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Coming to The Ohio EMS Conference on May 16-17, 2016? Need a new Broselow tape?

From our friends at the Ohio Division of EMS:

The Ohio EMS for Children Program has multiple Broselow tapes available for distribution to EMS agencies who either do not have a length-weight based tape preference, or use the Broselow tapes already.

If you plan to attend The Ohio EMS Conference and would like to pick up these pediatric guides for your ambulances, please e-mail Joe Stack, Ohio EMSC Coordinator, at for more information.

FREE Concepts in Process Improvement Course for EMS, ED, Trauma, and Public Safety Professionals at The Ohio EMS Conference, May 17, 2016 in Columbus Ohio.

From the Ohio Division of EMS:

Process Improvement (PI) in the EMS world is largely an unknown, with anecdotal evidence suggesting its most common use is to “kill the bad apples. ”Concepts in Process Improvement” is a hands-on course designed to teach what PI truly is and how to start a PI activity.

The CPI course is designed for EMS, ED, trauma, and public safety professionals. Generously funded by the Ohio EMS for Children program, the 4-hour courses are conducted by staff from the Ohio Department of Public Safety, EMS Division, free of charge.

We hope you can join us for a CPI course at The Ohio EMS Conference presented by OhioHealth on May 17, 2016 at the Great Columbus Convention Center. Visit for conference and CPI information registration.  Please note that there is a separate registration for CPI, in addition to, the conference registration.

There is no charge for either The Ohio EMS Conference or the CPI Course.

See this flyer for additional information.

NHTSA Releases Ambulance Crash Data

According to data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) from 1992-2011, there was an estimated annual average of 4500 vehicle crashes that involved ambulances. Of these, 34% resulted in injuries and 33 people were killed. Almost 60% of the crashes occurred while the ambulances were in emergency use.

NHTSA OEMS Ambulance Crash Infographic 2015-09

Click here for a PDF version of the infographic.
Click here for the ground ambulance crash report.
Click here for NHTSA safety inititatives and data.

American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline 2015 EMS Recognition Application Now Open Until February 28

From the American Heart Association:

The American Heart Association recognizes the critical life-saving role prehospital emergency services provide to the overall success of a STEMI system of care. The availability of 12-lead ECGs and well trained EMS providers allow for rapid identification of STEMIs, early activation of hospital emergency and cardiac teams and transportation to a STEMI Receiving or Referral center for immediate care.  In 2014, the American Heart Association launched a program to recognize emergency service agencies that met the AHA/ACC guideline recommendations for prehospital STEMI care.  In  the first year there were more than 200 prehospital agencies in the US that applied and received the American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline STEMI EMS Recognition including 22 agencies from Ohio including:


·         USV Ambulance District-Alger Unit

·         Columbia Station Twp. Fire Department

·         Middleburg Heights Fire Department

·         Strongsville Fire Department

·         Brook Park Fire Department

·         Cleveland Hopkins International Airport  Fire and Rescue

·         Olmsted Falls Fire Department

·         Berea Fire Department

·         Brunswick Fire Department

·         Fredericktown Community Joint Emergency Ambulance District

·         Upper Arlington Fire Division

·         Ravenna City Fire Department

·         Green Twp. Fire & EMS

·         Springfield Township Fire Department

·         Lane LifeTRANS

·         City of Canton Fire Department

·         Somerset-Reading Twp EMS

·         Delaware County EMS

·         Rural Metro Ambulance

·         Brunswick Hills Twp. Fire Department

·         Euclid Fire


On January 1 the 2015 Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Application period began and will remain open until February 28, 2015 at 11:59 pm (EST).   The application will collect information and data for patients treated and transported by EMS during the 2014 calendar year, specific to the Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Measures and Criteria for patients treated by EMS.


You can find more information about the Mission: Lifeline STEMI EMS recognition program at:  Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition.  On the website you’ll find information about the recognition criteria, useful tools for collecting data, hardcopy of the application, application pathways to accommodate various system designs, an FAQ, and other useful information.  In addition, two national webinars were conducted to provide an overview of the recognition program, the application form and the submission process are available for review:


·         November 19, 2014 Webinar:

·         January 13, 2015 Webinar:


If you are interested in submitting an application for recognition, based on last years’ experience, the AHA advises to start the process now to allow time to collect the necessary data and allow time if any problems should arise with your application submission.

Ohio EMS Trauma Triage Changes

From the Ohio Division of EMS:
Changes to Ohio’s Trauma Triage Criteria for EMS
December 2014

The following changes have been made to the Ohio Trauma Triage Criteria for EMS personnel:

“Needs intubation“ has been modified to “Need for ventilatory support”
o Adults and geriatrics
o EMSIRS field value 9910 (no change to code, only wording)

“Respiratory rate less than 20 in infants less than 1 year old” added
o Pediatrics
o EMSIRS field value 9912

“Open skull fracture” added
o All age groups
o EMSIRS field value 9983

“Vehicle telemetry data consistent with high risk of injury” added
o All age groups
o EMSIRS field value 9997

These changes are now in effect.

Any questions, comments or concerns should be directed to:

Tim Erskine
Chief of Trauma Systems and Research

ODEMS Trauma Triage Update 2014-12
ODEMS Trauma Triage Decision Tree 2014-12

What would you do if a firefighter in turnout gear with SCBA needs CPR?

We hope it doesn’t happen, but firefighting is a high-risk profession and you need to be ready if it does. This is an innovative way to approach the care of a firefighter down that needs CPR.

For more information, visit Firefighter Down-CPR and learn from the professionals at Leland Fire-Rescue.


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We Have Not Forgotten

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On September 11, 2001, tragedy struck our country, the world and our hearts. Of the 2,977 people killed in the attacks on our homeland, 343 brothers and sisters of the New York City Fire Department, 37 police officers of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department, 23 police officers of the New York City Police Department, 8 emergency medical technicians and paramedics from New York City hospital EMS units and three New York State Court Officers perished.

Today, among others, we pause to remember these brave professionals who, without pause, raced into the destruction, giving their lives in the ultimate sacrifice.

Saving Lives on the Battlefield: Final Report

A Joint Trauma System Review of Pre-Hospital Trauma Care
in Combined Joint Operating Area – Afghanistan (CJOA-A)
FINAL REPORT is now available at:

It’s a detailed look at military pre-hospital trauma care by the U.S. Central Command. Civilian EMS is many times a recipient of military knowledge and technology innovation. There are elements of this report that may affect how we care for our patients in the future.