#GMVEMSC Training: FW: EMS and Fire Online Training Opportunities

 

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OHIO EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES

Ohio Emergency Medical Services

Robert L. Wagoner, Interim Executive Director

www.ems.ohio.gov

 

 

Attention OH Emergency Responders:

In an effort to support our emergency responders with flexible training options given recent class cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DPS and the Ohio Fire Academy have chosen to continue the support and use of Action Training Systems, Inc. (ATS), to supplement traditional face-to-face instruction. This includes access for all Ohio fire departments, EMS agencies, firefighters, and emergency responders. Licenses for purchase include access to the COMPLETE lineup of Action Training Systems online interactive courses, including Fire, EMS and Industrial Fire Brigades catalogs.

Each fire course has been developed in accordance with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and each EMS course has been developed in accordance with the National EMS Education Standards.

Each fire course has been developed in accordance with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and each EMS course has been developed in accordance with the National EMS Education Standards.

Ohio EMS providers will now be able to participate in Action Training trackable online interactive courseware from any place, at any time with an internet connection, for an annual fee of only $30 per person.

Participation is 100% voluntary. To learn more, please contact Jusup Lowry with Action Training at 800-755-1440 x107, or by email at jusupl@action-training.com.

Additionally, the Ohio Fire Academy (OFA) has negotiated with the Health & Safety Institute (HSI) for greatly reduced pricing on online training memberships for all Ohio firefighters, EMS providers, and their departments. Annual membership fees of $26/person provide access to over 130 fire CE courses, each of which is designed to comply with the codes and standards established by the NFPA as well as continuing education requirements in Ohio.

Annual membership fees of $26/person provide over 100 EMS CE courses that are ALS and BLS approved as well as by the Commission on Accreditation of Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE, formerly CECBEMS). CAPCE-approved courses meet national standards and are accepted by the state of Ohio and the National Registry of EMTs.

The HSI courses can be found at the Ohio Fire Online Training System: www.ofots.com

Thank you for your service and please stay safe.

 

 

 

#GMVEMSC: FW: Ohio EMA Warns About Scam Phone Calls

 

 

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For Immediate Release: March 30, 2020

Ohio Emergency Management Agency Will NOT Call You Asking for Personal Information

Scammers are Trying to Monopolize on Fear of COVID-19

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA) is receiving reports of spam calls to Ohioans from individuals claiming to be from the Ohio EMA and requesting personal protected information, such as a Social Security number.

“The Ohio Emergency Management Agency is not calling Ohioans and asking for their protected personal information,” said Executive Director Sima Merick. “If you receive such a call, it is a scam. Please hang up the phone.”

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and Ohio Department of Commerce Director Sherry Maxfield offer these tips to protect yourself from other scams:

· Watch out for emails claiming to be from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or other expert sources offering special advice or information about coronavirus disease 2019. Legitimate information is available for free from the CDC coronavirus.gov or from the Ohio Department of Health at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

· Ignore advertisements promoting cures for COVID-19. There currently are no vaccines, prescription medications, or over-the-counter products available to prevent, treat, or cure COVID-19.

· Refrain from investing in businesses touting products, services or cures for COVID-19. Scam artists try to use the market downturn and the pandemic to scare investors into so-called “safer, guaranteed investments.”

· Research nonprofit organizations and crowdfunding campaigns before donating. A database of registered charities is available on the Ohio Attorney General’s website. Avoid groups that pressure you into donating and never donate via cash, gift cards, wire transfer, or prepaid money card. These are the preferred payment methods of scammers.

· Be watchful of anyone going door to door offering coronavirus testing or temperature readings and/or requesting personal information. Call law enforcement immediately if you see a suspicious person. Never let strangers into your home.

· Beware of emails and other attempts to “phish” for your personal, financial, and/or medical information. When in doubt, do not share. If the source claims to be your bank or a government agency, confirm they are legitimate by calling the organization at a phone number you have verified.

For information on government stimulus checks, visit the Federal Trade Commission website and stay tuned for updates from reliable news sources. The government will not ask you to pay anything to receive this money and will never ask for your Social Security number, bank account number, or credit card number. Never give this information out.

· When online, avoid clicking on unknown links or pop-ups and never download any suspicious email attachment. Doing so could infect your devices with malicious software designed to steal your personal information or lock your computer until you pay a ransom.

The Department of Commerce asks consumers to ask yourself these questions to help spot red flags:

· Has someone contacted you unexpectedly about an investment opportunity or asked for payment on an unfamiliar account? If you weren’t expecting a phone call or didn’t initiate the contact, hang up. If you can put a block on the incoming phone number, do so to avoid additional calls.

· Has someone promised you something? If you are offered something that seems too good to be true, it probably is.

· Has someone asked you to do something? Were you asked for banking, credit card, or other financial account information? If you didn’t initiate the conversation, don’t provide it.

· Is an investment being offered with a guaranteed high return with little or no risk? All investments carry risk. No one can guarantee an investment return.

· Is there a sense of urgency or limited availability surrounding an investment? If the offer is legitimate, it will be there later. If someone offers you a “can’t miss” investment opportunity and puts you on the spot, don’t be afraid to walk away.

· Is the person offering the investment, and the investment itself, properly licensed or registered? For the same reasons you wouldn’t go to an unlicensed doctor or dentist, you should avoid unregistered investment salespeople and their products.

· Consumers who suspect an unfair or deceptive sales practice should contact the office of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost at www.OhioProtects.org or 1-800-282-0515.

Price Gouging

· Attorney General Yost’s Consumer Protection Section is receiving complaints of price gouging for items such as surgical masks and toilet paper. State law bans unconscionable sales practices, which could include dramatically increasing the price products solely in response to current events.

