A Successful APLS Rollout in Mexico

Dr. Eduardo Sanchez Velasco, a renowned Mexican pediatrician recognized by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), recently organized the first rollout of APLS: Medicina de emergencias pediátricas, quinta edicion to 21 training instructors and course directors in Mexico, in accordance with the Sociedad Mexicana de Pediatría (SMPs). The event was supported by the Mexican Council of Pediatric Certification, with two points in the specialty recertification (Mexican pediatricians should cover 20 points per year). The training sessions took place over three days with the President and Vice President of the SMP and Drs. Manuel Correa Flores and Jose Luis Pinacho in attendance.

As a result of the APLS rollout, there are now currently 42 APLS Course Directors in Mexico. Future APLS rollouts are being planned for Panama and Colombia.


Learn more about APLS: Medicina de emergencias pediátricas, quinta edicion.

Learn more about APLS: The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Resource, Fifth Edition.

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National Preparedness Month: Start Your Emergency Planning Today

September is National Preparedness Month, and with it comes the reminder to plan ahead for the chance of hazards and disasters in our everyday lives. Although these occurrences are unlikely for many of us, it is important to prepare for emergencies that can affect our families, homes, and communities.

Many first responders, including EMTs/paramedics, fire fighters, and law enforcement officers, are trained in emergency preparedness; however, many citizens are unaware of simple steps that can be taken in advance to save lives in the case of an emergency. National Preparedness Month is the perfect time to brush up on these life-saving guidelines:

Plan Ahead

The key to emergency preparedness is planning ahead. Having a plan in place for your family, place of business, and community will save time and potentially your life in the event of an emergency. Research what kinds of disasters and hazards may strike in your community so you know how to prepare for them. Your local health department, fire department, and Medical Reserve Corps are great places to start your research. Many communities already have emergency plans in place and will undoubtedly have great resources to help your family and workplace get started on their individual emergency plans.

Prepare an Emergency Kit

An emergency kit should be prepared well in advance of a disaster. It should contain basic supplies, including food, water, and first aid materials that can sustain you and your family for up to 72 hours. Store your emergency kit in a cool, dry place; label all items with expiration dates; and replenish supplies as needed.

Connect with Your Community

Local community organizations are great places to start gathering information on emergency preparedness plans. Visit your town hall or health department website, Council on Aging (plans for the elderly), school (plans for students), and library for resources on how best to prepare for hazards in your area. Many of these organizations meet regularly to discuss community plans and train volunteers to respond to disasters in your area. Read your local newspaper or newsletter, review bulletin boards at local hangouts, and be sure to check your mailbox for up-to-date plans from the health department and fire department. Be proactive now so you can be confident when an emergency strikes.

  • Sign up to receive FEMA emergency text alerts.

National preparedness may seem like a daunting initiative, but if you start smart and local you will be prepared to protect yourself, your family, and your home in the event of an emergency. To learn more and to get involved in this life-saving initiative, visit the FEMA website today.

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Discover Mobile Integrated Healthcare (MIH)

All across our country, mobile integrated healthcare and community paramedicine (MIH-CP) programs are showing hospitals and the wider healthcare system that EMS is an important partner in improving the health of patients and controlling the cost of care. Various programs like this have appeared across the United States, but a definitive resource that describes how to successfully implement such a program has not been available.


Available: October 2014

Mobile Integrated Healthcare: Approach to Implementation will fill this void by serving as a reference not only to the EMS community, but also to other medical professionals working toward implementation of a successful MIH program. This dynamic resource provides a step-by-step approach for the identification of community needs, forming the appropriate partnerships, selection of staff, acquiring resources, patient identification, and overcoming hurdles to a successful program. Examples from successful programs across the country are included.

To learn more or to order your copy of Mobile Integrated Healthcare: Approach to Implementation, please visit: go.jblearning.com/MIH.

To give EMS practitioners a vivid look at how MIH-CP programs work, NAEMT has created a new 8-minute video, “Transforming EMS: Mobile Integrated Healthcare and Community Paramedicine.” Check out the video today for a brief demonstration of Mobile Integrated Healthcare:

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NAEMT to Adopt American Academy of Pediatrics Textbook as Part of ConEd Program

National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians to Adopt American Academy of Pediatrics Textbook as Part of Continuing Education Program

peppfb2For Release: Aug. 12, 2014

CHICAGO – The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) announced today the adoption of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Pediatric for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP), Third Edition textbook within NAEMT’s Emergency Pediatric Care course.

