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August 13, 2018 - MICN Policy and Skills Review (PSR) Course Friday, September 14, 2018

An MICN PSR Course has been scheduled for September 14, 2018. The MICN PSR course is required to maintain MICN authorization.  The course may be completed no more than six (6) months prior to a current MICN expiring.  Participants will gain knowledge of key EMS medical control policies, and be provided an opportunity to Q&A with the EMS Agency.  This class is offered at no cost to participants.  Up to two and a half (2.5) hours of instructor-based EMS CE will be offered.  CA EMS CE provided by San Joaquin County EMS Agency CEP# 39-0001.

August 13, 2018 - MDA Compliance Report for May and June 2018

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of Manteca District Ambulance for May and June's 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 May and June 2018 compliance report.  Previous Compliance Reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

August 10, 2018 - 2018 Paramedic Preceptor's Conference Schedule

The 2018 Paramedic Preceptor's Conference is scheduled for Thursday, September 20, 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.

August 10, 2018 - AMR Compliance Report for May and June 2018

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of American Medical Response for May-June 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 May and June 2018 compliance reports. Previous Compliance Reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

August 8, 2018 EMS CEs with Dr. Shafer

San Joaquin County EMS Agency is hosting CEs with Dr. Shafer course on August 21, 2018.  The course will begin at 12 pm and participants are welcome to bring a lunch with them.  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 details. Register online at https://www.sjgov.org/ems/events.

August 7, 2018 - ECA Compliance Report for May and June 2018

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of Escalon Community Ambulance for May-June 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 May-June 2018 compliance reports. Previous Compliance Reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

August 7, 2018 - RCFD Compliance Reports for March and April 2018

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of Ripon Consolidated Fire District for May-June 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  to view RCFD's compliance reports for May-June 2018. Previous Compliance Reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

July 23, 2018 – Removal of Pediatric Intubation from Scope of Practice

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency (SJCEMSA) is issuing EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2018-03, Removal of Pediatric Endotracheal Intubation from Scope of Practice . SJCEMSA is working to revise and update all policies referencing pediatric endotracheal intubation. SJCEMSA has approved the i-Gel® as the rescue airway device for pediatrics and adults. This policy memorandum is effective immediately. All policies and memorandums may be viewed on the EMS Policy page. Questions regarding this policy memorandum should be directed to Matthew R. Esposito, Prehospital Care Coordinator, at mesposito@sjgov.org.

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

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.

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