Tag - EMS

Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) & Guinea Update

There is good news in the DRC regarding Ebola, while the fight against it in Guinea continues.  Both the DRC and Guinea began their 42-day countdowns from their last known cases on 3/21 and 3/24, respectively.  The DRC continues their countdown, but Guinea's was interrupted with a new case in Soulouta, along with a cluster of suspicious deaths.  If no new cases emerge, the DRC's outbreak will be declared over in early May.  Guinea's newest case was reported on...

Health Canada Issues an Advisory/Recall for Face Masks Containing Graphene

Health Canada published an Advisory to warn Canadians (the general public, healthcare professionals and hospitals) to NOT wear face masks that contain Graphene or Biomass Graphene until further notice. The warning explains the concern that wearers of these masks may inhale graphene particles from some masks that could pose health risks, including pulmonary injury.  Graphene is a fairly new nanotechnology, particularly when it comes to face masks, so a small introduction to the technology with regards to human health is...

FDA & CDC Recommend Pause in Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Vaccinations

THE FDA & CDC have recommended a pause in administering J&J (Janssen) COVID vaccinations after the VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) had reports of six (6) women, between the ages of 18 and 48, developing a rare type of blood clot between 6 & 13 days after receiving the J&J vaccine.  This article contains an overview of the HAN Alert Recommendation and why it is so important, some information about this rare clot, adenovirus- vector COVID vaccines, a...

In the News – Three Health Safety Alerts

Public Health Authorities in the United States have released two health safety alerts and Canadian Health Authorities have released one.  All three have implications for First Responders, primarily EMS, but appropriate for others who may encounter these situations too.  Each alert/advisory includes information about the alert, what EMS & First Responders can do to manage the situation, and a short list of Resources & Links for obtaining more complete information. #1 is from the CDC, FDA, & the Southern Nevada...

National EMS Museum – Coffee with Doc and Todd Stout

Dr. Richard Clinchy and Todd talk about Jack Stout, his impact on EMS systems and the academic research he conducted into how pre-hospital care is delivered, and hear about Todd's journey in EMS and what led him to form FirstWatch, one of the largest EMS tech companies in North America. To support the digitization of the Stout Collection at the National EMS Museum, please donate at emsmuseum.org/support

JEMS – EMS Agencies Combat Patient Offload Delays Due to COVID-19

JEMS article – While offload delays aren’t a new hurdle for EMS, they have become increasingly challenging as COVID-19 cases rise. Hospitals at full capacity have led to ambulances waiting longer—in some cases for several hours—to complete patient handoffs. These delays and subsequent diversions can have a negative impact on patient care and limit the availability of emergency resources. In response, some EMS systems are implementing new processes and technology to combat the extended wait times.

Basic QI and Process Improvement | January 20th

As part of its “Road to Reliability” learning series, the Center for Patient Safety is offering a webinar on Jan. 20, 2021, at 1 p.m. CST, “Basic QI and process improvement,” during which Mike Taigman will show you how to eliminate weak points or bottlenecks in your operations.

Patient-Centered QI and System Design

Most EMS systems claim to put the patient first, yet they still work 24-hour shifts, drive ambulances designed so that patients face the rear, and have QI systems that are not connected to the rest of the healthcare system. Facilitator Mike Taigman explored how to create a more patient- and people-centered EMS organization with Jeff Jarvis, MD, MS, EMT-P, medical director for Williamson County EMS and Marble Falls Area EMS; former paramedic and hospital executive Bill Atkinson, PhD, EMT-P; and...

AIMHI Webinar – High-Performance/High-Value Metrics Deep Dive: Financial Outcome Measures | Recording and Handout

Knowing your High-Performance/High-Value financial metrics like cost and revenue per response, per unit hour, and per transport are crucial.  Further, changing payer mixes, payer policies and evolving service lines add to financial complexities.  This webinar will focus on the development, tracking, and evaluation of the key financial performance metrics that will prepare you for the dynamic changes occurring in the EMS industry.

Evidence Based Quality Measures – The key to making meaningful improvement

Ask a room full of 20 EMS leaders how they measure response time and you’ll get 25 different answers. Knowing what to measure, how to measure, and why to measure something in EMS is quite a challenge. Several national attempts to build standardized EMS quality measures in the past failed to gain significant momentum or lead to meaningful improvement, but a new effort hopes to succeed where others have struggled. Facilitator Mike Taigman discussed the next generation of performance measures...

Preparing for Seasonal Flu in a COVID-19 World

Fever, cough, difficulty breathing, body aches, chills.  Sounds like the beginning of flu season—or maybe the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic. What’s likely to happen as we enter flu season during a pandemic? What can EMS systems do to set their employees and their system up to safely and effectively handle this combination? Mike Taigman, Improvement Guide at FirstWatch, facilitated a conversation with infectious disease expert Pam Farber, RN and Silvia Verdugo, MD, PhD, medical director of FirstWatch. Faculty:  Mike...

EMS1 – FirstWatch to host series of Conversations that Matter for leaders in EMS and public safety

EMS1 - On Thursday, October 1, FirstWatch is launching Conversations that Matter, a series of virtual roundtable discussions featuring leaders talking about some of the most important issues facing our professions. FirstWatch Improvement Guide Mike Taigman will facilitate, engaging the expert guest speakers and audience in dialogue to encourage information sharing and collaboration to help tackle tough problems.

JEMS – FirstWatch to Host Series of Conversations that Matter for Leaders in EMS and Public Safety

JEMS - On Thursday, October 1, FirstWatch is launching Conversations that Matter, a series of virtual roundtable discussions featuring leaders talking about some of the most important issues facing our professions. FirstWatch Improvement Guide Mike Taigman will facilitate, engaging the expert guest speakers and audience in dialogue to encourage information sharing and collaboration to help tackle tough problems.