The MEDIC Dispatch News From The Front Line May 3, 2010
Labor of Love Our very own Paramedic Johnathon Bobbitt recently traveled to Guatemala on what can best be described as a medical mission Mecklenburg EMS Agency
trip. Organized through the efforts of his church, Watershed, Jonathan spent a total of eight days in the mountainous terrain of central Guatemala providing patient care to village residents. When asked what made him decide to take the 1,550 mile
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journey, Jonathon responded, “For me, being a Paramedic is quite a privilege. I saw this trip as an opportunity to give back and provide medical care to people who have never received medical attention in their life.”
May 7th PALS Training 1300-1700
Johnathon witnessed first-hand how even basic medicine can mean the difference between life and death for local village residents. “One day, a mother came up to me and guided me to her young child. The child was very sick and so dehydrated that his
This Week: Dr. Blackwell’s Monthly Update
How Financially Fit Are You?
Budget Update from Joe Penner
Prizes, Prizes and More Prizes
ROSC Employee Recognition
NC Paramedic Competition
kidneys had begun to shut down. The field team and I went to the pharmacy, purchased some antibiotics and administered an IV for the young boy. The child went from limp to moving, talking and eating in just two days. The mother revealed to us that he had not been out of bed for an entire week. A young boy’s life was spared by giving him something as simple as antibiotics.” Johnathon’s most memorable experience was when he and a field team were directed into the house of a woman who had been in labor for 20 hours. The woman was in and out of consciousness, had no blood pressure reading and had not experienced contractions in quite some time. After a 1½ hour journey down the mountain and getting stuck in traffic, the pregnant woman and the team arrived at a private, 12-bed hospital in the town of Antiqua, Guatemala. The baby was in distress and there was no OB doctor. Jonathon and the team quickly sprang into action and a healthy baby boy was delivered. In honor of his efforts, the family named their newborn son Juan which translates to Johnathon in Spanish. Congratulations Johnathon on your new namesake! Johnathon would also like to express his sincere appreciation to all Medic employees who donated over-the-counter medicines in support of his trip. Thank you! 1
5 Ways to Quit Smoking from WebMD No. 1: Know Why You Want to Quit “Because it’s bad for you” isn’t good enough. Choose a reason that is strong enough to outweigh the urge to light up. No. 2: Don’t Go Cold Turkey Going cold turkey isn’t easy to do. Ninety-five percent of people who try to stop smoking without therapy or medication end up relapsing. No. 3: Try, Try Again It’s very common to have a relapse. Many smokers try several times before giving up cigarettes for good. Examine the emotions and circumstances that lead to your relapse. Once you’ve made the decision to try again, set a “quit date” within the next month. No. 4: Don’t Go At It Alone Tell your friends, family, and co-workers that you’re trying to quit. Their encouragement could make all the difference. No. 5: Manage Stress One reason people smoke is that the nicotine helps them relax. Once you quit, you’ll need another way to cope with stress. If possible, avoid stressful situations during the first few weeks after you stop smoking. For more information on smoking cessation, please contact Nurse Kate at 704.943.6100 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To view a complete slideshow on the 13 best ways to quit smoking, please visit www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/ slideshow-13-best-quit-smoking-tips-ever.
Dr. Blackwell’s Monthly Update IV / IO Study Information—Starts Monday, May 3rd Medic is conducting a prehospital IV / IO study to determine which method of vascular access is (1) quicker to establish and (2) more effective at fluid administration during cardiac arrest. With the exception of vascular access, all components of the current Focused Cardiac Arrest Protocol WILL NOT change. At the beginning of each shift when you are picking up your equipment at the logistics window, a study card will be provided to the Crew Chief. This card specifies which site is to be used for the FIRST ATTEMPT at vascular access for your first cardiac arrest. Cards will be labeled with a research ID number and will specify the site for access: Tibial IO, Humeral IO, or Peripheral IV. The purpose of the card is to randomize the patients per research protocol so that the study has meaning. Place this card in the cardiac arrest jump bag to remind you which method is to be used during your shift. If the first attempt fails at the site specified on the card, proceed to the tibial IO site per protocol. If you use this card, you will be asked to call 704.943.6057 at the completion of the call to answer a short series of questions on the case. This number and the questions will be posted at each facility where your charting is performed. The study will include all adult (> 18 years of age) cardiac arrests from a medical etiology (not trauma). The site specified on the card only applies to the FIRST medical cardiac arrest during your shift. Subsequent arrests will be conducted according to the current protocol (tibial IO as initial placement). The study start date is Monday, May 3rd at 7:00 am. Your cooperation and compliance is essential to the success of this project. Please direct any questions to Dr. Rosalyn Reades (email@example.com or 704.943.6058). Thank you for your attention and cooperation. 2
How Financially Fit Are You? The tough economy has forced many people to take a harder look at their finances. Do you have enough in savings? How is your retirement portfolio? Do you know your credit rating? What factors could make you more likely to become a victim of identity theft? Get the answer to these questions and much more at the following FREE Classes! Classes will be held at CPCC Harris Campus – Building #2 located at 3216 CPCC Harris Campus Drive off Billy Graham Parkway near the airport. Please contact Kevin Staley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704.943.6220 to register for any or all of the sessions below:
