Monthly EMS News and Articles

FCC Proposes National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

On December 12, 2019, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) started the process of designating 988 as a new, nationwide, 3-digit number for a suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline.   The FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposes that calls made to 988 would be directed to the existing National...

Expanding Health Care Options for Early Retirees Act

On September 26, 2019, Representative Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) introduced the Expanding Health Care Options for Early Retirees Act, a bill to allow retired first responders to buy into Medicare beginning at age 50. He was joined by lead original cosponsor Representative Harley Rouda (D-CA). Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced the...

Florida Arms its Paramedics

A new Florida law that went into effect on July 1st, gives paramedics and physicians responding to active gunman incidents, hostage situations, narcotics raids, and other situations deemed as high-risk the ability to carry firearms. The Palm Beach Post reports that the new law applies only to medics serving in special-response...

Do you know what to do during an earthquake?

The current series of earthquakes that have occurred in California make the answer to such a question extremely important. Here is a website put out by Ready.gov that will inform you about what to do before, during, and after an earthquake occurs. Ready is a National public service campaign designed...

What Is the NCCP and What Does It Mean for Me?

The NCCP is the National Continued Competency Program. The NCCP was constructed using similar methodology to that of the American Board of Medical Specialties.  It streamlines the recertification process for EMTs, AEMTs, and Paramedics when renewing the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification, and consists of 3 sections...

Drones Will Deliver Defibrillators for Heart Attack Victims

Emerging technologies are continuing to be applied and adapted to help in medical emergencies. The use of drones is one such instance. Here is an article written by KOLO News 8 in Reno, Nevada on drones delivering defibrillators to heart attack victims. Source: https://www.kolotv.com/content/news/Drones-will-start-delivering-defibrillators-for-heart-attack-victims-506889251.html

California EMT Scope of Practice

As of July 1, 2019,  All EMTs must show proof to their EMS certifying authority when renewing your certification.  As of July 1, 2017, changes to Title 22 Div. 9 Chapter 2 Emergency Medical Technician has resulted in changes to the EMT Scope of Practice for all California Emergency Medical...

California EMT Scope of practice

Last month we discussed how California has updated the New Scope of Practice for EMTs and how EMTs were required to show additional training. Due to increased demand, Safety Unlimited has added a number of training sessions to assist EMTs in meeting these new requirements. To learn more, visit the New...