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August 21, 2017

Next EMS Live in Wisconsin Podcast
PulsePoint, Citizen Response to CPR events

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Live podcast Tuesday, August 22, starting at 9:00 a.m.

The next EMS Live in Wisconsin live podcast discussion is about PulsePoint - a trained citizen alert smartphone app for CPR events.  Listen live by dialing 646-929-1081, or on any internet connected device at >> http://tobtr.com/10222925.  The program will run live until 9:30 a.m. (30-minutes).

Our podcast guest is Samantha Hilker with Gold Cross Ambulance, Menasha, Wisconsin.  She recently introduced PulsePoint to the Fox Valley area.

Talking Points:

  • PulsePoint is currently in use in 2,400+ communities around the country, and has been operating for seven years. The experience in those communities has been extremely positive with no negative consequences. The people who respond sincerely want to help. In many situations, responders are off-duty EMS and healthcare professionals.  The PulsePoint website is >>www.PulsePoint.org.
  • Having citizen responders is critical. Gold Cross serves the entire region - 1,200 square miles of portions of Outagamie, Winnebago, Calumet and Waupaca counties. That's a lot of territory to cover. The more people who are able and willing to respond, the better.
  • Although the app is free, users have to stipulate they know CPR when downloading the app, indicating that if alerted they will respond within the context of their training.
  • The alert only goes to PulsePoint users within a 1/4 mile radius of the patient, so that's a limited group of people who understand they may be alerted, and want to offer aid.

Questions to be discussed:

1. What is it?

2. How does it work?

3. Are strangers going to show up at my house if I call 911?

4. What about HIPAA?

5. Will I be sued if I help someone?

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August 21, 2017

EMS Leader Networking
PSOW conference agenda announced, registration open

The Paramedic Systems of Wisconsin will host its 30th annual conference in Green Bay, September 20 to 22. The conference is specifically designed for Service Directors, Medical Directors and Training Centers.

The program will start at 10:00 AM on Wednesday morning September 20 with initial individual and provider introductions.  Thursday and Friday will continue with excellent presentations that will have everyone talking all year long. 

The conference agenda is listed below with daily registration fee noted.  For more information or to register, go to >> www.PSOW.org.

Wednesday, September 20 (Daily Registration Fee - $75.00, includes meals/break items)

8:00 a.m.       Registration open

10:00 a.m.     Presentation of Colors EMS Honor Guard

10:05 a.m.     Welcome and introductions

10:20 a.m.     Ambulance service introductions and initiatives

12:00 noon   Lunch*

1:00 p.m.       Ambulance service introductions and initiatives (continued)

2:00 p.m.       Provider Stress and Wellness (Rick Barney, MD)

3:00 p.m.       Break in vendor area*

3:30 p.m.       “Hot Topics” (Moderated by Dan Williams)

4:30 p.m.       Hospitality with vendors*

6:00 p.m.       Dinner on your own

Thursday, September 21(Daily Registration Fee - $95.00, includes meals/break items)

7:00 a.m.       Breakfast*

7:30 a.m.       Registration open

8:00 a.m.       Addiction is a Brain Disease (Rick Barney, MD)

9:00 a.m.       Exclusive vendor hour*

10:00 a.m.     Shared Community Paramedic Project (Josh Finke)

11:00 a.m.     Advanced EMS and Stroke Protocols (Kerry Ahrens)

12:00 noon   Lunch*

1:00 p.m.       Fraud, Abuse and Compliance (Wendy Arends, Attorney)

2:00 p.m.       “Hot Topics (continued) (Moderated by Dan Williams)

3:00 p.m.       Break*

3:30 p.m.       Ask the Doc’s (Panel Discussion)

5:00 p.m.       Cocktails

6:00 p.m.       Banquet Dinner and Wisconsin Stars of Life Program*

Friday, September 22 (Daily Registration Fee - $25.00, includes meals/break items)

7:00 a.m.       Breakfast*

8:00 a.m.       Summary and discussion on earlier topics (Dan Williams)

8:30 a.m.       State Medical Director’s Report (Suzanne Martens, MD)

9:15 a.m.       State-of-the-State questions and answers (James Newlun)

10:30 a.m.     Conference wrap-up

*Meals and vendor break snack items included in registration fee

August 21, 2017

Aladtec Named to Inc. Magazine’s 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Wisconsin-based company ranked on list at No. 2897

Recently, Inc. magazine released their 36th annual Inc. 5000 list, the nation’s most prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States.  Aladtec, Inc. moved up 20 spots, moving from No. 2917 last year to No. 2897 this year. The company ranked No. 3197 in 2015. Only one in five businesses on the list achieve the accolade of appearing on the list three times.

