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8th Annual Texas EMS Research Forum: Held during Texas EMS Conference, this poster session highlights research in the emergency medical fields. Research will be presented in the form of a poster, which will be displayed in the Exhibit Hall. Contact David Wampler at wamplerd@uthscsa.edu for more information.

Job Listings

Galveston County Health District Openings:

Available position: Director of EMS

 We can offer you:
• Excellent benefits; including an Amazing retirement package, Affordable medical insurance, Rich paid time off plans, FREE life insurance, FREE long term disability, FREE parking and much, much more!
• Team-oriented environment
• Salary: $90,000-93,000
We want you to join our team of professionals and begin a long term career with us! If you meet the criteria listed below, please apply.

Required:
 Bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management Services, Business Management, Public/Business Administration, or closely related field.
 Licensed or Certified as a Licensed Paramedic or Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic in the State of Texas with no unresolved complaints with DSHS.
 Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in the field of health care with at least three (3) years of managerial experience in an Advanced Life Support Emergency Medical Services System, EMS Operations Supervisor, Pre-hospital Supervisor or Public Safety Administrator.
 Knowledge of daily EMS operations of current training standards, equipment, methods, techniques, protocols and procedures.
 Knowledge of state and federal laws and rules pertaining to EMS, emergency management and disaster planning techniques.
 Administrative experience in EMS or hospital setting required.
 Experience in preparing and managing budgets required.
 Experience in managing emergency personnel and vehicles required.
 Experience in writing standard operating procedures required.
 Experience with the Drug Enforcement Administration standards required.
 Experience in governmental setting, preferred.
 Current American Heart Association CPR, ACLS, and PALS Certified.
 Must pass drug and physical test
 Valid Texas Driver’s License
 Must have satisfactory DMV/MVR and criminal background check
 Ability for spur of the moment transportation without relying on organization vehicles
 Customer Service Oriented
 Excellent written and verbal communication skills
 Excellent Computer Skills MS Office
 Must be willing and able to work evening and weekend hours if necessary
 Must be in compliance with GCHD Immunizations policy
 Must be in compliance with ICS training requirements (must be obtained within 90 days of employment).
Traditional Duties:
 Manage and oversee daily operations of GAAA to assure high quality emergency medical services and transport services in jurisdictional areas under contract
 Organize workflow and schedules
 Review payroll and approve timesheets
 Oversee departmental training and quality assurance efforts
 Review incident reports and take appropriate action to address safety concerns and loss prevention
 Identify and develop short and long term goals
 Identify areas requiring improvement and formulate and execute action plan to correct deficiencies
 Develop, interpret, and implement standard operating and testing procedures, policies, training programs, and general orders
 Establish and review departmental goals and objectives
 Participate in disaster planning activities for GCHD and maintain/coordinate with contract communities an up-to-date pre-hospital disaster plan
 As necessary, coordinate EMS activities with Galveston County, Regional Advisory Council and other municipal or state agencies
 Conduct and participate in multi-agency emergency exercises to evaluate preparedness
 Prepare specifications for the purchase of GAAA vehicles and operating equipment
 Ensure that the necessary maintenance and repairs to vehicles, communications equipment, and medical equipment are completed in accordance with GCHD policy and GAAA procedures
 Work with the Chief Executive Officer in the preparation of the annual operating budget(s) and adhere to inventory, purchasing and budgetary controls according to GCHD policy

To apply please visit http://www.gchd.org/about-us/career-opportunities and fill out our online application. Applications can be submitted by fax to (409) 938-2284, emailed to apply@gchd.org or in person at 9850-A, Suite A-111, Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, Texas City, TX 77591.
No Phone Calls Please

Obituaries

2016

Henry Joseph Barber, Jr., 65, of Port Lavaca, passed away on April 16, 2016. Henry was born June 6, 1950, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Henry was a paramedic for the City of Victoria for seven years, and then became the first Director of Emergency Medical Services in Calhoun County where he served for thirty-five years. Henry was instrumental in getting a new Emergency Medical Service Station built in Port Lavaca. Calhoun County named the road it was built on Henry Barber Way. He served his country in the United States Navy in Puerto Rico and Vietnam. See the complete obituary here.

