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1 Dead, 3 Injured in Washington State High School Shooting

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 14:36

ROCKFORD, Wash. (AP) — A shooter opened fire at a high school in a tiny town in Washington state Wednesday, killing one student, injuring three others and sending worried parents to the school in a frenzied rush, authorities said.

Brian Schaeffer of the Spokane Fire Department told reporters that one child died at Freeman High School in Rockford, south of Spokane, while three injured victims were taken to a hospital and expected to survive.

"The shooter has been apprehended and is taken into custody," he said.

Schaeffer, who didn't release any information about a possible motive or the age of the suspect, said the shooting was especially hard for first responders, many of whom have children at the school.

A two-lane road into the community of about 500 people near the Idaho border was clogged with vehicles. Some people abandoned their cars on the street to make it to their children.

Cheryl Moser said her son, a freshman at Freeman High School, called her from a classroom after hearing shots fired.

"He called me and said, 'Mom, there are gunshots.' He sounded so scared. I've never heard him like that," Moser told The Spokesman-Review newspaper. "You never think about something happening like this at a small school."

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children's Hospital received three pediatric patients, spokeswoman Nicole Stewart said. They were in stable condition and surrounded by family, she said.

Authorities didn't immediately release the ages of the victims.

Stephanie Lutje told The Associated Press that she was relieved to hear her son was safe after his high school near Freeman was put on lockdown. She commended the school district for its communication with parents.

"It's been amazing, within probably 15-20 minutes of hearing about it, I'd already received a phone call, I'd already received a text message saying that their school is OK," she said.

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1 Dead, 3 Injured in Washington State High School Shooting

JEMS - News - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 14:36

ROCKFORD, Wash. (AP) — A shooter opened fire at a high school in a tiny town in Washington state Wednesday, killing one student, injuring three others and sending worried parents to the school in a frenzied rush, authorities said.

Brian Schaeffer of the Spokane Fire Department told reporters that one child died at Freeman High School in Rockford, south of Spokane, while three injured victims were taken to a hospital and expected to survive.

"The shooter has been apprehended and is taken into custody," he said.

Schaeffer, who didn't release any information about a possible motive or the age of the suspect, said the shooting was especially hard for first responders, many of whom have children at the school.

A two-lane road into the community of about 500 people near the Idaho border was clogged with vehicles. Some people abandoned their cars on the street to make it to their children.

Cheryl Moser said her son, a freshman at Freeman High School, called her from a classroom after hearing shots fired.

"He called me and said, 'Mom, there are gunshots.' He sounded so scared. I've never heard him like that," Moser told The Spokesman-Review newspaper. "You never think about something happening like this at a small school."

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children's Hospital received three pediatric patients, spokeswoman Nicole Stewart said. They were in stable condition and surrounded by family, she said.

Authorities didn't immediately release the ages of the victims.

Stephanie Lutje told The Associated Press that she was relieved to hear her son was safe after his high school near Freeman was put on lockdown. She commended the school district for its communication with parents.

"It's been amazing, within probably 15-20 minutes of hearing about it, I'd already received a phone call, I'd already received a text message saying that their school is OK," she said.

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Deaths from Carbon Monoxide, Power Outages Reported After Irma

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 09:49

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Florida residents struggling to put their lives back together in Hurricane Irma's wake fell victim to new hazards, including oppressive heat, brush-clearing accidents, house fires and deadly fumes from generators.

Five residents of a Hollywood nursing home that lost power in the storm died, authorities said Wednesday. They gave no immediate details on the cause. Police and fire crews began evacuating Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills after the deaths there.

In the Miami area, a Coral Gables apartment building was evacuated after authorities determined a lack of power made it unsafe for elderly tenants, while officers arrived at the huge Century Village retirement community in Pembroke Pines to help people on upper floors without access to working elevators. More than half the community of 15,000 residents lacked power.

Also, at least five people died and more than a dozen were treated for breathing carbon monoxide fumes from generators in the Orlando, Miami and Daytona Beach areas.

Aside from the nursing home deaths, at least 13 people in Florida were killed in Irma-related circumstances, in some cases during the cleanup, well after the storm. A Tampa man died after the chainsaw he was using to remove branches kicked back and cut his carotid artery.

