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The MEDIC Dispatch News From The Front Line May 16, 2011

Need Money for School?

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Looking for a way to pay for school? Not sure how or where to go? The NC Association of Rescue and EMS offers three types of financial assistance for its members in the pursuit of continuing education. The financial assistance offered does not specify nor

Mecklenburg EMS

require a specific area of study.

Agency Dates to Remember:

Types of Available Financial Assistance 

Type 1 – A total of 35 scholarships in the amount of $4,000 are awarded each year to NC Association of Rescue and EMS members.

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Type 2 - A total of 35 scholarships in the amount of $2,000 are awarded each year to NC Association of Rescue and EMS members.

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Type 3 - A total of 20 scholarships are awarded (10 scholarships in the amount of $4,000 and 10 scholarships in the amount of $2,000) specifically for eligible rescue

May 16th May InService 0800—1200 1800—2200 May 18th

squads and EMS services members.

May InService 1800—2200

General Eligibility Requirements

0800—1200

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Each eligible member or child of member can ONLY apply for ONE scholarship per year. Multiple applications will not be accepted.

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All scholarship applications must be submitted online at

This Week: Dr. Swanson’s Monthly Update

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Mandatory FIT Testing

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EMS Week 2011 Schedule of Events

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Sign Up for the Basketball Tourney

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Medic InService Schedule

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Mobile Radio Usage

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Training Schedule

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Medic Calendar

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http://ncarems.org/scholarships.php including the applicant’s current e-mail address. 

To access the complete list of scholarship eligibility requirements, please visit http://ncarems.org/scholarships.php.

Important Dates 

January 1st – New scholarship applications are posted to the ncarems.org website

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March 31st – Scholarship application deadline

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May 15th – Scholarship recipients are announced

For more information on the NC Association of Rescue and EMS and its scholarship process, please visit their website at http://www.ncarems.org/ or call their headquarters at 919.736.0506.

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Dr. Swanson’s Monthly Update Please be sure to carefully review the following reminders with respect to this month’s InService and CMC-Mercy.

1. Protocols and revisions will be covered at this month’s in-service. a. Formulary changes b. Cardiac care update c. Miscellaneous d. Q & A time will be available 2. Protocols for BLS system design will be covered at this month’s in-service a. Medication formulary b. Scope of practice c. BLS to ALS upgrade d. Miscellaneous e. Q & A time will be available 3. Reminder: CMC-Mercy does NOT have OB services. Patient’s in active labor should not be transported to CMC -Mercy. Contact CMC-Mercy Emergency Department if there are any questions regarding pregnant patients requesting transport to their facility.

New Carry-In Equipment Bag Over the past several months, the Equipment Committee has received resounding comments surrounding the possibility of changing to a new carry-in bag. Good news! The Agency has purchased new bags for every unit in the fleet as well a few new spares for future use. Operations Supervisors will also incorporate a new bag (identical in layout, but different in color) for easy identification. With the mindset of being good stewards of the resources we have, the current bags utilized by Operations Supervisors will be converted for usage by the upcoming 911 BLS team. This maneuver will avoid the Agency from having to purchase any additional resources while providing the 911 BLS team with equipment they may need and allowing for future expansion. The new carry-in equipment bag will replace the current gray drug box and eliminate the large red O2 bag (by combining it with equipment in the new bag). The Agency has also taken delivery of a new ‘sleeve’ that will fit over our current oxygen bottles. This sleeve will carry a small assortment of supplies and will complement the new carry-in equipment bag. Lastly, the Agency is also examining the possibility of switching the style of oxygen bottles we currently use. The bottles under consideration are a combination bottle / regulator / cage and will eliminate the need for the three separate pieces we currently carry. This change is aimed at not only making our O2 delivery process simpler, but to save money in the long run by no longer having to replace regulators as they break and /or wear out. The new carry-in equipment bags will be reviewed during May InService and will be scheduled for deployment upon completion of the InService rotation. For questions about the new carry-in bag, please contact a member of the equipment team: Don Shue at dons@medic911.com, Chris Simmons at christophers@medic911.com or Bryan Edwards at bryane@medic911.com. 2


Mandatory: FIT Testing

Construction Alert: Post 64

Based on results from our voluntary inspection from OSHA, Medic is required, as an Agency, to complete the following processes below:

Please be advised that construction and paving will begin in the West Service Area front parking lot of Post 64 starting on Monday, May 16th through next Tuesday, May 24th.

