KEMSA Chronicle - Service chronicles

The service chronicles listed below were published in the Winter 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.

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American Medical Response

The American Medical Response (AMR) Operations of Kansas have been awarded a full three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS). The AMR Kansas Operations first became CAAS accredited in 2016. There are over 180 ambulance services nationwide that have been awarded CAAS accreditation, two of which are in Kansas. The accreditation process includes completion of a comprehensive application and on-site review by national experts in emergency medical services (EMS).

CAAS is a non-profit organization which was established to encourage and promote quality patient care in America’s medical transportation system. The primary focus of the Commission’s standards is high-quality patient care. This is accomplished by establishing national standards which not only address the delivery of patient care, but also the ambulance service’s total operations and its relationships with other agencies, the general public, and the medical community. The Commission’s standards often exceed state or local licensing requirements.

Across the country, there are 37 AMR Operations that have achieved CAAS accreditation. The local AMR Operations serve multiple communities in Kansas, including: Shawnee County, Wabaunsee County, Linn County, and the KC Metro area. This voluntary achievement of CAAS accreditation represents AMR’s firm commitment to the patients and to the communities they serve. They thank all their staff who put in the extra time and effort to meet this standard of excellence.

City of Washington EMS

City of Washington EMS participated in a Women’s Health Open House, held by the Washington County Hospital Oct. 16.   EMS personnel offered free blood pressure screenings and ambulance tours, along with Information on area Critical Incident Stress teams.

Staff also provided promotional material to attendees regarding avoiding Distracted Driving, seat belt safety, and car seat information provided by the Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office.

Other booths included flu shots provided by the Washington County Health Department, tours of the hospital’s radiology department and free carotid screenings provided by hospital radiology staff, optometrists, chiropractic care, and many others.

Door prizes were provided, and the grand prize winner received a free mammogram.  Thrivent Financial also provided t-shirts for the event.

Harper County EMS

Harper County EMS is working hard on training within the department and is now starting to train with other emergency services in the community to establish good patient care and communication among the departments. The most recent was a drill using a school bus that was turned on its side that did create some challenges. Phase one of the drill was conducted by HFD and HCEMS and continued into another drill the beginning of November. The second drill involved more entities such as law enforcement, and they set the bus on fire.

HCEMS has been working on adding another shift that is 12 hours during the peak times of calls to increase coverage throughout the community and to assist with transfers from the new Patterson Health Center. This has allowed shorter wait times for the transfers and for patient calls that come in within a few minutes of each other and more coverage spread out through the county. The employees have done a great job adjusting to the new schedule and making it work.

Lastly, they have done a few stop the bleed classes, are covering more school events, have been giving tours to school kids, and hope to have certified staff to teach CPR soon.

Kiowa County EMS

Kiowa County EMS, which is the lead agency for Safe Kids Kiowa County coalition, received a Child Passenger Safety Simulator Training Seat with the help of Safe Kids Kansas.  The training seat is a portable hands-on training aid that includes various safety belt systems found in vehicles today with the purpose of training personnel on how to properly install child restraints during training classes and demonstrations at health fairs or other safety events. Kiowa County EMS has four certified Child Passenger Safety technicians that can check to make sure that a child is in the correct car seat for their age, height, and weight, along with educating the parents/caregivers on the correct use of car seats and show them how to properly install them.  

LifeSave Transport

LifeSave has recently opened its newest ground base of operation in Emporia, Kan. The ground unit comes as an addition to the helicopter base that has been located at Newman Regional Health since 2006. LifeSave, Newman Regional Health, and the Lyon County/City of Emporia Ambulance Service have come together in partnership to develop the transport model for this new service.  Staffed on-call, the ground operation serves as an additional resource for long distance transports. This new unit will offer the same critical care provided by an air ambulance team, particularly for cases when weather may prevent critical patients from being transported by air.

As part of the new operation, LifeSave is also seeking to hire qualified on-call EMTs or Transport Technicians. For more information on requirements or to apply for this position, please call 316.932.1440 to speak with LifeSave’s recruitment team or email careers@lifesave.com with a resume and references.

