KHN | EMTs Facing A Pandemic And Protests At Once

For EMTs, There’s No ‘Rule Book’ For Facing A Pandemic And Protests At Once

By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez | From Kaiser Health News

Emergency medical services across the country, already burdened by the high demands of COVID-19, have faced added pressure in the past week as they responded to protests ignited by the death of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police.

The need to protect themselves against the coronavirus adds another complication to emergency crews’ efforts in these dangerous conditions. Their personal protective equipment (PPE) can be difficult to wear in a crowd, said emergency medical services officials. Plus, switching from that gear to equipment needed to shield medics from bullets, rocks or tear gas can be challenging.

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MIT | What Does and Does Not Correlate With COVID-19 Death Rates

From the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research

What Does and Does Not Correlate With COVID-19 Death Rates
Christopher R. Knittel and Bora Ozaltun
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Abstract
We correlate county-level COVID-19 death rates with key variables using both linear regression and negative binomial mixed models, although we focus on linear regression models. We include
four sets of variables: socio-economic variables, county-level health variables, modes of commuting, and climate and pollution patterns. Our analysis studies daily death rates from April 4, 2020 to May 27, 2020. We estimate correlation patterns both across states, as well as within states. For both models, we find higher shares of African American residents in the county are correlated with higher death rates. However, when we restrict ourselves to correlation patterns within a given state, the statistical significance of the correlation of death rates with the share of African Americans, while remaining positive, wanes. We find similar results for the share of elderly in the county. We find that higher amounts of commuting via public transportation, relative to telecommuting, is correlated with higher death rates. The correlation between driving into work, relative to telecommuting, and death rates is also positive across both models, but statistically significant only when we look across states and counties. We also find that a higher share of people not working, and thus not commuting either because they are elderly, children or unemployed, is correlated with higher death rates. Counties with higher home values, higher summer temperatures, and lower winter temperatures have higher death rates. Contrary to  past work, we do not find a correlation between pollution and death rates. Also importantly, we do not find that death rates are correlated with obesity rates, ICU beds per capita, or poverty rates. Finally, our model that looks within states yields estimates of how a given state’s death rate compares to other states after controlling for the variables included in our model; this may be interpreted as a measure of how states are doing relative to others. We find that death rates in the Northeast are substantially higher compared to other states, even when we control for the four sets of variables above. Death rates are also statistically significantly higher in Michigan, Louisiana, Iowa, Indiana, and Colorado. California’s death rate is the lowest across all states.

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On Demand Presentation: Emergency Medical Services and 911

Healthcare Resilience Task Force: EMS/911

May 29, 2020
Dr. Jon Krohmer, NHTSA, HRTF EMS/Pre-hospital Team Lead
Kate Elkins, NHTSA, HRTF EMS/Pre-hospital Deputy Team Lead

911, the universal number to call for emergency help nationwide, is a proven, life-saving service to the public. NHTSA’s Office of EMS oversees the National 911 Program, which envisions an emergency response system that best serves the public, providing immediate help in all emergency situations. This presentation covered the current Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Environment, Impacts and Next Steps for EMS in regards to COVID-19, and EMS and Fire Impacts on Community Lifelines.

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EMS by the Numbers: Impact of COVID-19

May 21, 2020

Presentation by N. Clay Mann PhD, MS, MBA
NEMSIS Technical Assistance Center

This document is provided by NHTSA in an effort to help State EMS Officials track particular EMS activations occurring during the COVID‐19 pandemic. This document will be updated periodically to provide current information regarding temporal variations in the type and characteristics of EMS activations occurring in the U.S. during the COVID‐19 outbreak.

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Please contact the NEMSIS Technical Assistance Center for updates to this document.
Contact N. Clay Mann at clay.mann@hsc.utah.edu.

Webinar 6/30 | Financial Sustainability Ideas for EMS

June 30, 2020 | 14:00 ET

Three ambulance leaders with diverse backgrounds share innovative tips for financial sustainability in this fast-paced one hour webinar. From insurance captives to employee engagement to data-driven decision-making, Jamie Pafford-Gresham, P. Sean Tyler, and Wayne Jurecki will lend their unique perspectives on ways to keep service rolling during these extraordinarily challenging times.

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Jamie Pafford-Gresham
CEO, Pafford Medical Services
Director, AAA Board
Chair, AAA Government Affairs Committee
Hope, Arkansas

Wayne Jurecki
COO, Bell Ambulance Service
Director, AAA Board
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

P. Sean Tyler
CEO, Transformative Healthcare
President & CEO, Fallon Ambulance Service
Board Secretary, Massachusetts Ambulance Association
Quincy, Massachusetts

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NYT | Coronavirus Is Deadliest Where Democrats Live

The staggering American death toll from the coronavirus, now approaching 100,000, has touched every part of the country, but the losses have been especially acute along its coasts, in its major cities, across the industrial Midwest, and in New York City.

