CQI Committee Request

The GMVEMSC CQI Committee would like to assess its process on collecting QA/QI data from a single PCR. We are asking fire department based EMS to evaluate this process. This assessment would include downloading an Excel spreadsheet, Single PCR Workbook. Using this spreadsheet would determine if your single PCR matches our measurements. If a match occurs, click on the hyperlink to complete a short survey.

We have less than a month before our next meeting, Oct 4th at 1130. And we would like to discuss this assessment at the meeting. Please direct any feedback to chris64brock@gmail.com or bring it to the meeting.

A couple things:
If you query multiple PCRs to perform your QA/QI, please still evaluate this process. We want all the feedback we can get. We will be testing our multiple PCR process soon.

· All measurements in this assessment are draft measures and have not been approved by the CQI Committee.
· There are only 4 call categories in this assessment, which are:
o Chest Pain
o Fall
o Cardiac Arrest (only transports, no field terms)

Thank you for your time,
Chris L. Brock
Fairborn FD

The passing of Gasper Township Fire and EMS Chief Mike Jeffery

On behalf of the Executive Committee and all of Greater Miami Valley EMS Council, our thoughts and prayers are with Chief Jeffery's family and loved ones and the members of his department.

This was unexpected, and out of concern for the family's expenses, a GoFundMe site has been established at https://www.gofundme.com/2h8kkrg.

Visitation is Wednesday from 3 – 8 PM at Brethren Church on Camden Road in Eaton, with the funeral on Thursday.

David N. Gerstner, President
Greater Miami Valley EMS Council

Please see the attached release by Gasper Twp Fire and EMS
Tentatively we have a viewing date as Wednesday 8/3 from 3-8 and a funeral date Thursday 8/4 at the Eaton Church of the Brethren. The family has asked for a full firefighter service. If you have any questions please contact me at 937-516-3753 or Tyler Claybaker at 336-6758. If you would like to join the procession please contact Doug with ARES at 937-716-9472.

Charity Whiteaker EMT-P
EMS Coordinator
Gasper Twp. Fire
4195 Paintcreek Rd
Eaton, Oh 45320
Office phone: 937-472-0100 Office Fax: 937-472-0178
Cell Phone: 937-516-3753

SO Database and Council Website

The maintenance on the standing orders database has been completed and the system is back up and running. The link to access the database has been changed. Please update any bookmarks you may have to the following:


Several updates to the council website were also made today:
  • The look and feel of the site has been updated
  • The homepage now features a dynamic news feed that pulls the latest information from the council email listserv
  • The Virtual Drug Bag has been updated to show the new pathogen-resistant bags and the most recent drug inventory
  • Links to the GMVEMSC mobile app for both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store have been added to the homepage

If you have any questions or suggestions for improvements let us know!


Closure of Apple and Warren St. intersection

As part of the ongoing construction project on Warren and Brown Street, the City of Dayton will be closing both lanes at the Apple Street intersection beginning Wednesday 7-20-16. The duration of the closure is expected to last 60 days while excavation, new curbs, sidewalks, road refinishing, and sign replacement takes place. 

Additionally, the city will be installing new street lights as well as new poles for the support of RTA trolley power systems. 

Access to the Apple St entrance of Miami Valley Hospital will be maintained via Main St.  Please use caution when exiting west on Apple St. to Main St. Traffic will be maintained on Warren and Brown Streets.

SO Database Down Time Monday 7/25

Maintenance being performed on the standing orders database will require intermittent outages on Monday, July 25. The system should be back fully operational by the end of the day.


GMVEMSC Mobile App

The updated GMVEMSC mobile app is live and now loaded with the latest 2016 protocols for all certification levels! The issues experienced recently by Android users have also been resolved by the app hosting company.

If you already have the app, just close and relaunch it to see the latest features and protocols. If you do not have the app yet stand by a few days as we are in the process of submitting it to the Apple App Store and Google Play so it can be downloaded by new users. We'll let everyone know when that process is complete.

