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Georgia Department of Human Resources Volume 5, Issue 3 D iv i s i o n o f P u b l i c H e a l t h , O f f i c e o f P r e p a r e d n e s s FALL 2008 O FFICE OF E M S / T RAUMA N EWS I NFORMATIVE C URRENT D EPENDABLE STATE OFFICE hope to be able to share more details in the next newsletter. Be OF EMS AND on the lookout for more information! I also want to take a moment to thank you for your ser- TRAUMA vice to your fellow citizens in our state. As we enter this holiday season, please take a moment and enjoy some time with your family and friends. I know many of you work more than one job in UPDATE EMS, and in doing such, you spend more than half your time at work, serving the needs of others. You, as EMS professionals, more than most people, know how precious life is. Please take a step back and give your family and friends an extra hug or hand- . . . from the Director shake and relish those moments with them. I also want to let you know that the Georgia State budget is in bad shape. You may have heard that all state agen- Greetings once again from the Georgia Office of Emergency cies have been ordered to cut budget’s by 6% and reduce all Medical Services. I want to take a few moments to give you an up- travel. That cut has taken place. The Georgia Office of EMS has date on what’s happening within our office and our profession. As you had 3 positions in our Skyland office cut due to the current read this, the weather is starting to get a little cooler. Hurricane sea- budget crisis. We have also had at least 2 positions in our re- son is nearing a close and the Holiday season is coming up quickly. gional offices lost to the budget crisis. Additionally, we have had First, I would like to thank each of you that prepared to re- all out of state travel canceled and have had to reduce all non- spond to our coast, or the Gulf region in response to the rash of hurri- essential in-state travel. Unfortunately, this has reduced our pres- canes that developed this year. While we had a limited response as ence at the conferences and out in the EMS Community. I can we were watching our own coastline, many of you were standing assure you that we are doing our best to keep our level of service ready to help evacuate our coastline as well as respond to our fellow as high as we possibly can. We have heard that the State is pre- countrymen in the Gulf. Your preparedness and readiness kept our paring to order another 2% cut to all state agency budgets (total citizens safe and assured that Georgia’s EMS could respond if the of 8%), with a plan to make a total of a 10% cut in our budget. The need to evacuate developed. Governor has also released a plan to reorganize the Department In Georgia, we just completed our license renewal cycle. of Human Resources. This plan would create a Department of We appreciate your patience as we worked through the process. In an Health, which would be comprised of the current Department of effort to improve our services to our EMS Providers and our EMS Pro- Community Health, and would also contain Public Health (which fessionals in Georgia, you can now verify your EMS Personnel license EMS is currently located in). This new Department of Health will online. Just navigate to our main web-page (www.health.state.ga.us/ be led by current DCH Commissioner Dr. Rhonda Medows. At this programs/ems/index.asp) and click on the link on the right hand point, we are not completely sure where the Office of EMS will be navigation bar titled “ Georgia EMS Personnel License Verification.” located. We will do our best to keep you updated as this process You can search by first and last name or by license level and license moves forward. number. Please feel free to check your status, and notify us immedi- ately if you feel there is an error. If you have failed to renew your li- Lastly, I want to encourage you to take care of yourself: cense prior to the June 30, 2008 deadline, your license status is both mentally and physically. I know you each work long hours considered “lapsed-failure to renew.” However, it isn’t too late to get under a very large amount of stress, and we (yes we) typically into compliance! You have until December 31, 2008 to pay the late develop poor eating habits and typically put off healthcare and penalty fee and the renewal fee and renew your license. Per our preventative visits for ourselves. Please try to find a healthy Rules and Regulations, if your license is not renewed by December hobby – away from EMS or public safety that will allow you some 31, 2008 it will be considered “Revoked- failure to renew.” You are mental down-time. We need you to look after yourself – so you not able to work in Georgia unless you have a valid EMS License with can be there to serve those in their time of need. You need to set an “Active” status. Please contact your Regional EMS Office or the the example. If you smoke – please consider quitting as soon as State Office of EMS if you have any questions regarding your license possible. If you are overweight – please consider a sensible diet status or late renewal. and exercise. If you need someone to listen to a bad call you re- The Georgia Office of EMS in conjunction with the Public sponded to – please contact a regional EMS office. If you are not Health Office of Preparedness are developing an online CEU portal involved in our profession – please get involved with our state- that will allow Georgia EMS Personnel to log in to our website and wide association, national associations, your local EMS Councils take online education modules. This will be an excellent platform for and our statewide Councils: GET INVOLVED! Our state, as well as us to share new technologies in EMS with you, as well as new treat- our profession, needs you to make good choices so you can be- ment protocols and review many other topics that impact our profes- come an active participant in shaping the future of Georgia’s sion and patient care. We are very excited about this project and EMS. Page 2 O f f i c e o f EM S / T r a u m a N e w s TRAUMA CARE NETWORK Inside this issue: COMMISSION UPDATE Trauma Care Network Update 2 By Renee Morgan, Trauma Systems Manager EMSMDAC & EMSAC Updates 3 In June the Trauma Care Network Commission rolled Conferences / New Health Department 4 out the formulary for the disbursement of $58 million. The Manager’s Conference 5 dollars infused into the trauma system were to provide a “shoring up” for the troubled trauma system. This allocation 2008 GA EMS Awards 6 was for the 2008 budget year only. Our goal is to develop real- istic opportunities for sustainable funding that will put Georgia GEMSIS Update 12 on the right tract for future trauma development. Included in the funds were uncompensated care reimbursements for hos- Health Benefits of Tea 14 pitals, physicians and EMS. In the table below you will see the Memorial Notes 14 breakdown of the allocated funds. In September of this year we were hit with critical Remembering Our History 15 State budget cutbacks. In the process of these cutbacks the highlighted funds in the table below were “frozen”. These Your Life - Our Mission - My Honor 16 funds have not been released and there is a possibility that they will not be reestablished. As for the Uncompensated Care Medic Alert 17 piece for EMS, those funds were received by the Medical Col- EMS-C Information 18 lege of Georgia (MCG) in Augusta and the process is moving forward for those funds to be distributed to the EMS commu- EMS Education - My View 19 nity. EMS Region News 20 In the past few weeks many Georgia licensed, ground ambulance services should have gotten packets from MGC EMS-C Kids Corner 31 helping them to identify patients that were transported to des- ignated trauma centers in 2007. If your service did not receive NREMT Prep Course Information 32 a packet then most likely you had no patients transported to trauma centers during 2007. Educational Opportunities 33 EMS also has the option to request reimbursement for scene calls where patients were transported by air to desig- nated trauma centers. If you have patients that may qualify for this un- compensated care piece you should Amount % of Total contact our office for further instruc- Trauma Center Readiness Costs $ 17,888,539 30.4% tions, or the trauma coordinator at Capital Grants for LI & LII Trauma Centers $ 4,148,602 7.0% the receiving, designated trauma cen- Level IV Trauma Center Costs (2) $ 200,000 0.3% ter. You will need to provide the PCR information and the name of the pa- Uncompensated Care Costs $ 17,888,539 30.4% tient to see if they met trauma criteria Total Trauma Center Allocation $ 40,125,680 68.1% and are entered into the trauma reg- Trauma Physician Allocation istry. Further information on the defi- 25% of Trauma Center Readiness Costs $ 5,962,846 10.1% nition of trauma criteria patients and the process for reporting uncompen- 25% of Trauma Center Uncompensated care $ 5,962,846 10.1% sated care was sent to services by e- Total Physician Allocation $ 11,925,693 20.2% mail from the Regional EMS offices EMS/Pre-Hospital Allocation several weeks ago. EMS Competitive Grant Program $ 4,000,000 6.8% Our office, along with MCG EMS Uncompensated Care $ 1,479,945 2.5% will assist you in this process. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to con- GPS & Automatic Vehicle Locater System $ 996,452 1.7% tact me. Total EMS/Prehospital Allocation $ 6,476,397 11.0% Office: 404-463-5419 Oversight & System Development Cell: 404-569-3119 Pager:: 404-382-3744 Trauma Commission/System Plan & Dev $ 375,000 0.6% Fax:: 404-463-5395 Total Oversight/Development Allocation $ 375,000 0.6% E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org TOTAL 2008-09 GEORGIA TRAUMA FUND $ 58,902,769 100.0% Page 3 O f f i c e o f EM S / T r a u m a N e w s EMSMDAC UPDATE EMSAC UPDATE The Georgia EMS Medi- Like EMSMDAC, the Georgia cal Directors Advisory Council EMS Advisory Council has had a very (EMSMDAC) has had a very active active summer. summer, with meetings held in At the August meeting, the July and September. One of the new members of EMSAC, as appointed actions taken was the election of by the DHR Commissioner, were officers, with Dr. Jill Mabley re- seated. They are: turning to another term as Chair • Region 1 EMS: Bud Owens and Dr. Robert Cox returning as • Region 2 EMS: Scott Masters Vice Chair. One of the areas that • Region 3 EMS: Benny Atkins EMSMDAC has been involved • Region 4 EMS: Dr. Robert Cox Dr. Jill Mabley Courtney Terwilliger with is that of ambulance diver- • Region 5 EMS: Lee Oliver sion. Dr. Mabley, Dr. Cox, and others have been participating • Region 6 EMS: Courtney Terwilliger on a task force created by the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) to examine the issue and determine if solutions can be • Region 7 EMS: Joe Robinson identified and implemented. Common definitions are being • Region 8 EMS: Ann Lamb developed for the various saturation levels and it has been de- • Region 9 EMS: Paul Genest cided to use the National Emergency Department Overcrowding Scale (NEDOCS) system to gauge the saturation level of emer- • Region 10 EMS: Don Cargile gency departments. It was noted that designated trauma cen- • EMSMDAC: Dr. Jeff Linzer ters will use a different scoring system because saturation lev- • EMS Providers: Bernie Restrepo els in them cannot be accurately identified with NEDOCS. • EMS Educators: Carol Crockett Another topic EMSMDAC has been debating is that of drug-assisted intubation, using medications other than paralyt- • EMS-C: Kristal Claxton Smith ics, and whether or not is has a place in the prehospital care • ACCG: Ashley Meggitt environment in Georgia. A full discussion of the topic is ex- • GMA: Ted Baggett pected to occur at the next meeting of EMSMDAC. • MAG: Dr. John Harvey Another issue the group focused on at their last meet- • Trauma Nurses: Debra Kitchens ing is the emerging national trend of dispatch initiated aspirin administration. Many of the agencies using medical priority • Trauma Surgeons: Dr. Jeffrey Salomone dispatch have protocols that allow dispatchers to suggest aspi- • Pediatricians: Dr. Natalie Lane rin for those patients over the age of 16. Some concern was • EMS Directors: Shane Garrison expressed regarding the patient’s age. • Consumers: Tom Schneider Due to the state budget shortfall and other economic factors, EMSMDAC is moving forward to amend the Bylaws to • At Large: Pete Quinones permit audio and video conferencing for meetings. • At Large: Ernie Doss Dr. Mabley noted that two vacancies currently exist on • At Large: Ben Hinson EMSMDAC. The first was created when Dr. James Augustine EMSAC Officers are: Chair - Courtney Terwilliger; Vice Chair - Lee moved to Washington, DC. The