Every Medic field employee is required to complete a Respiratory Medical Evaluation Questionnaire. After completing the Respiratory Medical Evaluation Questionnaire,

The Morris Field Drive entrance and exit will be CLOSED. As a result, Medic crews are urged to use the Wilkinson Blvd gate to enter and exit from Post 64 during this time.

field employees must get FIT Tested. To get FIT Tested, please report to the Special Operations department at Post 101 (aka the new building) by entering the lobby of Post

Thank you.

101. Please be sure to take your half-faced and full-faced respirators with you. FIT Test hours are seven days a week from 0630 to 1745. The final deadline for the FIT Testing is THIS FRIDAY, May 20th. Each FIT Test will last approximately five minutes and should be completed just prior to or after your shift. Please report to your FIT Test on-time as you will be expected to leave in your truck from Post 100 as scheduled for your shift. Please contact your immediate Supervisor, Mike Stanford, Jacob Brod, Chance Osborne, Josh Stiller, Justin Pfund or Amy Johnson with any questions about the FIT Test process.

Medic’s Million Step Challenge The Medic Wellness Committee is proud to unveil its Million Step Challenge! The Million Step Challenge will kickoff today as part of EMS Week. The Wellness Committee will have a sign-up table for the Million Step Challenge today and Wednesday from 2:30 pm – 7:30 pm out in the Bay Area of Post 100. Each employee will receive a FREE Medic Pedometer to help count your steps just by signing up! At 250,000 steps you will receive this walking safety light for those early morning and evening walks! At 500,000 steps you will receive exercise tubes for strength training!

At 750,000 steps you will receive a fitness ball kit! The first five employees to reach ONE MILLION STEPS will receive three, free private lessons with a personal trainer from the YMCA at our new Medic Fitness Center!! If you would like to participate in the Million Step Challenge and will be unavailable during the sign-up times listed above, please stop by the HR office to sign-up. The Million Step Challenge will end on Monday, October 31st so get your pedometer today and start walking!! 3


EMS Week 2011 Schedule of Events The PR department has put together the following schedule to help Medic employees stay in the loop of all the pre-planned activities for the EMS Week 2011 extravaganza. EMS Week 2011 activities will take place at Medic Post 100 as well as Post 101 (also known as the new building). The lineup has been set, the activities are in place...are you ready for EMS Week 2011?

Event Kickoff Breakfast (AM Shift) Post 100—Bay Area Ice Cream Social Post 100—Bay Area Kickoff Snack Items (PM Shift) Post 100—Bay Area EMS Cookout Post 101—Employee Parking Lot Medic Arcade Post 101—Bay Area Medic Store Open House Post 101—Bay Area Kickoff Breakfast (AM Shift) Post 100—Bay Area Ice Cream Social Post 100—Bay Area Kickoff Snack Items (PM Shift) Post 100—Bay Area EMS Cookout Post 101—Employee Parking Lot Medic Arcade Post 101—Bay Area Medic Store Open House Post 101—Bay Area Basketball Tournament Game Post 101—Employee Parking Lot

Day

Time

Monday, May 16th

3:30 am—8:30 am

Monday, May 16th

2:30 pm—7:30 pm

Monday, May 16th

2:30 pm—7:30 pm

Tuesday, May 17th

11:30 am—8:00 pm

Tuesday, May 17th

11:30 am—8:00 pm

Tuesday, May 17th

2:30 pm—7:00 pm

Wednesday, May 18th

3:30 am—8:30 am

Wednesday, May 18th

2:30 pm—7:30 pm

Wednesday, May 18th

2:30 pm—7:30 pm

Thursday, May 19th

11:30 am—8:00 pm

Thursday, May 19th

11:30 am—8:00 pm

Thursday, May 19th

2:30 pm—7:00 pm

Friday, May 20th

3:30 pm—5:30 pm

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Sign Up for the Basketball Tourney!

The Medic Arcade How about a game of foosball? Maybe a little ping pong? What about a round of air hockey or Ms. Pacman?

