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The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services has been monitoring the suspicious mail incidents that have taken place over the past 48 hours. This is a notification only, advising that at this time there is no perceived or imminent threat to New York State, or its residents. Currently there have been two suspicious mailings to government officials that are believed to have contained the chemical Ricin. This chemical is known to be deadly if inhaled. Due to these recent events, we are urging that you remain vigilant and exercise extreme caution when handling suspicious mail.
In the unlikely event that an item is received that appears suspicious and/or is believed to be of credible threat; it should be handled in accordance with your suspicious package procedures.
Update - January 23rd - The NYS DOH Bureau of EMS advised that they were unable to add our draft protocols to the State Council meeting agenda this week due to the pending work load. They will be added to the agenda for the next meeting. As soon as we receive the dates for the next meeting, we will post the update. While we are waiting, the education and training committee will be moving forward on the training materials and roll out for all ALS providers.
We would like to thank everyone who reviewed and provided comments for the proposed ALS protocols. They have been provided to the SEMAC for approval and we will keep you updated.
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Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Fire and Emergency Medical Services Training
The Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Fire and Emergency Medical Services Training was developed to assist fire and emergency medical service personnel in recognizing what kinds of suspicious behaviors are associated with pre-incident terrorism activities, understanding how and where to report suspicious activity, and protecting privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties when documenting information. This training also provides information about integrating the Nationwide SAR Initiative (NSI) into your agency's operations.
CDC Mass Casualties | Blast Preparedness and Response Training and Continuing Education
Information on terrorism and public health. Provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Click on the link above for a free CME on Medic Alert programs and equipment. Complete the course and be entered to win a Littman SE Classic II Stethoscope.
Welcome to the EMS Voluntary Event Notification Tool (E.V.E.N.T.). E.V.E.N.T. is a tool designed to improve the safety, quality and consistent delivery of Emergency Medical Services (EMS). It collects data submitted anonymously by EMS practitioners. The data collected will be used to develop policies, procedures and training programs to improve the safe delivery of EMS. A similar system used by airline pilots has led to important airline system improvements based upon pilot reported "near miss" situations and errors.
Any individual who encounters or recognizes a situation in which an EMS safety event occurred, or could have occurred, is strongly encouraged to submit a report by completing the appropriate E.V.E.N.T. Notification Tool. The confidentiality and anonymity of this reporting tool is designed to encourage EMS practitioners to readily report EMS safety events without fear of repercussion.
Sponsored by National Association of EMT's (NAEMT)
DHS | Human Trafficking Awareness Video for First Responders www.dhs.gov The Office of Health Affairs and The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s United States Fire Administration collaborated on a public awareness video to help first responders identify possible victims of human trafficking.
Effective December 31, 2012 the FCC is mandating that all narrow banding of radio frequencies be completed. This narrow banding mandate has a direct effect on most public safety frequencies in use in Nassau County. The current Medical Control frequencies that are being used in Nassau are outdated and the narrow banding initiative would cost the County over a million dollars to complete for radio communications that are sub par. It is planned that the current Medical Control frequencies are targeted to be replaced on December 01, 2012 with the new 500 MHz public safety radios currently in use by NCPD. The 500 MHz radios were designed from the ground up to provide Nassau County first responders with a comprehensive radio solution for all police, fire and EMS communications. This migration will not be done without a cost, but it is necessary to provide quality Medical Control communications well into our future.
This migration to the new public safety radio system will necessitate some changes at the agency and provider level. Please refer to our advisory 11-09.1 for additional details. For further information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Nassau Regional BLS Supplement to Protocol T-1 has been approved by NY State and is now in effect. Winthrop University Hospital has been designated as the receiving hospital for amputations by the REMAC. If your patient is stable, contact Medcon to activate the team at Winthrop and transport to WUH. If the patient is unstable, transport to the closest trauma receiving facility. The protocol is posted on the protocol page.
Car Bomb - Robert Baer uncovers the history of an extraordinary weapon - the car bomb, which has shaped human conflict all over the world. Watch the free documentary. www.snagfilms.com Great video documentary of vehicle borne devices. Lengthy but worth the time!
Training - Electric Vehicle Safety Training
NFPA's Electric Vehicle Safety Training will provide firefighters and first responders with the information and materials necessary to respond to emergency situations.
A website to enable first responders, first receivers, other healthcare providers, and planners to plan for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of mass-casualty incidents involving chemicals.
It provides a comprehensive, user-friendly, web-based resource that is also downloadable in advance, so that it would be available during an event if the Internet is not accessible.
Nassau County Medical Control is currently undergoing a major upgrade in facilities and equipment which will make it one of the premier facilities of its kind in the region. Our new MEDCON radio/telemetry system utilizes the General Devices CAREpoint’ Workstations. Upgraded functionality will include all current features; voice communications, medical control, notifications and channel coordination, as well as receiving of single lead EKG’s via the UHF medical frequencies as in the past. Among many new added/improved capabilities, is the vendor-neutral receiving of 12-lead EKG’s for the various monitor brands. The specific method of transmission / reception is dependent on the monitor, communications computing and data equipment your department is using. We suggest that you contact the manufacturer of your monitor/defibrillator or Mr. Curt Bashford of General Devices at (201) 313-7075 for compatibility information concerning the options available and equipment requirements to suit your specific needs.
If you need any further information please call Coordinator Howie Bartone at (516) 573-3170.
The Governor recently signed legislation allowing the use of the MOLST form for out of hospital care. The Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) Program is designed to improve the quality of care people receive at the end of life by translating patient/resident goals and preferences into medical orders.
The MOLST form is a bright pink medical order form signed by a New York State Licensed physician that communicates patient wishes regarding life-sustaining treatment to health care providers. The form includes medical orders and patient preferences regarding:
We are currently awaiting a policy and procedure from the NYS DOH Bureau of EMS. The links listed below will provide additional information and EMS training materials. This Program is now in effect.
The federal Ryan White act contained a provision for notification of possible exposure to infectious diseases including HIV. Unfortunately, a change in the federal law eliminated these provisions. Recent and existing NYS law addresses exposure concerns and notifications. Below, please find information detailing the procedure for obtaining patient information in an exposure, and a training PowerPoint.
A list of frequently asked questions on the topic of EMS Respiratory Protection for Infection Control has been developed by Ernest Heeren, Nassau REMSCO’s WMD Instructor, and is being provided to answer some of the common questions. There is also a checklist to assist in the development of a respiratory protection program. Click here to download this PDF file.