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Office of Emergency Medical Services

Department of Public Health                                                                                                               

Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Stryker Lifepak 15 Urgent Medical Device Safety Notice and Correction

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has been alerted that Stryker is conducting a voluntary Field Action for specific Lifepak 15 Monitor/Defibrillator devices that may lock-up after a defibrillation shock is delivered. This condition is defined as a blank monitor display with LED lights on, indicating power to the device, but no response in the keypad and device functions. A device in this condition has the potential to delay delivery of therapy, and this delay in therapy has the potential to result in serious injury or death. For more information on this recall, or to check if other LIFEPAK 15 devices are affected by this Field Action, please go to the following website: Please also see attached letter from Stryker.

Stryker states the devices can be fixed in place with uploading a software modification and will be done at  the ambulance services themselves by a Stryker service representative.  There will also be some depot service offered based on customer need.  Given the very low number of these events, Stryker is not recommending that the devices be removed from service.  If your service experiences this issue, call Stryker immediately.

If you know an EMS provider that outshines the rest, whether on a single challenging call or on a daily basis, why not nominate them for an EMS award. Presentations are made at the CMEMSC Annual Meeting in May. Here is the form and the categories are below. 

  • Citizen/Bystander                    
  • EMS Communications SpecialistSavetheDate
  • First Responder                               
  • EMS Nurse
  • EMT                                                 
  • Advanced EMT                              
  • Paramedic      
  • EMS Educator
  • Paul J. Gramling EMS Physician                                  
  • James DiAntonio EMS Public Educator/Program
  • EMS Service/Organization          
  • Special Service Award

Beginning Monday January 28th at 0700 Health Alliance Clinton - Leominster will be using our new EMS entrance and our new rooms! 

Starting that morning, please Proceed up McKay Street, Make a right turn on to Arlington St and Proceed along the Fence to the new EMS drop off area. Look for additional signage to aid in this transition. 

When dropping off patients we will have the new automatic doors, we are locating the wipes and equipment to wipe down stretchers in the decon room, which will have an exit back to the ambulance bay. 

Event Medical Staffing Solutions is hiring for the Muck Fest at Willard Athletic Complex in Devens on May 18th. Click here for the flyer.

Attached please find a memo with information regarding the transition of the Massachusetts Ambulance Trip Record Information System (MATRIS) to NEMSIS V3 on February 28, 2019. On that date, ambulance services may begin submitting data to the MATRIS NEMSIS V3 system. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Office of Emergency Medical Services (DPH/OEMS) will be offering both in-person trainings and an online informational session, as further described in the attached memo.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., MATRIS Data Manager.

Beginning January 1, 2019, AHA requires feedback devices on all adult CPR manikins. There are many options out there. If you need assistance finding the right manikins for your needs feel free to tcall the office: 508-854-0111. CMEMSC also has new manikins for rent.

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NemethCentral Mass EMS is pleased to announce that Dr. Ira Nemeth has accepted the position of Region II Medical Director. Dr. Nemeth is a board-certified EMS physician and an active part of the EMS and Disaster Division at UMass Memorial Medical Center. He serves as the medical director or associate director for several busy Region II EMS agencies. Formerly he was the Medical Director of Preparedness with the Dallas County Health and Human Services and was the co-director of the section of EMS and Disaster Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Nemeth lends his expertise to many local, state and national committees and will be an enormous asset to the Region.

CMEMSC would like to extend a heart felt thank you to Dr. Marc Restuccia for all his years of service as the Region 2 Medical Director!

Starting August 20th the Stroke Direct to CT Pilot will officially begin at St Vincent Hospital. The goals of this pilot include reducing the door-to-CT time, decreasing time to TPA administration and improving patient outcomes. Click here for the expected patient flow chart.