NAEMT President Don Lundy said, “NAEMT and our Emergency Pediatric Care Committee wanted to provide a comprehensive compendium of the best practices in pediatric prehospital care as the foundation for our Emergency Pediatric Care course, which focuses on care of the sick and injured child. The AAP’s PEPP, Third Edition, prepared by the top pediatric emergency subspecialists, was the clear choice.”

“The Academy welcomes NAEMTs decision to select the PEPP textbook as the medical foundation for the Emergency Pediatric Care course,” said AAP President James M. Perrin, MD, FAAP. “Through our collaborative efforts, both organizations will benefit by bringing greater value to the emergency medical servicescommunity and, ultimately, the children whom we all serve.”

Learn more: Full Press Release  |  FAQ

Contacts Susan Stevens Martin – ssmartin@aap.org (847-434-7131)
Kathleen Taormina – Kathleen.Taormina@naemt.org (800-346-2368)


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Join Us for Navigate Webinar Wednesdays!

You’re invited!

Join us for one or all of our upcoming online meetings to discover the top five ways Navigate can help enhance your EMS or Fire training program starting today:


 Save Time in the Classroom:
Discover exciting new online resources, like our Interactive Lectures, that allow you to        save valuable classroom time by putting theory into practice.
7/16/14 | 2:00 PM (EST) | Enroll now.

 Save Time Outside the Classroom:
Tired of grading exams on the weekends and preparing for classes in your free time?            Navigate can help with an easy-to-use gradebook and courseware tailored to your                specific needs!
7/23/14 | 2:00 PM (EST) | Enroll now.

 Increase Student Accountability:
Explore the robust reporting and analytical tools available in Navigate that allow you to        track student performance and progress.
7/30/14 | 2:00 PM (EST) | Enroll now.

 Engage Today’s Learners:
With Navigate, learning is no longer confined to the four walls of the classroom. Learn          how you can provide content that keeps your students interested and benefits multiple        learning styles.
8/6/14 | 2:00 PM (EST) | Enroll now.

 Improve Outcomes and Test Readiness:
Give your students the confidence to sit for their upcoming exams! Learn how test
preparation resources from Navigate have been proven to increase student pass rates.
8/13/14 | 2:00 PM (EST) | Enroll now.

Whether you teach an online, hybrid, or traditional classroom-based course, Navigate resources can deliver unbeatable value to you and your students and improve the way you teach, learn, and access content.

To learn more, visit: www.JBLNavigate.com.

For additional questions, please contact your Public Safety Specialist at 1-800-832-0034.

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Do You Know a Deserving “Fire Explorer” Program?

FFFieldGuideTell Us How Your “Fire Explorers” Are Helping Your Community and They Could Win Up To $1,500 in Free Fire Fighter Field Guides!

Nominate the program today to enter them for a chance to win up-to 30 copies of the Fire Fighter Field Guide!

To enter, please email jblearningpsg@gmail.com with the name and location of the ‘Explorer Program,’ your contact information, and a brief explanation of the positive work the explorers do in your community.

Hurry! Contest ends 6/20/14. Winners will be notified via email by 6/25/14.

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“Urban Shield: Boston”

This weekend, first responders from Boston, Massachusetts, and surrounding communities will participate in the largest emergency training drill ever held in the Boston area. Hosted by Boston’s Office of Emergency Management, the 24-hour critical training drill starts at 8 AM on Saturday, May 3 and is called “Urban Shield: Boston.”

More than 2,000 emergency personnel will be tested by a variety of emergency simulations, including:

  • Terrorist attack
  • Building collapse
  • Hostage taking
  • Active shooter
  • Bomb planted on transit system

The purpose of these extensive exercises is to prepare police, fire, and public health officials for the potential of a real-life emergency.

