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February 7, 2019 - Updated and New Policies

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has revised and/or adopted several policies effective February 1, 2019. Prehospital and hospital personnel are encouraged to read, study, and implement those policies pertaining to their role within the EMS system.

Revised Policies:

A. EMS Policy No. 2310, Emergency Medical Technician Certification, revised to address requirements from AB 2293 for the collecting of demographic data.

B. EMS Policy No 2540B, Paramedic Skills Verification Form No. 2540B, revised to address skills and formatting changes to the form.

C. EMS Policy No. 5210, Major Trauma Triage Criteria, added guidance for pregnant trauma patients, and clarified criteria for patients in spinal motion restriction with neurologic complaints or neurologic findings.

D. EMS Policy No. 5542, BLS Poisoning and Overdose, revised to address naloxone use by approved BLS personnel and departments.

E. EMS Policy No. 6715, Trauma Audit Committee, revised membership of TAC.

New Policies:

F. EMS Policy No. 3205, Responses to EMS Incidents in the Unprotected Area, creates a response plan for EMS incidents in areas of the SJC without a public fire district.

G. EMS Policy No. 4150, Naloxone Administration by Law Enforcement, establishes a process for law enforcement organizations to be authorized to administer naloxone.

H. EMS Policy No. 4150A, San Joaquin County Law Enforcement NARCAN (Naloxone) Use Report.

Please direct questions to Matthew R. Esposito, Prehospital Care Coordinator by email at mesposito@sjgov.org.

February 4, 2019 - Advanced CEs with Dr. Shafer

San Joaquin County EMS Agency is hosting an Advanced CEs with Dr. Shafer course February 19, 2019. The course will begin at 3 pm. This course is open to all BLS and ALS providers within the county. 2 (two) hours of EMS CE's will be awarded to participants, California EMS CE Provider #39-0001. Click here for flyer and additional details. Register online at https://www.sjgov.org/ems/events.

February 4, 2019 - SJCEMSA Welcomes New Trauma/Critical Care Coordinator

Dan Burch, EMS Administrator, is pleased to announce that Jeff Costa, RN, has joined the San Joaquin County EMS Agency staff. Mr. Costa will be filling the role of Trauma/Critical Care Coordinator. He comes to SJC EMS Agency from San Joaquin General Hospital with experience in intensive care nursing. Prior to his nursing career Mr. Costa worked as a paramedic in Stanislaus County. He has a Bachelor's degree in Nursing from Western Governors University. In his new role, Mr. Costa will primarily be responsible for STEMI, Stroke, Critical Care Transport, and trauma system evaluation. Please join us in welcoming Mr. Costa to the SJC EMS Agency.

February 4, 2019 - 2019 Spring Prehospital Care Symposium

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency is presenting a Spring Prehospital Care Symposium on March 26, 2019; beginning promptly at 8:30 am. (Check-in begins at 8:00 am) at the San Joaquin County Agricultural Center. Click here for additional information. This course is being offered at no cost, prior registration required. Upon the successful completion, participants will receive a course completion certificate for 7 hours of EMS Continuing Education and/or BRN Contact hours. Provider is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 1524 for 2 contact hours. CA EMS CE provided by San Joaquin County EMS Agency CEP# 39-0001. Please contact Christine Tualla at San Joaquin County EMS Agency, 468-6818, for additional information. Click here to register for this event.

February 1, 2019 - Credit Card Service Fee Update

Effective February 1, 2019, a service fee of 2.29% will be charged for all credit card transactions. The updated credit card authorization form can be viewed here.

January 28, 2019 - EMS Policy No. 3205, Responses to EMS Incidents in the Unprotected Area

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has posted the following new policy to the EMS Policies page: EMS Policy No. 3205, Responses to EMS Incidents in the Unprotected Area. This policy was developed to address the recent decision by Stockton Fire Department to reduce response to EMS incidents in the unprotected area of San Joaquin County.

January 28, 2019 - The February 4, 2019 MICN PSR Course Cancelled

The next MICN PSR Course is scheduled for March 18, 2019.

