AFD No Longer Provides Ambulance Transport to Hospital

The Arlington Fire District (AFD) has changed how patients are transported to the hospital, with Mobile Life Services, Inc. now being the provider of emergency ambulance and transportation services for the district. Since 1981, Mobilie Life Services, developed by the Arlington’s Board of Fire Commissioners, has been operating in Hudson Valley. Prior to January 1st, 2017, Arlington operated its own ambulances. This decision came as a result of a new contract agreement between the district and the Arlington Professional Firefighters Association, that agreed to switch health care plans.

By Makeba Walcott, Public Relations Officer, 2016-2017

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VCEMS on Call for Halloween 2016

For the Halloween of 2016, Vassar College EMS responded to a total of 15 intox calls and required no mutual aid assistance for the calls on campus. The call volume for the night of Halloween has decreased from last years 18 calls.

To prepare this year, all Halloween crews participated in an intox MCI drill geared towards preparing all crew members to split and run calls as a two pair team. The MCI drill was able to give some newer members the experience and guidance from the EMS 1 during an intox or drug call, while allowing crews to become comfortable working with their fellow crew members.

By Eric Lee, Equipment Officer 2016-2017

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Emergency Response to Bioterrorism

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), bioterrorism is defined as “the deliberate release of viruses, bacteria, or other germs (agents) used to cause illness or death in people, animals, or plants…” These agents are classified into three categories based on their potential risk. Category A contains the highest priority agents that are easily transmissible, result in high mortality, and would cause major systemic disturbances (1). Category A includes anthrax, botulinum, Ebola virus, and plague (2). Since these agents are found in the environment, it can be difficult to distinguish accidents and natural causes from harmful intent.

By: Lauren Middleton, Captain 2016-2017

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Effective Immediately: Commercial Ambulance Service Now Responsible for Hospital Transports in the Arlington Fire District

Effective 7 AM on January 1, 2017, Arlington Fire District (AFD) will no longer transport patients to the hospital. While EMS providers from AFD will still respond to all EMS calls and provide on-scene treatment, Mobile Life Support Services (MLSS), a commercial ambulance agency, will take over hospital transports. Whereas previously, AFD provided free transportation to area hospitals, MLSS will now bill patients for their services. While many health insurance plans will cover this, it is still possible that the patient will be required to pay a co-pay depending on their specific insurance plan and provider.

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Annual NCEMSF Conference

Each year, at the end of February, VCEMS members are given the chance to attend the National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation’s annual conference. Instead of spending a weekend on campus, ten lucky students get to pile into cars and make the drive to a city in the Northeast, spend a couple of free nights in a hotel bed (usually with complimentary breakfast), wear EMS blue, and join the hundreds of other campus EMS providers in attending conference events designed to increase further knowledge of emergency-related information. The conference presents a unique opportunity to network with collegiate EMS organizations from near and far, allowing VCEMS to learn about how other campus teams work and what they do differently. It also allows campus EMS members to be targeted by schools, companies, and gadget designers (in case you’re in the market for an automated CPR compression machine). The convergence of so many EMS organizations at one hotel leads to the expected gear jealousy (who knew an on-the-sleeve pen loop could look so cool) and exchange of ideas (can we get an ambulance?). Most importantly, though, this national event is a place for campus EMS providers to learn.

By: Renata Mukai, Assistant Captain 2015-2016

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PCRs and Patient Privacy

Each time EMS is called to a scene, the EMT on call may be seen writing on a white document. This document is known as a Pre-hospital Care Report (PCR) and is completed for each call VCEMS responds to. The main purpose of a PCR is to record the treatment and care provided by the VCEMS and to ensure that the necessary information is passed on to healthcare providers for the continuation of care.

By: Eric Lee, Training Officer 2016-2017

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2015 American Heart Association Updated CPR Guidelines

Every five years, the American Heart Association (AHA) reviews and updates their protocols on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The changes are based on international analysis of new resuscitation research from the past five years. The updates allow CPR providers to give the best care possible using the most recent science. The 2010 update had several pertinent changes. The compression rate was raised from approximately 100 compressions per minute to at least 100. The compression depth was also increased for adults from 1.5-2 inches to at least 2 inches. The major 2010 difference was the change in step sequence from Airway, Breathing, Chest Compressions to Chest compressions, Airway, Breathing.

By: Lauren Middleton, CPR Coordinator 2015-2016

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