Is Narcan the Answer?

There has been a lot of talk recently in social media and the news about leaving Narcan behind after a reversal of an opioid overdose. A new voluntary program in Pittsburgh, PA allows the state to pay for Narcan atomizers that EMS can leave with friends and family of OD patients. The media buzz revolves around the idea that we are enabling this cycle of addiction; “There is some pushback that maybe you’re enabling the problem a little bit, but at least in the short term, reduce the chances that person is going to die and you create more opportunities to get them into treatment,” said Mark Pinchalk, patient care coordinator for Pittsburgh EMS.” (Media, 2018, para. 3) I agree with Mr. Pinchalk that as an EMS Provider we are not there to judge, we are there to render aid. One of my early instructors said, “Scott, your purpose is to leave the patient better than the way you found them.” I have taken that long ago statement to heart ever since, trying to leave the patient better than the way I found them whether that is medically as in a Diabetic whose blood glucose I raise from 20mg/dl to (more…)

CMS ODF and Follow Up Call Cancelled

CMS’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) will hold a special Open Door Forum on the New Medicare Card Project on Tuesday, January 23 at 2:00 PM Eastern. If you plan to attend, please dial in at least 15 minutes before the call. Following the CMS call, AAA Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, Tristan North, will moderate a Q&A call for members. To answer your questions, AAA Medicare Consultant, Brian Werfel, Esq.; AAA Medicare Regulatory Committee Chair, Rebecca Williamson; and AAA Medicare Regulatory Vice-Chair, Angie (Lehman) McLain will be on the line.  

Savvik 12 Days Of Christmas

Savvik Buying Group announced their 12 Days of Christmas contest. They are giving away over $10,000 worth of prizes. Be sure that you and your team enter to win one of the prizes listed below! One year’s supply of Digitcare Gloves $1,218 value Office Depot gift certificate – $250 value SateTech Solutions – 2 Leadership Academies tuition – $6,800 value Physio Control AED – $750 value Binder Lift – Nylon Lift $649 value ID Shield for one year – $120 value Legal Shield for one year – $240 value MedSource medical supplies – $500 value Stat Packs – $500 value Hotel Engine – $250 gift certificate TKK Electronics – HP Titan Smart Watch (5) – $750 value Airspace Monitoring – Carbon Monoxide Monitor $315 value 5.11 Winter Parka – $250 value Click here to enter and good luck.  

2017 EMS Partnership of the Year Award

Contact: Jessica Marvin Telephone: 703-610-9018 Email: AMERICAN AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION HONORS JAMES D. GREEN, THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH, WITH THE 2017 EMS PARTNERSHIP OF THE YEAR AWARD Washington, DC– McLean, VA — The American Ambulance Association (AAA) is proud to award the 2017 EMS Partnership of the Year Award to James D. Green, The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The EMS Partnership of the Year Award is given to the EMS partner whose collaboration with the AAA enhances educational programs, legislative priorities and/or member benefits. This year’s recipients have achieved this honor through their commitment to ambulance vehicle and personnel safety standards. AAA President Mark Postma noted, “We are proud to celebrate the commitment Jim, the CDC, and NIOSH have made to the AAA and our industry by presenting them with the EMS Partnership Award for 2017.” Mr. Green along with representatives from the CDC and NIOSH will be presented the EMS Partnership of the Year Award at the AAA Annual Conference and Tradeshow Awards Reception on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. This event is the premier event for leaders in (more…)

Reaching Millennials Through Virtual Gamification

When I mention EMS Games. What comes to mind? Do you picture yourself in the late 1980s playing ambulance driving games where you scored points by transporting patients to the hospital? Or do you think about games such as Emergency: The Paramedic Simulator, which was very much an animated comic book where you would choose a skill then turn to page 73 to see if it worked? Today I think about millennial paramedic students and how they learn. The digital age has created a learning environment where people feel more comfortable multitasking, are tired of voiced over PowerPoint presentations and reading articles followed by a competency test. How many times have you skipped to the end of a self-directed learning module to take the test knowing you will pass? Did you stop to consider what you actually learned from doing that? Were there tidbits of information in the course that you may have picked up if you had followed along but since you already felt confident you knew the information you skipped to “prove competence or to just get your certification?” The American Psychological Association article references a “study by Dalton State College psychology professor Christy Price, EdD, which suggests (more…)

2017 AMBY Nominations Now Open!

Nominations for the 2017 AMBY Awards is now open! The AMBYs recognize excellence in the ambulance profession and the ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit that epitomize AAA members. Honor excellence in EMS by nominating a project within a service or company for consideration. Read the 2016 case studies to find out why we’re passionate about honoring your commitment to excellence. Why Bring the AMBYs to Your Organization? Share Your Knowledge with Your Peers By entering the AMBYs you show your commitment to excellence in the ambulance industry and your willingness to share your superior accomplishments with your peers. Winners will are awarded during the AAA Awards Reception at our Annual Conference & Trade Show in Las Vegas, In addition, all entries will be shared with the AAA membership on the website, in the association’s mobile event app and as an online publication. Show Your Value to Your Community AMBY Award winners are given the American Ambulance Association’s AMBY Award Winner logo to proudly display on their website, social media sites, and other marketing collateral to let key stakeholders know the Association recognizes your contribution to the industry as outstanding. In addition, winners will receive a press release template to send to your local press. (more…)

Patient Satisfaction and the Collections Conundrum

Emergency Strikes The year was 2001—seems like a distant memory. Expecting our first child, my wife and I were living in Modesto, California, thinking about cradles and nurseries. We were so excited—the little one we’d been expecting was on his way! Excitement quickly changed to deep concern as we learned there were some major complications with the pregnancy and our baby was in serious jeopardy. Life’s pause button was pushed as everything else in the world came to a screeching halt. An ambulance transport and emergency delivery later, we found ourselves in our new home—the neonatal intensive care unit. For the next four months, we worked with medical teams around the clock to slowly usher our new 1-pound, 4-ounce son, Noah (now 15 years old), into the world. Financial Domino Effects This was an incredibly stressful time in our lives. Of all the things that burdened us, one of the most memorable was the nearly $5,000 invoice we received for a specific service. With no clue how we would pay this, I finally worked up the courage to pick up the phone and call the number on the invoice. The provider was demanding immediate payment before sending the bill to...

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Medevac Ambulance Founder Passes Away

It is with great sadness that the American Ambulance Association has learned of the passing of Joe Dolphin, founder of Medevac Ambulance. We will be keeping Joe and his family in our thoughts during this time. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Friday, June 23 at St. Michael’s Church in Poway, Ca., at 10:30 a.m. Obituary In 1971, Joe Dolphin founded Medevac Ambulance, which would become the first US Ambulance company to go national. Joseph’s parents, Carl and Mary Ellen founded the original Dolphin’s Ambulance Service in 1941. In the late 1960s, the founders were retiring, and their two sons were interested in different parts of the business. Joseph chose the ambulance business, and Patrick continued the Medical Equipment Rentals. In the 1980s, Medevac operated in Central and Southern California including: San Diego County, Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, and Los Angeles County. Medevac Mid-America was formed in 1981, when the company was awarded the Kansas City MO MAST contract. It was then purchased by Tom Little in 1988 after they lost the Kansas City MAST Contract. After the purchase by Little, the operation was renamed Medevac Medical Services, which was acquired by AMR in 1994. San Mateo (more…)