second was created by the res- Oliver; and, Secretary - Ann Lamb. ignation of Dr. Zeb L. Burrell, Jr. Dr. Burrell was one of the first EMSAC, like EMSMDAC, made two recommendations to the State Office of EMS regarding pediatric issues. The first motion members appointed to EMSMDAC when it was created in the passed by EMSAC stated: The EMS-C sub-committee of EMSAC late 1990s. recommends that eight (8) hours of the biennial required forty (40) EMSMDAC meetings are open to the public and EMS hours of continuing education be related to pediatric patients. providers are encouraged to attend. That requirement will be for all levels of licensure and will not in- crease the total number of required continuing education hours. The second motion stated: The EMS-C Sub-Committee of EMSAC recommends that a pediatric protocol manual (electronic or printed format) be added to the required equipment list for regis- tered ambulances. EMSAC is involved in many statewide issues such as di- version, trauma systems funding, alternative testing methods, EMS audits, and surveys. Meetings are open to the public and EMS providers are encouraged to attend. Page 4 O f f i c e o f EM S / T r a u m a N e w s EMS EDUCATORS CONFERENCE GEORGIA EMS Conducted in one of Georgia’s most beautiful settings at CONFERENCE Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, the 2008 Georgia EMS Educa- tors Conference attracted over 200 instructors from across the state. Prior to the conference, several preconference workshops were conducted. Among them were Geriatric Education for EMS - The annual Georgia EMS Conference was held Provider and Instructor; Prehospital Trauma Life Support Instructor August 26 - 29 at the Marriott Riverfront Hotel and Con- Course; International Trauma Life Support Instructor Update; and, ference Center in Savannah. Over 200 people attended Teaching the New Kids on the Block. the event. One of the Gulf hurricanes played havoc with the event, The keynote address was delivered by Randolph causing the cancellation of a couple of speakers from Texas. Topics covered during the conference included “The Dis- Mantooth, better known to many as Firefighter / Para- appearing Endotracheal Tube,” Left Behind - Responder Initiated medic Johnny Gage from TVs “Emergency!” series. The Patient Refusals,” “Molding EMS Professionals for Patient Care. . . once popular television series was the first to bring and Then Some,” and “EMS Program Accreditation.” EMS to the forefront and to the attention of Americans nationwide. It caused many people to ask the question, “Why don’t we have something like that in our home- NEW DEPARTMENT OF town?” Mantooth presented a unique journey into the history of modern EMS that paid homage to the vision- HEALTH? aries who overcame innumerable obstacles to create Governor Sonny Perdue released the findings of the Health and Human Services Task Force, which calls for a new Depart- the nation’s first fire-based paramedic programs. ment of Behavioral Health encompassing the mental health and addictive disease programs currently housed in the Department of Human Resources. “Since DHR’s creation 35 years ago under Governor Jimmy Carter, our state’s growth and healthcare needs have changed dramatically,” Governor Perdue said. “This restructuring of DHR recognizes those changing needs and puts in place a framework for a more efficient, effective delivery of these critical services.” In addition to a new department focused solely on behavioral health, the proposed reorganization plan calls for merging the Department of Community Health with the public health and health regulation programs of DHR to make up a reconstituted Department of Health. Current DCH Commissioner Dr. Rhonda Medows would lead the new Department of Health. The remaining social services under DHR would become the Department of Human Services. Programs included in this depart- ment would include Developmental Disabilities, Aging, Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) and Child Support. Current DHR Commissioner B.J. Walker will lead the new Department of Randolph Mantooth Human Services. The proposal calls for legislation to be introduced when the One of the annual highlights is the preconfer- General Assembly convenes next January with the transition to the ence ACLS Competition sponsored by Southeastern new agencies occurring on July 1, 2009. Emergency Equipment. The winning team this year was “It has been exciting serving with my fellow legislators and Deborah Gibson, David Crosby, and Laurie Coombs governor’s staff as we look to transform the delivery of health and human services in Georgia,” said Senator Renee Unterman. “This from MedStarOne in Savannah. has been a lot of work and there still is a lot of work to do. This is a Among the topics covered at the conference step in the right direction and I look forward to working closely with were “Pulmonary Hypertension / CHF in the Field,” the agencies, legislature and advocacy communities on these im- “Taser’s - Remove or Not?,” “Burn and Blast Injuries,” portant changes.” In addition to Sen. Unterman, three other legislators served “The Miracle of Life. . . Almost,” and “Toxicology in the on the task force: Sen. Jack Hill, Rep. Ben Harbin and Rep. Mark Prehospital Setting,” among others. Butler. The 2009 Georgia EMS Conference will be held “This is a positive step on the road to correcting our mental and August 12 - 14 at the Marriott Riverfront in Savannah. public health systems,” Rep. Butler said. “It is a huge step for this administration to pull these fragile lives out of this larger mix to get them the help and attention they need.” Georgia Association of EMS 2008 Manager’s Conference November 19 – 21, 2008 Mountain Creek Conference Center, Callaway Gardens (800)225-5292 Group: GAEMS-Management Conference Rate: $109.00/night (Includes access to the park. The hotel will honor this rate for 3 days prior & 3 days after the conference.) This year’s management conference will include Billing Pre – Conference many new features, including presentations by Fitch This year, GAEMS will also be offering a 9 and Associates, choices of workshop sessions, VIP session pre – con by Fitch and Associates speakers, a brief on the Georgia Trauma System designed specifically to educate EMS directors grant fund, and many other new features! For more and administrative personnel about better information, email email@example.com. practices for billing and collections. This will A special price of 215.00 will be offered to those be offered at a special rate of $125.00. For who attend both the manager’s conference and the more information, please email pre – con. firstname.lastname@example.org. 2008 GAEMS Management Conference Registration GAEMS Member $125.00 Provider Non-member $140.00, Director/Physician Non-member $175.00 (Provide a copy of membership card) Mail completed registration form and check made out to: GAEMS, P.O. Box 4626, Macon, Ga. 31208 Last Name:_______________________________ First Name:_____________________________ Address:_____________________________________________City:_______________________ State:________Zip:____________ Employer:__________________________________________ Home Phone:_____________________________ Work: Phone:____________________________ Certification: ____________________ Email: _________________________________________________________________________ Late Fee Additional $30.00 after October 17, 2008 No Refunds after October19, 2008 Page 6 O f f i c e o f EM S / T r a u m a N e w s . 2008 GEORGIA EMS AWARDS The annual Georgia EMS Awards Banquet, ultimately survives to discharge from the hospital to a vi- celebrating the 35th anniversary of Georgia’s EMS able productive state. The 2008 recipients of the Simon system, was held May 27th at the Georgia Public Award were JEFF CARTER and GEORGE OXENREIDER from Safety Training Center in Forsyth. Several hundred Polk County EMS and KIM MARSHALL and KRISTEN people attended the banquet, considered by many to PIERCE from Rural Metro Ambulance Service. be the premier event in EMS in the state. The Joe Lane Cox Award is presented annually by The GAEMS Legislative Star of Life Awards the North Georgia Region 2 Emergency Medical Services are given each year by the Association in apprecia- Council to an individual who has made a substantial contri- tion to those members of the Georgia Legislature bution to the promotion and advancement of EMS. The who have shown their dedication to the health and individual need not be employed in EMS, but has, like Joe safety of Georgia citizens by supporting efforts that Lane Cox, unselfishly donated his or her time and efforts enhance the EMS profession’s ability to provide ex- to continue the improvement of EMS in Georgia’s EMS re- cellent pre-hospital care. GAEMS Chairman Court- gions and at the state and national levels. The 2008 re- cipient of the Cox Award was BARRY CHURCH, formerly ney Terwilliger presented the GAEMS Legislative with Habersham County Emergency Management Agency. Awards to: SEN. CECIL STATON; SEN. JEFF MULLIS; The Mary Beth Bowns Excellence in Trauma Care SEN. RONNIE CHANCE; SEN. JOHNNY GRANT; SEN. Award is presented annually in memory of Mary Beth JOHN DOUGLAS; SEN. DAVID ADELMAN; SEN. STEVE Bowns who was an EMT on the streets of Atlanta. She lost THOMPSON; SEN. JACK HILL; SEN. GREG GOGGANS;, her life in an automobile crash on July 11, 1997, a few SEN. ERIC JOHNSON; REP. JILL CHAMBERS; REP. days before her 23rd birthday. She had just been accepted MICKEY CHANNELL; REP. BEN HARBIN; REP. BILL to the physician’s assistant program at Emory University HEMBREE; REP. RON STEPHENS; REP. MARY MAR- and was excited about furthering her education. Her fam- GARET OLIVER; and, REP. BUTCH PARRISH. Terwil- ily has sponsored the award since its inception to provide liger expressed his appreciation to each of them for recognition to an individual or agency who has given out- their dedication to and recognition of EMS as an es- standing care to an injured patient. It also recognizes that sential service. individual or agency for their leadership role and the pro- GAEMS Chairman Courtney Terwilliger pre- motion of quality trauma care within their agency and com- sented the annual GAEMS Chairman’s Award. The munity. The recipients of the 2008 Mary Beth Bowns Ex- GAEMS Chairman’s award is given each year, by the cellence in Trauma Care Award were CHRIS SHEW and ED Chairman of the Board of Director’s of the Associa- WILBORN from Puckett EMS. tion to an individual who has demonstrated extraor- The Georgia EMS Educator of the Year Award is dinary leadership capabilities in the support of the presented annually by GAEMS. This award is presented to Emergency Medical Services profession in Geor- an EMS Educator that has contributed significantly to EMS gia This individual’s high personal and professional education at the community, regional, and/or state level. standards are an inspiration to colleagues and other Contributed significantly is defined as going far above and professional organizations with whom we work. The beyond the call of duty, whether in the direct delivery of 2008 recipient of the Chairman’s Award was LEE patient care or in programs offered to the community that OLIVER of The Medical Center of Central Georgia enhance the standing of EMS and/or the education of the EMS. public. Any currently licensed Georgia Level I, Level II, or The first of the state awards presented was Level III EMS Instructor who is involved in providing in- the Dr. Joseph E. Simon Pediatric Award of Excel- struction to EMS professionals and others. The recipient of lence which was created to recognize individuals or the 2008 GAEMS Educator of the Year Award was KRISTAL organizations for outstanding emergency medical CLAXTON SMITH of Central Georgia Technical College. care provided to pediatric patients. It is named in The Dr. Zeb L. Burrell, Jr. Distinguished Service honor of Atlanta pediatrician Dr. Joseph E. Simon, Award of Excellence is presented annually by the North- the creator of the Pediatric Life Support (PLS) east Georgia Region 10 Emergency Medical Services Course. To qualify for the award, the nominee(s) Council to an individual or organization for outstanding must have cared for a pediatric patient who sus- contribution to the development or enhancement of pre- tained a life threatening injury or illness and through hospital emergency medical care. Named in honor of Dr. the rapid assessment, appropriate management, Zeb L. Burrell, Jr. of Elberton, the recipient is one who and prompt transport by the prehospital providers, CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE. . . Page 7 O f f i c e o f EM S / T r a u m a N e w s AWARDS. . . continued Methodist Church in Bolivia. In the