The service chronicles listed below were published in the Summer 2021 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.
Kingman EMS took delivery of its new ambulance in March 2021. The Ram Promaster ambulance from FR Conversions was designed with COVID-19 in mind was purchased with SPARK funds. It features a ZOLL Z-Vent Ventilator and UV Light Disinfection. The ambulance was a much-needed addition to their fleet.
The other big happening at Kingman EMS is the 2021 EMT Class. They had a record high enrollment and had to actually turn some people away. It was a much-needed surprise in the era of COVID when help is needed. The class started with 15 and the final 12 took board exams May 22 at Kingman EMS. The class is diverse and includes people contracting with Kingman EMS, Pretty Prairie EMS, and the Cheney Fire Department. There is no doubt that those communities will benefit from the addition of these dedicated professionals.
Lastly, the department had to say goodbye to paramedic and training officer Candy Janousek who moved closer to home. They wish Candy the best of luck in her new position with Ellis County. With that, the department moved EMT Timothy Lemen from part-time to full-time. They also welcomed John Foulston, AEMT, to the department’s part-time staff as well as Derrick Baker to the department’s rescue team. Director Zach Bieghler is now the department’s training program director and education is now a collaborative effort within the department.
Sedgwick County EMS recently deployed Braun IV infusion pumps on all ambulances in their fleet. These pumps will increase the safety of medication administration via IV infusion during interfacility transfers and emergency responses and help reduce the need for medication math and reduce the risk of medication errors. Medication libraries from their local hospital systems have been programmed into the infusion pumps to allow paramedics to access standard dosing and administration rates for interfacility transfers quickly.
Sedgwick County is also preparing to begin ET3 (Emergency triage, treat, and transport) interventions that will allow SCEMS to bill CMS for transport to alternative destinations such as minor emergency centers and mental health centers, as well as connect beneficiaries up with alternative point of care dispositions, such as telehealth. They have also applied for a CMS notice of funding opportunity to fund a medical nurse triage line in their 911 public safety answering point. Sedgwick County EMS is the only EMS service in Kansas to be participating in these innovative programs.
SCEMS has also procured Glidescope video laryngoscopes and is working to get them deployed within the next quarter. Lastly, SCEMS has installed Stryker PowerLoad systems into its ambulance fleet as well.