The annual list highlights the most successful independent small businesses based on growth. Previous companies who are now household names first appeared as honorees on Inc. 5000 - including Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many others. Ranking number one this year is San Francisco based Skillz - a popular mobile-gaming platform.

Aladtec was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in River Falls, Wisconsin. They provide online employee scheduling and workforce management software solutions to over 1,900 organizations primarily within the Public Safety Sector.  Nearly 120,000 people use the system and a half-billion hours have been scheduled using Aladtec.

"We are extremely honored to be on the Inc. 5000 list for the third year in a row,” states Aladtec Founder, and President, David Feyereisen.  “But we don't seek growth just for the sake of growth. We strive to provide the hometown heroes in Public Safety with the finest workforce management solution money can buy, at a price any department can afford. Our staff is dedicated to that goal and our continued growth is a result of that dedication.”

August 8, 2017

Wisconsin Stars of Life

2017 Wisconsin Stars of Life Honorees Announced

The Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin is pleased to announce the 2017 Wisconsin Stars of Life.  Each person was nominated by their local ambulance service, and will be presented with Stars of Life recognition and honors for their dedication and commitment.  The Stars of Life celebration is the most rewarding and exciting Wisconsin event in our field and is modeled after the American Ambulance Association's National Stars of Life.

2017 Wisconsin Stars of Life Honorees

Tami Aerts nominated by County Rescue Services

Chris Cuddy nominated by Gold Cross Ambulance

Christopher Dallas nominated by Valders Ambulance

Patrick Donoghue nominated by Bell Ambulance

Elizabeth Ferger-Olsen nominated by Paratech Ambulance Service

Angela Gonzalez nominated by Palmyra Public Safety Department

Jon Hagen nominated by Flight For Life

Paul Harrison nominated by Ryan Brothers Ambulance

Steve Hensley nominated by Tri-State Ambulance

Amanda Holtz nominated by Orange Cross Ambulance

Ryan Janus nominated by Bell Ambulance

Bob Kelter nominated by Baraboo EMS

David Krueger nominated by Grant EMS

Mary LaPorte nominated by Riverside Fire District 

Dr. Suzanne Martens nominated by Valders Ambulance

Lori McConochie nominated by Cambria Community Ambulance Service

David Mike nominated by Paratech Ambulance

Tyler Miller nominated by Tri-State Ambulance

Kenny Monteith nominated by Tri-State Regional Ambulance

Dan Morth nominated by Ellsworth Area Ambulance

Tom Pasch nominated by Ryan Brothers Ambulance

Brian Randall nominated by Gold Cross Ambulance

Russell Schafer nominated by Lodi Area EMS

Jeri Schiffman nominated by Tri-State Regional Ambulance

Sandra Steenweg nominated by Pickerel Rescue Squad

Bob Sternhagen (posthumous) nominated by Gold Cross Ambulance

Benjamin Waldera nominated by Divine Savior Healthcare EMS

Robert Whitton nominated by Paratech Ambulance

Mark Willer nominated by Baraboo EMS

The 2017 event will be the tenth time PAAW has proudly presented the Wisconsin Stars of Life program.  This special event recognizes and honors the dedication of ambulance service professionals - people that stand out in every area of our field.

Schedule of Events

2017 Wisconsin Stars of Life honorees will be recognized at a series of events, to include a welcome reception, banquet dinner and awards program during the Paramedic Systems of Wisconsin Conference, Thursday, September 21, Green Bay, and sometime in October or November at the State Capitol, Madison.

