Two studies recently published suggest that survival rates for patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest were better for bystander CPR with an AED than for first responder EMS. One of the studies found that survival-to-discharge rates were best for patients who received bystander CPR and bystander defibrillation. This was followed by bystander CPR with first responder defibrillation. First responder CPR and defibrillation had the lowest survival rate in this study. A link to a summary article is shown below:
Alameda County is re-designing it's EMS system. The ALS provider for much of the county, Paramedics Plus, has encountered serious challenges that have made the current system financially unsustainable. The County has hired Citygate Associates to help guide the system re-design and the development of an RFP based on the new model. A new provider will be selected following a competitive process and is expected to begin service delivery in November 2016.
Jackie Lowther, MSN, MBA, has been named EMS Director for Santa Clara County EMS Agency. She joined Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in November 2010, and is currently the Director of Critical Care, Emergency Department and Perioperative Nursing. Her career spans 30 years and began in Texas, working as an Emergency Room technician, staff nurse, paramedic, paramedic trainer, and Intensive Care Unit nurse.
Prior to working at SCVMC, Ms. Lowther also served as an Emergency Department Director and Chief Nursing Officer. She has extensive leadership experience in operations management, emergency services, quality and performance improvement, staff development, and physician relations. She has worked for major academic medical centers and community hospitals, in both non-profit and for-profit healthcare systems. Ms. Lowther is also the current president of the Association of California Nurse Leaders, South Bay Chapter.
The California EMS Authority is pleased to announce that June Iljana has been selected to coordinate Health Information Exchange stakeholder engagement and outreach activities. June brings her extensive experience to this position with a strong knowledge of EMS stakeholders and an ability to communicate a shared vision about health information exchange for EMS.
June most recently served as the Executive Director of the California Ambulance Association, and previous to that as Deputy Director at EMSA. She has also worked at the California Health and Human Services Agency as Assistant Associate Secretary for External Affairs.
On behalf of Santa Clara County EMS Agency, thank you for all your help with our recent ambulance fee study in May 2015. Results will be posted on EMSAAC's website when it becomes available.
Sacramento County’s Department of Health and Human Services, Primary Health Services Division is very pleased to announce the appointment of David Magnino as EMS Administrator, effective May 31, 2015. Mr. Magnino has been Acting EMS Administrator since the retirement of Bruce Wagner last year.
Prior to his work with Sacramento County EMS, he served 30 years with the California Highway Patrol. In 2013 he was Project Coordinator for the California EMS Authority's Health Information Exchange (HIE) Conference held in November 2013. EMSAAC congratulates Dave on his newest appointment!
Michael Petrie has accepted an interim appointment as EMS Director for Monterey County EMS Agency, effective April 27th. Previously, Mike has served both as EMS Director for Santa Clara County EMS and EMS Administrator for San Francisco EMS. In Monterey he succeeds Kirk Schmitt, who recently left the Agency to take a position with the Provincial Health Services Authority in Vancouver, British Columbia. EMSAAC wishes both of our colleagues the very best in their new roles.
UPDATE: The California EMS Authority has published proposed draft regulations creating an appeal procedure for local EMS agencies whose EMS Plan is disapproved or denied by the Authority. Under existing statute, the State Commission on EMS may hear an appeal regarding negative action by EMSA on a local EMS Plan. These proposed draft regulations provide procedural steps for these appeals following the California Adminstrative Procedure Act. The public comment period for the proposed regulations is now closed. A link to the draft is shown below.
The California Ambulance Association has announced that Ross Elliott has been selected as the organization's new Executive Director. In this role, he will oversee day-to-day operations of the Association and lead CAA's policy activities. For the past year, Ross served the Emergency Medical Services Administrators' Association of California (EMSAAC) as Executive Director where he worked with local EMS agencies to improve system performance statewide.
"The CAA Board of Directors believes that Elliott's depth of experience and facilitation skills will support our efforts to advocate effectively on behalf of our members as we continue to promote the principle that private ambulance companies are essential healthcare providers," said Richard Angotti, CAA Board Chairman and owner of St. Joseph’s Ambulance Service.