Elsewhere, Irma was blamed for four deaths in South Carolina and two in Georgia. At least 37 people were killed in the Caribbean.

In the battered Florida Keys, meanwhile, county officials pushed back against a preliminary estimate from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that 25 percent of all homes in the Keys were destroyed and nearly all the rest were heavily damaged.

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Deaths from Carbon Monoxide, Power Outages Reported After Irma

JEMS - News - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 09:49

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Florida residents struggling to put their lives back together in Hurricane Irma's wake fell victim to new hazards, including oppressive heat, brush-clearing accidents, house fires and deadly fumes from generators.

Five residents of a Hollywood nursing home that lost power in the storm died, authorities said Wednesday. They gave no immediate details on the cause. Police and fire crews began evacuating Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills after the deaths there.

In the Miami area, a Coral Gables apartment building was evacuated after authorities determined a lack of power made it unsafe for elderly tenants, while officers arrived at the huge Century Village retirement community in Pembroke Pines to help people on upper floors without access to working elevators. More than half the community of 15,000 residents lacked power.

Also, at least five people died and more than a dozen were treated for breathing carbon monoxide fumes from generators in the Orlando, Miami and Daytona Beach areas.

Aside from the nursing home deaths, at least 13 people in Florida were killed in Irma-related circumstances, in some cases during the cleanup, well after the storm. A Tampa man died after the chainsaw he was using to remove branches kicked back and cut his carotid artery.

Elsewhere, Irma was blamed for four deaths in South Carolina and two in Georgia. At least 37 people were killed in the Caribbean.

In the battered Florida Keys, meanwhile, county officials pushed back against a preliminary estimate from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that 25 percent of all homes in the Keys were destroyed and nearly all the rest were heavily damaged.

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ESO Announces Release of ePCR Buying Guide

JEMS - News - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 13:28

Austin, TX -- ESO Solutions, Inc., a leading data and software company serving emergency medical services, fire departments and hospitals, announced today that it has released “7 Secrets of Smart ePCR Buyers,” a free educational resource to help EMS software buyers make the best decision for their agencies’ patient documentation software.

“Years ago, ePCRs were basically electronic versions of old paper forms, and choosing the best system for an EMS agency’s needs was straightforward,” said Kenny Schnell, Vice President and General Manager of ESO’s Electronic Health Record product line. “Today, EMS patient documentation software has grown to be much more sophisticated, both in advanced capabilities and in keeping with the latest NEMSIS 3 and state-level EMS reporting requirements,” he said.

“Add in the need for quality officers and chiefs to be able to use software to analyze the EMS data that ePCR/EHR systems generate, and buying the right software becomes a mission-critical decision,” Schnell said. “Yet there’s little guidance for EMS software buyers, which is why we created this guide.”

“ESO EHR is the next generation of ePCR,” Schnell added. “If an EMS agency’s approach to patient documentation hasn’t evolved over the past few years, and if they haven’t looked at upgrading from their old ePCR system, that agency is going to get left behind.”

7 Secrets of Smart ePCR Buyers” is formatted as a practical, vendor-neutral guide that can help make the buying process easier for EMS agencies of any size.

About ESO Solutions

ESO Solutions, Inc., is dedicated to improving community health and safety through the power of data. Since its founding in 2004, the company has been a pioneer in electronic patient care records (ePCR) software for emergency medical services, fire departments and ambulance services. Today, ESO's healthcare, public safety and technology experts deliver the most innovative software and data solutions on the market, including the industry-leading ESO Electronic Health Record (EHR)ESO Health Data Exchange (HDE), the first-of-its-kind healthcare interoperability platform; record management system (RMS) for fire departments; and ambulance revenue recovery/billing software. ESO is also playing a leading role in helping EMS provider organizations across the nation successfully transition to NEMSIS Version 3 and new state standards for electronic patient care reporting.

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Ride alongs for doctors and nurses?

EMScapades Cartoon - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 11:00

New comics every Tuesday and Friday!

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N.Y. Governor Expands Sick Leave Benefits for 9/11 First Responders

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 10:49

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed new legislation that expands unlimited paid sick leave benefits for 9/11 first responders.

