In The Spotlight
Community Ambulance Company Designated as a NYS Registered Opioid Overdose Prevention Program Agency
Congratulations to the Community Ambulance Company of Sayville for their recent designation as a NY State Registered Opioid Overdose Prevention Program. The ambulance company's unique approach to providing training and dispensing naloxone (Narcan) to at-risk individuals and their families is an excellent example of a program that personifies the "community-taking-care-of-community" spirit that our EMS System thrives on.
There is no doubt that the use of opioids, including heroin, and opioid overdose-related deaths in Suffolk County is of epidemic proportions that touches every community, and one which requires multiple strategies to combat. Significant public policy changes regarding the Good Samaritan Act, the don’t be afraid to call 911 law, treatment options, insurance payments, prescribing rules, and hospital discharge case management strategies, are among those laws recently passed in NY State.
Implementing this harm reduction strategy is great model of a project that melds nicely into the statewide and national movements towards community paramedicine/mobile integrated healthcare, capitalizing on EMS providers as community educators and employing prevention strategies to reduce the mortality and morbidity associated with opioid use by saving "one life at a time” in the hopes that individuals seeking substance abuse treatment get the chance to do so.
Please see Community Ambulance Company's Press Release http://www.thesayvillenews.com/2016/06/12/first-of-its-kind-opioid-program-in-new-york-state/
Please don’t hesitate to contact the EMS Division Office or Community Ambulance Company if you would like more information on how to establish a program.
Centereach Fire Department Takes Second Place in Sim Wars
As part of EMS Week for 2016, the Centereach Fire Department participated in Sim Wars, an event sponsored by Northwell Health. Sim Wars is a double-elimination competition that challenges clinical healthcare teams to compete against each other in simulated patient scenarios. The teams are rated in areas such as teamwork, communication, and clinical decision making skills. The winner is decided on by an audience response system.
The participants from the Centereach Fire Department competed in two semi final rounds and advanced to the final round where they took second place. This team has never used a simulation mannequin before and navigated the challenge with ease. “When faced with new challenges our volunteers know how to adapt and overcome” says Chief Corley. “We are very proud of our members”.
During Sim Wars, the team competed against various other teams from not only Suffolk and Nassau counties but from New York City as well. Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners Frank Rudilosso also expressed his enthusiasm for the win. “On behalf of myself and the rest of the Board of Fire Commissioners we extend our sincere congratulations to the team on a job well done”. The Centereach Fire Department plans to take the Sim Wars challenge next year as well and hopes for a first place finish.
Photo Left to Right: Cathy Padro, Raymond Catapano Jr., SariAnn Holst, Theresa Reynolds
On Tuesday, May 17, 2016, several staff members of the EMS Division attended the Annual NYS EMS Memorial Service In Albany. EMS Staff members L-R: Dr. Gregson Pigott, Dina Wayrich, Ellen Komosinski, William Masterton, Robert Delagi and Tom Lateulere.