One person from the group of 2017 honorees will be selected and advance to represent Wisconsin.  This individual will be recognized at the National Stars of Life program in Washington, D.C., June 11 to 13, 2018.  PAAW will provide a $750 travel voucher, and the American Ambulance Association Foundation will provide a grant for hotel and event registration fees for the Star, Star's guest, and host (employer).

>> Click for more on Wisconsin Stars of Life.

August 8, 2017

EMS Live in Wisconsin Podcast

Discussion on Three EMS Legislative Bills

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This EMS Live in Wisconsin podcast was recorded live on August 8. 

Dana Sechler, EMS Director at Baraboo District Ambulance and PAAW Board of Director member, testified on August 2 during a public hearing before the legislative Assembly's Committee on Health at the State Capitol, Madison.

The public hearing regarded the three bills noted below.

Assembly Bill 310 relating to funding for first responder and emergency medical technician training and certification and making an appropriation.  >> Click for Bill history.

Assembly Bill 311 relating to upgrading service levels for ambulances in rural areas.  >> Click for Bill history.

Assembly Bill 356 relating to licensure or certificate renewal for certain emergency medical services personnel and ambulance service providers.  >> Click for Bill history.

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July 22, 2017

EMS Live in Wisconsin Podcast Archive
Randolph Mantooth and Dr. Eugene Nagel:  The rise of paramedics

Our most popular podcast ever just reached 2,500 downloads!

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On Monday, May 4, 2015, PAAW completed a special EMS Live in Wisconsin podcast with guests Dr. Eugene Nagel, Randolph Mantooth and Nancy McFarland. 

The 60-minute program was dedicated to discussing the start of Paramedic systems, those responsible for its rise in the 1960's and 70's, the determination and vision it took, and based on their experiences how they see the industry evolving into Community Paramedicine!

Eugene Nagel is a retired anesthesiologist. He was an innovative pioneer who served as medical director for the City of Miami Fire Department's rescue operation from 1964 to 1974. During those 10 years, Dr. Nagel developed the first paramedic program utilizing telemetry and voice medical control.  The biophone or “orange box” was a familiar piece of equipment on the TV show EMERENCY!  The TV show’s unit now resides on display at the Smithsonian Institute. 

Randolph Mantooth is an actor, producer and speaker. Widely known for his role as Paramedic John Gage in the TV series EMERGENCY! -- the show that transformed America's perception and approach to emergency medical care in the 1970s and introduced millions to the word "paramedic" for the first time. Mr. Mantooth is a popular speaker at Fire and EMS events, and an advocate for firefighter health and safety.  His website is www.RandolphMantooth.com.

Nancy McFarland is a retired LA County Fire Museum board director and Chair of the Pioneers of Paramedicine Committee. Ms. McFarland was instrumental in uniting the four doctors credited with starting the first (fire-based) paramedic programs in the United States in the late 1960s for taped interviews and a Lifetime Achievement Awards Gala in May of 2010.  The Pioneers of Paramedicine website and video is located at >> http://pioneersofparamedicine.com/

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EMS Live in Wisconsin is broadcast live on the phone and via the internet the second and fourth Tuesday every month starting at 9:00 a.m. and typically running 30 minutes. 

Don't miss a beat of the action - listen to EMS Live in Wisconsin.

July 19, 2017

Standby for Tones Blog
Teachable moment

It’s hot, and she’s not dressed for it. Sweatshirt and sweatpants, tee shirt and socks with laced up tennies. She’s currently sitting in the rear of a squad car, guzzling on a bottle of Sprite that is sweating only slightly less than she is.

Passersby found her, she was down on the ground and it was pretty clear she’d fallen. Someone helped her up, but then she fell again. So they called it in, the nice officer who responded scoped out the clothing situation and her speech, and activated EMS non-emergent. Now we’re here, and I lead my student across the street from our parking spot towards the black and white. My partner updates MedComm that we are on location, and brings up the rear. On this initial evaluation we’ve got the cardiac monitor. The bag is feet away should we need anything.

The lady was assisted out of her sweatshirt by the officer prior to our arrival. Pink and white camouflage, it’s more at home in a rural environment than here in the city but I guess you never know where people hail from originally. Little bits of home from all over converge in any metropolis, and you get what you get. The only constant is that the kaleidoscope keeps moving, the bits and pieces keep on tumbling.