Shequlyn “Shae” Watson, 42, of Nash, Texas, died Friday, March 4, 2016, after an illness. Ms. Watson was born June 25, 1973, in Linden, Texas. She was executive director of Northeast Texas Regional Advisory Council. For complete obituary, click here.

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Sales/Services

Looking for an EMS billing company? Health Claims Plus is an EMS/fire billing company located in Liberty, Texas. Health Claims Plus performs all levels of EMS/fire billing from the small to the large. Excellent rates, unmatched service and training to enhance revenue and build sound business practices. ePCR and manual PCR accepted. Contact Rodney Reed at 888-483-9893 ext. 234 or Rodney@healthclaimsplus.com. Visit our website at www.HealthClaimsPlus.com.

Reimbursements not what they should be? Gold letters got you down? Call C&L Billing. 20+ years in EMS and private ambulance billing. We can help! Great rates. Call Lisa at 210-990-3744.

Specialized Billing and Collection Systems of Texas: Provides EMS and fire billing services throughout the state of Texas. With over 25 years’ experience, we are able to approach any situation and reach a viable solution to your specific problem areas. We keep you informed on state and federal reporting and filing requirements and utilize the latest computer hardware and software technologies, providing higher rates of returns. For more information contact Bruce Glover at 800-999-2417 ext. 214 or visit www.specializedbilling.com
Training

ABLE1 Rescue Training: We offer training for emergency service providers, including wilderness emergency care, rope rescue, search and rescue, man tracking and incident command. Contact ABLE1 Rescue Solutions for all your back-country and/or wilderness rescue training needs. Visit www.able1rs.com or email training@able1rs.com.

Audio-Visual Training Materials: The Texas Commission on Fire provides materials for fire protection professionals, as well as EMS professionals. Topics include airway management, spinal injuries, triage and more. They can be borrowed for free by any Texas resident. Visit the TCFP library website for more information at www.tcfp.state.tx.us/library.asp.

CE Solutions: www.ems-ce.com offers online EMS and fire continuing education that is convenient, cost effective and interesting. Visit www.ems-ce.com for a free test-drive today or call toll free at 888-447-1993.
Firefighter continuing education: is available online at www.FirefighterCE.com. FirefighterCE is accepted by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. Visit www.FirefighterCE.com for a free test-drive today or call toll free at 888-447-1993.

Formal refresher/recertification courses: EMR (ECA) and EMT-B National Registry and Texas DSHS courses available. LifeStart Training & Consulting, LLC, offers DSHS-approved formal recertification courses twice a month in our school in Austin, Texas. In just a few days of class you can meet all the requirements for either Texas or National Registry recertification. Classes include lecture, skills, scenarios and discussion. Sample the Austin night-life while meeting your certification requirements. Visit www.lifestart.us for more details or call 512-614-7556.

National Registry skills testing: TEEX is proud to announce that we are an NREMT Advanced Practical Exam site, able to accommodate Intermediate 85, Intermediate 99 and Paramedic exams. For more information about exams or to register, please contact Donna McGee at 979-458-2998 or email at Donna.McGee@teex.tamu.edu.

Rope Rescue Training: Training for fire, EMS, law enforcement and industry in technical rescue, rope rescue, fire rescue, cave rescue, vehicle rescue and wilderness first aid. Call John Green at 361-938-7080 or visit www.texasroperescue.com.

TEEX Training: TEEX offers training for EMS responders and management, especially for those in rural areas; training for WMD/EMS operations and planning; as well as training for natural disaster and terrorist incidents. For more information visit www.teex.org/ems.

Texas EMS Conference

Texas EMS Conference: November 19-22, 2017, in Fort Worth. Three days of fantastic preconference classes, three days of world-class lectures, and one of the biggest EMS exhibit halls in the U.S.! Join us for education, networking and fun! Visit www.TexasEMSConference.com for more information.

