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July 2017

 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.

June 2017

 Friday, Jun 30 
Why EMS will not stop responding to opioid overdoses (EMS1)
Public policy debate, reduced access to prescription narcotics and societal desire to make real change are needed to confront the deadly opioid epidemic.
 Friday, Jun 30 
Ky. bill makes targeting firefighters, EMTs a hate crime (EMS1)
Kentucky is the second state to adopt the classification for its first responders.
 Friday, Jun 30 
3 strikes and you're dead? Not in my ambulance (EMS1)
Extrapolating the consequences of a policy limiting opioid overdose treatment that goes against the foundation of EMS.
 Friday, Jun 30 
Waymo's self-driving vans learn how to drive near emergency vehicles (CNN)
We're learning what summer school looks like for a self-driving car.
 Thursday, Jun 29 
Snake bites are on the rise in US (CNN)
In the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 7,000 to 8,000 people are bit by venomous snakes each year and about five of those people die.
 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.


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