First responders to the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, who later developed an illness as a result, could now be eligible for unlimited paid sick leave.

“When the towers came down, those big clouds that people breathed in, there may be people who ran from that scene, who may be diagnosed with the 9/11 disease and not even know it yet,” Clifton Park Fire Chief Art Hunsinger said.

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Israel Response Teams Help Evacuees in Atlanta and Savannah Before Heading to Florida  

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 10:13

Jerusalem - The Israel Rescue Coalition (IRC) and United Hatzalah (UH) Search and Rescue team that departed Israel on Saturday night landed in Atlanta early Sunday morning. The team stocked up on supplies to bring to battered Florida but was grounded due to severe tornado warnings that affected the area of Atlanta and southern Georgia all throughout Sunday. Not wanting to lose any precious time that could be spent helping Florida evacuees, the team headed to the Beth Jacob synagogue of Toco Hills where the congregation and synagogue itself were providing food and shelter for some 1,500 Irma evacuees.

The Orthodox Synagogue of Beth Jacob and its congregation took it upon themselves to house and feed the evacuees, who traveled north in order to escape the devastation of Hurricane Irma. As reported by Fox5 News in Atlanta, Rabbi Adam Stein of Beth Jacob Synagogue said, “This has been a very difficult time, but also a beautiful time; one in which communities have come together.”

Dr. Shula Wittenstein, a member of the IRC and UH team who is working as an EMS responder as well as a member of the Psychotrauma and Crisis Response team, spoke about why the team felt it was important that they stop to help the evacuees in Atlanta. “We know what it’s like living in a country with a lot of terror, where we feel the impact every day. This is a different type of experience and challenge but it still involves a certain amount of tragedy and loss for many people. We want to reach out to these people in any way we can and help them immediately in the best and most professional way possible. It is pretty obvious that we have a big job to do here and I hope that we will be able to help as many people as we can. ” Dr. Wittenstein is a Psychologist who volunteers with United Hatzalah in Israel by providing psychological and emotional stabilization and first aid to people who need it in the immediate aftermath of traumatic situations.

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Israel Response Teams Help Evacuees in Atlanta and Savannah Before Heading to Florida  

JEMS - News - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 10:13

Jerusalem - The Israel Rescue Coalition (IRC) and United Hatzalah (UH) Search and Rescue team that departed Israel on Saturday night landed in Atlanta early Sunday morning. The team stocked up on supplies to bring to battered Florida but was grounded due to severe tornado warnings that affected the area of Atlanta and southern Georgia all throughout Sunday. Not wanting to lose any precious time that could be spent helping Florida evacuees, the team headed to the Beth Jacob synagogue of Toco Hills where the congregation and synagogue itself were providing food and shelter for some 1,500 Irma evacuees.

The Orthodox Synagogue of Beth Jacob and its congregation took it upon themselves to house and feed the evacuees, who traveled north in order to escape the devastation of Hurricane Irma. As reported by Fox5 News in Atlanta, Rabbi Adam Stein of Beth Jacob Synagogue said, “This has been a very difficult time, but also a beautiful time; one in which communities have come together.”

Dr. Shula Wittenstein, a member of the IRC and UH team who is working as an EMS responder as well as a member of the Psychotrauma and Crisis Response team, spoke about why the team felt it was important that they stop to help the evacuees in Atlanta. “We know what it’s like living in a country with a lot of terror, where we feel the impact every day. This is a different type of experience and challenge but it still involves a certain amount of tragedy and loss for many people. We want to reach out to these people in any way we can and help them immediately in the best and most professional way possible. It is pretty obvious that we have a big job to do here and I hope that we will be able to help as many people as we can. ” Dr. Wittenstein is a Psychologist who volunteers with United Hatzalah in Israel by providing psychological and emotional stabilization and first aid to people who need it in the immediate aftermath of traumatic situations.

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Residents Return Home to Some of the Hard-Hit Florida Keys

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 09:52

MIAMI (AP) — Residents were allowed to return Tuesday to some islands in the hurricane-slammed Florida Keys as officials tried to piece together the scope of Irma's destruction and rushed aid into the drenched and debris-strewn state.

