Emergency Medical Services Administrators' Association of California

Emergency Medical Services Administrators' Association of California

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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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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

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