The devastation, in other words, has been disproportionately felt in blue America, which helps explain why people on opposing sides of a partisan divide that has intensified in the past two decades are thinking about the virus differently. It is not just that Democrats and Republicans disagree on how to reopen businesses, schools and the country as a whole. Beyond perception, beyond ideology, there are starkly different realities for red and blue America right now.

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The Hill | Coronavirus crisis squeezes ambulance operators

From May 19, 2020’s The Hill article by Reid Wilson

…The coronavirus crisis is putting an unexpected financial squeeze on ambulance operators, ratcheting up costs and tanking revenue even as they audibly remind people of the virus’s proliferation throughout the county…

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CDC Announces Live Stakeholder Call Schedule

CDC Announces Live Stakeholder Call Schedule Helping communities plan for, respond to, and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic Childcare Programs, Youth Programs and Camps, Schools, Workplaces, Mass Transit Please join us for the stakeholder calls below: CDC’s Live Stakeholder Call Schedule (Click the links to register for each call.) Youth Programs and Camps Tuesday, May…

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JEMS | Paramedicine Strategic Planning

By Brian J Maguire, Dr.PH, MSA, EMT-P, Scot Phelps, JD, MPH, Paul Maniscalco, PhD(c), MPA, MS, EMT/P, LP, Daniel R. Gerard, MS, RN, Andy Gienapp, NRP, Kathleen A. Handal, MD and Barbara J. O’Neill, PhD, RN

… Many of the system deficiencies can be traced to three main factors. First, there is no single U.S. federal agency solely charged with supporting paramedicine operations. Second, no legislative mandate exists to engage in paramedicine operational research. Third, there is no paramedicine-specific financial support to advance core initiatives at the federal, state, tribal and local levels…

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John Hopkins | How to better protect EMS personnel from infectious disease?

Download PDF Report Emergency medical services systems and providers are on the front lines of the health response to large-scale disasters, including COVID. EMS professionals in the United States have provided medical care and transportation during pandemic influenzas, importations of Ebola, and other high-consequence pathogens, but none have had the widespread systemic effects of COVID….

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CDC: Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education

Read as a PDF Who is this guidance for? This interim guidance is intended for administrators of public and private institutions of higher education (IHE). IHE includes a diverse set of American colleges and universities: 2- or 4-year; public, private non-profit, or private for-profit; and comprehensive, research-focused, or special mission. IHE administrators (e.g., presidents, deans,…

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Auto Parts Settlement: Ends June 18!

Auto Parts Settlement Deadline Extended to June 18. Act  Now to  Ensure You Aren’t Left Out!

AAA and Class Action Refund are pleased to announce that we have partnered to assist members in the Automotive Parts Settlement. As you may know, there is a class action lawsuit pending in the U.S. alleging that dozens of parts manufacturers conspired to fix, maintain, and artificially raise the price of motor vehicle component parts. As a result of the defendants’ alleged conduct, businesses and consumers who purchased or leased new vehicles (not for resale) containing those parts or who indirectly purchased replacement parts (not for resale) from the Defendants may have paid more than they should have. The proposed settlement provides $1.2 Billion in settlement funds to purchasers and lessees for qualified vehicles from 1990 to 2019 in the qualified states below.

Arizona
Arkansas
California
District of Columbia
Florida
Hawaii
Iowa
Kansas
Maine
Massachusetts
Michigan

Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina

North Dakota
Oregon
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Utah
Vermont
West Virginia
Wisconsin

Class Action Refund has developed certain proprietary software that identifies the parts eligible for refund from your leased vehicle VIN numbers. They are well qualified to make sure that you obtain the maximum restitution that you are entitled to receive under the settlement. Class Action Refund has over 17 years of experience in managing complex claims, specializes in the recovery of antitrust settlements for businesses and can ease the burden of self-filing. Please understand that the life cycle of a claim can take several years to settle and may require various types of documentation and correspondence with the settlement claims administrator in order to substantiate the claim. Class Action Refund will manage the entire filing process and inform you of milestones as necessary, so that you may stay focused on your core business.

Additionally, there are NO OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS TO AAA MEMBERS. Class Action Refund will reduce its normal 33% contingency fee of funds recovered to 25% for AAA members. If no recovery is made, then no fee is charged.

Any member interested in availing themselves of Class Action Refund’s recovery management services, for the Automotive Parts Settlement can quickly and easily sign up by entering this URL into their browser: https://info.classactionrefund.com/112.

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Mr. Hugh Bellingreri, Account Manager, is the contact person for AAA members. Please call Hugh directly at 914-630-5116 or you can reach him by email at hbellingreri@classactionrefund.com with any questions.