mid-1950s, Dr. O’Neal typifies the high ideals, irreproachable character, was elected Mayor of the City of Elberton. In the late and extreme unselfish dedication to EMS that is so 1970s, he became involved with the training of Elbert typical of Dr. Burrell and makes him one of Georgia’s County’s EMS personnel, and for several years after that, most outstanding EMS pioneers and leaders. Crite- he served as medical director for the Elbert Memorial Hos- ria for the award includes outstanding contribution pital EMS and as a member of the Northeast Georgia Re- to the development, implementation, and delivery of gion 10 EMS Council. In 1980, Dr. O’Neal was appointed emergency medical services in the state of Georgia; State EMS Medical Director, a position he held until his demonstrated leadership and personal commitment death on October 21, 1993. In May of 1990, Dr. O’Neal to the achievement of excellence in EMS programs; became director of the state’s Emergency Health Section, the nominee’s role in causing emergency services in a name he later had changed to the Emergency Medical his or her community or the region to be improved, Services Section. Dr. O’Neal was also instrumental in im- expanded, or otherwise enhanced; and, the nomi- plementing standing orders, easing the procurement of nee’s efforts or involvement in activities to pharmaceuticals, expanding the EMT Instructor program, strengthen public awareness and support of EMS. reorganizing test administration, revising the patient care During his career, which is far from over, Dr. Burrell report, and creating a positive, flexible, and functional re- has earned numerous honors and awards and certification program. The recipient of the 2008 O’Neal achieved many successes, including the overall de- Award was TIM BROGDON of South Georgia Medical Cen- velopment of the regional EMS concept in northeast ter EMS. Georgia from implementation through zoning and The Georgia Association of EMS established the trauma center designation. He served many years Excellence in Leadership Award to recognize excellence in as Northeast Georgia Region 10 EMS Medical Direc- leadership in the Georgia’s EMS System with the following tor and Associate Regional EMS Medical Director. criteria.: the chosen recipient will have proven to the He is a member of the Georgia EMS Medical Direc- GAEMS Board of Directors by a recommendation process tors Advisory Council and continues to serve as the that he/she is an established leader in the EMS field in the EMS Medical Director for Elbert County EMS. The state of Georgia; the chosen recipient will have proven to 2008 Burrell Award recipient was CAPT. MARIE the GAEMS Board of Directors by a recommendation proc- HARRELL of Columbus Fire and EMS. ess that he/she is an advocate for the entire EMS System The Dr. John B. O’Neal, III EMS Pioneer in the state of Georgia; the chosen recipient must be a Award is presented annually by the Southwest Geor- member in good standing with the Georgia EMS Associa- gia Region 8 Emergency Medical Services Council to tion; the chosen recipient will have proven to the GAEMS recognize an individual in Georgia for his or her un- Board of Directors by a recommendation process that he/ selfish contribution to the development of Georgia’s she is an excellent leader in EMS and his/her work and emergency medical services system. John Barnwell leadership skills have proven to make a difference in a O’Neal, III was born on October 22, 1920, in the positive way to the entire EMS System in the state of Geor- Pierce County town of Blackshear. He attended gia; and this award will be held in the highest esteem by South Georgia College and the University of Georgia the GAEMS Board of Directors and considered to be the before obtaining his medical degree from the Medi- highest award offered to the members of GAEMS. cal College of Georgia in 1944. In 1945, he married The recipient of the 2008 Excellence in Leadership Award Dr. Phyllis Johnson of Elberton. He served in the was SAM R. CUNNINGHAM of the Georgia Office of EMS United States Army Medical Corps during World War and Trauma – Region 7. II and received an honorable discharge with the rank The Charles B. Gillespie, M.D. Distinguished Geor- of Captain. In 1948, he began a medical and surgi- gia EMS Medical Director Award, was presented by GAEMS cal practice in Elberton. While Dr. O’Neal is best for the first time this year. This award is presented to the known for his medical practice, he also excelled in physician who has served consistently as an Emergency many other areas, including business, politics, and Medical Service Medical Director in a single Georgia Re- community leadership. He served on many boards gion or community for no less than 5 years and meets the and committees, including the Bowden Commission following criteria: the recipient must be a United State Citi- on Efficiency and Economy in Government during zen, possess a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteo- Governor Carl Sanders’ administration and as Chair- pathic Medicine degree and has provided consistent, meri- man of the Elberton Civic Center’s Board of Trustees. torious service in the science and art of Emergency Medi- He was instrumental in building the Elberton Civic cine clinical and administrative leadership; the recipient Center. He and Dr. Phyllis, as his wife was fondly referred to, were medical missionaries with the CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE Page 8 O f f i c e o f EM S / T r a u m a N e w s .2008 GEORGIA EMS AWARDS. . . continued from previous page must have provided exemplary and exceptional ser- vice that benefits and supports the Emergency Medi- cal Technicians, Physician Practitioners and those whom he has or is treating; and, the recipient must have shown continuing dedication to the principles of medical ethics and made outstanding contribu- tions to the community in citizenship and public ser- vice above and beyond the call of duty as a practic- ing physician. The recipient of the Charles B. Gilles- pie, M.D. Distinguished Georgia EMS Medical Direc- tor Award was DR. JILL MABLEY of Cherokee County EMS. Annually, the Georgia Association of Emer- gency Medical Services presents the Georgia EMT of the Year Award to a currently certified EMT, Cardiac Technician, or Paramedic whose primary responsibil- ity is providing direct patient care and who has con- tributed significantly to EMS at the community, re- gional, or state level. Members of the GAEMT Board of Directors are not eligible for the award, nor are EMS directors, administrators, and supervisors who Lee Oliver (L), recipient of the GAEMS Chairman’s do not routinely deliver direct patient care as a pri- Award, and Courtney Terwilliger mary responder. The recipient of the 2008 Georgia EMT of the Year Award was MARTHA ANNE McCARTY of Upson Regional Medical Center EMS. The Georgia Emergency Medical Services Director of the Year Award is presented annually by the EMS Directors Association of Georgia. The com- mittee utilizes several criteria in determining the re- cipient, including the degree of involvement in both EMS and non-EMS related activities; contributions to EMS at the local, regional, state, and national levels; involvement in EMS activities and organizations at the local, regional, state, and national levels; the in- dividual’s EMS education; EMS affiliations; work his- tory; and, awards received. The 2008 recipient of the Georgia EMS Director of the Year award was CHIEF DAVID McCALL of Harris County EMS. The Georgia Emergency Medical Service of the Year Award is presented annually by the Georgia Association of Emergency Medical Services to a cur- rently licensed Georgia EMS provider that exempli- Jeff Carter and George Oxenreider, recipients of the fies outstanding professionalism and service to the community it serves. An objective and rather lengthy Dr. Joseph E. Simon Pediatric Award of Excellence process is used in selecting the recipient from among the nominees submitted. The 2008 recipient of the Georgia EMS of the Year Award was CHERO- KEE COUNTY EMS. Page 9 O f f i c e o f EM S / T r a u m a N e w s . 2008 GEORGIA EMS AWARDS Ed Wilborn (second from left) and Chris Shew (center), recipients of the Mary Beth Bowns Excellence in Trauma Care Award, with Renee Morgan (L) and Ed and Connie Bowns (R) Kristen Pierce and Kim Marshall (not shown), recipients of the Dr. Joseph E. Simon Pediatric Award of Excellence Barry Church (center), recipient of the Joe Lane Cox Excellence in EMS Award, with Jack Moody (L) and Will Lockwood (R) Capt. Marie Harrell, recipient of the Dr. Zeb L. Burrell, Jr. Distinguished Service Award of Excellence Page 10 O f f i c e o f EM S / T r a u m a N e w s .2008 GEORGIA EMS AWARDS. . . continued from previous page Tim Brogdon (center) recipient of the Dr. John B. O’Neal, III EMS Pioneer Award, flanked by Robert Vick (L) and Danny Edwards (R) Dr. Jill Mabley, recipient of the Charles B. Gillespie, M.D. Distinguished Georgia EMS Medical Direc- tor Award, with Dr. Charles B. Gillespie Sam R. Cunningham (L), recipient of the GAEMS Award of Excellence in Leadership, with Courtney Terwilliger (R) Chief David McCall, Georgia EMS Director of the Year Page 11 O f f i c e o f EM S / T r a u m a N e w s .2008 GEORGIA EMS AWARDS. . . continued from previous page Waylon White, EMS Training Officer and Dr. Jill Mabley, EMS Medical Director, accept the Georgia Emergency Medical Service of the Year Award from Kristal Claxton Smith, recipient of the EMS Courtney Terwilliger Educator of the Year Award with Steve McNure Special recognition was given to the Region 1 EMS Honor Guard for their assistance at the Banquet Martha Anne McCarty Georgia EMT of the Year Page 12 O f f i c e o f EM S / T r a u m a N e w s GEMSIS Update .The GEMSIS direct entry option for filling out patient care reports is becoming very popular. Most medics with a little training find it very easy to use and far better than the old bubble sheets. A secondary benefit is that it has the potential to provide the most complete data possible for use by the agency and to the state. In addition to the obvious asset of no cost to the EMS agency it gives the agency a multitude of options that most are finding very useful. The options allow each agency to tailor the PCR to their own specific needs. A few of the options are high- lighted here. The Interactive Physical Assessment has been shown to be easy to use and accurate in its ability to provide assess- ment information. You turn on the Interactive Physical Assessment when you set up your service on GEMSIS by going to View Run Options and Resources and choosing Interactive Physical Assessment to turn it on. V o l u m e 5 , I ss u e 3 Page 13 Another option is the narrative format. Again go to View Run Options and Resources and choose Auto Narrative and turn it on. It allows auto narration in three formats: Medical Abstract, Sequential Narrative and SOAP Narra- tive. There are many other options available and with our close working relationship with Image Trend there will be even more as GEMSIS develops. In addition to the options, when the agency sets up their staff and vehicles the information becomes available in drop down boxes on the PCR form so the medic does not have to type the information in. For more information visit the GEMSIS web site Knowledgebase where all PCR information and directions are available. Page 14 O f f i c e o f EM S / T r a u m a N e w s HEALTH BENEFITS OF TEA beverage, making it your best choice for weight loss. Pass on the diet soda, loaded with sugar and bone- Tamber Fuller weakening bubbles, and go for tea. Delicious, low calorie, and brimming with antioxidants, It is best to drink tea unsweetened and without milk, tea is quickly becoming the most commonly consumed which can minimize some of the health benefits. To beverage worldwide, after water. Even in the U.S., its sweeten the tea without the extra calories, forgo the popularity is rapidly growing. And why not? With the sugar and try instead honey, stevia products, or a stick of health benefits you stand to gain, you, too, will want to cinnamon. drink up. The Healthy Varieties of Herbal Teas Soak UP The Health Benefits Aromatic and chock full of amazing health benefits, It is no wonder that tea is the beverage most commonly herbal teas are made from various leaves, roots, bark, or enjoyed by centenarians around the world. Tea is full flowers. Here are just a few: of powerful antioxidants that improve concentration, *Ginger: Soothes the digestive system and keeps your gently boost energy, and make people happier. The energy fired up. free radical-inhibiting property of tea is more potent than that of vitamin E, and tea is a proven preventive *Chamomile: Settles the stomach and is