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.
EMMCO West's regional 12 lead EKG transmission project has become operational at 2 hospitals and 3 ALS services.
Dr. Brian Risavi, DO, EMMCO West Regional Medical Director, RMAC, and the EMMCO West Board of Directors have released a resource guideline to assist medical command physicians determine the care and transport of STEMI and Stroke patients in the EMMCO West region.
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