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

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AUGUST 2019, Issue No. 14

Message from the Manager

Todd McDowell, State Office of EMS

The first major revision of EMS regulations in over a decade was signed and filed June 22nd.  The regulations will be effective August 21st; however there will be no major impacts on this day that services or providers need to be concerned about.  Providers and instructors will need to complete updates that the ACMES Implementation Task Force and State Training Committee are currently in the process of finalizing. Instructors and providers will continue to operate under their old scope of practice and retain their current instructor level until the transitions have been accomplished.  Over the course of the next week we will be finalizing timelines and learning objectives for transitions. We will also be releasing a FAQ sheet to answer most questions that the EMS system may have.  The Alaska Administrative Code- Title 7- Department of Health and Social Services re: EMS Regulations can be found here.

EMS Agency Monthly Profile

Our desire at the State EMS Office is to bring attention to the dedication and service that our Alaskan EMS agencies and responders give to their communities by profiling them here.

EMS Agency Profile of the Month: Anchorage Safety Patrol

Anchorage Safety Patrol

[Read about Anchorage Safety Patrol here.]

Ambulance Transformation Assessment

The National Rural Health Resource Center has just announced the availability of a new EMS resource from the Technical Assistance and Services Center (TASC) Program. This resource provides assistance to rural ambulance agency leaders in assessing their agency’s readiness and supports agency's transition to value based payment models that reward people centered care and positive patient outcomes. [Read more about this ambulance resource here.]

Alaska agency leaders are encouraged to complete the assessment periodically to monitor their progress as the healthcare system transitions to value-based payment models. Complete the Self-Assessment Here.

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H.R. 776 Passes

The House and the Senate passed H.R. 776, the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program Reauthorization Act of 2019, extending the authorization for the EMSC program for another 5 years, until 2024. H.R. 776 is now headed to the President for his signature.Thank you for your continued advocacy of the EMSC program!

Check out the Alaska EMSC Program here.

Pediatric Emergency Care Resources

Helping Children Cope After a Traumatic Event
The Child Mind Institute has developed a guide, in the wake of recent traumatic events happening throughout the country, that offers simple tips to families, caregivers and emergency healthcare personnel on what to expect, do and look out for. [Read more information about this pediatric trauma guide here.]

Upcoming Educational Opportunities

All Alaska Pediatric Symposium 2019
October 11-12, Anchorage, Alaska
Register for the pediatric symposium here.

Alaska EMS Symposium
October 29 - November 1, Anchorage, Alaska
Visit Southern Region EMS Council Symposium webpage for more information.

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


Quick Links

Anchorage Safety Patrol
Ambulance Self-Assessment
Educational Opportunities

Alaska Council on EMS

Task Force Recruiting
To apply for the ACEMS Task Force or for further information please refer to the application which can be found here. Applications are accepted continuously.

The Alaska Council on Emergency Medical Services


August 29, 11am
EMSC Advisory Committee Meeting
1-888-392-4560, 51097663#

October 11-12
All Alaska Pediatric Symposium
Anchorage, Alaska

October 29- November 1
Alaska EMS Symposium
Anchorage, Alaska


Pre-Hospital Pediatric Medical Consultation, EMS Providers Only: Alaska Native Medical Center 297-8809 & Providence Alaska Medical Center 212-3133
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Alaska Emergency Medical Services for Children Program

Careline 877-266-4357 AK Suicide Prevention + Help Line
Poison Help 1-800-222-1222