calming and and treatment for atherosclerosis (hardening of the ar- soothing for the nervous system. teries). The polyphenols in tea, especially the cate- *Peppermint: Increases healthy gastric secretions, re- chins, are powerful antioxidants that help ward off dia- laxes the intestines, and settles the stomach. betes and cancer. *Dandelion: Detoxifies and supports healthy liver func- tions. To get the most health from your tea, brew it fresh from *Valerian: A natural herbal substitute for sleeping pills. tea bags or loose leaves and herbs, as instant and bot- Now go and enjoy your tea!!!!!!!!!!!! tled teas contain less active compounds. Let the tea steep for three to five minutes to extract the most bene- ficial compounds. Drink to your health! MEMORIAL PAG E Cut The Morning Coffee For many people, the first thing they reach for in the ROBERT O. (BOB) BENNETT, EMT-I morning is coffee. Although it may initially give you a jolt, coffee actually depletes your vital essence, Robert Osborne Bennett, EMT-I of Kennesaw, "borrowing" energy that you didn't have in the first formerly of Ellijay, died July 17, 2008. He was place. born April 12, 1945 in Columbus. In 1979, after becoming an EMT, he opened Starlife EMS in the Caffeine acts as a central nervous system stimulant. It Buckhead area of Atlanta. causes you to experience stress, anxiety, a racing mind, and even insomnia, working against your at- VIVIEN POWER tempts to relax the body and calm the mind. A health- ier alternative to coffee is herbal tea. On average, a Vivien Palmer Power, 67, of Atlanta, died August cup of black tea contains about one third of the caffeine 13, 2008. She was a former EMT for Metro Am- you would get from the same cup of coffee. Green tea bulance Service and Time Line EMS. contains about one sixth of that amount. VINCE SHAFFER, EMT-P Of course, caffeine content will vary depending on the particular tea and the brewing time. One way to natu- Vince Shaffer, Veteran Paramedic and EMS edu- rally decaffeinate your tea is to steep for 45 seconds. cator, died August 1, 2008, from a bout with pour out the liquid but keep the tea leaves, then add cancer. Shaffer was a positive influence on fresh boiling water and let steep for 3-5 minutes or Georgia’s EMS system, particularly the Cobb longer to allow the beneficial polyphenols to be ex- County area, for almost five decades. His funeral tracted from the tea. was attended by many of his former students. Aside from the health benefits, tea is a zero-calorie V o l u m e 5 , I ss u e 3 Page 15 trated on outlying areas that are farthest from our dispatch REMEMBERING OUR center,” Young explains. “And teaching is not limited to CPR. We also offer Red Cross first aid, and through Bainbridge HISTORY Junior College, CIM training. “All of Decatur County’s deputy sheriffs have CIM Those of you who are regular readers of the training. So does Faceville’s Volunteer Fire Department. Newsletter know that we initiated this section a couple (Faceville is a small community near the Florida line and of editions ago. The purpose is to go back in the past about 11 miles from Bainbridge.) When we have a Faceville and relive some of the moments that brought us to call, we notify the Fire Department and ask them to respond. where we are today. We meet them at the scene, provide additional treatment if necessary, and bring the patient on in. They’re functioning The following article was published in “EMS as rapid responders or first responders and helping the peo- News,” the official publication of the Georgia Emergency ple of their community.” Health Section (the name of the State Office of EMS at Young adds that two Sheriff’s Department men are that time) on November 15, 1977. The likely author of EMTs while the local police squad boasts four. Several EMTs the article was Bennie Lou Carr. are employed by local industry. “We believe in ‘numbers’ training,” Young stresses. “It’s the only way for a rural ON THE ROAD IN DECATUR COUNTY county to go. We’re a high accident area. We have a lake area, Amtrak, Florida access roads that carry heavy tourist An interview with Decatur County Ambulance Ser- traffic between Alabama, Georgia and Florida as well as a lot vice (DCAS) Supervisor Jack Young is a trip. A good one. of transport trucks. The accident potential is great - and we Here’s a supervisor who runs a fine service, has imple- have ‘em. And heart problems are universal. We’re 20 min- mented an impressive community education program, and utes away from portions of the county. No way we could is admittedly proud of the unit, its personnel, his county reach someone in cardiac arrest in time to save him.” Con- and the people who support EMS there. tinuing, he says, “If we can get enough people trained in Red The support is tremendous. Over $10,000 in local Cross First Aid, in CPR, in CIM, then we’ll be improving the money has been donated to DCAS in 1977. The county chances for survival in these outlying areas.” commission provides adequate operating funds - without It would be difficult to quarrel with that philosophy. hassle. Local business and industry are extremely coopera- The most significant thing about DCAS’ community education tive. Media outlets, the local paper which is operated by program, if we may make an editorial comment, is that Sam Griffin, son of former Governor Marvin Griffin, and they’ve done it all themselves - the planning, organization, local radio stations are generous with coverage. The local promotion, funding and implementation. hospital allows EMTs to participate in inservice training pro- Besides these impressive training accomplishments, grams alongside their staff. Collections during 1976 were Decatur County has other interesting achievements to point better than 50%, indicative of citizen support. And citizen out. One involves the federal agency of Occupational Safety participation in DCAS training programs may be unparal- and Health Administration. OSHA officials have not required leled in the state. first aid rooms in several local industrial plants, pointing to Decatur County’s unit, with seven of its nine EMTs high-quality prehospital care and fast response times of the certified as CPR instructors, has trained some 800 people in county service. That’s an almost unheard of acknowledg- CPR this year. They own three adult manikins, one Re- ment in the annals of federal regulation by OSHA. cording Anne, two babies and an intubation model. Contri- Another centers around equipment. DCAS has two butions paid for the equipment. They have access to four effective, low cost items worth mentioning. One is a Life-Pak additional adult “dolls” that’re locally owned. 4 adaptor, a 12-Lead EKG they purchased for about $255. “It’s not unusual for us to arrive at the scene of an Another is an extrication tool made by SNAP-ON-TOOLS arrest and find CPR already in progress,” says Young. “Our that’s a portable hydraulic cutter complete with its own air students are often there when they’re needed. It’s a good tank which costs about $350. Easier to carry and use, it of- feeling to develop a program like this and then experience ten eliminates the need for the heavy, costly Hurst tools. the results.” They have a long-term goal: CPR training for Problems? One of the main ones right now has to 10% of the county’s approximate 23,000 residents. do with training of cardiac technicians. Young explains, To sharpen their own skills, the Bainbridge based “There aren’t enough category one and two hospitals around crew is required to run Recording Anne strips, EMT by to afford the clinical experience being required. We want and EMT, every two to three weeks. “CPR is a precise proce- need this training and certification. So far, meeting require- dure,” Young points out. “If we’re going to perform well as ments under present criteria has been impossible.” EMTs and as instructors, we have to be sure of our own If a rural county without an appropriate training hos- capabilities. We have four confirmed ‘saves’ this year,” he pital can solve this problem, we’d bet it’ll be Decatur County. adds. The lawn around their headquarters is close clipped; it does- Some classes are taught to particular groups - life- n’t grow very long under their feet. That we found out on guards, industrial plant employees, firemen, church groups. the road in Decatur County. Others are open to the general public. “We’ve concen- Page 16 O f f i c e o f EM S / T r a u m a N e w s 2008 EXCELLENCE IN EMS AWARD WON BY KELLY BUDDENHAGEN OF GILMER COUNTY EMS Your Life – Our Mission – My Honor honor. There are many new EMS folks that may not yet understand, but I do. My life has been enriched by By Kelly Buddenhagen the lives I have shared these times with; partners, Paramedic, Gilmer County EMS, Georgia friends, communities and strangers. Each call molding and shaping the ever-constant reminder — I am Gasping for breath, no strength to move, trusted without question to make a difference in their pain ripping through my chest; I struggle to dial lives when they feel like their lives are ending. Holding three simple numbers: 9 - 1 - 1. Time stretches by a hand, brushing away a tear, comforting the lonely; the minute, seeming like hours as I strain for air, skills we should be tested on that were never men- will I survive to when help arrives? I think about my tioned in the texts. children, my parents, scenes start flowing in front People often ask me what the worst call I have of my eyes, I think of how this can’t be happening ever had was, most all of us have been asked. Most of to me — too young, too healthy, too much to do. the answers I hear describe a horrific scene, often Where are they, it seems like hours since I dialed, I involving children, truly so it is. I too have many calls am fading — what will they think when they find that fit the description, but the worst call is still ahead me? as we know. My answer often surprises those who like Startled by the noise, I can’t stop my heart to hear the gory details, because the worst call I ex- from pounding. This is it, this is what I have trained plain is different. The call I dread the most — the call so long for — I am ready, I am so prepared, I am in which I forget what an honor it is to serve another ready to save a life. So many things to think about: human being with presumed trust with another’s life. get the right address, know the quickest route, In a career with the average burnout is 5-10 watch the other traffic, my truck is ready, my part- years, I am privileged to serve a community that trusts ner is ready, I am ready, go over in my head — A for me to do the right thing, in the right way, at the right airway, B for breathing. Now I know what my in- time, with the right skills. I am honored to be in a pro- structor meant that practice turns into instinct if fession that knows what to do when they walk in to you do it right. someone’s life at the worst time, under the worst cir- I was never asked for my credentials, never cumstances and remind them that we are all worth questioned as to my morality, just inherently saving. trusted to do the right thing, have the right educa- tion, use the right skills, and know what to accom- plish without question. I will never forget the eyes of my patient, longing for me to help, trusting my every move. It could have been your mom, but for the time I was present — she was mine. I remem- ber the instructor telling me about the feelings I would have, but I never thought it would affect me. With more than 15 years of experience working on an I know the skills; I practiced for hours to get them ambulance and teaching students, paramedic instructor right, to be the best. My instructor was right; the Kelly Buddenhagen is motivated by one simple objective: real skills aren’t in the book. serving the public. Fifteen years later I am no longer startled by “I see these young folks coming in from a different genera- the tones in the station, surprised only by the ever- tion from when I went in,” said Buddenhagen, of Gilmer County EMS in Ga. “Sometimes their motivation is not in increasing violence of the world. I still read, study, the ‘public service’ mindset. I instill it in them if they don’t learn and practice — EMS is not a place to become have it.” complacent. The ever changing treatments, new Buddenhagen, the winner of the EMS1 2008 Excellence in drugs, new challenges; keeping up to date is a full- EMS Award for her original piece, ''Your Life - Our Mission - My Honor,'' hopes to reach other providers as both a para- time passion. I still remember that first call, and medic and a casual writer. many more since. The thing I remember the most — is that when someone calls for help — regardless of REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION OF EMS1.COM the