Central Mass EMS Corp.    CMEMSC OFFICE: (508) 854-0111   |   CMED 24/7 Phone: 508-854-0100

Announcements

Clinical Parking Lot Improvements:  UPCOMING PROJECT Maps

UMass University Campus is beginning a construction project on Monday June 10 that continues for 6 months.  It will have varying degrees of impact on ambulance traffic-ED access.

This project is scheduled to begin June 10th and will occur in four phases, with completion in November (Please see attached phasing drawings.)  Project work will include new waterproofing to the loading dock roof, paving, concrete sidewalks and islands, lighting, pavement markings and signage.

As shown on the phasing plans, ambulance access to the Hospital will be maintained throughout the project but vehicle path to the entrance will be altered per phase.  Parking and access into the Clinical Lot will also change per phase. The construction work area will be secured with fencing and signage to direct pedestrian and vehicle traffic.  Police details will also be in place at the start of each phase to assist with traffic flow.   

CMED is seeking a highly dependable EMT who isinterested in becoming a CMED Operator. Per Diem position available. Visit the career page for details and application.

The STP 2019.1 books have been printed. Call of email for your copy now. The price remains $16; cash or check only.

The latest addition of the Massachusetts Statewide Treatment Protocols have been released by OEMS. Click here to go to the state site for STP 2019.1 and a summary of the changes. 

Training Officers can find materials to teach the new protocols in the TO Portal.

2019 Award Winners

 

If you know an EMS provider that outshines the rest, whether on a single challenging call or on a daily basis, why not nominate them for an EMS award. Presentations are made at the CMEMSC Annual Meeting in May. Here is the form and the categories are below. 

  • Citizen/Bystander                    
  • EMS Communications Specialist
  • First Responder                               
  • EMT                                                 
  • Advanced EMT                              
  • Paramedic      
  • EMS Educator
  • EMS Nurse
  • Paul J. Gramling EMS Physician                                  
  • James DiAntonio EMS Public Educator/Program
  • EMS Service/Organization          
  • Special Service Award

Annual Meeting & EMS Awards

Tuesday, May 7, 2019; Dinner 5:15; Meeting 6:00pm

University of Massachusetts Medical School-South Street Campus

333 South Street
Shrewsbury, MA 01545 

Notice

FDA Alert: Extended Use Dates Provided by Pfizer to Assist with Emergency Injectable Drug Shortages

The FDA is alerting the health care and emergency response community that due to the ongoing critical shortages of injectable drugs used in critical care, Pfizer has provided updated dates through which some of these injectable drugs, manufactured by Hospira Inc., a Pfizer company, may be used beyond the manufacturer’s labeled expiration date. To help ensure patient safety, these products should have been — and should continue to be — stored as per labeled conditions. For specific information and the full FDA alert, go to https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/DrugShortages/ucm563360.htm

Office of Emergency Medical Services

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Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Notice

Stryker Lifepak 15 Urgent Medical Device Safety Notice and Correction

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has been alerted that Stryker is conducting a voluntary Field Action for specific Lifepak 15 Monitor/Defibrillator devices that may lock-up after a defibrillation shock is delivered. This condition is defined as a blank monitor display with LED lights on, indicating power to the device, but no response in the keypad and device functions. A device in this condition has the potential to delay delivery of therapy, and this delay in therapy has the potential to result in serious injury or death. For more information on this recall, or to check if other LIFEPAK 15 devices are affected by this Field Action, please go to the following website: http://www.strykeremergencycare.com/productnotices. Please also see attached letter from Stryker.

Stryker states the devices can be fixed in place with uploading a software modification and will be done at  the ambulance services themselves by a Stryker service representative.  There will also be some depot service offered based on customer need.  Given the very low number of these events, Stryker is not recommending that the devices be removed from service.  If your service experiences this issue, call Stryker immediately.

Attached please find a memo with information regarding the transition of the Massachusetts Ambulance Trip Record Information System (MATRIS) to NEMSIS V3 on February 28, 2019. On that date, ambulance services may begin submitting data to the MATRIS NEMSIS V3 system. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Office of Emergency Medical Services (DPH/OEMS) will be offering both in-person trainings and an online informational session, as further described in the attached memo.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., MATRIS Data Manager.

Beginning January 1, 2019, AHA requires feedback devices on all adult CPR manikins. There are many options out there. If you need assistance finding the right manikins for your needs feel free to tcall the office: 508-854-0111. CMEMSC also has new manikins for rent.

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Please read the Clinical Advisory issued June 22, 2018 for important information on the increase of opioid-related overdose deaths that have also been positive for cocaine.