Session #1: Understanding Credit Discover how credit and credit scores affect many aspects of your life. Topics will include: A review of credit reports How to obtain one’s credit report & credit scores How credit scoring works The importance of maintaining good credit and a high credit score Monday, May 3rd—12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. or Wednesday, May 5th—12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Session #2: Budgeting & Managing Debt Debt may be beneficial to obtain valuable assets. If not properly managed, debt can easily go out-of-control. Focus on ways to manage and eliminate debt. Topics will include: Defining what is debt Learning the benefits and pitfalls of debt Recognizing the warning signs of too much debt Creating a debt management plan Learning successful steps for debt elimination Monday, May 10th—12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. or Wednesday, May 12th—12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Session #3: Retirement Planning Review the traditional view of retirement and then look ahead to new opportunities and additional responsibilities. Topics will include: Life planning for retirement Retirement needs and expenses Retirement roadblocks and mistakes Retirement income sources Retirement plan distributions Investments Risk management and asset protection Monday, May 17th—12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. or Wednesday, May 19th—12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Session #4: Financial Security: Insurance, Identity Theft & Consumer Protection Focus on three major areas that may affect your financial success. insurance, identity theft and customer protection. Topics will include: Insurance Identity Theft Customer Protection
Tuesday, June 8th—12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. or Thursday, June 10th—12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 3
Budget Update from Joe Penner No new budget news to report this week. However, in the news, the media is reporting that Mecklenburg County Commission Chair Jennifer Roberts and Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx have asked their peers to support the exploration of further functional consolidation of County / City services. This was announced yesterday, and at the present time there really are not too many more details to report. Remember, Medic and Fire were listed as past examples; there were others listed, too. This is only a review process at this time and it will take time to conduct, so please keep your focus on your role in caring for the community. Please feel free to e-mail Jeff Keith at email@example.com or Joe Penner at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions that arise.
Versed Memo and Protocol Update
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If you did not keep a copy of the Versed memo and
Please be sure to mark your calendars for these important, upcoming events:
protocol update after Aprilâ€™s In-service, please see Brian Shimberg in Medical Services to obtain another copy. This memo serves as the notification of protocol change and will need to be kept with your current Patient Care
3rd Annual Go Red For Women Luncheon
Protocols. If you have any questions, please contact Brian Shimberg at email@example.com or ext. 6142 or any member of Medical Services.
9:30 amâ€”1:00 pm
Wednesday, May 12th Tickets: $100 The Ritz Carlton 201 E. Trade Street Charlotte, NC 28202 For more information, call 704.208.5855 or visit www.heart.org/charlottencgoredluncheon National CPR Week, June 1-7, 2010
Prizes, Prizes and More Prizes!
The Medic Arcade
Want the chance to win some really cool prizes? Keep reading and see how!
How about a game of foosball? Maybe a little ping pong? What about a round of air hockey or Ms. Pacman?
During this year’s EMS Week, we are focused and committed to having the greatest
Sound good? All these games will be featured and ready for you and your family to play as part of the new Medic Arcade
participation in Medic’s EMS Week history!
attraction during EMS Week 2010!
That’s why every event during EMS Week 2010 will have a raffle ticket or number of raffle tickets attached to it. The more EMS Week events you attend, the more raffle tickets
Be sure to bring your family and enjoy some of the cool and fun games we will have for
you will accumulate. At the end of EMS week, submitted raffle tickets will be drawn to determine the winner of some really cool prizes like the ones seen in this article. So, attend all that EMS Week has to offer and be sure to
everyone to play. The Medic Arcade will be setup in the Alert Bay adjacent to the EMS Cookout tent on Tuesday, May 18th and Thursday, May 20th from 11:30 am—8:00 pm.
hold on to your raffle tickets! Limit one prize win per employee. Stay tuned to the Dispatch for more details!
Are You Ready for Some Kickball? How do you end a jammed-packed week of fun activities? With a bang! On Friday, May 21st Medic employees and their families are invited to play in the EMS Week 2010 Kickball Tournament. That’s right, kickball! The elementary school game you enjoyed as a kid during recess is back! Everyone is welcome to play! The game will take place at Nevin Community Park from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm on Friday, May 21st. Teams will be chosen when everyone arrives. All you need to bring is a pair of tennis shoes and the willingness to run the bases! If you and/or your family is interested in playing on Friday, May 21st, please either sign up in the Bay Area or contact Kristin Young at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 6165. If you would like more information on how to play the game of kickball or to check out the rules, please visit www.kickball.com/rules. Please keep in mind, we need at least 25 people to sign up in order to play! We will cancel the game if we don’t have enough interest. Hope to see you out there! Happy Kicking! 5
ROSC Employee Recognition Below are the list of employees (including CMED and Field) who have been identified, using reports generated through ePCR, as having been involved an ROSC. If you did not receive an invitation but you are positive you contributed to a successful ROSC during calendar year 2009, please contact Jeff Keith in the PR department. You will need to provide information that can help us locate a PCR to support your claim so we can confirm your concern. We are more than happy to check into any employeeâ€™s concern as we want to be sure that no one is missed. Christopher Alaimo
Morgan Kettles (Wyatt)
Angela Breedan-Alverez Michael Gilmore
Samuel Jones 6
Do You Have The Talent?