On Friday, May 20th Medic employees and their families are invited to play in the 3-on-3 Medic

Sound good? All these games will be featured and ready for you and your family to play as part of the Medic Arcade

Basketball Tournament. That’s right, basketball and everyone is

attraction returning for EMS Week 2011!

welcome to play! The basketball tournament area will be setup adjacent to the Medic Arcade and Cookout areas at Post 101 (aka the new building). No

Be sure to bring your family and enjoy some of the cool and fun games we will have for everyone to play.

off-site travel required!

The Medic Arcade will be setup in the new building out back closest to MED-1 parking lot and will be adjacent to the EMS Cookout tent on Tuesday, May 17th and

To participate in the Medic Basketball Tournament, simply sign your team (in teams of three) up using the Medic Basketball Tournament Sign-Up Sheets located above the time

Thursday, May 19th from 11:30 am—8:00 pm.

clock in the Post 100 Bay Area, Crew Lounge and Break Room. The deadline to sign-up for the Medic Basketball tournament is 5:00 pm THIS THURSDAY, May 19th.

Be sure to bring your game and competitive spirit to this year’s Medic Basketball Tournament!

Dust Off Your Clubs!

Scholarship Winner!

It’s that time of year again! The 9th annual MAD (Medic Ambulance Drivers) golf outing will take place on Monday, June 6th. Join us as we tee off in support of a good cause. For the first time ever, players can pre-register for the

Medic would like to extend a heart-felt congratulations to Raymond Bradley Hamilton also known as Bubba (son of Warehouse Support Associate/EMT, Rebecca Hamilton). Bubba was recently

outing via check at a cost of $50/per person. Players may also register at the door the day of the event at a cost of $60/per person. When: Monday, June 6th

awarded the 2011 NC Association of Rescue and EMS Scholarship! Bubba received $2,000 in scholarship money to assist in his pursuit of higher education. He will graduate on Saturday,

Shot Gun Start at 12:00 pm Where: Emerald Lake Golf Course 9750 Tournament Drive,

June 11th from Central Cabarrus High School in Concord. Bubba plans to complete a year of college before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. Bubba has continued to excel academically this year after sadly losing his father last September to

Matthews, NC 28104 For more information, please contact Tom Porcelli at thomasp@medic911.com or call 704.577.9087.

cancer. Congratulations Bubba! Everyone at Medic is extremely proud of your recent scholarship award. 5


Prizes, Prizes and More Prizes!

Spin Wheel Prize Drawing Introducing the new Medic Spin Wheel Prize Drawing! The spin wheel prize drawing will make its grand debut at this year’s EMS

Want the chance to win some really cool

Week. The Spin Wheel gives you yet another opportunity to win even more cool prizes including VISA Gift Cards, Smoothie King Gift Cards and more cool prizes!

prizes? Keep reading and see how! During this year’s EMS Week, we are focused and committed to having the greatest participation in Medic’s

During EMS Week, all Medic employees will have the option to enter their raffle tickets into the general prize drawing and/or the spin wheel prize drawing.

EMS Week history! That’s why every event during EMS Week 2011 will have a raffle ticket or number of raffle tickets attached to it. The more EMS Week events you attend, the more raffle tickets

EMS Week 2010 Raffle Ticket Distribution

you will accumulate. At the end of EMS week, you have the option to submit your raffle tickets into general prize drawing for the chance to win some really cool prizes like the ones seen in this article. So, attend all that EMS Week

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has to offer and be sure to hold on to your raffle tickets! Limit one prize win per employee. Stay tuned to the Dispatch for more details!

Kickoff Breakfast = 3 Tickets Ice Cream Social/PM Snack Items = 3 Tickets EMS Cookout = 1 Ticket Bring a Guest to the EMS Cookout = 1 Ticket per additional guest

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Medic Arcade = 1 Ticket

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Participate in the Basketball Tournament = 2 Tickets

Upcoming Medic InService Schedule Please be advised of the following dates and times have been scheduled for Medic InService. Be sure to register for ONE of the following dates and times for each InService month listed below. Dr. Doug Swanson will be in attendance to the May InService dates to talk about protocols. A protocol version 3.8 will be handed out to all field employees. All employees must be in uniform and all sessions will be held in the Medic Auditorium. Please contact a member of the Learning & Development department if you have any questions. Thank you. May