reason, my being on scene is a privilege and http:/www.ems1.com/excellence/winner08 Page 17 O f f i c e o f EM S / T r a u m a N e w s On November 1, the Alzheimer's Association Safe ability to return the person safely to their loved Return program introduced a new alliance with ones,” said Ginny Helms, VP of Programs of the MedicAlert® to bring you MedicAlert® + Alzheimer’s Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter. All of the Association Safe Return®. The program was cre- other features of the Safe Return program will stay ated for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related the same. dementia who may wander or become lost. MedicA- lert is well-known for its identification jewelry for If you are interested in our Free training or if you people who have all types of medical conditions. have any questions, please call Kim Franklin at the Under the new partnership, MedicAlert will maintain Alzheimer's Association Georgia Chapter Headquar- and provide life-saving, detailed medical histories ters at 404-728-6064. for all of its members. In an event that a person be- comes lost or is found, MedicAlert + Safe Return will provide first responders with information such as drug allergies, medications or any illnesses the missing or found person may have. The new pro- gram serves two purposes; it provides emergency medical information and assists in an event of a wandering incident. “The new partnership will only enhance the wonderful program we already have by providing important medical information on the indi- vidual who may become lost. This will enhance our Alzheimer’s Training Now Available to EMS Recently, DHR approved training for the Alzheimer's Association to train EMS statewide. The Alzheimer’s Association has been training Law Enforcement for 4 years and Firefighters for almost a year now and decided to branch out to include EMS. Since EMS professionals often come in contact with persons with Alzheimer’s Disease or a related dementia, this training is designed to prepare medics for encounters with those individuals and to alert you to the resources that exist to assist during a possible crisis. This training will be provided in either a 2 or 3 hour block on Alzheimer’s Disease, Wandering, Safety Risks, Behaviors, Com- munication Techniques, Mattie’s Call, types of calls to expect, the Identification Program, called Safe Return, a video, activities, and much more. This training is available statewide to cover each region. The program identification number is SOEMS-2007-005-CE and the title is The Alzheimer's Association Safe Return Program: Saving Lives Together. This training is offered free and the instructors will come to your site/training center. If you are in- terested in this training, would like to join an existing class, or have any questions, please call Alice Hoffmann at the Alzheimer’s Association Georgia Chapter Headquarters at 404-728- 1181, ext: 244. V o l u m e 5 , I ss u e 3 Page 18 Top 5 Incidents Leading to Death or Serious Injury to Infants Are Preventable Provided by: The Department of Human Resources, Division of Public Health Page 19 EMS EDUCATION. . . MY VIEW David T. Foster III, MLS, EMT-P EMS Education has always been a very controver- We are both. I am not sold on the process sial subject during the 32 plus years that I have been in- that has required this, but do agree we need to have volved in our profession. When I started, in June of 1976 an accountability process for our educational system. as a volunteer firefighter, I was exposed to EMS by way of With all these changes, it appears that the attending the EMT-A (Ambulance) course at the former emphasis is on more academic credibility. As educa- Walker Technical Institute (Northwestern Technical Col- tors we should be academically ahead of our stu- lege) in Rock Spring, GA. The next step was to take the dents. After all, we are Educators, and no longer just Advanced EMT program that was the precursor to what an instructor. I too felt for many years that all I today is known as Paramedic. However, in Georgia, we needed was to ‘know the skills” I was teaching. In had a mid level Emergency Medical Services certification the past few years though, I realized just what the called Cardiac Technician. Many of us choose this route, value of a formal, collegiate education brings. Expos- and to this day, we still have a few practicing CT’s. ing ourselves to the rigors or learning psychology, In the 1980’s NHTSA (National Highway Traffic world literature, communications, philosophy and Safety Administration) formerly known as DOT or the De- other liberal studies courses expands ones knowl- partment of Transportation released updates for the cur- edge base, broadens our perspective, and enables us riculum and added the EMT- Intermediate 1985 level of to better understand our students in this global world certifications. Then again in the 1990’s we had revisions to we live, work and teach in. If we truly want to be- EMT-B (Basic) which replaced EMT-A, EMT-Paramedic, and come recognized by our peers as “Professionals” we the addition of the EMT-Intermediate 1999. need to advance academically. Many states struggled as to which levels of certifi- With all this said, it may be time for EMS to finally cation/licensure they would adopt, and to this day we still join together. I have heard the complaints that we have a hodge-podge of levels that is still not fully reciprocal are the “red-headed step-child” of not only Public between states. Now we are approaching the end of the Safety but also Public Health. This will not change if first decade of the 21st century and we are facing a total we remain segregated by our own submission. Yes revision of our levels of certification/licensure. The new we work long hours, many times at two or more ser- curricula are going to reflect our changing world and the vices. We are not paid equally with our peers in our practice of our profession. related professions (in many locales). We are sleep The forthcoming levels will be; EMR (Emergency deprived, and have no voice. The time has come that Medical Responder) to replace First Responder in response we as a profession unify or fade away to be rele- the nomenclature of all Emergency Services being consid- gated to just another technical skill worker. We need ered First Responders, or the first to respond. First Re- to support our profession by being an active member sponders are now EMS, Fire, Law Enforcement and other of our profession and create a unified voice. I know initial responding agencies. Next we will see an EMT what you are saying, “We disagree on too many is- (Emergency Medical Technician) followed by and A-EMT sues to unify”. Then let me propose this. Let’s come which will be an Advanced EMT. The highest level of pro- together and find some common ground. A few is- vider will remain the Paramedic Level. The key to this revi- sues, maybe 2-3 can unify us. Maybe we need a fed- sion is based simply on the “Depth and Breadth” of what eral lead agency that does nothing but address EMS each level will need to know and do. For Educators the issues. Maybe we need to join together for a strong challenge appears to be how to decide where to place our show of force to our legislators and those that can emphasis in developing our programs and sufficiently allocate funding. Whatever the issues, we have to meeting the curriculum. become one. One force, with representation, that will Coupled with these changes is the advancement stand up for all. of our profession. NREMT, following the recommendations ————————————- of the EMS Education Agenda of the Future, is requiring David Foster is a 32 year veteran of EMS and Fire Service National Accreditation of all programs which teach Para- having served at the local, regional, state and federal level. He medic for our students to sit for the NREMT Paramedic is the President-Elect of the Georgia Association of EMS Edu- cators Division, Education Division Coordinator at Hutcheson Exam in a few more years. This is not a bad thing, as it EMS in Ft Oglethorpe, GA and an Assistant Professor in the strengthens our professional accountability and brings us in College of Business and Leadership with the Virtual College line with all other allied health programs. However, some at Ft Hays State University in Kansas. He holds degrees in Fire may still argue we are Public Safety and not Public Health. Science/EMS Management (AAS) Disaster/Emergency Man- I for one see EMS as the bridge that connects the two. agement (BS) and Organizational Leadership (MLS). He can be reached via email @ email@example.com. Page 20 NORTHWEST GEORGIA REGION 1 DR. ERIC NIX HONORED BY REGION 1 EMS COUNCIL Dr. Eric Nix was the webmaster for the Region 1 EMS website while he was employed as a para- medic with Gordon County EMS. He con- tinued to maintain the site while attending LINDA AVERY RETIRES medical school and throughout his residency in Con- Linda Avery, Administrative Assistant of necticut. He recently began his career at an emergency the Region 1 EMS Office, recently announced department in the northern Metro Atlanta area. her retirement, effective October 31. She has The Region 1 EMS Council honored Dr. Nix at worked for the EMS program for seventeen their August meeting in Calhoun. years. In addition to her routine tasks, such as answering and assisting with the telephone calls, she has also been the primary administra- tor of the Region’s patient care reporting pro- CHATTOOGA COUNTY RECEIVES AEDS gram. As such, she has been a tireless and valuable member of the GEMSIS workgroup. A retirement party was held for in her honor on September 23 at the Region 1 EMS Office. The Region 1 EMS Council also plans to honor her at their next meeting on October 16 at Floyd Medical Center in Rome. Until the end of October, you can contact Linda by telephone at 706.295.6175 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Beginning second from left: Herbert Dodd, Director of Chattooga County EMS; Jim Cutcher, Region 1 EMS Training Coordinator; Jeff Mullis, Georgia State Senator; David Loftin, Region 1 EMS Director; Barbara Massey Reece, Georgia State Representative; Barry Eng- EMS COUNCIL VOTES ON FLOYD land, Chief of Chattooga County Mutual Aid; and, members of Chat- tooga County Fire Department Mutual Aid Group. AND PAULDING COUNTY ZONES The Region 1 Office of EMS presented 5 Phillips The Region 1 EMS Council voted to af- Heart Start AEDs to the Chattooga County Fire Depart- firm the recommendation of the Transportation ment as a result of the efforts of State Representative Committee to not open zoning for Floyd and Barbara Massey Reece and State Senator Jeff Mullis and Paulding Counties. The Floyd County zoning the Georgia Rural Health grants. In addition, money for request was tabled by the committee for three 6 more defibrillators was given to the Chattooga County months while requiring both services operating Mutual Aid Association by Rep. Reece and Sen. Mullis. in the zone to submit monthly reports to the Pictured is the check being presented on behalf of the EMS Council. Georgia Department of Community Affairs for $5,000. This will bring to 11 the total number of AEDs given to Chattooga County by Rep. Reece and Sen. Mullis. Page 21 NORTH GEORGIA REGION 2 TRENCH RESCUE: FORSYTH COUNTY STYLE At 1114 hours on February 23, 2007, the Forsyth County Fire Department responded to an alarm of a construction worker trapped below grade at a construction site in a subdivision. The worker became trapped when the trench in which he was operating collapsed, confining him against the foun- dation of a structure and covering him with approxi- mately eight feet of dirt. Coworkers initiated rescue attempts and 911 was immediately notified. 