Saving Lives with a Phone App- Yes, Really

PulsePoint.pngImagine you’re shopping at the Village in Meridian or the Boise Town Square and a woman in the store next to you suddenly goes into cardiac arrest. You have no way of knowing this happened until you see two Ada County Paramedics feverishly pushing a gurney into the store.

Since you know how to do CPR, you would have helped this woman if you only knew she needed help—especially since you were only a few feet away.

 

Enter PulsePoint—a smartphone application that will notify you of just that.

PulsePoint is a 911-integrated app that alerts those with CPR training if a cardiac arrest is occurring near them in a public location. PulsePoint interfaces with the computer automated, 911 dispatch system (TriTech) and also shows users where the nearest AED device is located. This new app integration gives our community a new and very meaningful way to assist in emergency situations.

The Ada County-City Emergency Services System (ACCESS), which is composed of 7 public safety agencies in and around Ada County, purchased PulsePoint in early 2017 with funds from the Boise Fire Department. Through collaborative work, the ACCESS group on-boarded the 911-integrated app and is adding this new tool, bystander civilians, to its life-saving tool kit.

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The app, which is live in our community as of March 31, 2017, is free and works in both IOS and Android systems. Once downloaded, it’s simple to set up. PulsePoint allows the app users to see active 911 calls as they’re happening in the ACCESS 911 system, while keeping information generalized enough so private patient information is protected. PulsePoint only notifies CPR-trained civilians when 911 calls occur in public areas and will not send them to residential cardiac arrest calls.

We’ve all likely wondered, at one time or another, if there was a way we could be notified if a neighbor or friend needed help. With PulsePoint, we now have the ability to receive notifications if a cardiac arrest occurs anywhere near us. This app will save lives by helping initiate CPR until first responders arrive on scene.

ACCESS is now rolling PulsePoint out to the public to inspire CPR-trained civilians (as well a providers) to download the app. PulsePoint has been successfully implemented across the country and is improving overall survival of cardiac arrest victims. Learn how to download PulsePoint and start helping us save lives today!

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Ada County Paramedics Receives American Heart Association Award

Ada County Paramedics wins American Heart Association Award

Boise, August 4, 2014Ada County Paramedics was recently honored with the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Silver Award. The prestigious award recognizes a high level of success in implementing improvement measures for patients who suffer from severe heart attacks—otherwise known as a STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction).

A STEMI heart attack is caused by complete blockage of blood flow to the heart and requires expedited treatment to prevent death. Providers can either surgically open the blocked vessel or give clot-busting medication. Unfortunately, a significant number of patients in the US don’t receive prompt enough “reperfusion therapy,” which is critical in restoring blood flow.

Ada County Paramedics received the Mission: Lifeline Silver award for having demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required achievement measure for the entire year, following protocols derived from the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology, using the correct tools and training to rapidly identify STEMI and notifying the hospitals early to trigger response from awaiting hospital personnel. Ada County Paramedics treated 78 STEMI patients over the course of a year—70 more than required for the award.

“Ada County Paramedics is dedicated to excellence in our pre-hospital patient care. The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program helps us accomplish this by implementing processes with the goal of improving the quality of care for all STEMI patients,” Ada County Paramedics Director Darby Weston said. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in emergency medical care for STEMI patients.”

“We commend Ada County Paramedics for this achievement award, which reflects a significant commitment to improve the quality of care for heart attack patients,” said A. Gray Ellrodt, MD, Chair of the Mission: Lifeline committee and Chief of Medicine at the Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass. “All too many heart attack patients in the United States still fail to receive appropriate treatment for their life-threatening condition within the recommended timeframes. We must all continue this important work to streamline and coordinate regional systems of care to save lives and prevent complications.”

About Ada County Paramedics

For more information, visit www.AdaCountyParamedics.org or call (208) 287-2962. You can also like Ada County Paramedics on Facebook, www.Facebook.com/AdaCountyParamedic or follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AdaParamedics.

About Mission: Lifeline

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® program helps hospitals and emergency medical services develop systems of care that follow proven standards and procedures for STEMI patients. The program works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology clinical treatment guidelines. For more information, visit heart.org/missionlifeline and heart.org/quality.

 

Ada County Paramedics Honor First Responders During Emergency Medical Services Week

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week is a time-honored celebration held annually to recognize the men and women who serve in the EMS field. In 1974 the American College of Emergency Physicians was instrumental in establishing EMS week with the help of President Gerald Ford. November 3-10 was declared the first National EMS Week in history. The annual celebration continued for four years until several adjustments were made and the nationally-recognized week was moved to May. This year marks the 40th anniversary of EMS Week and Ada County Paramedics have a weeklong celebration planned to honor their employees. This year’s national theme, “EMS Dedicated for Life” is recognized from Monday May 18, 2014 through Saturday May 24th.

