Patrick Ryan, PAAW President
Current News and Information from PAAW
August 21, 2017
Next EMS Live in Wisconsin Podcast
PulsePoint, Citizen Response to CPR events
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.
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?
Don't miss a beat of EMS action - listen to EMS Live in Wisconsin!
August 21, 2017
EMS Leader Networking
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
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.
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.
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
>> Click to listen now for on-demand playback.
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.
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.
>> Click to listen now for on-demand playback.
July 22, 2017
EMS Live in Wisconsin Podcast Archive
Our most popular podcast ever just reached 2,500 downloads!
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/
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
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 Crystal's blog.
July 18, 2017
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:
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.
PAAW News and Information At A Glance
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
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.
Stars of Life Dinner and
September 21, 2017
Tundra Lodge & Convention
Center, Green Bay
2015 Stars of Life Honorees
Feature writer and La Crosse Paramedic
Recent blog posts by Crystal: Standby for Tones
Emergency calls or patient contacts to PAAW members last year
Reach-A-Child draws in EMS providers to distract children
Run Time 12 min and 47 sec
Marketing & Business Development Director, Reach-A-Child, Madison
>> Click for the newest audio webcast or review the library of previous ones.
Weekly IV Fluids and EMS Pharmaceutical Backorder Report
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.
Monitor Police, Fire and EMS Radio Traffic Around the U.S.!
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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