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February 3, 2016

New "Mini" Med-1 vehicle allows Green Bay Fire to maneuver large crowds and offer better patient privacy


February 2, 2016

Cheese curds and gravel

Short stories by featured EMS writer and La Crosse paramedic Crystal Wallin

It’s so far. I come from this rural county asking for mutual aid, and as we get the call for a motorcycle accident, my first thought is, “it’s so far out”. My partner jumps in the passenger seat as I drive. Often the EMT will drive but this time I do, partly to give her a break and also because I know exactly where it is.

We aren’t far out of the small town we’re based out of today, when updated dispatch information makes my mouth tighten. “CPR in progress”. Sirens are wailing, LED lights are staccato, lighting up the signs facing us, even on this sunshine-y day. Traffic parts on the two lane road and we continue on. My partner and I discuss the roles and steps we’ll individually take upon arrival, in our choreographed dance thru the chaos. Our local air medical helicopter was initially on a pad standby but they’re now making their way to the same scene we are. I ask my partner if she’s comfortable with a King airway and she answers definitively, “yep!” I’ll work on IV access and medications, she’s got airway.  >> Click to read more.



February 2, 2016

Wisconsin Fire and EMS Legislative Coalition votes in PAAW as new member

On January 14, the Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin (PAAW) was voted in as a new member of Wisconsin's Fire and EMS Legislative Leadership Coalition.

According to PAAW President Patrick Ryan, "PAAW is honored to be accepted into the Wisconsin Fire and EMS Legislative Coalition. We look forward to working with fellow members to advance and strengthen EMS in Wisconsin through legislation and collaboration. This new development is yet another example of the continually growing presence of our organization and a reflection on the dedicated efforts of our members."

Coalition Members Include:

Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin
Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin
Wisconsin Chapter: International Association of Arson Investigators
Wisconsin EMS Association
Wisconsin Fire Chief's Education Association
Wisconsin Society of Fire Service Instructors
Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs' Association
Wisconsin State Fire Inspectors Association
Wisconsin State Firefighters Association

February 1, 2016

Responding medical team hits live power lines

Several hundred people were without power early on the morning of January 30 after a dangerous crash in Hobart, which is near Green Bay.


It happened on WIS 54 near Bay Ridge Court around 2:00AM.

A medical crew from County Rescue Service was driving west on Hwy 54, non-emergent to re-position to assist another crew working a call at an area residence. In the dark, their squad struck power lines that were draped across the roadway from a separate motor vehicle accident that had occurred moments earlier.

The County Rescue crew members sustained very minor injuries, but could not be safely removed from the squad until the power lines were de-energized some time later. 

The Brown County Sheriff's Office was dealing with both scenes for several hours.
 
According to Director of Operations Larry Ullmer with County Rescue Services, "Our staff members are fine and the squad has minor damage, and our involvement with the incident was secondary to another accident".
 

January 26, 2016

Newest EMS Live Webcast:  "Flipping the (EMS) Classroom"

Guests: 
Lifestar EMS' Assistant Training Coordinator Tyler Christifulli and Field Training Educator Sam Ireland

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Do you need to rev up your EMS training program?  Are you looking for ways to engage your staff and get attendance and the discussion to a higher level at training events?  If so, then this EMS Live in Wisconsin webcast, recorded on Tuesday, January 26, is for you.

Our guests included two individuals with Lifestar EMS in West Bend, WI - Assistant Training Coordinator Tyler Christifulli and Field Training Educator Sam Ireland.  They discussed how they have successfully been using field educators at their base locations, and also sending out to staff pre-training podcasts to encourage education and discussion. They call their program, "Flipping the classroom".

Lifestar's approach to EMS education included the following:

Identifying the epidemic of bad teaching practices that surround EMS.

  • Using old power points
  • Strict outlines
  • Crowded slides

What has Lifestar done to reinvent the way we approach education?

  • Field Educators
  • White boards
  • Flipping the classroom
  • Simplified power points and flip chart

The techniques of running a good simulation.

  • You don't need expensive equipment to run a good sim
  • Video recording and critique playback
  • Always succeed in simulations
  • Takes a lot of preparation to run an efficient and dynamic simulation.

