Emergency Medical Services Administrators' Association of California

Emergency Medical Services Administrators' Association of California

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San Luis Obispo County is looking for a highly motivated, experienced public health manager to plan, manage and direct the operations of the Division of Emergency Medical Services within the County Public Health Department. This position will report to the Health Officer/Public Health Administrator who directs the Public Health Department, a unit of the County's Health Agency. Applications will be accepted through December 1, 2014.

For additional information, go to:  SLO EMS Recruitment

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.


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Napa Vineyard

Napa County is accepting applications from qualified individuals for the position of EMS Administrator. The EMS Administrator reports to the Deputy Director HHSA - Public Health/Public Health Officer, and is responsible to organize, coordinate, administer and implement a comprehensive county-wide EMS System. The EMS Administrator also provides leadership in planning and implementing EMS programs, and works collaboratively with and supports the Public Health Officer in medical preparedness and response. This recruitment closes on December 8th.

For additional information, go to:  Napa EMS Administrator brochure

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JTello-Evans Jessica Tello-Evans has announced she will be leaving Solano County EMS Cooperative to join NorthBay Healthcare in mid-November. Ms. Tello-Evans was appointed as Solano's EMS Administrator in August, after having served six months as Interim EMS Administrator. She also announced that Solano's previous EMS Administrator Ted Selby will be returning to his former position, at least for the short term. Ted left the EMS Agency in February to lead Solano's family health clinics. EMSAAC wishes Jessica well on the next step in her professional career!

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Bryan Stow Oct2014Former 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/

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LiebermanSteve 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.

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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".

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ebola2Confirmation 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

EagleshamJohn Eaglesham has been appointed Director of the Santa Barbara County EMS Agency. He will oversee the administrative activities of the EMS Agency and Public Health Emergency Preparedness program. John has worked for the County of Santa Barbara for the past 9 years, and brings a wealth of experience to EMS having worked in an executive management position for a nationwide ambulance firm and serving two years as Chairman of the Board of the California Ambulance Association. EMSAAC welcomes John to its Board of Directors!

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Ebola1A patient identified as the first reported case of Ebola in the U.S. has died in a Dallas hospital. Thomas Eric Duncan was a Liberian who traveled from Liberia to Texas in late September. Two health care workers who treated Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital later tested positive for the disease, but were successfully treated. The World Health Organization now reports the outbreak has resulted in over 4,900 deaths as of October 23rd.

The Centers for Disease Control has published a CDC Interim Guidance for EMS Systems. CDC has also released an EMS Checklist for Ebola Preparedness to assist EMS providers prepare their staff.

The California EMS Authority has also published Ebola Guidance for EMS and Public Safety personnel at: California EMS Authority Guidance for Ebola

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