June

August

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May 10th

1800—2200

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June 21st

1800—2200

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August 16th

1800—2200

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May 12th

1200—1600

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June 23rd

1200—1600

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August 18th

1200—1600

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May 13th

0800—1200

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June 24th

0800—1200

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August 19th

0800—1200

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May 16th

0800—1200

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June 27th

0800—1200

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August 22nd

0800—1200

1800—2200 

May 18th

1800—2200

1800—2200 

June 29th

1800—2200

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1800—2200 

August 24th

1800—2200


Mobile Radio Usage

NC Paramedic Competition

All Medic field

The North Carolina Office of EMS will conduct the 21st

employees are urged to use the mobile radio in the patient compartment of the

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

ambulance when calling in patient reports to hospital Emergency Departments

competing as a team, you must send an e-mail with both team members’ names along with cell phone numbers to Sam Barnes at samb@medic911.com no later than Friday, May 27th. If more than two teams sign up to

(EDs). Signal strength from a portable radio inside the patient compartment is often

compete at the preliminary competition on July 22nd, an inhouse competition will be conducted to select the two teams to represent Medic. The July preliminary competition will determine who

times degraded, causing potentially vital information to be distorted or missed altogether. A portable radio should

competes at the Finals on Sunday, October 2nd.

only be used for encodes from the ambulance patient compartment in unusual circumstances (i.e. mobile radio failure). Using the mobile radio for communications with hospital EDs helps ensure clarity of patient reports, better ED preparedness for your arrival and overall improved patient care.

The Medic Store Open House is Here! As part of our EMS Week Special Edition, the Medic Store will host an open house tomorrow, May 17th and Thursday, May 19th from 2:30 pm—7:30 pm. 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 tomorrow, May 17th and Thursday, May 19th from 2:30 pm—7:30 pm during EMS Week. If you have any questions, please contact Nikkie Perry at nikkiep@medic911.com or ext. 6178. Thanks! 7


May 2011 Sun

Mon

Tue

1B

Wed

2A

Sat

4B

5B

6A

7A

10 B

11 A

12 A

13 B

14 B

Live Shift Bid

0800—1800

0800—1830

9B

Fri

3A

Live Shift Bid

8A

Thu

May InService

May InService

May InService

1800—2200

1200—1600

0800—1200

2nd Batch EMS Gift Option Deadline

15 B

16 A

2011 EMS Week

17 A

2011 EMS Week

18 B

2011 EMS Week

May InService

May InService

0800—1200

1800—2200

19 B

2011 EMS Week

20 A

21 A

2011 EMS Week

1800—2200

22 A

23 B

24 B

29 B

30 A

31 A

25 A

26 A

27 B

28 B

Memorial Day Holiday Medic Offices Closed

In-Service

2011 Training Schedule

Training

PRE-REGISTRATION IS MANDATORY FOR ALL CLASSES. ALL AHA CLASSES HELD AT CPCC.

Medic Events Holidays Recertification Testing

Important Notes about 2011 AHA Refresher Classes at CPCC 

To register, call CPCC at 704.330.4223

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All classes will be held at CPCC’s CENTRAL

AHA Refresher Class Schedule at CPCC CPR JUL - 18 (EMT 7402 05), 20 (EMT 7402 07) 1300—1700 19 (EMT 7402 06), 21 (EMT 7402 08) 1800—2200

CAMPUS in the BELK Building.

MEDIC Mecklenburg EMS Agency

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Actual classroom number will be given at time of preregistration

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A minimum of 10 students is required for each class.

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ACLS & PALS classes will only be HELD TWICE A YEAR

4525 Statesville Road Charlotte, NC 28269

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PALS will be held in the months of FEB & AUG

Tel: 704-943-6000

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ACLS will be held in the months of MAR & SEPT

Fax: 704-943-6001

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There will be NO CPR Classes in APRIL

Visit Us on the Web! www.medic911.com

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OCT - 17 (EMT 7402 09), 19 (EMT 7402 11) 1300—1700 18 (EMT 7402 10), 20 (EMT 7402 12) 1800—2200

PALS AUG - 22 (EMT 7208 05), 24 (EMT 7208 07) 1300—1700 23 (EMT 7208 06), 25 (EMT 7208 08) 1800—2200

ACLS SEPT - 19 (EMT 7207 05) , 21 (EMT 7207 07) 1300—1700 20 (EMT 7207 06) , 22 (EMT 7207 08) 1800—2200

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