Bulletin Board for Tuesday, October 16th, 2018
IDPH Posts Updated EMS Rules and Regulations
The updated IDPH EMS Rules and Regulations can now be found on their website or by following this link: http://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/admincode/077/07700515sections.html
Please take time to review the information and send any questions to Richard Robinson!
Recognizing National Suicide
As part of the initiative to help everyone recognize the warning signs of mental health problems and create a culture where we are not afraid to step up and seek help or express a concern for a co-worker, a family member, an employee, or ourselves we are sharing the following resources that may be helpful. In addition, the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) is posted at the bottom of every page on our website.
Please take a moment to visit one or more of these sites for more information:
The Code Green Campaign
NEMSMA Mental Health and Stress Paper
There is also a program in Rockford, at the Rosecrance Harrison Campus location, called the Rosecrance Florian Program that is geared to provide assistance to anyone in uniform. The program is run by a former Chicago Battalion Chief/EMT with 30 years of counseling experience. You can call 815.391.1000 or 888.928.5278 for more information.
Region 1 SMO's Update Released
Over the course of rolling out the Region 1 SMO's several people noticed odds and ends of changes that should be made. Some were pretty simple, like typographical errors, and some, such as adjusting the pediatric dosing of Fentanyl, required input from the Region 1 EMS Coordinators.
On August 20th the Region 1 EMS Coordinators and Medical Directors met and approved all of the changes that had been proposed. Lynn Akker, IDPH Region 1 EMS Coordinator approved the document and it was released on September 4th.
Please be sure to delete any previous versions you have of the SMO's on your electronic devices and download the latest version. There is also a document that explains the adjustments that were made. Both can be found by clicking the button below.
Drug Shortages as of September 5th, 2018
Please remember that if a drug from our Formulary is listed as being on shortage it doesn't mean that we don't have any in stock. Always check with our ED Clinical Pharmacist to see what is available.
Atropine Injection - limited availability
Calcium Gluconate - re-verified 8/20
D-50 - available, but still on shortage
Diazepam - next delivery March 2019
Dopamine - on allocation, but still on shortage
Epi Auto-Injector - available, but still on shortage
Epi 1 mg/1 mL - available, but still on shortage
Fentanyl - available, but still on shortage
Ketamine - next estimated delivery 2019
Ketorolac - available, but still on shortage
Lorazepam (alternative med) - available, but still on shortage
Magnesium Sulfate - on allocation
Morphine - next release September 2018
Ondansetron Injection - available, but still on shortage
Sodium Bicarb - available, but still on shortage
Sodium Chloride 0.9% bags
Sterile Water for 5 mL vials
If you are interested in receiving the shortages listing from the FDA please follow this link and click on the RSS Feed to sign up.
Construction to Begin on SwedishAmerican's Main Campus
Construction on the new SwedishAmerican Women and Children's Center is scheduled to begin soon. Please see the map below for how traffic at the Charles Street entrance will be impacted.
Traffic flow will be impacted at the Charles Street entrance. The circular drive at the Heart Hospital entrance will closed, but access to the Heart Hospital entrance is available. Please contact Tom Pratt if you have any questions regarding how you may be affected.
There should be no changes for traffic flow for the Emergency Department entrance.
Check out the IFSI No Cost Training Opportunities for this Area!