Two days after the storm roared into the Keys with 130 mph winds, the full extent of the destruction there was still a question mark because communications and access were cut off in many cases.

But residents and business owners from Key Largo, Tavernier and Islamorada near the mainland were allowed back for their first look.

The Lower Keys — including the chain's most distant and most populous island, Key West, with 27,000 people — were still off-limits, with a roadblock in place where the single highway to the farther islands was washed out. Road repairs were promised in the coming days.

Corey Smith, a UPS driver who rode out the hurricane in Key Largo, said Tuesday that power was out on the island, there was very limited gas and supermarkets were closed. Branches and other brush blocked some roads.

"They're shoving people back to a place with no resources," he said by telephone. "It's just going to get crazy pretty quick."

Still, he said people coming back to Key Largo should be relieved that many buildings escaped major damage.

On Tuesday morning, the rainy remnants of Irma pushed through Alabama and Mississippi after drenching Georgia. Flash-flood watches and warnings were issued around the Southeast.

Seven deaths in Florida have been blamed on Irma, along with two in Georgia and one in South Carolina. At least 35 people were killed in the Caribbean.

An estimated 13 million Florida residents were without electricity — two-thirds of the state's population — as sweltering heat returned across the peninsula in the storm's wake.

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Residents Return Home to Some of the Hard-Hit Florida Keys

JEMS - News - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 09:52

MIAMI (AP) — Residents were allowed to return Tuesday to some islands in the hurricane-slammed Florida Keys as officials tried to piece together the scope of Irma's destruction and rushed aid into the drenched and debris-strewn state.

Two days after the storm roared into the Keys with 130 mph winds, the full extent of the destruction there was still a question mark because communications and access were cut off in many cases.

But residents and business owners from Key Largo, Tavernier and Islamorada near the mainland were allowed back for their first look.

The Lower Keys — including the chain's most distant and most populous island, Key West, with 27,000 people — were still off-limits, with a roadblock in place where the single highway to the farther islands was washed out. Road repairs were promised in the coming days.

Corey Smith, a UPS driver who rode out the hurricane in Key Largo, said Tuesday that power was out on the island, there was very limited gas and supermarkets were closed. Branches and other brush blocked some roads.

"They're shoving people back to a place with no resources," he said by telephone. "It's just going to get crazy pretty quick."

Still, he said people coming back to Key Largo should be relieved that many buildings escaped major damage.

On Tuesday morning, the rainy remnants of Irma pushed through Alabama and Mississippi after drenching Georgia. Flash-flood watches and warnings were issued around the Southeast.

Seven deaths in Florida have been blamed on Irma, along with two in Georgia and one in South Carolina. At least 35 people were killed in the Caribbean.

An estimated 13 million Florida residents were without electricity — two-thirds of the state's population — as sweltering heat returned across the peninsula in the storm's wake.

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JEMS Editor-in-Chief Reflects on 9/11

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 17:19

Today, I reflect back on 9/11 and the many friends that were impacted on that day—there are too many to mention all of them. They’re in my heart. There were many lives lost on 9/11, but also many lives saved due to the quick thoughts, actions and care rendered.

There are countless stories of EMS actions that took place on that fateful day which may never be heard. Many of these are detailed in our 9/11 editorial supplement. I chose this seemingly nondescript image because it reminds me of one of these stories. 

The image shows a burnt-out Crown Victoria, which EMS Deputy Chief Zach Goldfarb and his aide, EMT Mary Merced, had just placed in service that morning. 

They were so proud of their new command vehicle. They’d just packed all their boards and vests when the call came in for the World Trade Center.

They parked on the West Street highway. Zach began his command duties while Mary charted and retrieved vital information for him. Most importantly, Mary was his eyes and ears. 

It was Mary who noticed debris falling from the towers with increasing frequency. She called it to Zach’s attention. He immediately had crews move their vehicles further away from the Tower closest to them. 

Then Mary, who stood in the same spot for a long time and had an unobstructed view of the tower, advised Zach that she thought one of the towers was leaning.

Trusting his skilled EMT assistant, Zach immediately ordered everyone off the West Street Highway and into a building across the street in the financial center.

Moments after they vacated the West Street highway, the tower came down and produced the destruction you see in this photo.