To view and listen to the February 2016 pre-training podcast, "Patterns, Pathways, and Pain", as an example, completed by Lifestar EMS, click here.

The next live webcast is Tuesday, February 9 starting at 9:00 a.m. with State of Wisconsin EMS Office Licensing Manager Helen Pullen.  All individual EMTs, paramedics and first responders must renew their individual license by June 30, 2016 to continue to operate with their local ambulance service or deliver patient care in Wisconsin.   The dial-in number is 646-929-1081 or listen on any internet connected device at http://tobtr.com/8255159.

Join co-hosts Chris Anderson, Joe Covelli, Patrick Ryan, Dan Williams and call-in guests and live listeners for 40-minutes of conversation about emergency medical services and the ambulance industry in Wisconsin the second and fourth Tuesday every month.

Don't miss a beat of Wisconsin EMS action - listen to EMS Live!


January 13, 2016

Wisconsin EMS Office releases its two-year plan

The Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health, released on January 12th its draft plan, which describes the working objectives for operation of the Wisconsin EMS system for calendar years 2016 – 2018.

>> Click to download the State's 2016 - 2018 Emergency Medical Services Plan.

The Department is holding a public hearing on January 14 in Madison.  Oral and written comments will be accepted at the hearing. 

Meeting date, time and location:   

January 14, 2015, 3:00PM to 5:00PM, Room number B370, 1 W. Wilson Street, Madison, WI 53703.

January 13, 2016

EMS Live Webcast:  Ambulance Compliance Plan

Attorney Wendy Arends reviews important items to include in your plan

>> Click to listen to this webcast.

A New Year brings new resolutions.  Maybe one of the items that should be on your 2016 to-do list is updating your ambulance service's compliance plan.  Regulatory compliance continues to be a big deal, and is getting more important.  Create, review or update your compliance plan to reduce your risk and protect your company.

This webcast was recorded on Tuesday, January 12, 2016.

Our guest was attorney Wendy Arends at Godfrey & Kahn in Madison.  We discussed the importance of an ambulance service compliance plan and the elements to include.  Reference is made during the conversation to the U.S. Department of Health Office of the Inspector General, who posted ambulance service compliance plan recommendations at: http://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/docs/complianceguidance/032403ambulancecpgfr.pdf

The next live webcast of EMS Live in Wisconsin is Tuesday, January 26, starting at 9:00 a.m. central time.  The dial-in number is 646-929-1081 or on the internet at http://tobtr.com/8221163.

Our guests include two individuals with Lifestar EMS in West Bend, WI - Assistant Training Coordinator Tyler Christifulli and Field Training Educator Sam Ireland.  They will discuss how they have successfully been using field educators at their base locations, and also sending out to staff pre-training podcasts to encourage education and discussion. They call their program, "Flipping the classroom".

Join co-hosts Chris Anderson, Joe Covelli, Patrick Ryan, Dan Williams and call-in guests and live listeners for 40-minutes of conversation about emergency medical services and the ambulance industry in Wisconsin the second and fourth Tuesday every month.

Don't miss a beat of Wisconsin EMS action - listen to EMS Live!


Upcoming Events

Current PAAW Priorities
Community Paramedicine / Mobile Integrated Healthcare Legislation


Next EMS Live Webcast

Tuesday, February 9

starting at 9:00 a.m. central time

Topic:

Individual provider license renewals with the State of Wisconsin EMS Office Licensing Manager Helen Pullen.


Dial in number to listen to the live show or speak with the co-hosts and guests:  

646-929-1081

Or listen on any internet connected device - even email in a question.




Treating CHF patients with better results (Tyler Christifulli, Training Coordinator, Lifestar EMS, West Bend, WI)
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Advanced Directives:  A Healthcare Instrument of Choice

Posted 1-12-2016
Run Time 21 min and 07 sec

 Guest:



Bob Kelter
Paramedic, Baraboo District Ambulance and social worker specialist

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Crystal Wallin

Feature writer and La Crosse Paramedic

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Weekly IV Fluids and EMS Pharmaceutical Backorder Report

PAAW continues to monitor the ongoing EMS pharmaceutical drug and IV fluids backorder situation by posting weekly updates, courtesy of Bound Tree Medical.










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