The Fall 2014 edition of the Public Law Journal, an official publication of the State Bar of California, includes an article that reviews case law and interpretation of this frequently contentious grandfathering section of the 1980 EMS Act affecting cities and fire districts. The seven-page article concludes: "Despite the intent that it be a temporary and transitional provision, Section 201 has taken on a greater importance within the overall EMS Act scheme than the Legislature contemplated. In recent years, the affected parties have proposed a variety of legislative fixes to Section 201 to provide greater clarity regarding the rights and obligations of grandfathered providers. Until the Legislature acts on any of these or a compromise proposal, the full integration and coordination the EMS Act seeks to promote may not be achieved."
For the full text of the article, go to: Public Law Journal Article
At the meeting of the State Commission on EMS in San Francisco on December 3rd, the Commission directed the EMS Authority to draft new regulations for the hearing of appeals by the Commission regarding decisions by the Authority on local EMS Plans. In June 2014 the County of Kern formally notified the Commission of their intent to appeal such a decision. While the Commission has long-standing statutory authority to hear appeals related to EMS Plans, it has never done so. The Commission further directed that the appeals procedure follow the model used by the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) set forth in Government Code 11517 et seq. The creation of new regulations could take up to one year, and will require the Commission to adopt the regulations first. Several local EMS agencies have experienced recent rejections of their EMS Plan by the Authority, so the procedure is expected to be utilized upon adoption.
On December 3rd the California EMS Authority recognized nearly 40 individuals for their contributions to EMS. The annual California EMS Awards were presented in San Francisco following a meeting of the EMS Commission, and included our own Dan Burch who was recognized as EMS Administrator of the Year. Orange County Fire Authority's Dr. Ken Miller was also honored and received EMS Medical Director of the Year. EMSAAC congratulates all of the recipients for their life-saving and other outstanding efforts! For more complete information on each awardee go to: CA EMS Awards
A study just published in the November 2014 edition of Circulation concludes that survival rates for out of hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) are improving in locations where this data is reported to a national registry. The study used data from the Cardiac Arrest Registry for Enhanced Survival (CARES) to look at 70,027 patients who experienced OHCA. In 2005-2006 the survival rate was just 5.7%. This rate increased to 7.2% in 2008 and to 8.3% in 2012. A map of jurisdictions reporting their cardiac arrest data to CARES in shown below. It includes several local EMS agencies in California.
Former Paramedic Bryan Stow was invited to declare "Play Ball!" to open Game 4 of the 2014 World Series at San Francisco's AT&T Park. Bryan suffered a traumatic brain injury from an assault in the parking lot following a Giants-Dodgers game in Los Angeles on March 31, 2011. He formerly worked as a Paramedic in Santa Clara County. Bryan's family deeply appreciates the outpouring of community support they have received over the last three and a half years. The San Francisco Giants organization has been especially helpful in remembering Bryan and his family's struggle.
For the most current update on Bryan's condition, go to: http://www.support4bryanstow.com/
Steve Lieberman has announced he is resigning from San Luis Obispo County EMS, effective November 14th. In early December, Steve will become Fire Chief/Executive Officer for the Five Cities Fire Authority in south San Luis Obispo County. In addition to his nearly 3 years with SLO EMS Agency, Steve's resume includes previous experience in the fire service, work in the wireless communications industry, and serving as Mayor and Councilmember on the Grover Beach City Council. His wonderful sense of humor has provided comic relief for many of our quarterly Board meetings. We all wish Steve well as he transitions to the next chapter of his professional life.
EMSAAC has launched a new feature for Ebola-related news, information and resources. This page is intended as a resource for EMS managers, supervisors and responders to guide critical thinking and strategic activities in response to the Ebola threat. To access this content, go the the navigation bar at the top of our homepage and click on "Ebola".
Confirmation that two health care workers who treated an Ebola patient in a Dallas hospital contracted the disease has triggered a rigorous review of infectious disease protocols and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). All health care providers including EMS personnel are encouraged to review and practice the proper use of PPE with special attention to the safe donning and doffing of gowns, gloves, masks/respirators, and eye protection. While Ebola is known to be spread by direct contact with bodily fluids, on October 20th CDC published an updated Guidance for Health Care Workers on PPE for Ebola.
Additional guidance by CDC on PPE use is available at: CDC on Personal Protective Equipment