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News archive: May

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

May 29, 2018— First Responder Network Authority News

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Identifying the signs of stroke and calling 911 can make a difference

Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability not only in WV, but also nationally. Calling 911 within 1 hour of symptom onset is done in fewer than 50% of stroke cases. Fewer than 50% of callers knew they were calling about a stroke-related symptom. In spite of proven benefits of 911 and emergency medical services (EMS) use, a National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS) showed that 53% of stroke patients used EMS.

HAN 410 Outbreak of Life Threatening Coagulopathy Synthetic Cannabinoids

The attached health advisory provides information and recommendations from the CDC regarding an multistate Outbreak of Life-threatening Coagulopathy Synthetic Cannabinoids occurring across the United States. Please further dissemination to healthcare providers, hospital-based physicians, laboratory directors, and other appropriate stakeholders. For more information, click on the title above.

Congratulation Winners

In honor of EMS Week, I would like to congratulate the following winners:: 1) Agency of the Year – Boone Co Ambulance Authority, 2) Administrator of the Year – John Hitchens, 3) EMT of the Year – George Rash, 4) Instructor of the Year – Connie Priddy, 5) Paramedic of the Year – Richard D. Smith and 6) Training Institute of the Year – HealthNet Aeromedical Services. For more information, click on the title above.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

SIRN PLANNED OUTAGE

The DAC'S AT MALDEN(ZONE 2 MASTER SITE) WILL BE REPLACED ON THURSDAY MAY 24. WORK WILL START AT 0300 AND FINISH BY 0600. 25 SITES WILL BE IN SITE TRUNKING UNTIL REPAIRS ARE COMPLETED. THE REPAIRS ARE NECESSARY AND PROLONGING COULD RESULT IN DAYS OF DOWN TIME. For a list of effected sites and more information, click on the title above.

EMS Rule and Fee Changes effective July 1, 2018

With the completion of the recent Legislative Session, there have been changes made to the EMS Act (Legislative Rule 64CSR48). Also please note the fee changes included that are effective July 1, 2018. It is important to note that the fees for certification/recertification and Criminal Background Check (for those individuals requiring a Criminal Background Check) are separate. The online application system will be updated to reflect these new fees. For more information, click on the title above.

Heads Up Concussion

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth. This fast movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging the brain cells. For more information, click on the title above.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

May is Trauma Awareness Month

May is Trauma Awareness Month, EMS Week is this week and EMS-Children’s Day is May 23. We have lots to celebrate as we move forward with continuing improvements to the WV emergency care system. Please keep an eye out for fact sheets and education that we will be sharing to increase the awareness of preventing and responding to a variety of issues. Thank you for all you do every day in your communities! You truly are heroes!!!!!

Injury is no accident: 30 years of making a difference

The American Trauma Society, in collaboration with the Society of Trauma Nurses, is once again pleased to present National Trauma Awareness Month. This year, in honor of National Trauma Awareness Month's 30th anniversary, the theme will expand to cover injury prevention efforts as a whole and the concept that injury is no accident. Please see the attached timeline for injury prevention.

Active Shooter Stop the Bleed Training

Active Shooter Stop the Bleed Training May 30, 2018 at The Ritz Theatre 211 Ballengee St, Hinton WV, 25951. For more information click on the title above.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

May 23, 2018 Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Day

West Virginia’s Governor Jim Justice has proclaimed May 23, 2018 as Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Day. For more information or to download the Governor's Proclamation, click on the title above.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

EMSC June 13, 2018

The regularly scheduled statutory meeting of the Emergency Medical Services for Children Advisory Committee (EMSC) will be held on June 13, 2018 at 10:00 AM at the RETI Training Center/Medical Coordination Center, 89 Richard D. Minnich Drive, Sutton, WV 26601.

Monday, May 14, 2018

May 23rd 11:00 – 14:00 CAMC Memorial EMS Pig Roast!

It’s that time of year again when we like to honor our EMS partners. Please join us May 23rd 11:00 – 14:00 as we celebrate National EMS week at the CAMC Memorial ED’s Annual EMS Pig Roast! This serves as a BIG thank you for all you do for our patients and our community. To download the flyer, please click on the title above.

EMSAC Meeting June 12, 2018

The regularly scheduled statutory meeting of the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (EMSAC) will be held on June 12, 2018 at 1:00 PM at the Medical Coordination Center, 89 Richard D. Minnich Drive, Sutton, WV 26601. For subcommittee meeting time and for more information, please click on the title above.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Rail Training Event in Kenova

Norfolk Southern is sponsoring rail oriented emergency response training on our Safety Train in Kenova, WV, May 29 – June 1. I have been working with the local folks but the interest has not come close to filling the classes. Would you please send this out to your contacts to see if there is any interest form others in the State? For more information, click on the title above.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

April 23, 2018— First Responder Network Authority News

April 23, 2018— First Responder Network Authority News. For more information or to download the document click on the title above

April 30, 2018— First Responder Network Authority News

FirstNet weekly update 04302018 For more information or to download the document click on the title above

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