General News


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.

EMSIB #078 Recent Medication Shortages from Pharmaceutical Suppliers

Posted: 10/2/2010


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.

FY 2009 - 2010 Annual Report

Posted: 6/30/2010

New BLS/ALS Protocols Announced

The PA Department of Health has released new BLS/ALS protocols dealing with Blast Injuries.

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Posted: 9/15/2009

Broselow Tape 2007 Edition A Error

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.

Posted: 6/1/2009

2009 Rural AED Grant

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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12 Lead Project Operational

EMMCO West's regional 12 lead EKG transmission project has become operational at 2 hospitals and 3 ALS services.

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STEMI & Stroke Resource Guideline

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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Swine Flu Outbreak PSAP & EMS / Fire Guidelines Updated

PA Department of Health has adopted the interim CDC guidelines for PSAP centers and EMS/Fire providers.

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Smile & Sign Here

Photo Id's & Signatures can now be imprinted onto PA Department of Health Id Cards. Beginning September 15, 2008, EMS personnel can come to the EMMCO West Office between 8 - 4:30 PM Mon - Friday to have their photo id and signatures imprinted onto a new certification card. No appointment is necessary. EMMCO West will have the photo id and signature processing at different regional events. Personnel will need a copy of their EMS certification, current CPR, and a form of other photo id (drivers license, passport, school id, work id).

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FROM: Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, PA Department of Health

The Bureau of Emergency Medical Services is pleased to announce that the Department has centralized registration for the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Learning Management System (LMS) effective immediately.

If someone needs to register for the LMS, please guide them to the following web link and follow the instructions for registration by clicking on the link for Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

The LMS is an Internet-based system for educational programs and information sharing. The purpose is to allow persons to complete education and share information in the convenience of their home or workplace. Authorized individuals have unlimited access to the LMS and the content supplied on the LMS from any location that has Internet access by providing their assigned UserID and Password.

Once registered, the user will receive a user name and password by email and they may log onto the site at to begin taking education courses.

Please contact the Bureau of EMS at (717) 787-8740 with any questions or concerns.

Posted: 12/15/2006

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