POLICY: C-117

TITLE:          Use of Recorded Telephone Line(s) in Hospitals EFFECTIVE DATE:           March 13, 2017 SUPERCEDES:        N/A Purpose: To outline and define recorded telephone line use for the following hospitals; Cape Cod Hospital Falmouth Hospital Tobey Hospital Martha’s Vineyard Hospital III.       Policy: On rare occasions communications with Medical Control may be deemed inappropriate to be conducted over CMED Radio.  In order to comply …

Non-Opioid Directive Form

Under the STEP Act, the Department of Public Health (“DPH” or “the Department”) is responsible for creating a Voluntary Non-Opioid Directive form (“Directive”) and publishing it on the Department’s website for public use. Any person who wishes to decline future treatment with opioids may fill out the form and give it to their care provider, who will record it in …

7.3 MOLST/DNR Review

EMS personnel at all levels are required to provide emergency care and transport patients to appropriate health care facilities. EMS personnel are further required to provide treatment to the fullest extent possible, subject to their level of certification and the level of licensure of the ambulance service for which they are working. However, more and more patients, where it is …

CIEMSS Receives $30,000 Grant from CCHC

The CCHC Community Benefits Annual Strategic Grants program received thirteen proposals this year requesting over $330,000. The proposals were compelling; each organization demonstrating programs that address the chronic disease, infectious disease and mental health needs of vulnerable populations across Barnstable County. The Community Health Committee, a Community Benefits oversight committee comprised of ten health and human service leaders from across …

Eastern Bank Grant Award

Cape and Islands EMSS, Inc has been awarded $10,000 from the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation. The grant will help support the building of a new EMS Training Building. The Foundation receives thousands of grant applications each year and the Partnership Grant (which we received) is the most competitive category. Their support directly reflects their confidence in our organization and the …

Hospira Issues Voluntary Diazapam Recall

Office of Emergency Medical Services DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS Notice Voluntary Recall: Hospira Issues Recall of Two Lots of Diazepam Injection, USP The Department has been alerted that Hospira, Inc., a Pfizer Company, has announced it is voluntarily recalling two lots of Diazepam Injection, USP. According to the company, this recall action is being initiated due to …

Home Base offering FREE online training

On February 12th, Attorney General Maura Healey and Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program announced the launch of  “Serving Those Who Have Served: Practical Approaches to Addressing the Invisible Wounds of War in Post-9/11 Service Members and Veterans Trainings.”   Home Base works to heal the invisible wounds of war for Service Members, Post-9/11 Veterans and …

2017 Cape & Islands CIST CISM Conference

Please join us at the Cape Codder Resort & Spa in Hyannis, MA on April 10-12 for the 2017 Cape & Islands Critical Incident Support Team CISM Conference. You can sign up for one day, two days or all three. For more information, click here:

Cape & Islands EMD/ PSAP Training Program

Cape & Islands EMD/ PSAP Training Program for member agencies EMD: Special Medical Considerations 2016 (MA. 911 Department approved, OEMS approval pending) Course Overview “EMD: Special Medical Considerations” is a program developed based on actual recent occurrences involving specific patient populations residing within the Cape & Islands area. These High Priority / low frequency types of calls have been identified by …

New technology revolutionizes CPR on Cape Cod

Effective manual cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) that is provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, can double or even triple a victim’s survival rate.  Yet, more than 90 percent of victims still die before reaching the hospital, according to the American Heart Association. That is why emergency medical services in several Cape Cod communities are adopting a new technology that literally …

Football season raises awareness of concussion risk

When the American Medical Association recently adopted policies to lower the risk of brain injuries from concussions in youth sports, they were a little late to the game. The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Neurology had all previously recommended the same policy: If a student is symptomatic of concussion, they must be removed from …

TAKE A NAP: It won’t kill you.

Taking midday naps as they do in Spain was associated with lower blood pressure and the need for fewer antihypertensive medications in a new study. “Although William Blake affirms that it is better to think in the morning, act at noon, eat in the evening and sleep at night, noon sleep seems to have beneficial effects,” says Dr. Manolis Kallistratos …