The service chronicles listed below were published in the Fall 2019 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.
Butler County EMS (BCEMS) received an Older American’s Act Grant from the Central Plains Area Agency on Aging for their Stepping On Workshop for fall prevention. In 2019 Butler County EMS, with assistance from Butler County Department on Aging, applied for the Older American’s Act Grant in hopes of providing a Fall Prevention workshop to the aging community without incorporating addition cost. Because of this grant, Butler County EMS can provide this workshop at no cost to the participants. This 7-week workshop teaches evidence-based intervention proven to decrease the incidence of falls. Seniors above the age of 65 years who live on their own and can get around with the use of a cane, meet one time a week for two hours and learn exercises for both balance and strengthening. In Wisconsin this program has reduced falls as much as 50% and ED visits due to falls 70%. They hope to see similar results.
On August 22 and 23, BCEMS offered its staff and staff from the local hospital an Airway Carnival for managing difficult airways. The instructor staff were experts in the field and included: Butler County EMS Medical Director Paige Dodson, MD; Jason Burk, DNP, CRNA, FNP-C, MICT; and Chris Cannon, EMS Program Director, Chair, Health and Human Services at Cowley College. The Airway Carnival included stations for managing airways in confined, dark and awkward positions, use of tools to assist in controlling the airway, and back to the basics of BVM and surgical airway procedures. A special thanks to Joe Menadue, EMS training director and Cowley College EMS for state-of-the-art equipment options.
BCEMS in cooperation with Butler County Sheriff, El Dorado PD, Butler County SWAT, USD 375 staff, Butler County Communication, Butler County CERT, Butler County Rescue and kids from the school district as well as a local Boy Scout Troop participated in a large-scale Active Shooter Response Training at Circle Elementary School. Students were moulaged and waited outside the building until the Circle District Resource Officer, El Dorado PD, Butler County Sheriff, and Butler County SWAT cleared the building and engaged in a mock gunfight with the shooters. When this was over, the students were staged in two different rooms so START triage could be implemented. “Victims” were taken outside to the Triage/Transport staging area by EMS and Rescue personnel. Observers were staged throughout the building and took notes for the debriefing. After all the dust settled, they believe that everyone involved took away valuable knowledge to help prepare in the event of a MCI.
Finally, Butler County EMS is proud to congratulate their Medical Director Dr. Paige Dodson for receiving the KEMSA 2019 Physician of the Year award.
Kiowa County EMS was awarded $5,000 from the TransCanada Community Investment Grant to start a Rural Address Sign Program for Kiowa County residents. The donation helped purchase supplies and equipment. While the signs help EMS, fire, and law enforcement locate rural houses in an emergency, they also help other public agencies, such as utility services or delivery companies.
LifeSave Transport is pleased to announce plans to begin operations of a new air medical transport base in Salina, KS. LifeSave will provide a rotor-wing to transport critically ill or injured patients when needed, serving the North Central part of Kansas. LifeSave’s highly trained medical and flight crews safely transport patients with a medical or surgical emergency that may need advanced care such as provided by a trauma center, a cardiac cath lab, or a stroke team.
A Bell 206 helicopter will be based at the Salina Regional Airport helipad with the crew on-site. A budget for hangar renovations to accommodate crew quarters and the mission aircraft has been approved by the Salina Airport Authority. With the rotor-wing aircraft that will be based in Salina, LifeSave will also utilize a system of back up resources including rotor wing and all-weather King Airs based throughout Kansas.
The location of the new base comes as part of LifeSave’s infrastructure plan supporting its new role as the Preferred Partner for the University of Kansas Health System’s Kansas Clinical Improvement Collaborative to increase service availability for member hospitals located in North Central Kansas.
There have been lots of changes at Reno County EMS. On July 26, Reno County EMS received the 2019 Mission Lifeline Gold Plus Award from the American Heart Association. This is RCEMS’s second year in a row to receive the Gold Plus Award and the fourth year in a row to receive at least a Gold Award. During the third week of July, RCEMS participated in joint mass casualty training exercises with the Hutchinson Police Department, Reno County Sheriff’s Office, Hutchinson Fire Department, Hutchinson-Reno County Emergency Communications, and the South Hutchinson Fire Department. The exercise spanned over four days to ensure most personnel were able to attend.
On May 24, Chief Terry David retired from Reno County EMS after serving as the Chief for the last three years. During that time, Chief David brought numerous improvements to the department to help meet the changing needs of the community. At the KEMSA Awards Banquet, Chief David received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his many years of service and contributions to Kansas EMS. On Sept. 15, Division Chief Kari Banning retired after 20 years of service to Reno County. Banning completed her education as an APRN and will continue to serve the healthcare needs of Hutchinson in a new clinician role.
On Aug. 26, Dave Johnston was appointed as EMS Chief. Chief Johnston looks forward to continuing the high caliber of services and compassionate care that Reno County EMS has worked hard to achieve. On Sept. 15, Jeramie Schmidt was promoted to Division Chief for Team 2. Schmidt has experience as a Training Captain and has served as the agency’s education program manager.