>> Click to read more of the story...

"Standby for Tones" is a blog written by Crystal Wallin, a La Crosse paramedic.  Her stories, written from real life events, bring to light the human experience in having an EMS career and work life. 

>> Click to read Crystal's blog.

July 18, 2017

Pharmaceutical Shortage
Wisconsin EMS office follows FDA guidance, allows use of drugs beyond expiration dates

Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided guidance on certain drugs that can be used beyond the manufacturer's labeled expiration date. At this time, the drugs listed below can be used during the shortage or while available. Per the FDA, to ensure patient safety, these products should have been—and should continue to be—stored as per labeled conditions.  >> Click for FDA information on drug shortage.

The medications included in this expiration date waiver include the following drugs manufactured by Hospira Inc, a Pfizer company:

  • Epinephrine Injection, USP 0.1 mg/mL; 10 mL ABBOJECT syringe (NDC 0409-4921-34)
  • Dextrose 50% Injection, USP, 50 mL ABBOJECT Syringe (NDC 0409-4902-34)

  • Atropine Sulfate Injection, USP 0.1 mg/mL; 10 mL ABBOJECT syringe (NDC 0409-4911-34)

  • Atropine Sulfate Injection, USP 0.1 mg/mL; 5 mL ABBOJECT syringe (NDC 0409-4910-34

The Wisconsin EMS Office recommends practitioners work with their local medical director to determine the most appropriate response to these drug shortages. In addition, the Department of Health Services and Department of Transportation (DOT) discussed these shortages and the DOT ambulance inspector will not cite for these identified expired medications. However, all other expired medication dates will be subject to DOT enforcement action.  EMS services will not be required to submit drug shortage protocols but will need to follow FDA recommendations.

The memo issued on this will be in effect until December 31, 2017.  >> Click to read memo 17-04.

Upcoming Events

Current PAAW Priorities
Community Paramedicine Legislation
MABAS/WI Liability Protection Statute 893.80
State Medicaid Reimbursement & MTM
>> Legislative Study Committee on Firefighter and EMT Volunteer Shortages
Recognize Do-Not-Resuscitate Pendant

Next EMS Live Podcast

Tuesday, August 22

starting at 9:00 a.m. central time


PulsePoint - A Community CPR Response Tool

Samantha Hilker
Gold Cross Ambulance, Menasha

Dial in number to listen to the live show or speak with the co-hosts and guests: 


Or listen on any internet connected device - even email in a question.

Treating CHF patients with better results (Tyler Christifulli, Training Coordinator, Lifestar EMS, West Bend, WI)

Stars of Life Dinner and 
Awards Program

September 21, 2017

Tundra Lodge & Convention 
Center, Green Bay

>> Click for 2017 Stars of Life Webpage and Event Information

2015 Stars of Life Honorees

Crystal Wallin

Feature writer and La Crosse Paramedic

Recent blog posts by Crystal: Standby for Tones

Emergency calls or patient contacts to PAAW members last year

Over 272,000

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Reach-A-Child draws in EMS providers to distract children

Posted 5-24-2017
Run Time 12 min and 47 sec


Eric Salzwedel
Marketing & Business Development Director, Reach-A-Child, Madison

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Weekly IV Fluids and EMS Pharmaceutical Backorder Report

PAAW continues to monitor the ongoing EMS pharmaceutical drug and IV fluids backorder situation by posting weekly updates, courtesy of Bound Tree Medical.

Through a special arrangement with EMS World magazine, PAAW members and their employees or volunteers receive a free 12-month subscription, a $40 value. 

Stay on top of national EMS news, tips, a variety of topics and special reports - delivered right to your home or work address or e-mail account the beginning of every month!  >> Click to receive this benefit.

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Browse over 2,000 police, fire and EMS scanner monitoring stations around the U.S. with a simple click of your computer mouse.  It's sure to make any scanner junkie go wild!

>> Click here to find out more about selecting your own monitoring station or click the scanner below to open the audio player for Milwaukee County Fire radio traffic.

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