EMS Vitals, April 2019, Alaska State Office of EMS Newsletter

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APRIL 2019, Issue No. 9

Public Safety Telecommunicator's Week

April 14th-20th

Alaska's public safety telecommunicator’s (dispatchers) are truly our first, first responders and do amazing work 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Let’s take the opportunity this week to thank this devoted and talented group of people that help keep our citizens and rescuers safe.

Thank you Alaska Public Safety Telecommunicators!

For ways to recognize your local Dispatcher please visit the National Public Safety Telecommunicators webpage here.

Prepare your service for EMS Week!

May 19th-25th

Monday: Education Day
Tuesday: Safety Day
Wednesday: EMS for Children's Day
Thursday: Save-A-Life Day
Friday: EMS Recognition Day

EMS Strong, Beyond the Call

Share with the EMS community what your agency plans to do to celebrate EMS Week 2019, Beyond the Call. Send in a short description to the EMS Vitals inbox for your chance to be included in the EMS Vitals May Issue No. 10.

For EMS Week planning resources please visit EMS Strong's webpage here.

2019 Emergency Medical Services Governor's Award Nomination Deadline July 31st

Nominate Today!

This years Alaska Governor's EMS Awards Nomination deadline is July 31st. 

Please nominate today!

Recommendations for Improving Safe Transport of Children

In the lieu of rising ambulance transport safety concerns, the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) Safe Transport of Children Ad Hoc Committee recommends that... [Read more on how to improve your transport safety here.]

NEMSIS Version 3.5 Will Lead to Data Input Simplification

In an effort to simplify the National EMS Information System (NEMSIS) V3 standard and reduce the data collection burden placed on EMS providers, NEMSIS has already begun working on transitioning to version 3.5.0. The current proposed timeline for v3.5.0 has the software update released by vendors in February of 2020 and majority implementation by EMS agencies in January of 2021. The State EMS Office is working closely with NEMSIS and ImageTrend to ensure the transition will be as smooth as possible to all of the EMS agencies in the state. [Read more about V3.5 here.]

Educational Opportunities

Southeast Region EMS Symposium
April 24-28, Sitka, Alaska
Visit Southeast Region EMS Council symposium webpage for more information.

First Responder Core Concepts
Multiple dates and location offerings.
Upcoming: May 1-3, 2019 in Wasilla, Alaska
Visit the Southcentral Foundation Core Concepts webpage to learn more about this complimentary three-day course. 

For the complete list of upcoming educational opportunities please click here.

Job Announcements

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Quick Links

EMS Strong: EMS Week Resources
Improving Safe Transport of Children
Pediatric Transport Products
NEMSIS v3.5.0 Revisions
Educational Opportunities


April 24-28
Southeast Region 35th Annual EMS Symposium, Sitka

May 1-3
First Responder Core Concepts
Wasilla, Alaska

May 3, 9am
Alaska Council on EMS Meeting, Teleconference

Governor's EMS Awards, Nominate here.

Click image above to nominate!

Pediatric Medical Direction


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Careline 877-266-4357 AK Suicide Prevention + Help Line