instead of letting the number of new hires determine the number of FTOs needed.
 Tuesday, Sep 12 
Gov. Bevin honors first responders and military at Louisville 9/11 remembrance event (WDRB)
Gov. Matt Bevin was in Louisville on Monday night to remember victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and honor first responders and military members.
 Monday, Sep 11 
Kentucky sending ambulance team to Florida in support of Hurricane Irma (Kentucky Press News Service)
The Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services deployed an Ambulance Strike Team to Florida Monday to provide emergency assistance with Hurricane Irma.
 Monday, Sep 11 
Frustrated first responders have to ignore Irma 911 calls (CNN)
When the winds kicked up as Hurricane Irma made its way up Florida's west coast, rescue workers watched helplessly as the 911 calls piled up on a computer screen.
 Saturday, Sep 9 
First Responders Week at Newport Aquarium (Newport Aquarium)
In recognition of Patriot Day on September 11, 2017, professionals involved in emergency response can receive free admission to Newport Aquarium from September 11th to 17th.
 Friday, Sep 8 
Kentucky EMS Conference program now available (KAPA)
The 2017 Kentucky EMS Conference and Expo program is now available for download. Those who are attending the conference are encouraged to download the conference program before the conference so that they can plan their schedule.
 Friday, Sep 8 
Kentucky pension crisis: Local governments face 50 to 60% increase in pension costs (Louisville Courier Journal)
Pension costs could jump 50 to 60 percent next year for local governments across the state.
 Thursday, Sep 7 
What to do when an emergency responder loses their cool (EMS1)
Here's how to help a colleague that is on the cusp of becoming a viral news sensation, putting their career at risk and embarrassing your department.
 Thursday, Sep 7 
Arrested for doing your job: Fallout from the arrest of a Utah nurse (EMS1)
Advocate for your patients while acting mindfully, cooperating with other public safety organizations and doing the right thing.
 Wednesday, Sep 6 
Hoover says retiree pay cuts 'highly unlikely' (Lexington Herald Leader)
Kentucky's Republican House speaker says it is highly unlikely lawmakers would approve a pay cut for retirees as part of a proposal to rescue the state's troubled public pension plan.
 Wednesday, Sep 6 
Police officer who arrested nurse fired from medic job (WLKY)
The ambulance company says that the detective's termination came after he said on video that he'd bring transient patients to the hospital to retaliate against the nurse.
 Tuesday, Sep 5 
Kentucky Pension Crisis: Benefit counselors are swamped but online help is available (Louisville Courier Journal)
If you can't get an appointment with a benefits counselor, you may be able to get questions answered by checking online.
 Sunday, Sep 3 
Kentucky isn’t the only state with a pension crisis. Here’s how others coped (Lexington Herald Leader)
Kentucky has one of the worst-funded pension systems in the country, but it isn’t alone.
 Saturday, Sep 2 
State police arrest fire chief, firefighters an arson charges (WPSD)
A Kentucky fire chief and three volunteer firefighters have been charged with arson after setting fire to a commercial building, state police say.
 Saturday, Sep 2 
Nurse's arrest prompts police apology (CNN)
Salt Lake City police apologized Friday for arresting a nurse who, citing hospital policy, refused to let officers draw blood from an unconscious accident victim.
 Saturday, Sep 2 
Danville puts out draft ‘service agreement’ for 911 service (Advocate-Messenger)
With Boyle County moving forward on plans to go out-of-county for 911 service, it’s unclear what the future of local dispatch looks like.
 Friday, Sep 1 
Video: Utah cop arrests nurse for refusing access to patient for blood draw (EMS1)
The detective argued that he was allowed to take blood through an "implied consent" process even though the patient was comatose.
 Friday, Sep 1 
Harvey highlights issues of aging 911 tech (CNN)
As flood waters began swallowing roads and homes during Tropical Storm Harvey, panicked Houston residents did what everyone in the U.S. is programed to do in an emergency. They dialed 911.

