Below is a link for the form that must be filled out prior to coming to one of the H1N1 clinics. Please download the form and bring the completed form to the H1N1 clinics. All practitioners attending an H1N1 clinic must register with Melissa to ensure that there is enough vaccine at the clinic.
The Department of Health has notified the regional EMS councils that OSHA requires each service to offer the H1N1 vaccine to all its members. If a member refuses the vaccination, below is a link to a sample refusal form.
EMSOF Funding packets have been mailed out. To access PDF versions of the paperwork, please follow the link below.
Effective November 1, 2009, UPMC Northwest, Seneca, PA is a recognized Level III Trauma Center.
Use the following link to obtain more information about the FCC mandate for January 2013 in regards to the migration of the current broad banded radio system to a narrow banded radio system.
There has been a recent shortage of EPINEPHrine and 50% dextrose. Please review the bulletin below for information and recommendations if your service is affected by this shortage.
The EMMCO West, Inc. Annual Report for Fiscal Year July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010 is now available for review online. Please click on the link below to view the report.
The PA Department of Health has released new BLS/ALS protocols dealing with Blast Injuries.
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices warns that Broselow Tape 2007 Edition A contains a dosage error. The Wisconsin EMS office issued an alert in June explaining that this edition (and only this edition), of the tape, which calculates pediatric medication dosages based on the child's weight, states that the glucagon dosage for children weighing 3-4 kg through white zones should be 0.5 mg./kg/dose. The correct glucagon dosage for children weighing 3-5 kg is 0.5 mg. The erroneous tape also states that for children with weights within the tape's blue through green zones, the dosage should be 1 mg/kg/dose with a maximum dose of 1 mg. The correct glucagon dosage for children in blue through green zones is 1 mg. The ISMP advices "correcting" 2007 Edition A tapes by using a black pen to block out "/kg/dose". Broselow Tape 2007 Edition B does not contain this error. This information is from EMS Insider July 2009.
EMMCO West is please to announce the 2009 Rural AED Grant project. The grant is a federally funded initiative through the Health and Human Services Rural Health Project Office. The grant is administered by the PA Department of Health, Bureau of EMS.
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