Two studies recently published suggest that survival rates for patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest were better for bystander CPR with an AED than for first responder EMS. One of the studies found that survival-to-discharge rates were best for patients who received bystander CPR and bystander defibrillation. This was followed by bystander CPR with first responder defibrillation. First responder CPR and defibrillation had the lowest survival rate in this study. A link to a summary article is shown below:
Alameda County is re-designing it's EMS system. The ALS provider for much of the county, Paramedics Plus, has encountered serious challenges that have made the current system financially unsustainable. The County has hired Citygate Associates to help guide the system re-design and the development of an RFP based on the new model. A new provider will be selected following a competitive process and is expected to begin service delivery in November 2016.
Jackie Lowther, MSN, MBA, has been named EMS Director for Santa Clara County EMS Agency. She joined Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in November 2010, and is currently the Director of Critical Care, Emergency Department and Perioperative Nursing. Her career spans 30 years and began in Texas, working as an Emergency Room technician, staff nurse, paramedic, paramedic trainer, and Intensive Care Unit nurse.
Prior to working at SCVMC, Ms. Lowther also served as an Emergency Department Director and Chief Nursing Officer. She has extensive leadership experience in operations management, emergency services, quality and performance improvement, staff development, and physician relations. She has worked for major academic medical centers and community hospitals, in both non-profit and for-profit healthcare systems. Ms. Lowther is also the current president of the Association of California Nurse Leaders, South Bay Chapter.
The California EMS Authority is pleased to announce that June Iljana has been selected to coordinate Health Information Exchange stakeholder engagement and outreach activities. June brings her extensive experience to this position with a strong knowledge of EMS stakeholders and an ability to communicate a shared vision about health information exchange for EMS.
June most recently served as the Executive Director of the California Ambulance Association, and previous to that as Deputy Director at EMSA. She has also worked at the California Health and Human Services Agency as Assistant Associate Secretary for External Affairs.