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CPR Training for You and Your Family
This program allows the participant to take a kit that includes a DVD course, inflatable mannequin and other items to their home or other convenient place and learn the lifesaving skill of CPR at their own pace. The kits are free, there is no obligation and you will keep the kit when done. For more information contact Oldham County EMS at (502) 222-7250 or www.oldhamcountyems.com
- American Heart Association CPR Anytime Program
- Training for you and your family or friends
- Provided on DVD with CPR mannequin
- No Obligation
- Latex Free
Additional questions or to get more kits, contact Oldham County EMS at (502) 222-7250 or www.oldhamcountyems.com
The Last Text
The above video is a 10-minute documentary titled "The Last Text," that features stories of real individuals whose lives have been adversely affected by texting behind the wheel.
AT&T created this documentary as part of its "It Can Wait" campaign because they want consumers to be safe while using their technology. It is a very powerful video that we wish everyone who uses a cell phone will watch. Please pass this video along to your friends. It may save a life.
Oldham County EMS receives homeland security and local HERA grants
Oldham County EMS has recently been awarded grants from both the Department for Homeland Security and Healthcare Emergency Response Association. The $17,900 Homeland
Security grant will be used to purchase and implement mobile data terminals. These computers will let personnel receive up-to-the-minute patient and run-related information directly from the new Oldham County Dispatch computer-aided dispatch system.
The department will use the $13,900 Healthcare Emergency Response Association grant to purchase five high-tech stair chairs. This equipment allows medical staff to easily extricate patients from upstairs with a minimum of effort. While they make it easy for the staff to move patients, the chairs have shown to greatly reduce worker comp claims.
The department has also recently received a $12,000 grant from the state that will be used to purchase a new stretcher and a $3,000 grant from McNeil & Company that will be used for training.
Saving Heart muscle and saving lives
The panic begins once you feel the first pressure on your chest. Out of fear, your heart begins to race and you feel like you can't catch your breath. All of a sudden, you begin to sweat profusely. You now realize you are having a heart attack and are quickly forced to begin taking inventory of your life and future.
In the past, EMS might have picked you up and taken you to the closest hospital with the hopes of stabilizing your condition before your heart was too badly damaged to survive. Now, because of specialized gadgetry donated to OCEMS by Norton Healthcare, EMS can begin important diagnostics and treatment while en route to a chest pain center where you will get definitive care—stopping the heart attack in its tracks.
When you encounter a blockage in your heart, what most people consider a classic heart attack, the heart muscle being damaged is indicated by changes in your cardiac rhythm, known as ST-elevation. The gold standard care for this condition is cardiac catheterization where physicians either place a stent or perform a procedure called angioplasty to open the blockage and allow oxygenated blood to flow back to the starved muscle tissue.
In the past, this situation was recognized in the ambulance where the medics would alert the ER staff upon the ambulance's arrival. The ER staff would then notify the cardiac catheterization team who would set up for the procedure. The patient would then undergo the procedure within a few hours. The problem was, those few short hours meant that a lot of heart tissue was damaged and dying—heart tissue that would never grow back.
Enter STEMI transmission
Through the generosity of Norton Healthcare, Oldham County EMS can now send digital copies of EKG tracings with indications of ST-elevation directly to the ER and cardiac cathertization lab. The medics then confer with the ER or cardiac catheterization physician to determine the best plan of treatment. In cases where catheterization is indicated, this simple step can save hours.
The gold standard treatment for patients with blockages is considered 90 minute 'door to balloon'—the time from which the patient arrives at the ER to the time they're undergoing treatment. Recent times for Oldham County EMS crews have been less than 20 minutes.
While numbers may not mean a lot, consider—with early recognition, a heart attack caused by certain blockages can be reversed, ultimately causing minimal to no long-term loss of heart function. If you do feel pressure on your chest, call 9-1-1 immediately, and know your local EMS has the knowledge, training, and equipment to help you have a good outcome.
OCEMS becomes first Kentucky Ambulance Service to become a Drug Free Workplace
A new Kentucky League of Cities program is giving municipalities the lead in proactive substance abuse education and intervention for employees. Oldham County Emergency Medical Services became the first ambulance service in the state of Kentucky to receive this certification.
The facts speak for themselves.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Mental Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, more than 70 percent of all substance abusers are employed.
With the support of the Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) in 2007, the Kentucky General Assembly enacted HB-267, better known as the Kentucky Drug Free Workplace Program. As a result of rampant drug use and abuse throughout Kentucky, this legislation was designed to encourage employers to implement a program to identify drug and alcohol use in the workplace, educate workers on the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse and to assist in treatment if drug use is detected.
OCEMS is now certified through the Kentucky Department of Workers' Claims as 'drug free.' Although the program is voluntary for employers, the benefits certification improve the quality of work life for employees, reduces workplace accidents, tardiness and absenteeism, and improves the quality of life and the general safety of all citizens throughout the community.
To find out more about the Drug Free Workplace program, visit the Kentucky Labor Cabinet's web site.