We appreciate your patience, and as always let us know if there are ways the app could be improved!


EMS Council Requesting Information on Your Runsheet Methods

Just a reminder:  we're trying to get information from every EMS agency that's a member of Council.  If you haven't already done so (and thank you to the SIXTY agencies who have!), please reply by Friday!  The survey takes only two minutes.

Greater Miami Valley EMS Council (GMVEMSC) and Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association (GDAHA) have a committee working on integrating electronic patient care reports (ePCR) with hospital electronic healthcare reports (EHR).  Personnel  from both hospital networks are represented on the committee, along with EMS providers and GDAHA/GDAHIN. 

Our intent is to be able to connect EMS providers with the EHR in every hospital in the region.  We are trying to select a vendor who can work with EMS agencies regardless of what brand of ePCR you use.  Goals for this project include:Reduce need for printing reports
Import EMS reports directly into EHRs, with the EMS reports immediately available to ED staffProvide improved statistical reporting for both hospitals and EMS, and dramatically improve QI data for EMS
Improve billing data accuracy for all providers (hospital and EMS)

To help us with this project, we're asking that every EMS agency in Greater Miami Valley EMS Council complete the following very short survey about your agency, how your personnel document EMS runs, and your interest in this project.  Please complete this survey by June 10, 2016 so that we can keep this project moving forward.  To complete the survey, simply click here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PYKHKRF

Thank you for your help.

David N. Gerstner, President
Greater Miami Valley EMS Council

2016 EMS Week Resources and Sample Proclamation

Happy EMS Week!
You will receive congratulations this week from many sources, including President Obama (who issued the EMS Week Presidential Proclamation on Friday) as well as our close partners, the hospitals of the region.  Please also accept the thanks of Greater Miami Valley EMS Council for all that you do.

If your agency hasn't already, we hope you'll consider adapting the proclamation sent out by GMVEMSC PR Committee Chair, Bryan Adams, and having it issued by your community.  A draft proclamation is at the bottom of this email.

In addition to all the many celebrations of this week, there is one that will actually occur next week:  the Greater Miami Valley EMS Council Meeting at 2 PM, Tuesday, May 24.  This will be a very special meeting.  We've booked a different location for this meeting so there will be room for many to attend.  More information will be out on the listserv in just the next few days, but put the meeting on your calendar.  It will include an opportunity to see some of the people who have contributed to the long and rich history of our Council, and who have had major roles in making EMS in our region what it is today.  We will also present our annual awards, so make sure to attend!

Plan to be there!

David N. Gerstner, President
Greater Miami Valley EMS Council

Last Call for Nominations- Norma Dittrick and Tom Long Awards

Deadline extended until 12:00 Monday May 16th, 2016

Please submit nominations for worthy recipients of the following awards:

Norma Dittrick Extra Measure of Service Award

Categories of Submission

Provider- an individual (FR, EMT-B, EMT-I or EMT-P) providing direct care to patients.

Administration- an individual who serves in an administrative role, to include fire chiefs, assistant chiefs, EMS coordinators, secretaries, and support personnel.

Organization- a group of personnel who together performed specific EMS tasks or operations.

Major Contribution to EMS
Demonstrate nominee’s professional integrity and competence in their performance. Identify specific contribution in which an individual or group performed. Patient care, technical skill, and performance observed at scene(s), which reflect exceptional service in EMS. Show nominees contribution to improvements in the health care delivery system.

Contribution to Community
Goes beyond the call of duty to provide an “extra measure of service” within the community. Identify service provided to the community by individuals or group that were considered exceptional.

Identify individuals or groups growth in service toward EMS.

Tom Long Lifetime Achievement Award

Is presented to an individual who has made a life-long contribution to the high quality of emergency medical services in the greater Miami Valley. The first recipient was Tom Long, who served as the EMS Coordinator for more than 30 years at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, OH.

Please reply to Bryan.Adams@daytonohio.gov with nominations, making sure to note the circumstances supporting the nomination based on the above criteria.