2008 Georgia EMS-C Conference Successful Again By Tim Peebles, Region II EMS-C The 2008 Georgia EMS-C Conference was held June 4 and 5, 2008 at the Georgia Mountain Center. Approximately 120 participants registered for this year’s conference, headlined by the wit and knowledge of Dr. Lou Romig, founder of Jump- START triage for pediatric patients. A pre-conference was presented on Pediatric Cardiac Arrest Management by Children’s Healthcare Upon arrival of Forsyth County Fire Depart- of Atlanta (CHOA) and an educational workshop ment units, technical rescue operations were begun. about pediatric vehicle restraints was presented by Access to the patient's airway and an artery were Ms. Sharon Conrad and Randall Townley. made first and advanced life support efforts were The 2009 Conference is planned for June 3 put in place by Fire Department paramedics. As and 4, 2009, featuring Dr. Ed Racht, Medical Direc- Fire Department technical rescue technicians contin- tor of Austin / Travis County (TX) EMS. ued the task of securing the site and removing the Mark your calendars now. The 2009 Confer- dirt from the patient, he was kept conscious ence is already shaping up to be the best yet. and alert and continuously reassured by fire person- nel. Assistance was received from the Forsyth County Water and Sewer Department with a vac- uum truck brought to the site to assist with dirt and debris removal. Mutual aid was also received from the Gwinnett County Fire Department technical res- cue team so as to increase the available number of technical rescue technicians on site. Despite a lan- guage barrier, good communications proved to be crucial in gaining and keeping the patient's trust throughout the operation. After two hours and ten minutes of diligent efforts, the patient was re- moved from the trench, in a stable condition, and transferred to an awaiting medical evacuation heli- copter for transport to a trauma center. A total of 26 Forsyth County Fire Department personnel and Vendor Area at EMS-C Conference five apparatus responded to the incident. Page 22 METRO ATLANTA REGION 3 STUDENTS ON CALL THE ALL VOLUNTEER STAFF OF EMORY EMS RESPONDS RAPIDLY TO CAMPUS EMERGENCIES eight-hour shifts. Supervisors are on call in twenty-four hour shifts and often put in forty hours a week or more. During special events, such as in late October when the XIV Dalai Lama was at Emory, time spent on duty increases ex- ponentially. “The volunteerism on this unit speaks volumes of the character of our medics and thir unconditional devotion to Emory’s well-being and safety,” said past Emory EMS chief Josh Rozell who graduated in May with a degree in neuroscience. Unlike Commencement, most days are quiet, with a call or two per shift. Downtime is spent in the group’s head- quarters, a converted office in the North Decatur Building. But when the call comes, the adrenaline flows and all en- ergy is focused on getting to and helping a patient in need. AT THE READY: Chris Meshberger and Chief Kevin Smith “You never know exactly what the situation will be await their next call in the Emory EMS office on North Deca- like until you get there,” said Smith during an April shift that tur Road. involved a car accident with minor injuries. “You don’t want Commencement serves as the last day of work it to be a bad situation, but if it is, you know that you have for the student volunteers who staff Emory Emergency the ability to make a difference.” Medical Services. But, due to the thousands of visitors Last fall, Emory EMS responded to 351 calls, with an on campus, it’s usually a demanding day as well. average response time of 3.5 minutes. The unit’s territory “With this many people, statistically you’re go- includes the Emory campus and adjacent businesses and ing tohave a certain number of incidents,” said Emory roads. Recently the unit responded to a call in less than two EMS Chief Kevin Smith, a senior in marketing, as he sat minutes and provided life-saving medication to a staff mem- in uniform under a tent set up near the Quadrangle ber having a severe allergic reaction. In another case, med- during the University ceremony. “We’ve had a few ics stabilized a staff member having a heart attack. calls already this morning, and there will probably be a “Being here, right on campus, allows us to get to few more.” patients when they need it most, especially during the criti- No less than an hour later, Smith was en route cal ‘golden hour.’ In some cases, it really is a life-or-death to the School of Public Health ceremony, where a situation,” said Dan Hootman, assistant director for emer- woman in the audience had collapsed. As her family gency preparedness, who graduated with a dual degree in watched anxiously, he and a fellow student volunteer organization and management and economics. helped to lift her gently onto a stretcher and into a There are fewer than a hundred such student-run waiting ambulance. EMS units at colleges around the country and Emory’s is The student-run, volunteer force of forty pro- among the best in the nation, says Emory Police Captain vides EMS coverage for campus as a unit of the Emory Ray Edge, administrator of the unit. Roger Neustadt was Police Department. All of the student volunteers are the founding director of the EMS / Emory First Responder certified EMT professionals who complete a yearlong Unit in 1992. “If it were not for Roger’s passion and persis- class of 260-plus hours of training beyond the 200 tence, there would be no EEMS today,” says Edge. hours required by the state. Sarah Zeff Aschkenasi was part of Emory First Re- “There really is no typical student that signs up sponders from 1992 to 1996 and went on to attend Harvard for Emory EMS,” said Daniel Sperling, a junior sociology Medical School. “I’m a pediatrician at Washington University major and incoming chief of operations. “The individu- in St. Louis, and my experience opened many doors for me, als that we look for are anyone with the drive and en- in terms of getting into medical school and residency, but thusiasm to give 110 percent.” more importantly, in practical ways,” she says. “Many of the Two-person teams work around the clock on CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE Page 23 METRO ATLANTA REGION 3 STUDENTS ON CALL. . . CONTINUED skills I learned at Emory are ones I still use today. . . In TRAUMA CARE IN CRISIS not being afraid to face unfamiliar situations.” During the recent National Collegiate EMS Several members of Georgia’s General Assembly Foundation Conference, Emory EMS was honored with hosted a statewide briefing called “Trauma Care in Crisis” the top “Striving for Excellence Award” and best cam- at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot in Atlanta on Sep- pus video of the year. Emory EMS does extensive tember 29. community outreach. The group hosted the largest Organizers noted that, “As we prepare for the up- single-venue CPR training event in the country last fall coming legislative session, trauma care is on the top of for more than six hundred people. They provided alco- many legislative agendas. While we are facing a very hol awareness education for fellow students and re- challenging budgetary crisis, we must find a way to move cently organized a drunk-driving demonstration for this issue forward. We understand that for a comprehen- Druid Hills High School. Also, they will cosponsor this year’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life. sive trauma system to be operating at an optimal level, each sub-system must also be operating in an efficient, “They exhibit a level of dedication rarely seen coordinated manner. in the workplace - and they do so as volunteers,” said Emory Police Chief Craig Watson. “They are a critical During the meeting, organizers presented a snap- part of Emory’s public safety.” shot of the major systems and challenges and the impor- tance of integrating these systems and taking a regional approach on the delivery of trauma care for all citizens of Georgia, in both urban and rural areas. It was noted that part of a comprehensive system involves a coordinated effort among all Trauma Centers. In addition to discussing the regional approach to the de- livery of care, speakers also discussed the critical impor- tance of and the integration efforts among the Level II, III, and IV Trauma Centers. That includes getting patients to the appropriate center at the appropriate time, collecting standardized data, and the repatriation of patients. Representatives from the private sector dis- cussed what has been done to help better position Grady Hospital as the Level I Trauma Center covering the largest portion of Georgia’s population as well as the significance of the other Level I Trauma Centers in Augusta, Savan- nah, and Macon. The meeting, facilitated by Wayne Reece and As- Article by Beverly Clark. This article originally sociates, featured 30 speakers. Among them were Dr. appeared in Emory Magazine, summer 2008, and Jeffrey W. Runge, former Assistant Secretary for Health is reprinted with permission. Affairs and Chief Medical Officer of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Dr. Gary Nelson, President of Healthcare Georgia Foundation; Michael Young, President and CEO of Grady Health Systems; Dr. Patrick O’Neal of the Georgia Office of Preparedness; Dr. Jeffrey Salomone, Deputy Chief of Surgery of Grady Memorial Hospital; Rep. Ben Harbin, Chairman of the Appropriations Committee; Sen. Cecil Staton, Chairman of the Science and Technol- ogy Committee; Rep. Mickey Channell; Sen. Don Thomas of the Health and Human Service Committee; and, Bob Dallas, Director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. Page 24 WEST GEORGIA REGION 4 REGION 4 EMS EDUCATION ATTENTION INSTRUCTOR AND COMMITTEE ACTIVITIES INSTRUCTOR-CANDIDATES Instructors and instructor candidates The Education Committee of the West should direct their concerns to the Region 4 Office Georgia Region 4 Emergency Medical Services of EMS & Trauma. Recent economic develop- Council continues a strong commitment to edu- ments have resulted in changes for the State Of- cational offerings for the EMS personnel of the fice of EMS. The Region 4 OEMS in LaGrange has region. been tasked with managing the processes for li- The most recent continuing education censed EMS instructors throughout the state, from opportunity was a dynamic 12-Lead ECG inter- qualifying through licensure. pretation class sponsored by the committee and During 2007 and 2008, the SOEMS has offered at huge savings to the students. Other held four Instructor Qualifying Examinations and classes recently presented by the committee in- evaluated nearly 200 candidates. The IQE is an clude Advanced Burn Life Support, Pre-Hospital intensive examination of knowledge and skills that Trauma Life Support, Pediatric Life Support, and is required of EMT and Paramedic Instructors. All 12-Lead ECG Interpretation, to name a few. of the prerequisites for instructor licensure can be Captain Steve Folden, Chairman of the Educa- found at http://health.state.ga.us/programs/ems/ tion Committee, urges medics throughout the index.asp. region and beyond to take advantage of these Billy continuing education opportunities. Watson, Re- gion 4 Program Director, encourages medics inter- esting in becoming instructors to visit the website CENTRAL GEORGIA REGION 5 REGION 5 EMS FOR CHILDREN They introduced themselves to the EMTs, Paramedics, and Firefighters in attendance and On July 30, Region 5 Emergency Medical collected goodies along the way. The children Service for Children hosted its annual EMS-C Back were also treated to clowns, balloons, and to School Picnic. This event was intended to be games. held in May during EMS Week, but had to be re- Regional EMS Week Poster Contest Win- scheduled due to the storms that came through on ners were awarded following the meal. Mother’s Day. Special thanks to all of the CGTC EMT-P Medics and their families from across the region students, Kristal Claxton-Smith, all participating were invited to celebrate with a family cookout. ambulance services, and all of the other volun- Additionally, EMS-C volunteers, STAR Kids, and teers for all that they did for the Region 5 EMS-C EMS Week Poster Contest Winners were invited as Back to School Picnic. special guests. All children were asked to dress like their favorite EMT or Paramedic. Prizes were awarded for the best costume. While EMS-C volunteers prepared the meal pro- vided by Emory Flight, Mid GA Ambulance Service, Houston County EMS, Macon Bibb Fire Department, the children were encouraged to tour the visiting ambulances, fire trucks and Emory Flight Helicop- ter. Page 25 EAST GEORGIA REGION 6 AUGUSTA TECH’S EMERGENCY Fighter and Law Enforcement programs. SERVICES TRAINING CENTER The Center features several large class- rooms, a covered outdoor area and a large staircase for use in scenarios. Ernest Quattlebaum is the paramedic technology program director for Augusta Tech. Sue Putnam is the lead instructor for the Paramedic program and Nancy Aldridge-Dye is the evening EMT Instructor. The Instructors are de- lighted with the new dedicated space and thankful for the support from Terry Elam, school president. "The monies used to construct this building were from local sources, and it was by far one of the easiest projects to get completed,” said Elam. Augusta Technical College held the ribbon cutting for it's new Emergency Services Training Center on Friday September 26, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. The building, which was constructed with local money, provides a centralized training center for Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic, Fire- Page 26 WEST CENTRAL GEORGIA REGION 7 COLUMBUS DUI CRASH REENACTMENT The Columbus Civic Center was again the site