The tower is nothing but a shell in the background. The walkway across West Street Highway to the financial center, the ambulances, a ladder truck and Zack and Mary’s new car are in the foreground: All destroyed.

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Dallas First Responders Climb 110 Flights in Honor of Fallen 9/11 Responders

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 10:33

Dallas (Fox4 News) -- More than 500 first responders remembered those who died on September 11, 2001, two days before the 16th anniversary of the national tragedy.

The men and women wore full gear as they scaled Renaissance Tower in Downtown Dallas, and carried with them the name and picture of a first responder who died on 9/11.

Renaissance Tower is 55 stories tall, half the height of the Twin Towers, so the first responders made the trip twice.

At the finish, the first responders rang a bell as each fallen hero was remembered by name.

“I just think 'there’s somebody at the top I’m trying to get to' that’s the only thing that keeps me going because it hurts,” said Officer Jerry Ramsey with the Longview Police Department, “I just want them to know we will not forget and we appreciate what they did and the sacrifices they made.” Read more...


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Despite Losing Hurricane Status, Irma Continues to Wreak Havoc

JEMS - News - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 09:52

TAMPA, Florida (AP) — Hurricane Irma weakened to a still-dangerous tropical storm Monday as it pushed inland, triggering record flooding in Florida's northeastern corner, while rescuers in its soggy, wind-battered wake mobilized to reach victims and learn the full extent of the damage.

The storm wreaked havoc from the state's southernmost point to areas near the Georgia line, with homes and cars swamped, trees flattened, boats cast onto roads in the Florida Keys and streets underwater in many places. Irma also snapped miles upon miles of power lines and toppled three massive construction cranes over Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

More than 400 miles from where Irma first came ashore, storm surge brought heavy flooding to Jacksonville on the Atlantic coast on Monday. The flooding broke a 1964 record by at least a foot.

"Stay inside unless you are in danger due to flooding," the forecasters warned.

In nearby Clay County, crews pulled at least 46 people from flooded homes, and still more were stranded, said emergency operations manager Joe Ward.

As of midmorning, Irma's outer bands were also blowing into Georgia, where the storm's center was expected to arrive later in the day. From there, Irma is expected to push into Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee on Tuesday and Wednesday.

A tropical storm warning was issued for the first time ever in Atlanta, and school was canceled in communities around the state.

No deaths in Florida were immediately linked to the storm. At least 24 people were killed in the Caribbean as Irma ravaged a string of resort islands long known as vacation playgrounds for the rich.

On Monday morning, Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm, with winds of 70 mph (110 kph), just below hurricane force.

More than 200,000 people waited in shelters across Florida. Nearly 4.5 million homes and businesses statewide lost power, and utility officials said it will take weeks to restore electricity to everyone. More than 100,000 were in the dark in Georgia.

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Despite Losing Hurricane Status, Irma Continues to Wreak Havoc

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 09:52

TAMPA, Florida (AP) — Hurricane Irma weakened to a still-dangerous tropical storm Monday as it pushed inland, triggering record flooding in Florida's northeastern corner, while rescuers in its soggy, wind-battered wake mobilized to reach victims and learn the full extent of the damage.

The storm wreaked havoc from the state's southernmost point to areas near the Georgia line, with homes and cars swamped, trees flattened, boats cast onto roads in the Florida Keys and streets underwater in many places. Irma also snapped miles upon miles of power lines and toppled three massive construction cranes over Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

More than 400 miles from where Irma first came ashore, storm surge brought heavy flooding to Jacksonville on the Atlantic coast on Monday. The flooding broke a 1964 record by at least a foot.

"Stay inside unless you are in danger due to flooding," the forecasters warned.

In nearby Clay County, crews pulled at least 46 people from flooded homes, and still more were stranded, said emergency operations manager Joe Ward.

As of midmorning, Irma's outer bands were also blowing into Georgia, where the storm's center was expected to arrive later in the day. From there, Irma is expected to push into Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee on Tuesday and Wednesday.

A tropical storm warning was issued for the first time ever in Atlanta, and school was canceled in communities around the state.

No deaths in Florida were immediately linked to the storm. At least 24 people were killed in the Caribbean as Irma ravaged a string of resort islands long known as vacation playgrounds for the rich.

