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Mental Health Crisis in Emergency Services?

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[excerpt from PM Magazine, May 2016]
Amidst growing concern about the mental health of emergency medical service (EMS) professionals, a Fitch & Associates’ Ambulance Service Manager Program project team surveyed more than 4,000 EMS and fire professionals in 2015 about critical stress, suicide, and available support and resources. The results were stark. Among survey respondents, 37 percent reported contemplating suicide—nearly 10 times the overall rate among American adults. Additionally, 6.6 percent of survey respondents had attempted suicide, compared to just 0.5 percent of adults nationally.
 
Mental health issues are not limited to the EMS workforce. According to the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance, at least 759 firefighters have committed suicide since 2012. In law enforcement, estimates suggest between 125 and 300 police officers commit suicide every year. These numbers should be a wake-up call, not only for every emergency medical technician (EMT), paramedic, firefighter, police officer, and emergency telecommunicator (sometimes called dispatchers or call-takers), but also for agency leaders and county and city officials who work with them.
 

EMS Compass Seeks Beta Testing for Performance Measures

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EMS Compass has published a limited number of performance measures in the areas of stroke, seizure, and hypoglycemia. Members of the EMS community are invited to set up these measures in their reporting or analytic software in order to provide real-world beta testing and feedback. View the measures and pseudocode at emscompass.org/ems-compass-measures.

The public beta testing period for these measures is open through July 8, 2016.

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REACH Air Medical Services & CALSTAR To Merge

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[Excerpt from Press Release]
REACH Air Medical Services (REACH) and CALIFORNIA SHOCK TRAUMA AIR RESCUE (CALSTAR), two of the preeminent air medical ambulance providers in Northern and Central California for three decades, are entering into an agreement that will place CALSTAR within the same corporate holding company as REACH (“REACH Medical Holdings LLC”). In a joint announcement today, Sean Russell, REACH President, and Lynn Malmstrom, CALSTAR CEO, said the air medical operation of CALSTAR will become a limited liability company as part of the terms of the agreement, and will operate under the current CALSTAR brand as CALSTAR Air Medical Services LLC. The parties intend to better serve the community through their united efforts. CALSTAR Air Medical Services LLC will continue to operate with its own unique brand and flight nurse staffing model. REACH and CALSTAR officials foresee no base closures with the goal being to focus on integration, support and maintaining the services that have made both organizations successful. No other decisions have been made related to services.  

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2016 Conference Presentations and Photos Now Available!

Conference Logo Plain EMSAAC wishes to thank all of our wonderful sponsors, exhibitors and attendees that made this year's conference such a success. And kudos to our fine Conference Committee chaired by President Byran Cleaver for a great job producing another informative and valuable conference!

To review available presentations from our speakers go to:  PRESENTATIONS   

To view some fun photos of the conference go to:  CONFERENCE PHOTOS

EMSAAC Announces New Executive Committee for 2016-17

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At the meeting of EMSAAC's Board of Directors on May 9th, the results of our recent election of new officers and Executive Committee for next year was announced. Beginning July 1, 2016 the Executive Committee will include:
Bryan Cleaver - President
Michael Petrie - President Elect
Steve Carroll - Secretary
Vickie Pinette - Treasurer
Dan Lynch - Immediate Past President

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