of the ninth (9th) annual Muscogee County DUI Crash Reenactment on September 23. Approximately 3,000 students from high schools throughout Columbus, Phenix City (AL), and other counties watched in awe as dozens of members of public safety organizations staged a crash reenactment involving a head-on colli- sion between a truck and a car, each of which was car- rying two high school students. Utilizing sophisticated audio-visual systems and a real time response into the Civic Center, public safety agencies demonstrated the events that must take place at a crash to save the lives and minimize the injuries of those involved. Information displayed on giant screens hung over the action on the floor pro- vided injury prevention messages and pertinent statis- tics related to driving under the influence crashes. Narration was provided by former local television sports anchor Jack Rodgers, who also spends time working with Columbus Fire and EMS as a paramedic and with St. Francis Hospital as a registered nurse. Returning again was incarcerated prisoner Chris Sandy who told his emotional story to the thou- sands of students present. Wearing handcuffs and leg irons, he was escorted onto the floor by armed Sher- iff’s Deputies. As he was speaking, the students were so attentive, you could literally hear a pin drop in the silent arena. Sandy is serving a 13-year prison sen- tence for killing two people in a crash in which he was driving under the influence of alcohol. The demonstration is sponsored by the Musco- gee County Board of Education, Columbus Police De- partment, Columbus Department of Fire and Emer- gency Medical Services, West Central Georgia Region 7 EMS, Muscogee County Sheriff’s Department, Colum- bus Health Department, Columbus Civic Center, McMullen Funeral Service, Columbus 9-1-1, the Mus- cogee County Coroner’s Office, Columbus Tape and Video, and Columbus Towing and Recovery. Region 7 EMS Training Specialist Darrell Enfinger has been a leader in this event for the last six years. The DUI Crash Reenactment has received regional and national recognition. Page 27 SOUTHWEST GEORGIA REGION 8 CHARLES B. GILLESPIE, M.D. CENTER FOR EMERGENCY RESPONDERS Imagine going into an EMS training facility decorated with memorabilia of EMS from before there was an organized EMS system. Imagine seeing equip- ment from the 1930s to the current day. Imagine see- ing the pictures of some of Georgia’s EMS pioneers on the walls hanging beside photos of old ambulances ranging from horse drawn carriages to the modern Blackhawk helicopters s and everything in between. State of the art EMS, Fire and Police training class- rooms, labs with real ambulances with high fidelity training manikins, fire trucks, and police crime scenes – these are some of the things at the new training facility at Albany Technical College. A new 10,000 square foot Charles B. Gillespie, M.D. Center for Emergency Responders is scheduled to open in late October at the Albany Technical College main campus on the corner of Lowe Road and New- ton Road. The formal dedication is scheduled for November 17 at 2:00 p.m. The old 1950s era city fire station was donated to the college and the structure was refurbished. Then this new facility was added be- hind the station. After much discussion, the state allowed the facility to be named after a living person. A true Georgia EMS pioneer, Dr. Gillespie is frequently referred to as the “Grandfather of EMS” in Georgia. He taught the first EMT class at the Albany campus in 1972. For more information on the facility or to schedule a visit, call Charles Proctor at 229.430.3093. SOUTHEAST GEORGIA REGION 9 cares to think about. He was also appointed to serve on the State EMS Advisory Council not too long after it PAUL GENEST TO RETIRE FROM was created. EVANS COUNTY EMS Genest says the highlight of his career was being able to go to different places around the state A veritable icon of EMS in and network with his colleagues. Georgia plans to bring his long and As for retirement, he plans to spend many storied career to an end in just a few weeks. hours working with his two granddaughters’ horses. Paul Genest, Director of He also plans to take time to go camping in his RV. Evans County EMS (Claxton) for the Genest has been married to his better half, last 35 years will be honored with a Katrina, for 49 years. Together, they raised three reception at Evans Memorial Hospi- children - Tim, the Assistant Chief and Director of Op- tal at 6:00 p.m. on October 23. The erations at Southside Fire Department / EMS in Savan- reception is open to the public, but nah; Paula, the Vice President of Operations at the those planning to attend should Claxton Enterprise, and Brenda, an RN at three hospi- RSVP to 912.739.5050. tals in Savannah. Genest came to Georgia To wish Paul well on his retirement, you can from Barre, Vermont in the early send him a card at: days of EMS. He was chosen to es- Paul Genest tablish the service in Evans County Evans County EMS and has been the only EMS director Post Office Box 518 they have ever had. Claxton, Georgia 30417-0518 He has been a member of the Southeast Georgia Re- gion 9 EMS Council since its inception, more years than he or give him a call at 912.739.5050. Page 28 NORTHEAST GEORGIA REGION 10 EMT-P INDIA COKER RECEIVES KATHRYN KYKER RECEIVES ATHENS ROTARY CLUB AWARD ARMC EMS SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Kathryn Kyker (L), State EMS Director Marty Billings and ARMC EMS Director Don Cargile The Athens Regional Medical Center (ARMC) EMS Special Achievement award is presented to an employee or other individual who has shown extraordinary efforts and time in areas which has had a positive impact on the EMS Department. Kathryn Kyker has spent most of two decades working with Athens Regional. She was born in Warner Robbins, but her family traveled throughout the southeast as a military family. She finished school in Montgomery and attended college at Western Carolina Uni- India Coker, a Paramedic with Athens Regional Medi- versity where she received a Master’s degree. cal Center (ARMC) EMS since 1998, was the recipient of this Kyker came to the hospital in August 1991 and was one of year's 2008 Community Safety Award presented by the Athens the first persons hired in a new role in the Emergency Department - Rotary Club during ceremonies at the Athens Holiday Inn on one of her duties was trying to find community resources for patients Wednesday, May 21. who are frequently seen in the ED. India, who has worked as a Paramedic in Northeast In 1996, she began teaching “Child Neglect / Abuse” classes Georgia for more than a decade, was recognized for not only to EMS personnel and worked with two EMS staff members in trying to her professionalism, but also her personal motivation. As a address some of the problems EMS was having with frequent users of Paramedic, she has been actively involved in teaching several the system. Over the past decade, this project developed into a larger injury prevention programs to schools in the area and has initiative to include forms to be completed by medics when there was worked on many of the departmental Task Forces set up to a concern, providing patients with resource cards from Community improve the quality of pre‑hospital care for the community. Connection, and analyzing calls to determine resources that could be She has also received two "Save Pins" by Administra- provided for patients in the community who were in need. tion for successfully resuscitating patients, one of which was In the past 11 years, Kyker has helped to link diabetic pa- an 8‑month‑old who was resuscitated after a near‑drowning tients to appropriate education opportunities, assisted patients with in a bath tub, and the other was a 33‑year‑old male who went chronic medical conditions to get their medications, worked with fami- into respiratory arrest after being stung by several bees. Both lies in finding personal care homes and nursing home placement for of these patients were released to go home after spending patients, and has worked with DFACS toward finding resources for time in the hospital. morbidly obese patients in helping them to move around, rather than Though she now works only part‑time as a Para- using an ambulance. medic on the ambulance, she works full‑time as a Cardiovas- Every ED and EMS system has a problem with frequent us- cular Technologist with the Cardiac Cath Lab at Athens Re- ers, some of whom become abusers, of the system. Only a few EMS gional Medical Center. India is a member of the Georgia Asso- providers have begun programs to address them, but it is rare for an ciation of EMS and is attending school to become a Nurse. EMS System to have the successes ARMC EMS has experienced. This The Athens Rotary Club has presented the annual program has definitely added value to the Service given to the commu- Community Safety Award to ARMC EMTs on several occasions nity. including: Krista Gridley (1995); Tim Berryman (1996); The plaque she received reads: “In grateful appreciation for Tammy Bird (1997); Joe Adam (1998); Terri Rogers (1999), your assistance in following up with our patients and helping to im- George Conley (2002), Kyle Hendrix (2003), Jack McCormack prove their outcome by linking them with the appropriate community (2004), Kris Woodward (2005), Carey Pollett (2006), and Paul or health care resource. It has been our honor to work with you In the Leonard (2007). Emergency Department since 1991.” Page 29 O f f i c e o f EM S / T r a u m a N e w s NORTHEAST GEORGIA REGION 10 REGION 10 HOLDS ANNUAL EMS AWARDS BANQUET She has assisted in teaching several injury prevention pro- grams in the area, including the robotic “Andy the Ambulance” programs for young children. Woodward has volunteered to serve on two depart- mental task forces - one recommended the use of reflective vests for all personnel for safety at the scene; the other has made numerous recommendations to improve the qualify or prehospital care. In June 2005, she was the recipient of the Community Safety Award from the Athens Rotary Club and in September 2005, she received the VFW Gold Medal EMT of the Year Award during the annual awards ceremony at the VFW Center in Ath- ens. The annual Northeast Georgia Region 10 EMS Awards Banquet was held on August 18 at the Oconee County Civic Center in Watkinsville. The keynote speaker at the event was former Region 10 EMS Medical Director Dr. Farris T. Johnson. One of the highlights of the Banquet was the presentation of the John E. Steed Award, the recipient of whom is recognized as the “Northeast Georgia EMT of the Year.” The Steed Award has been presented annu- ally by the EMS Council since 1984. It is named in mem- ory of Barrow County EMT John Steed, who was tragically killed in 1983 in a crash involving the ambulance he was driving. The recipient of the award is the EMT in the 10- county Northeast Georgia Region who best exemplifies the character and ideals for which Steed was so well Woodward is a member of the hospital’s “voluntary known. The selection is based on the individual’s in- employee donation program,” called G.I.F.T. (Get Involved For volvement in EMS on the local and regional levels and Tomorrow) with the funds going for special projects that benefit his / her efforts to improve the overall quality of care the community. Over the past 20 years, this program has provided to the citizens of the area. raised over $1.5 million for community projects. The award was presented this year by EMS Council Chair Jim Dove, John Steed’s father Pete, and John’s sister Ann Harris. In presenting the award, they said, “It’s been said that this award should only be given to a person who makes a difference. The recipient to- night is such a person; one who continues to enhance their chosen profession and enhance the quality of ser- vice those professionals provide - who can truly be de- scribed as a hero of the EMS profession, not so much for one particular action, but rather for a lifetime of actions through contributions that continue to be made to the community, to this region, and to this profession. Those were the character traits for which John Steed was Clockwise from left: Ann Harris, RN, sister of John Steed; EMS Council known.” Chair Jim Dove; EMT of the Year Kris Woodward; and, Pete Steed, The recipient was KRISTINE WOODWARD, a father of John Steed member of Athens Regional’s EMS team since 2000. Woodward completed her paramedic training in 2002 The Banquet Committee was composed of Glenn and is a provider in BCLS, ACLS, PALS, ASLS, and BDLS. Henry, Huey Atkins, and Dr. Farris T. Johnson. Page 30 O f f i c e o f EM S / T r a u m a N e w s NORTHEAST GEORGIA REGION 10 ATHENS REGIONAL HONOR EMPLOYEES WITH ANNUAL EMS BREAKFAST As has become a regular tradition