January 3, 2019 - AMR Compliance Report for September and October 2018

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of American Medical Response for September-October 2018 performance under their five-year contract to provide exclusive emergency ambulance service. The AMR contract establishes accountability for meeting specific standards and provides the EMS Agency with complete access to data and information on AMR's operational, clinical, and administrative performance. Click to view AMR's September-October 2018 compliance reports. Previous Compliance Reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

January 3, 2019 - MDA Compliance Report for September and October 2018

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of Manteca District Ambulance for September-October 2018 performance under their exclusive emergency ambulance service agreement. The MDA agreement establishes accountability for meeting specific standards and provides the EMS Agency with complete access to data and information on MDA's operational, clinical, and administrative performance. Click here to view MDA's September-October 2018 compliance report. Previous Compliance Reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

January 3, 2019 - ECA Compliance Report for September and October 2018

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of Escalon Community Ambulance for September-October 2018 performance under their exclusive emergency ambulance service agreement. The ECA agreement establishes accountability for meeting specific standards and provides the EMS Agency with complete access to data and information on ECA's operational, clinical, and administrative performance. Click here to view ECA's September-October 2018 compliance reports. Previous Compliance Reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

January 3, 2019 - RCFD Compliance Report for September and October 2018

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of Ripon Consolidated Fire District for September-October 2018 performance under their exclusive emergency ambulance service agreement. The RCFD agreement establishes accountability for meeting specific standards and provides the EMS Agency with complete access to data and information on RCFD's operational, clinical, and administrative performance. Click here to view RCFD's compliance reports for September-October 2018. Previous Compliance Reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

January 2, 2019 - Advanced CEs with Dr. Shafer

San Joaquin County EMS Agency is hosting an Advanced CEs with Dr. Shafer course January 23, 2019. The course will begin at 3 pm. This course is open to all BLS and ALS providers within the county. 2 (two) hours of EMS CE's will be awarded to participants, California EMS CE Provider #39-0001. Click here for flyer and additional details. Register online at https://www.sjgov.org/ems/events.

January 2, 2019 - SJCEMSA Office Closure

The SJCEMSA Office will be closed on Monday, January 21, 2019.

December 21, 2018 - SJCEMSA Office Closure

The SJCEMSA Office will be closed on Tuesday, December 25, 2018 and Tuesday, January 1, 2019.

December 18, 2018 - The January 10, 2019 EMS Liaison Committee Meeting Cancelled

The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 11, 2019. The schedule and previous agendas may be viewed online at https://www.sjgov.org/ems/committees.htm

December 18, 2018 - New SJCEMSA Personnel Applications - Effective 1/1/2019

As of January 1, 2019, San Joaquin County EMS Agency (SJCEMSA) will begin collecting demographic data on all EMS personnel applications to allow us to be compliant with Health and Safety Code Section 1797.229 (per Assembly Bill 2293).

Please take time to discard any applications that you may have already printed and use the new applications available on the website https://www.sjgov.org/ems/certification.htm.

December 14, 2018 – EMS Draft Policies Available for Public Comment

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency is soliciting comments for draft revisions to EMS Policy No. 6715, Trauma Audit Committee, EMS Policy No. 5210 Major Trauma Triage Criteria, EMS Policy No.5542, BLS Poisoning and Overdose, EMS Policy No. 2310, Emergency Medical Technician Certification, and San Joaquin County EMS Agency Paramedic Competency Verification Form 2540B. Comments are also being solicited for new draft policy EMS Policy No. 4150, Naloxone Administration for Law Enforcement, and new draft form San Joaquin County Law Enforcement NARCAN (Naloxone).

These draft policies and forms may be viewed or downloaded from the SJCEMSA website Draft Policies page.  The 45-day public comment period ends January 28, 2019.  Completed comment forms should be submitted by email to Christine Tualla at ctualla@sjgov.org or by U.S. Mail to the San Joaquin County EMS Agency, PO Box 220, French Camp, CA 95231. Questions may be directed to Christine Tualla at ctualla@sjgov.org.

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