 

For answers to your COVID-19 questions, call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

 

If you or a loved one are experiencing anxiety related to the coronavirus pandemic, help is available. Call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 (1-800-846-8517 TTY); connect with a trained counselor through the Ohio Crisis Text Line by texting the keyword “4HOPE” to 741 741; or call the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services help line at 1-877-275-6364 to find resources in your community.

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#GMVEMSC: FW: CDC Health Alert -- Severe Illness Associated with Using Non-Pharmaceutical Chloroquine Phosphate to Prevent and Treat COVID-19

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OHIO EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES

Ohio Emergency Medical Services

Robert L. Wagoner, Interim Executive Director

www.ems.ohio.gov

 

 

 

This is an official

CDC HEALTH ADVISORY

 

Distributed via the CDC Health Alert Network

 

 

March 28, 2020, 11:00 AM ET

 

 

11:00 AM ET CDCHAN-00431

 

 

 

Severe Illness Associated with Using Non-Pharmaceutical Chloroquine Phosphate to Prevent and Treat Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Summary

Chloroquine phosphate, when used without a prescription and supervision of a healthcare provider, can cause serious health consequences, including death. Clinicians and public health officials should discourage the public from misusing non-pharmaceutical chloroquine phosphate (a chemical used in home aquariums). Clinicians should advise patients and the public that chloroquine, and the related compound hydroxychloroquine, should be used only under the supervision of a healthcare provider as prescribed medications.

Background

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has become aware of two individuals who ingested non-pharmaceutical chloroquine phosphate, a chemical for aquarium use that is commercially available for purchase at stores and through internet websites. One of the individuals died shortly after arrival to the hospital. The second individual was critically ill with severe gastrointestinal symptoms and cardiac conduction abnormalities. Upon recovery, the surviving individual reported to the media that they ingested the product to prevent infection with SARS-CoV-2, which causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), after seeing information on the medical use of chloroquine on television. The product in their possession was in powder form inside a 2.2-lb. container and labeled “for Ornamental Fish Use Only”. CDC is also aware of unconfirmed media reports that these commercially available aquarium-use chemicals may be out of stock due to potential increased demand by the public.

At this time, there are no routinely available pharmaceutical products that are FDA-approved for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19. Pharmaceutical chloroquine phosphate and hydroxychloroquine sulfate are approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat specific medical conditions, such as malaria, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. Currently, these medications are being studied and evaluated as treatment for COVID-19; however, their efficacy to either prevent or treat this infection are unknown. In overdose situations or when used inappropriately, these medications can lead to severe toxicity, including cardiac rhythm disturbances such as prolonged QT, severe hypokalemia, cardiovascular collapse, seizures, coma, and death. Inappropriate uses include taking commercially available non-pharmaceutical preparations, taking chloroquine phosphate or hydroxychloroquine sulfate without a prescription, and taking additional doses not recommended by a healthcare provider. Chloroquine phosphate has a narrow therapeutic index—it can be toxic at levels not much higher than those used for treatment—which raises the risk of inadvertent overdose.

Recommendations for Clinicians and Public Health Officials

  1. Educate patients on the serious risks of misusing non-pharmaceutical chloroquine products and other aquarium use chemicals.
  2. Counsel your patients on the importance of taking medications only as prescribed and as directed by healthcare providers.
  3. Contact your local poison center (1-800-222-1222) to report cases and to obtain specific medical management of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine poisoning.
  4. Adverse events related to pharmaceuticals can be reported to the FDA MedWatch program (https://www.fda.gov/safety/medwatch-fda-safety-information-and-adverse-event-reporting-program).

Adverse events related to non-pharmaceutical products can be reported by emailing FDA-COVID-19-Fraudulent-Products@fda.hhs.gov or calling 1-888-InfoFDA (1-888-463-6332).

Recommendations for the Public

  1. Do not ingest aquarium use products or any other chemicals that contain chloroquine phosphate. These chemicals are not intended for human consumption and can lead to serious health consequences, including death.
  2. Medications like chloroquine phosphate and hydroxychloroquine sulfate should be taken only when prescribed by and under the supervision of your healthcare provider and always according to the instructions provided.
  3. Seek immediate medical attention if you are experiencing any unexpected symptoms after taking chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine by contacting your healthcare provider or your poison center (1-800-222-1222).

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#GMVEMSC: FW: Only 5 Days Remaining - PLEASE HELP! There is still time to help the Ohio EMS for Children program reach its goal.

 

 

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OHIO EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES

Ohio Emergency Medical Services

Robert L. Wagoner, Interim Executive Director

www.ems.ohio.gov

 

 

We are currently at 73% and there is still time to make our goal! 

Your data matters more than ever!

With the COVID-19 outbreak, it's vital to know how prepared Ohio EMS agencies are to care for pediatric emergencies. 

If your EMS agency is in one of the counties with lighter shading below, please take a moment to complete the survey:

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The Ohio EMS for Children Program, in collaboration with the National EMS for Children Data Analysis and Resource Center (NEDARC), has released its pediatric survey.  If your Ohio EMS agency responds to 9-1-1 calls, please help us reach our goal of 100% participation by taking approximately 10 minutes to complete this short but important survey.  Please watch the following video for more information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7n2s1Fq6lg

Your participation matters! The data collected from this survey provides valuable pediatric prehospital information and over 200 Ohio EMS agencies have already responded.  We extend our sincere appreciation for their efforts (click here) Please join them now and help us improve pediatric prehospital care in Ohio! The deadline to complete this survey is March 31, 2020.

 

Thank you to all the Ohio EMS Agencies who have participated in the survey!