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May 2017

 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?

April 2017

 Friday, Apr 28 
Drugged driving passes alcohol alone in fatal crashes, study finds (EMS World)
The number of American drivers killed in car crashes in which drugs were detected has eclipsed those killed in crashes where only alcohol was found, according to a new study released Wednesday.
 Friday, Apr 28 
Highway fatalities back on rise after downward trend; Kentucky deaths up 73 compared with 2015 (Glasgow Daily Times)
Highway fatalities in Kentucky increased last year according to numbers from the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety and Kentucky State Police.
 Thursday, Apr 27 
National EMS Weekend of Honor pays tribute to fallen EMS heroes (EMS World)
Held in Arlington, Va., special events open to the public include a memorial service and bike ride.
 Thursday, Apr 27 
NASEMSO announces final military to civilian EMS project resources (EMS World)
The project comprised several distinct military-to-civilian integration components and deliverables.
 Thursday, Apr 27 
EMS board makes offer for executive director job; decision expected by Friday (Glasgow Daily Times)
A man Dick Doty described as having “a lifetime career in emergency services” has been offered the position of executive director of the ambulance service for Barren and Metcalfe counties.
 Wednesday, Apr 26 
NAEMT announces recipients of 'EMS Advocate of the Year' award (EMS1)
The award recognizes professionals whose volunteer efforts advance EMS through educating and engaging elected government leaders and the EMS community.
 Tuesday, Apr 25 
Excellance to display new ambulance for Frankfort Fire & EMS at FDIC International 2017 (EMS World)
Excellance, Inc. will be showing the custom-built ambulance for Frankfort Fire & EMS located in Frankfort, KY.
 Tuesday, Apr 25 
In bid to revamp health care, Trump could hurt one of U.S.'s biggest job creators (CNN)
In many ways, the health care industry has been a great friend to the U.S. economy. Its plentiful jobs helped lift the country out of the Great Recession and, partly due to the Affordable Care Act, it now employs one in nine Americans -- up from one in 12 in 2000.
 Tuesday, Apr 25 
Paramedic honored for replacing stolen flag (Paducah Sun)
When Doyott White heard that someone had stolen more than a dozen American flags from locations throughout Paducah, he was perturbed and then replaced the American flag in front of the Paducah Police Department.
 Sunday, Apr 23 
Ambulance crew pulls man from burning truck (The State Journal)
Two Frankfort firefighters transporting a patient in the early hours of Saturday morning had to get out of their ambulance and take quick action to remove a man from a burning vehicle.
 Saturday, Apr 22 
Survey: Majority of responders face workplace mental health challenges (EMS1)
Over 50 percent of responders believe their supervisor will treat them differently if they bring up their mental health concerns.
 Friday, Apr 21 
4 ways to demonstrate fiscal stability for EMS grant funding (EMS Grants Help)
Sustainment of a project beyond the period of grant funding is a sign of a wise investment for a project funder.
 Friday, Apr 21 
Madison EMS receiving significant increase in overdose calls (EMS World)
The amount of overdoses this year is up by 50% compared to the beginning of 2016.
 Thursday, Apr 20 
April Certificate of Need Newsletter (Cabinet for Health and Family Services)
The April edition of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Certificate of Need Newsletter.
 Thursday, Apr 20 
Louisville officials introduce new look and tech for Metro EMS ambulances (WDRB)
Louisville Metro EMS is switching to an orange color scheme to improve visibility on the road. The ambulances also have dual sirens and additional lights.
 Thursday, Apr 20 
Flight paramedic George Hatherill enjoying his dream job (Hazard Herald)
Becoming a flight paramedic was a dream come true for George Hatherill and he’s thankful to have a job he loves that is so important to the region.
 Tuesday, Apr 18 
Changes ahead for Bullitt County dispatch center after loss of national crime-fighting database (WDRB)
Fiscal court has taken action, transferring responsibility for the dispatch center over to the sheriffs office, taking it from Bullitt County EMS.
 Tuesday, Apr 18 
4 EMS special event coverage tips (EMS1)
Mass gathering coverage plans and preparedness need to encompass nearby residents, as well as event staff, volunteers and participants.
 Tuesday, Apr 18 
History of the NREMT in the United States (EMS1)
