The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) recently released a report, National Survey on EMS Preparedness for Disaster and Mass Casualty Incident Response, based on the results of a 2016 national survey of EMS practitioners and managers. The findings offer insight into the level of proficiency and training of EMS practitioners who provide the medical response expected by communities during disasters and mass casualty incidents.
This week the American Heart Association began notifying local EMS Systems and EMS Providers they have been selected to receive this year's MISSION: LIFELINE EMS award in recognition of sustained excellence in cardiac care. This is the 10th year for this program which promotes systems of care for heart attack patients. In California, the following local EMS Systems are being recognized for prompt recognition, intervention and treatment of patients with ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI):
- CONTRA COSTA - SILVER
- LOS ANGELES - GOLD
- MARIN - GOLD PLUS
- NAPA - SILVER PLUS
- SAN LUIS OBISPO - SILVER PLUS
- SAN MATEO - SILVER
- SANTA BARBARA - GOLD
- SIERRA-SACRAMENTO VALLEY - SILVER PLUS
- VENTURA - GOLD
- YOLO - GOLD
The Government Accounting Office (GAO) has published a report on Pediatric Trauma Centers that summarizes pediatric trauma care in the U.S. Click on the link below for a copy of this report:
AmeriCare Ambulance's combined complaint against twelve cities in Orange County (CA) for alleged anti-trust behavior has been dismissed by the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The 12 cities had either provided or contracted for emergency ambulance services prior to June 30, 1980. In its dismissal action on March 28th, the Court ruled these cities are entitled to anti-trust protection under California's Health & Safety Code, Division 2.5, Section 1797.201. An appeal by AmeriCare to the 9th Circuit District Court of Appeals is expected. The Court's ruling is found below:
As a result of the recent dismissal of a complaint by AmeriCare Ambulance by the U.S. District Court regarding anti-trust issues in Orange County (CA), the California Fire Chiefs' Association has now withdrawn a complaint it filed in federal court on January 18, 2017. The new complaint alleged violations of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act by California EMS Authority officials. EMS Authority Director, Dr. Howard Backer, and Chief Deputy Director, Dan Smiley, were named as defendants.
In November 2015, the Fire Chiefs had filed a previous lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California to resolve a long-standing dispute over interpretation of lawmakers' intent regarding anti-trust protection for cities and fire districts that were providing emergency medical services prior to enactment of California's EMS Act in 1980. In that case, the defendants' motion to dismiss was granted by the District Court on December 26, 2016.
CFCA's complaints and the Court's ruling can be found below: