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February 14, 2018
KBEMS releases updates to the Kentucky State Medical Protocols.
February 12, 2018
On January 1 the 2018 Mission: Lifeline EMS STEMI Quality Achievement Award Application period began and will remain open until April 2, 2018 at 11:59 pm (EST).
February 7, 2018
KBEMS announces June 30, 2018 as last date of acceptance for NEMSIS Version 3.3.4 incident reports to KSTARS.
January 22, 2018
Michael Poynter, Executive Director for the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services, became certified as the first Kentucky Board Community Paramedic by the International Board of Specialty Certification. Mr. Poynter’s Board Certification Number is #16 in the nation.
January 18, 2018
Workplace fatigue is a common complaint among shift workers. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel work shifts and deliver emergent health care to the acutely ill and injured on the roadside, in patients’ homes, and other environments. They must deliver this care while under significant time pressure and stress. Fatigue is a threat that is often overlooked by EMS leadership and personnel as “just part of the job.“ The number of fatigue-related safety incidences involving EMS personnel and their patients is on the rise. Recent research shows that more than half of emergency medical services (EMS) personnel report severe mental and physical fatigue while at work, poor sleep quality, and poor recovery between shifts. Half of EMS personnel obtain less than 6 hours of sleep per day. The industry has a fatigue problem, yet few have developed solutions informed by the evidence or best practice. The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) has partnered with a team led by University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine scientists to develop new fatigue guidelines published early online in the journal Prehospital Emergency Care. The aim of the guidelines is to mitigate the effects of fatigue with recommendations based on a comprehensive evaluation of the best available evidence related to numerous fatigue mitigation strategies such as using caffeine and napping during shifts.
January 16, 2018
The following changes, which form a part of FED-STD KKK-A-1822F, dated 1 August 2007, are approved by the General Services Administration, for use by all agencies. Any ambulance contracted for (ordered) after July 1, 2017 is required to meet the published Change Notice 10 specifications.
December 12, 2017
The KBEMS office will be closed from December 16, 2017 until January 2, 2018. We wish you the safest of holiday seasons and look forward to serving Kentucky's EMS community in 2018.
November 20, 2017
Due to current emergency medication shortages of varying scope affecting the US and the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the following medication/dosing substitutions may be used by Licensed EMS Agencies while the shortage exists.
November 6, 2017
The National EMS Scope of Practice Model was published in February 2007 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) and the project's subject matter expert panel utilized new evidence and data to develop two change notices on Naloxone and Hemorrhage Control.
October 26, 2017
The Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services is proud to recognize the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline 2017 award recipients. Kentucky agencies achieved 9 gold, 1 silver, and 9 bronze awards.
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