In a recent press conference, the Mayor of Boston along with the Boston Police Commissioner and Chief of Boston EMS commented on the upcoming drills:

“Since the 2013 Boston Marathon we’ve learned a lot about our resiliency as a community and the professionalism of our first responders. This initiative has a lot to do with that.”
-Boston Mayor Marty Walsh

“This is all about partnerships and cooperation and being proactive so if something happens we’re all on the same page.”
-Boston Police Commissioner William Evans

“When these drills are over we expect to learn lessons that work and uncover problems we need to fix, but in the end, we’ll have a Boston that stands even stronger against future attacks.”
-Chief James Hooley of Boston Emergency Medical Services

Officials are urging local citizens to be aware that these exercises are taking place:

“Residents should not to be alarmed. There is no danger to anyone in the area, and exercises will be done in cordoned-off areas away from the public.”

To learn more about “Urban Shield: Boston,” please visit the CBS Boston news website.

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Celebrate Today’s EMS—and Prepare for the EMS of Tomorrow!

National EMS Week is May 18-24. This is OUR week to celebrate and honor the life-saving service our EMS practitioners provide their patients on a daily basis and the important role of EMS in our nation’s preparedness strategy and response to disasters.

This year’s celebration also provides an excellent opportunity to help our local government officials, other health care providers in our communities, and the public at large understand the important role of EMS in our changing healthcare system. New opportunities are emerging within our profession. EMS is very well positioned to help our communities improve patient outcomes and lower healthcare costs. Learn about these changes and how to prepare yourself, your agency and your community.

This year’s EMS Week Ideas Site http://www.emsweekideas.org/ has been designed to provide members with new resources and tools to help your agency celebrate your accomplishments during EMS Week and prepare for the future with new sections and resources on:

  • Understanding Mobile Integrated Healthcare and Community Paramedicine and what it means for your future in EMS.
  • What you can do to prepare yourself for the future through education, training and professional development.
  • How you and your EMS agency can build local partnerships to strengthen your community’s awareness of health and safety issues.
  • Plus a complete “how-to” guide on advocating for EMS at the local, state and federal levels, a virtual library on EMS history, and how you can get involved in honoring our EMS heroes.

Now is the time to plan for 2014 EMS Week. Please visit the site and share it as a resource with your co-workers.

EMS Week 2014 is almost here. Start planning today at  http://www.emsweekideas.org/!

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An Emergency Medical Responder Training Success Story

Last year, educators at Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School reached out to Jordan Khoury REMT-B I/C to teach an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) course for a group of students in their senior class. Due to student’s busy schedules, it was decided that the blended training model would be ideal for both students and instructors. This was the first time the school offered an EMR course and according to Khoury, it was a success:

“We had 10 students in the class (1 being a teacher). The course went over well and we are being asked to return for the September 2014 Senior Class…We have 2 students from this class that are very interested in moving up into the EMT Class after graduation. This was a win-win situation for both BPHS and JB Learning.”

The EMR class at Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School had photos taken for their local newspaper and were kind enough to share them with our Public Safety team:


(Center: Jane McCluskey, Jones & Bartlett Learning Public Safety Specialist, poses with educators at Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School with Emergency Medical Responder, Fifth Edition)




Congratulations to the first EMR class of Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School!

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EMS On The Hill Day: EMS Professionals to Advocate for Support to Improve Patient Care

EMS On the Hill DayDid you know? March 26 is EMS On The Hill Day in Washington, D.C.!

Hosted by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), the EMS On The Hill Day event was created to gather EMS professionals and federal legislators together to discuss current issues, learn about new ways to support EMS professionals across the nation, and ultimately to work towards legislation that will help improve patient care.

In the NAEMT News Release, NAEMT President Don Lundy spoke about the need for EMS professionals of all levels to advocate for improvements in the field:

“EMS advocacy is not just for those in leadership positions… it’s for everyone in EMS who cares about the future of our profession. If EMS wants an improved environment for delivering quality care to our patients, then everyone in EMS has to advocate.”

There will be hundreds of delegates at tomorrow’s event, including practitioners, managers, educators, and physicians. According to the NAEMT, the primary focus for the meeting will be to “…inform Congress of the benefit and cost-saving opportunities within EMS to improve patient outcomes and lower healthcare costs through Mobile Integrated Healthcare (MIH) and Community Paramedicine (CP) programs.”

To learn more about EMS On The Hill Day, check out the NAEMT News Release or visit the NAEMT website to learn how you can get involved in advocating for EMS.

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