BLS Protocol Implementation


10/31/2006

To: EMMCO West EMS Agencies & EMMCO West Medical Command Facilities
From: William D. McClincy, Executive Director
Date: October 31, 2006

Tomorrow, November 1, 2006 is the statewide implementation date for the revised statewide BLS Protocols. Over the last month, EMS personnel have received numerous correspondences from EMMCO West regarding the implementation of these protocols. Five BLS rollout sessions have been conducted throughout the region.

EMMCO West has received notification from the PA Department of Health regarding the implementation of the AED portion of the protocol. There has been a delay in reprogramming AEDs across the state. So the implementation of ONLY the AED portion of the Cardiac Arrest protocol has been delayed until February 1, 2007. AED services should continue to use their existing AEDs until they receive upgraded software. Once an AED service has received its upgraded software, they are to begin following the entirety of the Cardiac Arrest protocol. Begin to follow the revised CPR standards in the protocol immediately. If your AED is already at the current standard, implement the protocol in its entirety.

EMMCO WEST IS PROVIDING AED SOFTWARE UPGRADES TO AED SERVICES. TIMES/DATES/LOCATIONS FOR UPGRADING AEDS HAVE BEEN SENT TO REGIONAL AED SERVICES AND ARE LOCATED ON THE BREAKING NEWS PAGE AT www.emmco.org . NO APPOINTMENT IS NECESSARY, JUST COME. CONTACT MARTIN CARNEY, marty@emmco.org FOR MORE INFORMATION.

A reminder to ambulance services located within the 45 minute ground transport time area from an accredited trauma center. Beginning November 1, 2006, EMS services are to transport Category 1 and some Category 2* trauma patients directly to Hamot Trauma Center, Erie or St. Elizabeth’s Trauma Center, Youngstown, OH. Severely critical patients (no airway, uncontrolled bleeding) or Category 3 trauma patients (minor trauma) should be taken to the closest hospital regardless if they are an accredited trauma center.

*Medical Command is required with the transport decision for all Category 2 trauma patient, especially if the transport decision bypasses other hospitals. Medical command can also be consulted as whether or not to use air ambulance transport.

Contact EMMCO West if your EMS service needs additional information or assistance with the implementation of these BLS protocols.


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