The service chronicles listed below were published in the Winter 2022 issue of the KEMSA Chronicle magazine. If you would like to submit news from your service for publication in the magazine and on this website, view information about submitting your news here.
After a site review on Oct. 27-28, 2022 by the CAAS site reviewers, the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services granted a full three-year accreditation to the AMR Kansas combined operations of KC Metro, Topeka, Linn County, and Wabaunsee County on November 3.
Becoming CAAS accredited is a lengthy process that requires the service to look at all aspects of the operation, from patient care, vehicle maintenance, employee policies, to employee benefits, and many others. By maintaining this accreditation, AMR ensures that the standards CAAS requires are maintained which, in turn ensures that the ambulance service provides quality patient care, while at the same time maintaining high standards in all other areas of the operation.
Without support from all areas of the operation, from the newest employee to the regional directors, it would be difficult if not impossible to maintain the accreditation. AMR Kansas is proud to be one of two services in the state of Kansas to achieve and maintain CAAS accreditation.
Butler County EMS (BCEMS), as part of their outreach and education program, has several trainings they have conducted recently. BCEMS partnered with the local Pregnancy Family Resource Center in El Dorado and Augusta to teach Safe Sleep practices, Infant CPR/Choking, and Child Passenger Safety. The Pregnancy Family Resource Center offers free parenting classes through the iParenting program teaching parenting tips and skills. BCEMS holds monthly classes through the American Heart Association for Heart Saver CPR/AED and F/A for individuals and businesses as well as Basic Life Support for medical personnel. BCEMS also has been tasked with teaching the lifesaving skills of AHA HeartSaver CPR/AED and F/A to county employees including the sheriff’s office and first responding agencies throughout the county. Stop the Bleed is taught throughout the county and Hands only CPR is taught at local schools.
The Central Plains Area Agency on Aging through the Older Americans Act has awarded BCEMS the OAA III D Physical Fitness grant for its Stepping On program. Stepping On is a high-level, evidence-based program proven to reduce falls and build confidence in older people. Stepping On is designed specifically for people who are: 1) at risk of falling, 2) have a fear of falling, or 3) who have fallen one or more times. Participants meet for two hours a week for seven weeks. Workshops are facilitated by trained leaders and provide a safe and positive learning experience. Experts in pharmacology, physical therapy, vision, and community safety are brought in to talk with the participants to discuss, educate, and answer questions during the workshop.
BCEMS also put on the Bradley Brown Food Drive to collect nonperishable foods and toiletries for the Salvation Army. Then they distribute the donations to those who are struggling or need help in Butler County. Crews volunteer four hours of their time standing outside of Walmart or Dillons in Augusta, Andover, and El Dorado handing out flyers and collecting goods. The communities have always been huge supporters of this event.
On Oct. 27, 2022, Chase County EMS was awarded a grant from MFA Oil Foundation to assist with the purchase of new cots for their ambulances. Chase County EMS will be installing Stryker Power-Pro XT cots with the power load systems in their ambulances. These will replace their current cots, which have been in service for 12 years.
Kingman EMS is proud to announce that the department was awarded the Community Grant from the South Central Community Foundation in the amount of $2,000! The award is for the acquisition of pediatric EMS training manikins and covers 66% of the cost. The remaining 33% of the cost was paid for by revenue generated by public CPR education conducted by the department.
The acquisition of the pediatric training manikins will allow providers of Kingman EMS to enhance their assessment and treatment skills of pediatric patients. Currently, Kingman EMS covers an area of 720 square miles of Kingman County and given the anticipated lifespan of these manikins, it is expected that over 17,000 children of Kingman County will benefit over the course of 10 years.
As one can imagine, any medical or trauma call that EMS responds to can produce stress for our providers, and that stress is magnified when encountering pediatric patients. It is the goal of the department to not only improve the quality of medical care administered by our providers, but to also reduce the stress of our providers by improving confidence through scenario-based training using these manikins.
Currently, none of the healthcare partners in Kingman County have pediatric training manikins. Therefore, the department is happy to loan these pediatric training manikins to their partners as a tool to help them succeed in pediatric healthcare training as well. They look forward to the collaboration, which will allow the department and their partners to train together and help enhance the teamwork that already exists.