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Ada County Paramedics are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The men and women who call Ada County Paramedics their career, share compassion, interest in education and enjoy taking action in our community. Ada County Paramedics respond to 911 calls during a patient’s most vulnerable time and treat each individual with dignity and respect. We participate in many community events and continually give back to the residents of Ada County with programs like our VitalRide Ambulance Membership and our Community Paramedic Program. EMS week is a great time to recognize and honor the individuals who have made sacrifices to serve their community and believe whole-heartedly, as our slogan says, “We’re in it for Life!”

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This year, Ada County Paramedics will honor all first responders by celebrating with them during this special week.

  •  Monday May 19th- Saturday May 24th– In partnership for EMS Week, Wahooz Family Fun Zone is promoting “EMS Adventure Week” all week long. With proof of employment, all local first responders can enjoy discounted laser tag, mini golf, bumper boats, Kiddie Cove and receive a $5 pre-loaded game card.

 

 

  • Tuesday, May 20th – Saint Alphonsus will host an EMS Appreciation BBQ at their Nampa location beginning at 11:00 am.

 

  • Wednesday, May 21st – Ada County Paramedics will celebrate National EMS Day for Children at Wahooz with discounted tickets from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. The public is invited to a meet and greet with Ada County Paramedics, participate in free ambulance tours and meet Maxewell Moose!

 

  • Thursday, May 22nd- St. Luke’s Hospital downtown will host the annual EMS Celebration Breakfast beginning at 8:00 am, recognizing local EMS “heroes,” and everyday civilian “heroes.” At 4:00 pm Ada County Paramedics will host a first responder BBQ at Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park.Image

Ada County Paramedics Participate in “Emergency Medical Services Week”

For Immediate Release

 

Ada County Paramedics to Honor First Responders During “Emergency Medical Services Week”

 

As a thank you and a means to recognize the work of first responders everywhere, Ada County Paramedics will celebrate Emergency Medical Services Week, or “EMS Week” the week of May 18.

The first EMS Week was authorized by Congress in 1973 and today, is still recognized each year in May. Ada County Paramedics takes this week to publicly thank first responder teams and to celebrate the important, life-saving work they do.

“We’re excited to celebrate this year’s EMS Week and recognize the upstanding men and women at Ada County Paramedics, and everywhere, who have made it their lives’ work to help others,” Ada County Paramedics Director Darby Weston said.

Ada County residents rely on paramedics and EMTs to aid them in scary and often life-threatening situations on a daily basis. The community takes comfort knowing that the skilled paramedics and EMTs at Ada County Paramedics are prepared to treat injuries, stabilize heart conditions and tend to illnesses and other unexpected emergencies.

Ada County Paramedics will be kicking off EMS Week on Monday May 19th and festivities will continue throughout the week.

  • Monday May 19th Friday May 23rd– In partnership for EMS Week, Wahooz Family Fun Zone is promoting “EMS Adventure Week” all week long. With proof of employment, all local first responders can enjoy discounted laser tag, mini golf, bumper boats, Kiddie Cove and receive a $5 pre-loaded game card.
  • Monday, May 19th – Ada County Paramedics employees will host a celebration at Big Al’s for employees and their families from 2:00 – 6:00 pm.
  • Tuesday, May 20th– Saint Alphonsus will host an EMS Appreciation BBQ at their Nampa location beginning at 11:00 am.
  • Wednesday, May 21st– Ada County Paramedics will celebrate National EMS Day for Children at Wahooz with discounted tickets from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. The public is invited to a meet and greet with Ada County Paramedics, participate in free ambulance tours and meet Maxewell Moose!
  • Thursday, May 22nd St. Luke’s Hospital downtown will host the annual EMS Celebration Breakfast beginning at 8:00 am, recognizing local EMS “heroes,” and everyday civilian “heroes.” At 4:00 pm Ada County Paramedics will host a first responder BBQ at Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park

For more information, visit www.AdaCountyParamedics.org or call (208) 287-2962. You can also like Ada County Paramedics on Facebook, www.Facebook.com/AdaCountyParamedic or follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AdaParamedics.

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Ada County Paramedics New Hire!

Ada County Paramedics recently added a new employee to our great staff!

Ada County Paramedics Supply Technician, Johnny Payne

Ada County Paramedics Supply Technician, Johnny Payne

Johnny Payne, who retired from the Air Force, has recently taken over the position of Supply Technician in our Logistics Department.

Johnny previously worked in logistics in the military for over 30 years and also holds an associate degree in logistics. Before coming to Ada County Paramedics, Johnny had only a bit of experience in emergency medical services, but he’s a quick study!

Johnny says, in his spare time, he loves to camp, fish and hunt. His dream vacation would be to spend a week soaking up the sunshine in Hawaii.

Help us welcome Johnny to our team!

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