2014 National EMS Awards of Excellence

Jones & Bartlett Learning would like to recognize the recipients of the 2014 National EMS Awards of Excellence.

The NAEMT Educator of the Year award, sponsored by Jones & Bartlett Learning, was won by Melissa Doak, NREMT-P. Melissa is a dedicated EMS instructor, mentor, and avid researcher.  Known for her innovation, Doak teaches NAEMT’s EMS Safety course and promotes EMS practitioner safety.

Other reward recipients include: Susan Bailey, NREMT-P, Paramedic of The Year; Brandon Pruit, EMT, NAEMT EMT of The Year; Christian Hospital EMS, Paid EMS Service of The Year.

Congratulations to all of the recipients!

EMS World and the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) established the National EMS Awards of Excellence program to recognize outstanding achievement in the EMS profession.

The nomination period for next year’s awards will open in early 2015. Visit www.EMSWorld.com/awards for more information.

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Participate in EMS On The Hill Day: April 29, 2015

EMS On the Hill DayRepresent Your State and the EMS Profession on April 29, 2015 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.

Register today!

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Ebola Virus Disease: What You Need to Know

Ebola, a rare deadly infectious disease, has been in the news a lot lately. As a result, concerns over origins, transmission, recovery, and public health and safety are on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

“…Because the natural reservoir host of Ebola viruses has not yet been identified, the way in which the virus first appears in a human at the start of an outbreak is unknown. However, scientists believe that the first patient becomes infected through contact with an infected animal, such as a fruit bat or primate (apes and monkeys), which is called a spillover event. Person-to-person transmission follows and can lead to large numbers of affected people.”

Ebola is spread through direct contact through blood, body fluids, and infected needles. Early symptoms typically begin within 8 to 10 days, including fever above 101.5F, severe headache, muscle pain, weakness. Over time, symptoms become increasingly severe and may include: vomiting, abdominal pain, red eyes, raised rash, chest pain, cough, severe weight loss and unexplained bleeding or bruising.

Recovery depends on good supportive clinical care and the patient’s immune response. According to the Mayo Clinic, there are many complications associated with Ebola including, multiple organ failure, bleeding, jaundice, delirium, seizures, coma, and shock. The disease is so deadly because it interferes with the immune system’s ability to create a defense.  For those who recover, it is a lengthy and slow process.  Recovering Ebola patients may experience hair loss, sensory changes, hepatitis, fatigue, headaches, and eye inflammation.

Protection is essential in stopping the disease from spreading. According to the CDC, U.S. citizens should avoid all nonessential travel to West Africa. For those who are traveling, the CDC offers a Travelers’ Health Ebola website. However, traveling to Africa, conducting animal research, providing medical/personal care, and preparing people for burial are considered high risk for contracting Ebola.

U.S health care and public safety organization are also taking precautions when it comes to the Ebola epidemic. For medical professionals, there are protocols in place for each hospital. The CDC also released specific protocols for first responders: “Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for Management of Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Virus Disease in the United States.

Join Jones & Bartlett Learning in raising awareness for this worldwide epidemic. For more information on Ebola, please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website today. 

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Reviewers Wanted!

Do you have experience with aerial/tiller operations and maintenance?

Jones & Bartlett Learning is looking for reviewers of Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator, Second Edition Includes Navigate 2 Advantage Access and could use your help!

Interested? Sign up to review the textbook today: http://go.jblearning.com/reviewFA.

Learn more about Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator, Second Edition Includes Navigate 2 Advantage Access.


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Join Author Scott Matin for a Webinar on Principles of Ethics and Personal Leadership

Principles of Ethics and Personal Leadership (PEPL) is an essential 16-hour course that provides EMS and Mobile Integrated Healthcare (MIH) practitioners at all levels with the knowledge and skills they need to effectively interact with patients and their families, other medical personnel, co-workers, supervisors, and the community.

The webinar will be led by author Scott Matin and will explore what makes the PEPL training program unique, how to become a PEPL instructor, and an overview of the course administration requirements. The meeting will conclude with a question-and-answer period.

Enroll for FREE Today!

Principles of Ethics and Personal Leadership Webinar:


Tuesday, November 4, 2014
2:00-3:00 PM (EST)

Contact your Public Safety Specialist at 1-800-832-0034 to learn more.

For more information on Principles of Ethics and Personal Leadership, please visit: http://go.jblearning.com/PEPL.

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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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