On Monday morning, Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm, with winds of 70 mph (110 kph), just below hurricane force.

More than 200,000 people waited in shelters across Florida. Nearly 4.5 million homes and businesses statewide lost power, and utility officials said it will take weeks to restore electricity to everyone. More than 100,000 were in the dark in Georgia.

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The Tourniquet Gap

JEMS - News - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 02:00

The 2016 White House Stop The Bleed (STB) initiative was created to address specific medical issues surrounding the alarming increase in U.S. mass casualty Incidents (MCIs). Supported by recommendations from the Hartford Consensus1and lessons learned during military combat,2,3 the STB initiative seeks to: 1) train laypersons to provide hemorrhage control; and 2) strategically place hemorrhage control supplies in public spaces at highest risk for an MCI.

National health organizations and industry leaders have embraced this well-constructed initiative. From this effort, there’s been some increase in STB training initiatives as well as active public awareness campaigns. There have also been large donations of hemorrhage control supplies for placement in public spaces. 

However, there remains a significant, and as of yet unaddressed, gap in this initiative: Most laypersons can't use the currently available tourniquets without proper training.4,5

The Delay in Public Health Campaigns

It's well-known that there's a delay in public health campaigns between the educational intervention and the increase in desired health behaviors.6 We've seen this delay in bystander CPR efforts.7 Seeing a measurable difference requires a significant investment in education before a community will appreciate an increased rate of bystander CPR. 

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The Tourniquet Gap

JEMS - News - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 02:00

The 2016 White House Stop The Bleed (STB) initiative was created to address specific medical issues surrounding the alarming increase in U.S. mass casualty Incidents (MCIs). Supported by recommendations from the Hartford Consensus1and lessons learned during military combat,2,3 the STB initiative seeks to: 1) train laypersons to provide hemorrhage control; and 2) strategically place hemorrhage control supplies in public spaces at highest risk for an MCI.

National health organizations and industry leaders have embraced this well-constructed initiative. From this effort, there’s been some increase in STB training initiatives as well as active public awareness campaigns. There have also been large donations of hemorrhage control supplies for placement in public spaces. 

However, there remains a significant, and as of yet unaddressed, gap in this initiative: Most laypersons can't use the currently available tourniquets without proper training.4,5

The Delay in Public Health Campaigns

It's well-known that there's a delay in public health campaigns between the educational intervention and the increase in desired health behaviors.6 We've seen this delay in bystander CPR efforts.7 Seeing a measurable difference requires a significant investment in education before a community will appreciate an increased rate of bystander CPR. 

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Text-to-911 Trailblazer BVCOG Deploys NICE Inform Text Recording Solution

JEMS - News - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 00:00
Hoboken, N.J.  – NICE (Nasdaq:NICE) announced today that the Brazos Valley Council of Governments' (BVCOG) seven 9-1-1 centers are deploying NICE Inform to record and manage reproduction requests for all emergency calls, including Text-to-911 communications. NICE Inform goes beyond capturing 9-1-1 texts to enable PSAPs to search for, retrieve, export, save and share text conversations and associated metadata for investigations. Texts can also be combined with 9-1-1 and radio calls, screen recordings, GIS and CAD incident data, into comprehensive incident timelines.

BVCOG has the distinction of being the first agency in the United States to complete a Text-to-911 call using Airbus DS Communications' VESTA 9-1-1 integrated VESTA SMS system which enables native handling of text and voice in a single application. The BVCOG (TX) Regional 9-1-1 program encompasses seven 9-1-1 centers in six counties: Washington County 9-1-1, Burleson County Sheriff's Office, Grimes County Sheriff's Office, Navasota Police Department, and the Leon County, Madison County and Robertson County Sheriff's Offices.

"As one of the early adopters of Text-to-911, BVCOG is a trailblazer in Next Gen emergency communications," said Chris Wooten, Executive Vice President, NICE. "BVCOG also recognizes the importance of capturing and preserving Text-to-911 communications for incident reconstruction and investigations, and is committed to doing it the right way, with NICE Inform."

