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Clinical Parking Lot Improvements:  UPCOMING PROJECT Maps

UMass University Campus construction project began on Monday June 10 and is expected to continue for 6 months.  It will have varying degrees of impact on ambulance traffic-ED access.

Phase 2 of the UMass Memorial University campus parking lot project at the ER entrance is beginning Phase 2 of the UMass Memorial University campus parking lot project at the ER entrance is beginning onMonday August 5th.  The traffic pattern will change, and several ambulance parking spots will be impacted.  As you travel up the driveway to the Ambulance bay from North Road, you will be able to continue straight just as you did prior to the beginning of the project.  At the top of the driveway you will need to turn left prior to some project fencing that will be in place.  The fencing that will be in place will be blocking the first 4 ambulance spots on the west side of the ambulance dock.  Those spots will remain fenced off until the completion of phase 2 which will take approximately 30-45 days.  With that area fenced off, we will lose access to the ramp at that end of the dock as well.  There will be a temporary ramp in place in one of the ambulance bays that we are losing for parking that will accommodate wheeled and pedestrian traffic.  The door in to the hallway at the West end of the dock that is often used for non-emergent ambulance traffic (transfers and discharges, etc.) will still be open and accessible.Due to losing those 4 spots at the dock, we requested, and they agreed that the entire lot at the ambulance entrance side of the ER be reserved for ambulance purposes only.  What that means is that all parking spots to include those facing the power plant and those facing the lake will be for ambulances only.  The only passenger vehicles allowed to park in that area during phase 2 will be trauma surgeons responding to an emergent case.  There will be a uniformed UMass police officer staged at the bottom  of the driveway at North road turning away passenger car traffic from entering the driveway.  This phase should be completed by mid-September.  We are asking that during this 4-6 week time frame, that there be no lingering in that lot.  We are asking that all ambulance crews do their business at UMass and then clear out of the lot / bays when able to do so.The construction company and UMass personnel have been exceptionally responsive to our needs, and we promised to do everything we can to give them the space to complete the project as quickly as possible and return to normal.  Please be mindful of the construction crews who are working hard tocomplete this project.  It is a work in progress and we will adjust as experience dictates.

Why not join one of the Region II advisory committees? If you are a corporate member you can become a voting member. Not a corporate member? The meetings are open so all may attend and we also welcome input from those with experience on our topics.

Click HERE to see the list of committees. Send a letter of intent to the chair of the committee that you would like to become a member of.

Anna Maria College, a well known higher education institution within Region II, has announced a Paramedic Science Certificate Program for 2020.  Click here for more information.  


FDA Alert: Extended Use Dates Provided by Pfizer to Assist with Emergency Injectable Drug Shortages

The FDA is alerting the health care and emergency response community that due to the ongoing critical shortages of injectable drugs used in critical care, Pfizer has provided updated dates through which some of these injectable drugs, manufactured by Hospira Inc., a Pfizer company, may be used beyond the manufacturer’s labeled expiration date. To help ensure patient safety, these products should have been — and should continue to be — stored as per labeled conditions. For specific information and the full FDA alert, go to https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-shortages/search-list-extended-use-dates-assist-drug-shortages.

The STP 2019.2 books are being printed. We also have labels to update your 2019.1 STP books to include the 2019.2 changes. Call or email for your copy now. Complete set of update stickers are just $1.00 or we will email you the file at no charge and you can print them yourself.

The full book price $17; cash or check only.

The latest addition of the Massachusetts Statewide Treatment Protocols have been released by OEMS. Click here to go to the state site for STP 2019.2 and a summary of the changes. 

Training Officers can find materials to teach the new protocols in the TO Portal.

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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: http://www.strykeremergencycare.com/productnotices. 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.

Please read the Clinical Advisory issued June 22, 2018 for important information on the increase of opioid-related overdose deaths that have also been positive for cocaine.

Phillips Healthcare recalls HeartStart MRx Monitor/Defibrillator