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EMS News Network Money for the Taking... NEWS IN BRIEF President Obama’s proposed federal budget for th In these tough economic times, EMS managers ﬁscal 2010 includes $10 million for a new emer- who have given up on making any new pur- gency care system regionalization program under the chases probably just don’t know where to look, c HHS Ofﬁce of the Assistant Secretary for Prepared- says Bob Hargis, CCEMT-P, EMS director for ness and Response, but would cut funds for the Southern Oklahoma Ambulance Service in Public Safety Ofﬁcers’ Death Beneﬁts program from Ardmore, OK. “The money is out there,” he $110 million to $60 million … “Scores” of District says. “But the people who have it won’t come of Columbia paramedics couldn’t meet minimum looking for you.” national standards on NREMT written exams or In 2007, Hargis applied for and received mishandled basic procedures during videotaped grant gran monies totaling $1.1 million, which enabled assessments, the Washington Times reported in his agency to purchase six new ambulances, plus a bo- April. An EMS expert interviewed by the paper said nus seventh with funds received from another agency that the videos showed a “real threat” to citizens, but DC came to him after hearing he was buying a new ﬂeet of ve- Fire and EMS ofﬁcials said they led to improved pro- hicles. “I applied for six separate grants from six different tocols and helped identify areas for training … A new agencies, although two of the larger organizations gave the standard from ASTM International Committee F30 on largest percentage of money,” he explains. It wasn’t that the EMS describes how medical equipment should per- entire ﬂeet fell apart at once, he says. “Three of the am- form under severe mass-casualty conditions … Out- bulances had fewer than 50,000 miles on them, but there of-hospital SCA survival rates jumped by 85% when were chassis problems that kept them in the shop a lot of Kansas City responders started giving more chest the time. One ambulance had been out of service for nine compressions (50:2 vs. 30:2) and minimized inter- months and only had 48,000 miles on it.” ruptions during CPR, a study in Circulation found … So where did the money come from? “I used a book called A display map of suspected and actual H1N1 ﬂu cas- the Oklahoma Foundation Data Book, which is just for Okla- es from the current outbreak is available at http://out homa, but I think they make them for each state,” Hargis breaks.globalincidentmap.com/home.php … Tests says. “The 600-page book outlines every agency in the state show greater immunity to the swine ﬂu virus among that is required to give away a percentage of its funds— Americans and Europeans in their 60s and older that’s the way they’re set up. If you research these places than among younger subjects … Providers can earn and write a genuine, but persuasive narrative tha
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