"Public Safety agencies would never think twice about recording every 9-1-1 call, even though they may only need to retrieve one call out of a thousand for legal documentation," said Anita Pitt, 9-1-1 Program Manager, Brazos Valley Council of Governments (BVCOG). "Agencies need to put the same emphasis on recording 9-1-1 Texts. NICE Inform provides our 9-1-1 centers with complete legal documentation of SMS 9-1-1 Texts, should they need it. It captures exactly what we need in exactly the right format."
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Redivus Health recognized by Fast Company 2017 Innovation by Design Awards with Honorable Mention in Health category

JEMS - News - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 00:00
NEW YORK & OLATHE, Kan. (Sept. 11, 2017) — The winners of Fast Company’s prestigious Innovation by Design Awards were announced today on FastCoDesign.com (https://www.fastcodesign.com/innovation-by-design/2017). Kansas City’s Redivus Health received an Honorable Mention in the Health category. All of the honorees are featured in the October issue of the print magazine, available at newsstands Sept. 19.

“Making the Fast Company Innovation by Design list in the same year we launched our first mobile clinical decision support platform is phenomenal,” says Dr. Jeff Dunn, Redivus Health founder and CEO. “Our team is honored and exhilarated to be included with other well-known, ground-breaking companies. This prestigious recognition inspires us to keep working and innovating to reduce medical error, improve patient care and save lives.”

Redivus Health was recognized for its innovative, industry-leading mobile product, which provides physicians, nurses and paramedics with actionable, clinical guidance during an emergent healthcare event. The Redivus mobile application, combined with a cloud-based platform, delivers evidence-based protocols to enhance diagnostic and treatment accuracy for cardiac arrest, stroke and sepsis. Hospitals and EMS providers use Redivus to reduce risk, improve quality, lower costs, and increase compliance.

Standing Out Among Record Number of Submissions

The Innovation by Design Awards program, now in its sixth year, honors the most innovative and disruptive design solutions created to resolve today’s most challenging business issues. Finalists were selected from a record number of more than 2,500 international submissions across 13 categories – ultimately recognizing 299 entrants – the most winners, finalists and honorable mentions in the history of the awards. Honorees include household names like Coca-Cola and Sony, design firms R/GA and IDEO, and emerging companies like Willow and Away. This year’s judging panel, comprised of the world’s best design minds, included actor and furniture designer Terry Crews, Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler and Roman Mars, Founder of 99% Invisible.
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Emergency Reporting and First Due Size-Up Announce Integration and Partnership to Serve Fire and EMS Department Operations

JEMS - News - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 18:22

Bellingham, Wash. – Emergency Reporting, a leader in cloud-based Fire and EMS records management and prevention software, announced today an integration and partnership with First Due Size-Up, a cloud-based platform solving data problems for fire department operations. The relationship is designed to deliver critical fire prevention and risk assessment data to personnel in the field resulting in safer operations and better incident outcomes.

Detailed fire inspection and prevention data is combined with data from the assessor, building department, RMS, Google and more – on 100% of the residential and commercial buildings in a district - then visualized in a simple, quick-to-consume format delivered on every screen or device from Dispatch to MDTs (Mobile Data Terminals). This gives crews the information they need to make better decisions in seconds.

Check out the explainer video: http://firstduesizeup.com/er-explainer/ and for more information please contact us here: http://firstduesizeup.com/emergencyreporting/

The integrated solution easily connects with the agency’s CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch) system to automatically provide responders in the field with the online and offline critical data they need before arriving on scene . The solution fits into any dispatch operation and is 100% device-agnostic as long as that device is integrated with the department’s dispatch process and CAD.

“Fire chiefs have been asking for better, more actionable data in the field for a very long time. There has just never been an easy, effective way to share or access data across agencies and data silos until now. We could not be more excited to help fire departments run safer operations around the country alongside Emergency Reporting Systems” said Andreas Huber, First Due Size-Up CEO.

“Just the ability to easily access Assessor records provides great value,” said Ed O’Neill, Emergency Reporting Executive Director. “Add to that all the other types of data First Due Size-Up compiles and provides en route and you have an integration that can actually save lives. Our focus with our records management system has always been on efficiency, cost savings and safety, so this was a natural partnership for us to pursue.”

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