EMS Vitals , March 2020, Alaska State Office of EMS Newsletter

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MARCH 2020, Issue No. #20

Alaska DHSS COVID-19 Updates

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) is working with the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal partners to monitor and respond to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Click here to visit the State of Alaska DHSS COVID-19 Website.

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Click here to read the CDC's Interim COVID-19 Guidance for EMS.

Office of EMS Updates

Training, Education and Certification Memos

Please see the recently distributed memos below regarding certification extensions and guidance for EMS courses and psychomotor exams for the interim. These changes have been given much thought by the State Medical Director, the Office of EMS, and the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and are being put in place to protect everyone's well-being. We thank you for all that you do to help arm our providers with the knowledge to help others. Thank you for your time and services.

EMS Statewide Assessment- Listening Sessions

We have paused the execution and planning of all Listening Sessions that have been scheduled for all of our stakeholders in cooperation with SafeTech Solutions with plans to examine the possibilities to plan in August with movement starting in October, 2020.

Statewide EMS Symposium Cancellations

The Southeast Regional EMS (SEREMS) Symposium was cancelled earlier this month followed closely behind the decision to cancel the Interior Region EMS (IREMS) Symposium in Fairbanks, Alaska, both scheduled for the last week of March.

The two regional offices are working on refunds for registration and exploring ways to bring continuing education and training to providers remotely through creative use of technology. Please direct any questions regarding these cancellations to the associated regional office.

Southeast EMS Region Council
Read the Southeast EMS Region Council Symposium Cancellation Notice here.
100 Clothilde Bahovec Way | Sitka, AK 99835 | 907-747-8005

Interior Region EMS Council, Inc
Find the Interior Region EMS Council Symposium Cancellation Notice here.
2503 18th Avenue | Fairbanks, AK 99709 | 907-456-3978

Alaska Senate Bill 173

License Mobile Intensive Care Paramedics

Summary: An Act relating to mobile intensive care paramedics; relating to duties of the State Medical Board and the Department of Health and Social Services; and providing for an effective date.

Follow SB173 through the legislative process here: http://www.akleg.gov/basis/Bill/Detail/31?Root=sb%20173#tab5_4

Thank you Pediatric Champions!

Emergency Medical Services for Children Survey 2020

Alaska EMS for Children (EMSC) Program would like to thank all EMS agencies who participated in the 2020 Alaska EMS for Children Survey. Your assistance with this quality improvement effort aimed at identifying how to better support your EMS service in caring for pediatric patients is greatly appreciated.
Thank you again!

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Alaska Council on EMS

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2020 Meeting Schedule:

May 1st, 9am
August 7th, 9am
November 6th, 9am

Teleconference # 1-800-944-8766
Participant Code 83001#

Alaska Council on EMS Implementation Task Force; Apply, Click Here

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.

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