In other news, we congratulate Karen Larsen of LifeSave on being re-elected as Region IV Director for the National Association of EMTs (NAEMT). Karen has more than three decades of healthcare experience with an extensive background in pre-hospital medical care and emergency nursing. She is a Nurse Practitioner for St. Luke Hospital & Living Center, Docs Who Care and STAT Care, and a Flight Nurse/Education Specialist for LifeSave Transport, all in Kansas. She also volunteers as a paramedic for Marion County EMS.

Karen holds numerous certifications, is Board Certified with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and is a Kansas Certified Paramedic. She is a member of several professional associations, and is an affiliate faculty member for NAEMT.

Karen has received many awards, including KEMTA’s Advanced Life Support (ALS) Attendant of the Year award and Lyle Eckert award, as well as NAEMT’s education acknowledgement award for Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS). She earned her Master’s in Nursing-FNP from Graceland University in Missouri, Bachelor’s in Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau Cum Laude, from Southwestern College, and Paramedic certification from Midwest Academy of Pre-Hospital Sciences in Kansas. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Chatham University.

Midwest AeroCare

Midwest AeroCare, a Med-Trans Corporation program, recently took delivery of a medically configured Bell 407 helicopter. Based in Pittsburg, Kan., the aircraft serves southeast Kansas, southwest Missouri, and northeast Oklahoma. 

Located at Atkinson Municipal Airport in Pittsburg, the Midwest AeroCare base is a preferred critical care air medical transport provider for Ascension Via Christi, the largest healthcare provider in central Kansas. Midwest AeroCare also operates an air medical transport base in Chanute. The proximity of each of these locations allows for additional air transport coverage for Crawford and Neosho Counties and the surrounding regions. 

The Bell 407 helicopter replaced a Eurocopter AS350. The new aircraft has a 300 nautical mile range, 140 mph cruise speed, and is equipped with state-of-the-art safety enhancements such as night vision capability, XM color weather radar, and autopilot systems. Additionally, Skytrac satellite tracking software allows Med-Trans’ communication center to monitor aircraft position continuously. 

Midwest AeroCare and its predecessor companies have been based in Pittsburg for more than 12 years. The operation is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS), which is dedicated to improving the quality of patient care and safety of the transport environment.

Miltonvale EMS

The Dane G. Hansen Foundation awarded Miltonvale EMS a grant for $43,000 to purchase a new Stryker Power Load and Cot system. A Stryker Power load system not only raises the cot up and down, but it also loads the patient into the ambulance with very little assistance from an EMS professional. The weight of a patient can be challenging to load with two people or less and more often than not with the old system additional assistance was necessary to load a patient. This new equipment is safer for the patient and the personnel.

Miltonvale EMS would like to thank the Dane G. Hansen Foundation for the generous gift that will make patient care safer for the communities they serve.

Nemaha County EMS

Nemaha County EMS participated in a joint active shooter exercise at Nemaha Central schools.  EMS components stressed in the exercise were focused on triage, transportation coordination, and wait times of mutual aid resources.  Additional exercise participants included Seneca Police, Nemaha County Sheriff, Dispatch and Emergency Management, Seneca Police, Kansas Highway Patrol, Nemaha Valley Community Hospital, and staff and students of Nemaha Central.  After the exercise, NCEMS trained over 70 school staff in Stop The Bleed.


North Central Kansas Critical Care Support Team Available

Personnel from several North Central Kansas area emergency response organizations and communities serve on a Critical Incident Stress Management Team and are available to respond to requests for service throughout the region, including Clay, Cloud, Dickinson,  Ellsworth, Jewell, Lincoln, Marshall, Mitchell, Osborne, Ottawa, Pottawatomie, Republic, Riley, Saline, Smith, and Washington counties, and can be deployed to other areas upon request.

Team members serve on a volunteer basis and are available to assist with and provide crisis response services, intervention, and follow-up care as necessary. Team members include current and former EMS, fire, law enforcement, hospital staff, chaplains, and other emergency responders, and can provide peer to peer support as a group or one-to-one basis.

The team also partners with the 10-33 Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in California with six regional offices, whose mission is to provide stress management training and crisis intervention services, as well as follow-up care, to first responder professions, military members, and their families.

Questions about the NCK Critical Care Support team or available services may be directed to Co-Coordinators Caroline Scoville, 785-822-4591 or via email at wsems@washingtonks.net, or Levi Whitley, 785-275-2464, dwhitley@concordiaks.org.

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