Dealing with life and death daily

Tom Brady and his New England Patriots teammates know they must be in peak physical and mental shape the minute the whistle blows during the season. But, the nearly 1,000 paramedics and EMTs – who simultaneously are the Cape’s firefighters – must be on top of their game every minute, every day. While a flat performance for the Patriots may …

“A helicopter has crashed in my backyard!”

Helicopter – Dive TeamThe Chatham Fire Department responds to 2,700 calls a year, most requiring paramedics and EMTs to rush in ambulances and trucks to the scene. But, rarely do they get a call like this. The 911 alert came in June 2016 from a woman who had just watched a helicopter crash behind her house at the edge of …

Cape’s aged population keeps paramedics and EMTs busy

The call came from a Chatham address that the rescue team recognized immediately. An elderly woman was having serious trouble breathing. It was another in a series of cascading medical crises for the woman. When Lt. Gerard Smith, joined by paramedics Rachel McGrath and Scott Long, arrived at her home, they discovered her upstairs in a room populated by medical …

5.1 Upper Airway Obstruction Review

Adult EMT STANDING ORDERS Routine Patient Care If the obstruction due to a foreign body is complete or is partial with inadequate air exchange: follow ECC guidelines for foreign body obstruction. Maintain an open airway, remove secretions, vomitus and assist ventilations as needed. If partial obstruction due to foreign body is suspected and there is adequate air exchange: transport to …

2.4 Behavioral Emergencies Adult & Pediatric Review

EMT/EMT-INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED EMT/PARAMEDIC Routine Patient Care, followed by: One EMT should manage the patient while the other handles scene control, but no EMT or First Responder should be left alone with the patient. Avoid areas/patients with potential weapons (e.g., kitchen, workshop), and avoid areas with only a single exit; do not allow patient to block exit. Keep environment calm by reducing …

Dr. Evan P. Weinstein – One of us. Always

As he had so many times before, Dr. Evan Weinstein stood in front of 40 paramedics and EMTs leading a training session, this time on how to handle patients suffering from mental duress, often provoked by alcohol or drugs. A stranger watching and listening to Evan might wonder why he was a bit unsteady on his feet, why he would …

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 …