August 2017

 Thursday, Aug 31 
EMS agency involved in federal suit over Medicare fraud (EMS1)
Powell County EMS has been accused of billing the federal government for 2,400 fraudulent transfers since 2012.
 Thursday, Aug 31 
Study: Only 3.3 percent of ER visits are 'avoidable' (EMS1)
Many of the common conditions of avoidable emergency department visits involved mental health and dental problems.
 Thursday, Aug 31 
Kentucky Emergency Management to activate state EOC as Harvey remnants approach (Kentucky Press News Service)
Kentucky Emergency Management will activate its state Emergency Operations Center as remnants of Hurricane Harvey cross over the state later today.
 Thursday, Aug 31 
Boyle Fiscal Court affirms plan to move 911 service to Garrard (Advocate-Messenger)
Boyle County Fiscal Court voted 5-2 in an unexpected move Tuesday morning to formally pursue a dispatch merger with Bluegrass 911 in Garrard County.
 Thursday, Aug 31 
Ambulances using nitrous oxide to ease patients’ pain (EMS1)
Nitrous oxide equipment has been sold to EMS agencies in at least 30 states in the last three years.
 Thursday, Aug 31 
3 reminders to rescuing, evacuating and managing Hurricane Harvey victims (EMS1)
EMS, fire providers should follow lessons from Hurricane Katrina while mobilizing to operate in a large arena of catastrophe.
 Thursday, Aug 31 
360 Doses of Narcan to Be Distributed in Appalachia (U.S. News& World Report)
Gov. Matt Bevin says additional first responders in Kentucky are receiving doses of Narcan to help fight drug overdoses.
 Wednesday, Aug 30 
Some ideas to bail out Kentucky pension are dead on arrival, House speaker says (Louisville Courier Journal)
Some of the consultants' recommendations to resolve the state pension crisis will never make it though the House, but others could become the foundation for a real solution, according to Kentucky House Speaker Jeff Hoover.
 Tuesday, Aug 29 
How to remove the most common uniform stains (EMS1)
Despite your best efforts, blood stains, food grease and the not-so-fun vomit tinge happen from time to time.
 Tuesday, Aug 29 
What are key players saying about a consultant's proposals to fix the pension crisis? (Louisville Courier Journal)
Here's how key players in the effort to solve Kentucky's pension crisis are reacting to PFM Consulting Group's controversial recommendations to fix the problem.
 Tuesday, Aug 29 
Consultant proposes cutting some retirees' pensions, moving state workers to 401(k) plans (Louisville Courier Journal)
Many current state and local government retirees would see retirement benefits trimmed while benefits for most current and future public employees would be part of new 401(k)-style benefit plans under a report issued Monday by a consulting firm.
 Monday, Aug 28 
KAPA schedules Region 4 meeting for Sept. 6 (KAPA)
KAPA will hold their Region 4 Meeting on Sept. 6 at 1 PM EDT at the Independence Fire District Main Headquarters.
 Saturday, Aug 26 
Rumors of Ephraim-Haggin hospital merger unconfirmed (Advcate-Messenger)
Hospital officials have neither confirmed nor denied a rumored merger of Ephraim McDowell Health and the James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital in Harrodsburg.
 Friday, Aug 25 
Campbellsburg firefighter dies in the line of duty (WDRB)
A firefighter has died in the line of duty in Campbellsburg, Kentucky.
 Thursday, Aug 24 
Kentucky's pension crisis: You're on the hook, and this is what you need to know (Louisville Courier Journal)
For hundreds of thousands of Kentucky public employees and retirees, and for the elected officials responsible for dealing with the state's pension crisis, the moment is nearly at hand.
 Wednesday, Aug 23 
KAPA schedules Region 6 meeting for Sept. 6 (KAPA)
KAPA will hold their Region 6 Meeting on Sept. 6, 2017, at 1 PM EDT at Boyd County EMS. 2758 Greenup Ave., in Ashland, Ky.
 Wednesday, Aug 23 
Some Kentucky workers want to opt out of state pension system (WDRB)
Some Kentucky workers want to protect and save their retirements by moving out of the failing state pension system.
 Wednesday, Aug 23 
Fractured, sprained and strained, the eclipse's walking wounded arrive at hospitals (Louisville Courier Journal)
Mere hours after Monday's solar eclipse ended, the patients began lining up at hospitals across America.
 Wednesday, Aug 23 
First responders in Kentucky to receive doses of Narcan (WPSD)
Gov. Matt Bevin says first responders in parts of Kentucky are receiving doses of Narcan to help fight drug overdoses.
 Wednesday, Aug 23 
Bluegrass 911 officials say dispatch merger would be beneficial (The Advocate-Messenger)
Officials at the Bluegrass 911 Communications Center say there’s some bad information out there regarding the potential for Boyle County and the City of Danville to merge with their existing center in Garrard County.
 Tuesday, Aug 22 
Then and now: EMS practices through the years (EMS1)
Orange radio boxes, oxygen trunks, antiquated stretchers and duct tape: the tools of the EMS first responder have come a long way.
 Monday, Aug 21 
City of Louisville sues opioid distributors for hundreds of millions of dollars (WAVE)
Metro Louisville is among nearly 50 other cities suing drug distributors, accusing them of playing a role in creating the opioid crisis that is crippling many states.
 Monday, Aug 21 
Study: Ambulance response times increased under Affordable Care Act (EMS1)
Ambulance times slowed by almost two minutes after the Affordable Care Act was implemented.
 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.


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