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March 2017

 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.

February 2017

 Tuesday, Feb 28 
Abdul Sattar Edhi: Why Google honours him today (Al Jazeera)
Edhi, who founded the world's largest volunteer ambulance network, would have been 89 on Tuesday.
 Monday, Feb 27 
Building a strong EMS team: Overcoming conflicts (EMS1)
When team members do not mesh well, it can add stress to an already stressful environment.
 Monday, Feb 27 
Statewide tornado drill rescheduled (Advocate Messenger)
The statewide tornado drill that was scheduled for Feb. 28 has been rescheduled to 10:07 a.m. March 3, due to pending severe weather.
 Monday, Feb 27 
Next KAPA meeting scheduled for April 20
The next meeting of the Kentucky Ambulance Providers Association Board of Directors will be hosted by the Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport Fire Department on Thursday, April 20.
 Saturday, Feb 25 
First responders to be honored at Hibernian dinner (WHAS)
Louisville first responders will be honored during tonight's Wearing O' the Green dinner.
 Friday, Feb 24 
Top 9 manager mistakes that make good people quit (EMS World)
Your best performers always have other options--don't drive them away.
 Friday, Feb 24 
25% of all overdoses are from heroin (CNN)
America's opioid epidemic continues: The latest numbers from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, released Friday, show that one in four drug overdoses in 2015 was related to heroin. In 1999, just 6% of all overdoses were related to the drug.
 Friday, Feb 24 
Barren-Metcalfe County EMS: Who should pay for dispatch personnel? (Glasgow Daily Times)
A debate regarding ambulance service dispatchers re-emerged Wednesday evening when Glasgow Mayor Dick Doty asked his fellow members of the board of directors for Barren-Metcalfe County Emergency Medical Services to finally resolve some questions that have been pending.
 Thursday, Feb 23 
Bill would split local government pension funds from KRS (Lexington Herald Leader)
Local government pension funds would break away from the Kentucky Retirement Systems under a bill headed to the Kentucky Senate after winning committee approval. The bill would separate the County Employees Retirement System from KRS.
 Wednesday, Feb 22 
How community paramedics can respond to the opioid overdose epidemic (EMS1)
Community paramedics have an opportunity to change EMS response to overdose and addiction through application of harm reduction techniques.
 Wednesday, Feb 22 
Perry County Ambulance honors troops with ambulance deco (EMS1)
The agency has done previous ambulance designs to spread awareness for heart disease, autism and cancer.
 Wednesday, Feb 22 
Amazon's 'Alexa' able to give CPR instructions (EMS1)
The voice-activated device first tells the user to call 911 before offering other instructions.
 Wednesday, Feb 22 
Clarifications sought for ambulance taxing district ordinance (Glasgow Daily Times)
Barren County Fiscal Court unanimously passed the first of two readings of an ordinance to make some revisions, mostly clarifications, to the original ordinance passed late last year to establish a taxing district through which revenue would be collected.
 Wednesday, Feb 22 
6 important PPE items paramedics should be wearing, but aren't (EMS1)
We owe it to ourselves and our families to understand and use the PPE designed to protect us from line of duty injury or death.
 Tuesday, Feb 21 
What legislation will actually make EMS providers safer? (EMS1)
State legislators have passed or are considering several pieces of legislation intended to improve EMS working conditions and safety for providers.
 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.


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