Awards will be presented at the GMVEMSC Meeting scheduled for Tuesday May 24th at 1400.

GMVEMSC Office Relocation and Address Change

The Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association is relocating to a new office space effective Monday, May 16th and as a result the GMVEMSC will be moving also.  The move will be taking place Wednesday, May 11th through Friday, 13th .

Although we will no longer be located in the offices at the 2 Riverplace address after May 13th the following meetings are scheduled to take place there during the month and will still be held at that location:

Tuesday, May 10th – 11:30 a.m. - Standing Orders Committee
Thursday, May 19th – 12:00 p.m. – Education Committee

*Please note, the full Council meeting is scheduled to take place on May 24th at 2:00 p.m. but it will be held at a different location, that information will be included in the meeting notice when it is sent out.

Effective May 16th the new address is as follows (please update your records to reflect the change):
241 Taylor Street
Suite 130
Dayton, Ohio 45402

**The phone numbers and fax number will not change.

QI Committee Survey

The GMVEMSC Quality Improvement Committee would like to better understand how EMS departments perform clinical reviews, if any. We would like someone from your organization to complete this small survey.

Chris L. Brock
Fairborn FD
QI vice chair

Ohio Division of EMS, EMFTS Board and the Ohio ACEP Host 16th Annual Star of Life Awards

Premier event recognizes and honors Ohio’s excellent prehospital providers

the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Division of Emergency Medical Services (EMS), the State Board of Emergency Medical, Fire, and Transportation Services (EMFTS) and the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (Ohio ACEP) will join forces and host the 16th Annual EMS Star of Life Awards ceremony in observance of National Emergency Medical Services Week (May 15-21).

“An estimated 240 million calls are made to 9-1-1 in the U.S. each year, with approximately 1 million emergency runs for EMS in the state each year,” said Ohio EMS Executive Director Mel House. “EMS teams are ready to provide critical, lifesaving care to those in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week; with many of our first responders being volunteers.” 

National Emergency Medical Services Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine's "front line."

The ceremony will be held Wednesday, May 18, 1p.m. in the ODOT Auditorium at 1980 W. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio.

The theme "EMS STRONG: Called to Care…"exemplifies the commitment and dedication of the 750,000 EMS providers nationwide, and the more than 34,000 in Ohio, who provide an essential community service every day.

For in-depth coverage of the ceremony that day, watch live  at www.ems.ohio.gov, become a fan on Facebook by searching Emergency Medical Services or follow us on Twitter at OHIO_EMS.

Welcome to the updated GMVEMSC Blog/Website....

A message from the GMV Web Committee:

The Greater Miami Valley EMS Council's Website has been upgraded to a blogger format.
This format change will allow us to better serve the needs of our membership by:
  • Allowing us to edit and revise our site template as needed. Our previous site did not allow flexibility.
  • Allowing us to post interesting articles and information on a frequent basis (Please forward articles or Sandy or myself for submission). 
  • Allowing you to add your e-mail for notification of new articles or updates to the site.
The website address is unchanged:  www.gmvemsc.org
Please take a look around....you'll notice that links and menus are clearly labeled, and that the info you need will be much easier to find; including contact info for council officers, EMS Coordinators, and hospitals.
If you do see additional info that needs to be added, please let us know.

Some highlights:
  • The site has been re-designed for functionality and ease of use.
  • The tabs above will take you to informational areas. 
  • Note the Quick Links in the right sidebar for access to popular files!
  • Please consider using the e-mail address box (right) to be alerted to updates and new articles.

Thanks to the Web Update Committee for their efforts in reviewing and making suggestions which contributed to development of the new site....
They are Jack Mix, Mark Ashworth, Heidi Jones, Ellie Piatt, Dave Gertsner, Dan Welty, Roberta Ginter, Sandy Lehrter and Lisa Rindler. 

Apologies to anyone I missed!

Teri Norris, RN, CCRN, Paramedic
Former GMVEMSC Web Chair