The emergency medical services (EMS) response to Ebola begins at the Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs), triaging patients and providing notification to responding crews on patients who are potentially affected by the virus. The use of the Academy’s Emerging Infectious Disease Surveillance (EIDS) Tool is described later in this article.
Outbreak According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “the 2014 Ebola outbreak is the largest in history and the first Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This outbreak is actually the first Ebola epidemic the world has ever known”—meaning it has spread rapidly to a large population. As of Oct. 20, 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported 9,178 probable, confirmed, and suspected cases in seven countries—Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Spain, and the United States—including 4,546 deaths. Senegal has reported at least one case, but no deaths to date.
A presentation at the Research Forum power session held at NAVIGATOR 2014 demonstrated a forward-thinking principle behind protocol development.
The topic—one of five briefly discussed in the two-hour session moderated by IAED™ Director of Biomedical Informatics & Research Chris Olola, Ph.D.—was one near but-not-so-dear to an increasingly larger segment of the world’s population. The magnitude of the problem has been described by the World Health Organization (WHO) as one of the most significant health problems and, consequently, directly affects the delivery of emergency medical services.
I’m talking about the bariatric (morbidly obese) patient. Greg Scott, Brett Patterson, and Dr. Jeff Clawson gave the presentation, “Challenges with Bariatric Patients in Dispatch,” during the Research Forum power session.
Recertification has abandoned the green to go green.
In other words, the six-page recertification tri-fold printed on green paper is going the way of the Rolodex. From updating personal information to instant notice of recertification, everything can now be accomplished online to renew your EMD, EFD, and EPD certifications and the affiliated Q certifications.
The new Recertification Registry and electronic filing process gives members the ability to access everything online:
50-question multiple choice recertification exam
Application (your personal and demographic information)
Your preferred payment method
Academy record of your personal Continuing Dispatch Education
As with paper applications, electronic recertification applications can be accepted as early as six months before expiration and as late as 90 days after the expiration date. The Academy grants a 90-day grace period, so if certification is less than 90 days expired, the member is still OK. Members can also access and submit the lapsed waiver forms necessary when expiration is delayed for a good reason and is more than 90 days late.
The only part of the process that stays with the postal system is your receipt of the actual renewal card and confirmation letter, which will be mailed to you or the agency, depending on the preferred address, as soon as the listed CDE units are verified.
Get ready, get set, go
Starting the process is as easy as turning on your computer, going to the Internet, and accessing the IAED™ website.
If you believe the folk tales, it was Mrs. O’Leary’s cow that kicked over the lamp on the night of Oct. 8, 1871, that started one of the most well-known fires in American history, the Great Chicago Fire.1
Late one night, when we were all in bed,
Mrs. O’Leary lit a lantern in the shed.
Her cow kicked it over,
then winked her eye and said,
“There’ll be a hot time in the
old town tonight!”
—popular song lyric, author unknown
But historians and journalists over the years have steered away from the myth about Catherine O’Leary’s cow and instead leaned more toward other theories—some more plausible than others—that might explain what started the devastating conflagration. The fire leveled the entire business district and one-third of the booming Midwestern megalopolis that in 1871 had a population of about 300,000. The fire killed about 300, destroyed 3.3 miles of the city, and left more than 100,000 homeless, marking it as one of the worst disasters of 19th century America.