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July 17, 2018 –Updated and New Policies

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has posted the following to the EMS Policies page: Revised policies include EMS Policy No. 4101, EMS Vehicle Medication and Equipment; EMS Policy No. 4101A, Medication Shortage Mitigation and Response Strategies; EMS Policy No. 4101B, Request for Waiver of Requirements and EMS Policy No. 5201, Medical Patient Destination.  New policies include EMS Policy No. 2557, Adult i-Gel Airway Performance Criteria; and EMS Policy No. 2558, Ped i-Gel Airway Performance Criteria; and EMS Policy No. 6302, Prehospital Emergency Medical Care Provider Care Report Requirements.

The following EMS policy memorandums and policies have been superseded and removed from the website: Memo No. 2012-04, National Shortage of Sodium, Memo No. 2015-02, National Shortage of Magnesium Sulfate, Memo No. 2010-03, Patient Care Records PCR, and EMS Policy No. 2553, Endotracheal Intubation – Pediatric Performance Criteria.

If you have any questions, please contact Matt Esposito at (209) 468-6818 or by email at mesposito@sjgov.org

July 11, 2018 -State STEMI and Stroke Regulations 15-Day Public Comment

The Emergency Medical Services Authority is seeking public comment on proposed regulations for STEMI and Stroke Critical Care System.  The proposed regulations are available for review on EMSA’s website at https://emsa.ca.gov/public_comment/ . The public comment period closes July 25, 2018.

July 6, 2018 - EMS Liaison Agenda for meeting on July 12, 2018

The EMS Liaison Committee is scheduled for Thursday, July 12, 2018, at 0900 hours.  The meeting will be held in the Health Plan of San Joaquin, Community Room, 7751 South Manthey Road. French Camp, CA 95231.  Attendees are encouraged to park in the adjacent SJGH parking Lot #1. See link for map.

A full agenda packet will not be provided at the meeting. The full agenda packet may be viewed and downloaded from the EMS Agency's https://www.sjgov.org/ems/committees.htm web page.

July 2, 2018 - San Joaquin General Hospital Level III Verification

San Joaquin General Hospital (SJGH) has been verified as a Level III Trauma Center for a period of 3 years by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma (COT). This achievement recognizes the trauma center's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.

Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the COT's Verification Program for Hospitals promotes the development of trauma centers in which participants provide not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care, but also the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients. This spectrum encompasses the prehospital phase through the rehabilitation process.

Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the American College of Surgeons' Committee on Trauma in its current Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual.

The ACS-COT's verification program does not designate trauma centers. Rather, the program provides confirmation that a trauma center has demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest quality trauma care for all injured patients. The actual establishment and the designation of trauma centers is the responsibility of the San Joaquin County EMS Agency (SJCEMSA).  SJGH was originally designated as a level III trauma center by SJCEMSA in August 2013, in accordance with state statute and regulations.

July 2, 2018 - Preceptor Applications Due by July 31, 2018

The 2018 Paramedic Preceptor applications are due by July 31, 2018.  Applications are available on the Paramedic Preceptor Authorization & Re-authorization page.  The application to the EMS Agency must be submitted with a letter of recommendation from your ALS employer verifying that you are in good standing with that employer and the employer intends to use you as a paramedic preceptor. Click here for flyer details.

June 27, 2018 - EMS Medical Director Transition

Dan Burch, EMS Administrator is pleased to announce that effective July 1, 2018, Katherine A. Shafer, M.D., will assume the position of EMS Medical Director for the San Joaquin County EMS Agency. Dr. Shafer has served as an assistant EMS medical director for the past three years working closely with and alongside the esteemed Richard N. Buys, M.D. Dr. Buys has agreed to stay on board as an assistant medical director focusing on implementation of critical care systems including stroke and STEMI.

Dr. Shafer is a California native who began her career as an emergency medical technician after attending college in San Diego.  Dr. Shafer graduated from Tufts University Medical School in Boston and completed her residency in emergency medicine at Yale University. Dr. Shafer is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and has a special interest in cardiac resuscitation and pediatric emergency medicine. Dr. Shafer currently practices as an attending emergency medicine physician at St, Joseph's Medical Center, Stockton CA and serves as a core clinical faculty member for the emergency medicine residency program.

Dr. Buys has honorably served the citizens and visitors of San Joaquin County by leading EMS system development and innovation for the majority of the past 30 years. Rich’s accomplishments are many including the creation of trauma, stroke, and cardiac systems of care; instituting a performance based prehospital care and ambulance transportation system; and serving as the president of the Emergency Medical Directors Association of California.

June 27, 2018 - Memorandum of Trauma Center Catchment Areas

Earlier this spring the San Joaquin County EMS Agency (SJCEMSA) conducted a public comment process on proposed revisions to EMS Policy No. 5215, Trauma Patient Destination. SJCEMSA was seeking comments on proposed revisions directing pediatric major trauma patients in the northern catchment area to be transported to San Joaquin General Hospital (SJGH) and pediatric major trauma patients in the southern catchment area transported to either Doctors Medical Center Modesto or Memorial Medical Center Modesto. Following the conclusion of the public comment period SJCEMSA made the decision to eliminate the northern and southern catchment areas making SJGH the primary trauma center for all adult and pediatric major trauma patients. This memorandum is being distributed to address concerns expressed by several prehospital service providers.

March 29 - 2018 Paramedic Preceptor's Conference Schedule

The 2018 Paramedic Preceptor's Conference is scheduled for Friday, September 21, 2018, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am, in the San Joaquin County EMS Agency Classroom.  Attending one conference per year is required to maintain your Paramedic Preceptor Authorization.  The format is round table discussion and will include the following topics: best practices, evaluation remediation, communication, roles responsibilities, and reportable offenses.  Up to two (2) hours of instructor-based, EMS CE will be offered. CA EMS CE provided by San Joaquin County EMS Agency CEP#39-0001.  The conferences are open to current Paramedic Preceptors and offered at no cost.  View the save the date flyer.  You can register online from our Training and Events webpage.

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