NC Paramedic Competition
Can you sing, play an instrument, perform magic, hola hoop, make your tongue touch your
The North Carolina Office of EMS will conduct the 20th Annual Paramedic Competition this fall at its annual EMS conference. Each EMS service in the state is allowed to send up to two teams of paramedics to compete. If you are interested in
nose? We want to see it all!
competing as a team, you must send an e-mail with both team members’ names along with cell phone numbers to Kevin Staley at email@example.com by noon on Monday, May 10th. If more than two teams sign up to
As part of our fabulous
EMS Week 2010 lineup, Medic will host its very own Medic Talent Showcase. Come showcase your natural talent for the chance to win CASH prizes! That’s right...CASH!
compete at the preliminary competition on July 23rd, an internal process will be conducted to select the two teams to represent Medic.
Bring your family for an evening filled with fun, laughter and excitement on Thursday, May 20th from 8:00—9:30 pm in the Medic Auditorium. A minimum of 10 people are needed to participate in the Medic Talent Showcase.
The July preliminary competition will determine who competes at the Finals on October 3rd, 2010.
If you are interested in participating in the Medic Talent Showcase on Thursday, May 20th, please sign up using the sign up sheet in the Bay Area or contact Nikkie Perry at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 6178. Cash prizes for the talent showcase winners are as followed: 1st Place Winner—$300 2nd Place Winner—$100 3rd Place Winner—$50
Coming Soon:The Medic Store Open House! As part of our EMS Week Special Edition, the Medic Store will host an open house on Tuesday, May 18th and Thursday, May 20th from 2:30 pm—7:30 pm out in the Bay Area. Krystal Swayze of K&S Image Solutions, along with a member of the PR department will be on-hand to take your orders! During this time, employees can select to purchase both new and currently in-stock items. Many different types of samples and sizes will be on display for employees to try on and/or choose from. The list of featured items will include: hats (adjustable and fitted), polo shirts, t-shirts, jackets, pens, duffle bags, coffee mugs, lunchboxes and much more, all complete with the Medic logo! If you are planning to purchase from the Medic Store during EMS Week, please be reminded that employees are no longer able to have the items deducted from their payroll. Cash or check will be the only acceptable forms of payment. We hope to see you at the Medic Store on Tuesday, May 18th and Thursday, May 20th from 2:30 pm—7:30 pm during EMS Week. If you have any questions, please contact Nikkie Perry at email@example.com or ext. 6178. Thanks! 7
May 2010 Sun
PALS Training 1300—1700 9A
PALS Training 1300—1700 16 B
PALS Training 1300—1700 18 A
PALS Training 1300—1700 23 A
PALS Training 1800—2200 25 B
PALS Training 1800—2200 30 B
2010 Training Schedule
In-Service Training Medic Events Holidays Recertification Testing
MEDIC Mecklenburg EMS Agency 4525 Statesville Road Charlotte, NC 28269
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL CLASSES. ALL CLASSES HELD IN MEDIC AUDITORIUM
AHA Refresher Classes at Medic CLASS TIME: 1300-1700 **except where otherwise noted CPR JULY - 9, 12, 16, 19 / 22, 29 ** 1800-2200 OCT - 8, 11, 15, 18 / 21, 28 ** 1800-2200
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**YOU MUST RECERTIFY DURING YOUR TEST MONTH**
PALS MAY - 7, 10, 14, 17 = 1300-1700 / ** MAY 20, 27 1800-2200 AUG - 6, 9, 13, 16 = 1300-1700 / ** AUG 19, 26 1800-2200 NOV - 5, 8, 12, 15 = 1300-1700 / NO NIGHT CLASSES
NC Scope of Practice Recertification Testing
ALL CON ED must be up to date at time of testing. To schedule a test appt date and time, email Robin Pariso at firstname.lastname@example.org
ACLS JUNE - 4, 7, 11, 14 = 1300-1700 / ** JUNE 17, 24 1800-2200
JULY 9, 10, 12, 16, 17, 19 (Expiration Dates AUG – OCT 2010)
SEPT - 10, 13, 17, 20 = 1300-1700 / ** SEPT 23, 30 1800-2200
OCT 8, 9, 11, 15, 16, 18 (Expiration Dates NOV, DEC 2010, JAN 2011)
DEC - 3, 6, 10, 13
= 1300-1700 / NO NIGHT CLASSES
DEC 10, 11, 13, 17, 18, 20 (Expiration Dates FEB – APR 2011)
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