Saturday, October 10, 2015

September, 2015                        Marion County EMS Newsletter


Adding an ICE ("In Case of Emergency") contact to your phone can help emergency personnel locate a friend or family member, who can speak on your behalf if you become unconscious or incapacitated. This simple idea was developed by a British paramedic, Bob Brotchie, who recognized the need for speed when emergency personnel need patient information or to contact next of kin. For people with preexisting medical conditions and allergies, in particular, keeping your emergency contact information close at hand could help save your life!


Do you know when to MAKE THE RIGHT CALL TO 911??

Knowing when to call for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) could save a life. Knowing when NOT to call can also save lives by not wasting our community’s precious emergency resources on – NON –EMERGENCY cases.


1. When you think someone’s life is threatened.

2. When someone faints or collapses.

3. When someone has persistent chest pain or difficulty breathing.

4. When someone is seriously injured.

5. When in doubt.

Close Calls

Sometimes it’s hard to decide whether to call for an ambulance instead of driving to the emergency room yourself. The basic rule is:  when in doubt, call 911.  If you are not sure what to do, you can make a better decision by asking yourself the following questions.

1. Does the victim’s condition seem to be life-threatening?

2. Could moving the victim on your own cause further injury to them or yourself?

3. Does the victim need the skills or equipment of EMS?

4. Would the distance and traffic conditions cause a significant delay in getting the victim to an emergency room?

5. Could the victim’s condition worsen and/or become life-threatening on your way to the emergency room?

When NOT TO CALL for an Ambulance

1. Do NOT call Emergency Medical Services for transportation to a doctor’s appointment.

2. Do NOT call EMS to get prescriptions filled.

3. Do NOT call EMS to get quicker attention in the emergency room. Emergency room patients are treated in the order of severity of their illness or injury.

What to say when you call 911

Information you give the emergency dispatch operator helps EMS help you!

1. Stay CALM, speak clearly, and stay on the phone until the emergency operator tells you to hang up.

2. Tell the emergency dispatch operator WHERE to find the person needing emergency care.

3. Give the exact location: use an address or nearby landmarks like intersections or buildings that will help the ambulance crew find you.

Helpful ways to make it easier for the ambulance to find your home:

1. Make sure your house numbers are visible from the street, both day and night, BEFORE there is an emergency.

2. If your house is painted in dark colors, your house numbers should be painted a lighter color.  If your house is a light color, have your house numbers painted darker. 

3. If possible have someone turn on the porch light.

4. Tell the emergency dispatch operator WHO is hurt or sick and WHAT happened. The operator will also need to know the current condition of the victim and if any help is being given.

What to do until HELP arrives

1. Follow any instructions you have been given by the emergency dispatch operator.

2. DO NOT try to move someone who is injured unless they are in danger.

3. Do try to keep a victim as warm as possible.

4. If someone else is with you, send them to meet the ambulance.

5. Make it easy for the ambulance driver to spot you by turning on a porch light or making your location with a flare, bright light or bright cloth.

Kansas WEATHER Preparation.

 Storms bring the possibility of loss of electricity, loss of heat or air conditioning, closing of roads and flooding. Start preparing as soon as you know a storm is coming.  Along with loss of services, storms can lead to difficulty in receiving supplies both during and after the storm.  Here are a few suggestions to help you prepare (some of these can be done well in advance of a storm and others several days before):

Have contact numbers available for your community medical services (police, fire and ambulance).

  • Have a supply of flashlights and batteries.

  • Fully charge all electrical equipment and batteries.

  • Do not use candles or any fire if you have supplemental oxygen in the home.

  • If you depend on Oxygen call your supplier for an additional 3-4 days’ supply.

  • Review the quantity of all the supplies you have at home. Make sure you have 3-4 days’ supply of fresh water.

  • Make sure you have a one to two week supply of all medications.

  • Have a travel bag easily available in case you lose power or need to leave your home.

  • Keep your wireless phone fully charged.

  • Consider having both a land line and a wireless phone. Sometime phone lines are down and sometimes cell towers are down.


EMR (Emergency Medical Responders) classes are going to be starting. October 6th, 2015 at the Hillsboro City Building.  These classes will continue through February 4th, 2016.  If you know of anyone who may be interested please have them contact Brandy McCarty at 620-382-3271.



  • Please get patients signatures if able.

  • Please make sure that reports are done timely (within 24 hours of the call).

  • When patients are refusing care/transportation, please make sure you are asking/confirming x3.

  • Narrative DOCUMENTATION should be a STORY of what happened during the entire call.  CYA!!!!!

  • Remember the “CHAIN OF COMMAND”.

  • If you are wondering or not sure, Kansas Board of EMS has a website with regulations and statutes available.  “LOOK IT UP”!!!!!

  • Be kind to your crew members. It is a lot easier to get along than to work at being hateful or negative. Negativity only causes STRESS and stress is NOT HEALTHY. 



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