at Athens Re- State EMS Director Marty Billings, Curtis Arthur, ARMC gional Medical Center, the facility treated EMS staff and EMS Director Don Cargile others to an EMS Awards Breakfast on May 20, as a highlight of EMS Week. Approximately 70 people, including EMS staff, ED physicians, nurses, former State EMS Directors, cur- rent and former Region 10 EMS Medical Directors, and others attended the event. DR. ZEB BURRELL TO BE HONORED AND State EMS Director Marty Billings provided the YOU ARE INVITED keynote address during which he applauded the EMS personnel in particular for their dedication and profes- Family and friends are planning sionalism. an 80th Birthday Party for the “Father of The annual Medic’s Choice Award was pre- EMS in Georgia,” DR. ZEB L. BURRELL, JR. sented to Paramedic / Shift Supervisor CURTIS ARTHUR. The event will be held from 1:00 p.m. to The award was recommended by members of the staff 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 22, at several years ago “to provide recognition of a medic on the Elbert County EMS Headquarters Sta- staff who goes out of their way to help. For example, ‘I tion in Elberton. can’t think of anyone else that I would rather have pick A short program will begin at up my family member’ or ‘This person has always made 2:00 p.m. during which time friends, fam- me feel welcome while at work’ or ‘This person helped ily, and colleagues are expected to regale me so much to learn my job.’” Medics on staff select the the crowd with stories of triumph, accomplishments, and even recipient by ballot. A couple of the comments made on some of the antics of a man who has given decades of his life ballots submitted included, “One of the finest medics I to the practice of medicine and who has shown a particular have ever met,” and “The one that everyone goes to with love for EMS and all those involved in it. their questions and comments.” Dr. Burrell recently announced that he is resigning Five-year (Eddie Farmer and Melissa Herron), from the State EMS Medical Directors Advisory Council after a 15-year (Russell Wise and Kyle Hendrix), and 20-year decade of service to it. He was one of the original 25 mem- (George Conley) pins were given to several staff mem- bers appointed to the group. bers for years of service with the department. Members of Georgia’s EMS community are urged to The annual EMS Special Achievement Award spend the afternoon of November 22 in Elberton, paying hom- was presented to Kathryn Kyker, Emergency Department age to a man who inspired many and affected all. Social Services Manager (see previous article). Please RSVP to email@example.com. Page 31 O f f i c e o f EM S / T r a u m a N e w s Kids Corner GET YOUR C.A.N. TODAY The Child Abuse and Neglect continuing education and teaching resource for the prehospital provider is available for free at: http://www.med.nyu.edu/pediatrics/emergency/cpem/teaching Georgia Alliance for Drug Endangered Children /can.html Visit the site today and register to receive addi- (GADEC) is a committed group of professionals from multi- tional materials. ple disciplines across Georgia, dedicated to changing the lives of children exposed to the manufacturing, distribution, sale and use of Methamphetamine, alcohol and other drugs. GADEC is funded by DHR’s Division of Mental Health, Of- Teddy Bear fice of Prevention Services and Programs. GADEC offers Sticker Program training sessions to those interested in working with and supporting drug endangered children (DEC) and their fami- lies, prevention strategies, intervention programs, and coor- Always R.E.P.O.R.T. when a child safety seat has been dinated community response programs. To learn more in a crash. about GADEC visit http://www.georgiadec.org/ . 1. RESPOND to the crash 2. EVALUATE the crash scene Disaster Preparedness for Families Was there a child involved in the of Children with Special Needs crash? Was the child secured in a The Florida Institute for Family Involvement (FIFI) developed child safety seat? the Disaster Preparedness for Families of Children with Spe- 3. PICK the correct responses on the cial Needs. This 10-page booklet is organized to assist fami- EMS Trip Report and/or the fax back lies to prepare and be ready. It is divided into three sections: form. Thinking Ahead, Disaster Planning and Preparation, and Response and Recovery. Although hard copies are no 4. ONLY fill in what you know. longer available, FIFI grants permission to all to print and Please leave the response blank if you are not certain of distribute copies using their own resources. Visit: the answer. http://www.fifionline.org 5. REEXAMINE the answers. “The Decontamination of Children: Preparedness 6. TRANSMIT the completed form. and Response for Hospital Emergency Depart- By participating in the Teddy Bear Sticker Program, you are ments” is a 27-minute film on pediatric decontamination. helping the Injury Prevention Section evaluate the success of To obtain a copy, email your request to the child safety seat education and distribution programs, and firstname.lastname@example.org. helping ensure these programs continue to be available to low income Georgians. The Teddy Bear Sticker Program is a great way to help a family that has been involved in a motor Ready Kids Program is Launched vehicle crash. It's also a way for your agency to acquire edu- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and The cational items for your injury prevention programs. Fax the completed form to the Injury Prevention Section at (404)463- Advertising Council launched Ready Kids, a family friendly 2726. For information about this program call (404)463-2684 tool to help parents and teachers educate children, ages 8- or visit: http://health.state.ga.us/programs/injuryprevention/ 12, about emergencies and how they can help their families occsafety.asp better prepare. Ready Kids is the newest addition to the successful Ready campaign, a national public service adver- tising campaign designed to educate and empower Ameri- cans to prepare for and respond to emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks. The Ready “Heads Up: Concussion in High School Sports” is a tool kit offered by the CDC for coaches of teen athletes. The Kids Web site at www.ready.gov features fun games and kit includes material on preventing concussions and initial puzzles as well as age appropriate, step by step instructions treatments for athletes showing signs of a concussion. on what families can do to better prepare for emergencies For a free multimedia educational toolkit, visit: and the role kids can play in that effort. In addition to the www.cdc.gov/ncipc/tbi/coaches_tool_kit.htm interactive games for children, the Web site also has re- sources for parents and teachers on emergency prepared- ness and response. Georgia Association of Emergency Medical Services, Inc. P.O. Box 4626 Macon, Georgia 31208 Phone (478) 633-7514 Fax (478) 749-9145 Website: www.ga-ems.com NATIONAL REGISTRY PREP CLASS November 8 & 9, 2008 – Classes start each day at 8:00 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. Heart of Georgia Technical College, Dublin Georgia Conducted by Mr. Jon Puryear The GAEMS has contracted with Mr. Jon Puryear to conduct a two day-16 hour NREMT Prep class in Georgia. Jon is a respected EMS educator from Texas who has been teaching this course since 2002. The class he conducts is designed for individuals who will be taking the NREMT exam either for the first time or as a retest. The GAEMS has talked to three schools in Alabama that have used Jon to assist in improving the pass rates of students who have failed the National Registry exam. The course coordinators of these schools have all been highly supportive of his work and have told us of remarkable improvements in pass rates. One of the schools now utilizes Jon as the “closer” for each of their paramedic programs. He also comes highly recommended by our own Dr. Ray Fowler who knows Jon personally and who initially suggested Jon as a tool to assist in our efforts to improve the success of Georgia students Mr. Puryear recommends his course to both EMT and Paramedic students who are taking the exam for the first time or who need to retest. Jon and GAEMS would also encourage educators to attend the course and use his techniques as another tool in your instructor toolkit. Quotes from Students: I attended your class and you taught me more knowledge in that two day period than I think I obtained in my 9 months of Paramedic school. Your teaching style really got through to me, and no instructor has ever made sense as much as you did in that two days. I don't know if you remember, but I came up to you on the last day right after you ended the class and said to you, 'Thank you Jon, You have given me the confidence to take this test again.' That is my quote to you sir, and please feel free to use it. You are a fantastic instructor and I wish that I had gone to Medic school with you being my teacher." David Nock Mr. Jon Puryear, I wanted to express my gratitude to you, and let you know just how much you did for me! In class you talked about your motivations for EMS teaching and that it is to "Be that one person that would make a differ- ence in another life." Well sir, I wanted to tell you that even though you probably don't remember me, I certainly remember you and always will! You made a difference in me! You will always be that one person that turned on my LIGHT BULB! The biggest factor, YOU GAVE ME THE CONFIDENCE I NEEDED IN MYSELF. For all of this I want to say THANK YOU!! I took my registry test on Monday and I passed the first time. I am so excited!!! Also two of my class- mates tested this week and they also passed on the first time!! You are such a great inspiring individual with such a gift and I wanted to tell you to keep up the good work you are making a huge impact on many people!! THANK YOU AGAIN, Leslie Harding You can apply for this course online at www.ga-ems.com or contact GAEMS for an application and mail to GAEMS. The course is limited to the first 120 applications. If you pay via check, your registration will not be considered complete until your check clears our bank. V o l u m e 5 , I ss u e 3 Page 33 EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES • AHLS Advanced Hazmat Life Support Courses, register at www.ahls.org, contact Tanneshia Sherrer at 404-616- 9735 for details. • For more information on these courses and others (i.e. ABLS, CIMS, HLC, HERT, etc.) contact Freddie “Doug” Dugger at email@example.com (404)657-2566 or Tanneshia Sherrer at firstname.lastname@example.org (404) 616-9735. • Core Disaster Life Support available on-line for FREE. This is for limited number of students. This program is approved by the American Medical Association for CME credit. To enroll in the eCDLS program go to: http://www.ndlsf.org/common/content.asp?PAGE=354 • GAEMS: www.ga-ems.com • TAG: http://www.traumaassociatesofgeorgia.org/index.html • FEMA EMI Courses: http://training.fema.gov/ • EDUCATION LOAN ASSISTANCE: http://www.hrsa.gov/help/healthprofessions.htm • HRSA courses: www.bdls.com , go to NDLS course schedule for CDLS, BDLS, AHLS, and more … • EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS Links: www.nsc.org www.ready.gov www.pandemicflu.gov http://www.redcross.org www.hrsa.org http://health.state.ga.us/pdfs/ems/EmPrepTrainingCatalog.pdf • LOCATE A PRACTICAL EXAM SITE: http://www.nremt.org/EMTServices • COMMUNITY BASED NEEDS ASSESSMENT: :ftp://ftp.hrsa.gov/ruralhealth/CommunityBasedNeeds.pdf 2008 - 2009 TRAUMA LECTURES Regional EMS Council Meetings and Contacts: Trauma Lecture Series at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Egleston Campus are held on the 3rd Friday of 1 – 10/15/08 each month in Room B52. Prehospital and hospital staff are David Loftin, 706-295-6175 welcome. For more information please contact Greg Pereira 2 – 01/15/09, 03/19/09, 06/18/09, 09/17/09 at email@example.com. Earl McGrotha, 770-535-5743 3 – 12/18/08 Ej Dailey, 404-248-8995 4 – 10/21/08, 01/20/09 Billy Watson, 706-845-4035 5 – 01/14/09, 04/08/09 Chris Threlkeld, 706-484-2991 6 – 11/6/08, 02/05/09 Lawanna Mercer-Cobb, 706-667-4336 7 – 12/04/09 Sam Cunningham or Darrell Enfinger, 706-321-6150 8 – 01/05/09 Robert Vick, 229-891-7034 9 – 10/23/08, 01/22/09, 04/23/09, 07/23/09, 10/22/09 Shirley Starling, 912-262-3035 10 - 12/16/08, 03/24/09, 06/23/09, 09/29/09, 12/15/09 Earl McGrotha, 706-583-2862 O f f i c e o f EM S / T r a u m a N e w s Page 34 Division of Public Health, Office of Preparedness 40 Pryor Street, SW 4th Floor Atlanta, Georgia 30303 Phone: 404-463-0554 To contribute to the OEMS/Trauma newsletter, please con- tact Sam Cunningham at firstname.lastname@example.org or (706) 321.6150.
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