Emergency response and medical treatment is a sophisticated process that requires rigorous training. Qualified emergency medicine is a relatively recent phenomenon thanks, in part, to the National Registry of EMTs.
 Tuesday, Apr 18 
Report: Benefits, challenges of incorporating EMS in health information exchange (EMS1)
The report looks at how EMS and health information exchange organizations can work together to improve data sharing.
 Tuesday, Apr 18 
EMS provides best chance of surviving emergency, officials say (WAVE)
Victims or witnesses to violent crimes often don't call for help, officials said.
 Tuesday, Apr 18 
Lake Cumberland Healthcare Symposium Call for Presentations (Russell County EMS)
Call for Presentations for the 5th annual Lake Cumberland Healthcare Symposium.
 Saturday, Apr 15 
Man gets 4 years in prison in Maryland firefighter-paramedic's fatal shooting (EMS1)
A Maryland man who fatally shot a firefighter he mistook for an intruder will spend four years in prison.
 Thursday, Apr 13 
Emergency medical dispatch could help Boyle’s dismal cardiac arrest survival rate, but it’s expensive (Advoate-Messenger)
A doctor said the best way to up the survival rate for heart attack victims is to provide “emergency medical dispatch” through the local 911 center.
 Wednesday, Apr 12 
Running behind: Marathons may delay medical care for others (WPSD)
A US study finds that it takes longer for nearby residents to get to a hospital for heart care on race day and they're less likely to survive.
 Wednesday, Apr 12 
AAMS publishes air medical cost study results (EMS World)
The AAMS conducted a cost-benefit analysis study showing air medical services are worth the expenditure and need more Medicare coverage.|
 Tuesday, Apr 11 
AAMS responds to Consumer Reports article (AirMed & Rescue)
The US-based Association of Air Medical Services has issued a statement responding to what it described as ‘inaccuracies’ in an article published by Consumer Reports.
 Tuesday, Apr 11 
911 operators: We are first responders (EMS1)
Every April, public safety telecommunication personnel are honored for their dedication and service through National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.
 Friday, Apr 7 
New survey finds half of Americans afraid to perform CPR (EMS World)
Only half of Americans can be counted on to perform CPR in an emergency, a new survey finds.
 Friday, Apr 7 
When your patient has a gun (EMS World)
A short primer on how to deal with a patient who happens to have a handgun.
 Friday, Apr 7 
The big one is coming, and it's going to be a flu pandemic (CNN)
Experts say we are "due" for one. When it happens, they tell us, it will probably have a greater impact on humanity than anything else currently happening in the world.
 Thursday, Apr 6 
Kentucky hospital improves treatment for heart attack patients through collaboration and technology (EMS World)
Using a new app technology, a hospital in Kentucky has decreased the time to treat critical heart attack patients by 30 percent.|
 Thursday, Apr 6 
Louisville officials brace for overdoses from people using elephant tranquilizer (Louisville Courier Journal)
A dangerous street drug — an elephant tranquilizer never intended for humans — already has killed at least one person in Louisville.
 Wednesday, Apr 5 
Today, tomorrow or next year? Coping with PTSD in EMS (EMS1)
If you suspect someone is suffering from PTSD, let them know that you care.
 Wednesday, Apr 5 
Is affordable air ambulance transport a right? (EMS1)
Montana legislators have endorsed a bill to prevent financial ruin for patients who urgently need air ambulance transport.
 Tuesday, Apr 4 
10 cities where EMS providers earn more than the average wage (EMS1)
EMS1 has uncovered several areas where EMS salaries are actually higher than average.
 Tuesday, Apr 4 
EMS Find app integrates with Lyft (EMS World)
EMS Find users will be able to set up rides nationwide simply by clicking on the Lyft button from the transport request screen of the EMS Find app.
 Tuesday, Apr 4 
Louisville Metro EMS captain dies after cancer battle (WHAS)
An EMT who devoted his life in helping others has died.
 Tuesday, Apr 4 
Kansas agency to field a low-top ambulance (EMS World)
Kansas EMS is bringing a European design to the U.S.
 Tuesday, Apr 4 
The Midlife Medic: When 'just ask' doesn't work (EMS World)
To improve your interview game, consider the when and why along with the what.
 Monday, Apr 3 
FDA alerts consumers of nationwide voluntary recall of EpiPen and EpiPen Jr (FDA)
This recall is due to the potential that these devices may contain a defective part that may result in the devices’ failure to activate.


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