2017 Preconference Classes:

PRECONFERENCE CLASSES

November 17, 18 and 19

Early registration deadline October 5

 Prices increase October 6

 

Friday–Saturday–Sunday
National Association of EMS Educators Instructor Course, Level I
Early rate $575; after 10/5/17 $650; Friday, 11/17, 8:00 am–5:30 pm; Saturday, 11/18, 8:00 am–5:30 pm; and Sunday, 11/19, 8:00 am–5:30 pm; 1½ hours for lunch on own; Omni Fort Worth; CE: Additional. Ready to take your dream of becoming an EMS educator to the next level? NAEMSE presents the EMS Instructor Course, which has been designed and developed by the same individuals who produced the DOT/NHTSA 2002 National Guidelines for Educating EMS Instructors. The NAEMSE Instructor Course represents the didactic component and practical application of the beginning education process to become an EMS instructor. The content of this 40-hour course (16 hours online) aligns the NAEMSE developed modules with the curriculum objectives of the 2002 National Guidelines and complies with EMS rules for lead instructors in more than 40 states, including Texas. The course content provides an introduction to a broad span of educational theory that is heavily reliant on brain-based learning and evidence-based best practices for all levels of experience as an EMS educator. Individuals who attend the entire course and pass the post-test will receive a Certificate of Course Completion from NAEMSE and will be eligible for Texas instructor certification. Continuing education hours have been applied for through NAEMSE, which is accredited by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS). For more information on class content, contact Laurie Davin at mailto:Laurie.Davin@naemse.org or 412-343-4775.
 
Saturday–Sunday
Tactical Combat Casualty Care **Class is Full; Waitlist Available Email: registration@texasemsconference.com
Early rate $525; after 10/5/17 $600; Saturday, 11/18, 8:00 am–5:30 pm; and Sunday, 11/19, 8:00 am–5:30 pm; 1½ hours for lunch on own; Fort Worth Convention Center; CE: Special considerations and trauma. The Tactical Combat Casualty Care for Medical Personnel (TCCC-MP) course introduces evidence-based, life-saving techniques and strategies for providing the best trauma care in hostile environments that SWAT, EMS, and military personnel may find themselves in around the world. The program meets the guidelines established by the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care (Co-TCCC). The course will include an airway lab (performed on tissue), wound packing with hemostatic agents, use of tourniquets, airway management, intravenous therapy (to include TXA and blood products), pain management and antibiotics, fracture management, burn management, tactics and more for medical personnel. Any EMS practitioner called upon to respond to a mass casualty or active shooter event will benefit from this scenario-based, active course. Following this course, participants will be able to sit for the new Tactical Responder Certification or the Tactical Paramedic Certification from the International Board of Specialty Certification (IBSC) and the Board for Critical Care Transport Paramedic Certification. This very popular class sold out quickly last year. Wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move – a lot – and be prepared for anything. For more information on class content, go to the website (911TacMed.com) or Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/911TACMED), or contact Matthew Kinney at mailto:911tacmed@gmail.com.
 
Disaster and Wilderness Medicine for EMS
Early rate $425; after 10/5/17 $495; Saturday, 11/18, 8:00 am–5:30 pm; and Sunday, 11/19, 8:00 am–5:30 pm; 1½ hours for lunch on own; Omni Fort Worth; CE: Medical, Pt Assess, Trauma, Airway. There are miles and miles of Texas – much of it classified as rural and frontier. Are you prepared for providing emergency care when your resources are severely limited, either because you’re in the middle of nowhere or in the middle of a disaster? Come join us for a class that will take you beyond EMT or paramedic training and prepare you to provide medical care with a minimum of equipment and resources. From wound care to medical emergencies, we will cover many common problems that occur in disaster and backcountry settings. Come dressed to move around – this class is scenario-based and will involve spending time outdoors and being physically active. For more information about class content, contact Kirk Mittelman at kmittelman@gmail.com.
 
Saturday
The Basics of Clinical Research and Presentation Strategies
Early rate $50; after 10/5/17 $75; Saturday, 11/18, 8:00 am–5:30 pm; lunch included; Omni Fort Worth; CE: Additional. This 8-hour class will introduce participants to the fundamentals of performing basic and clinical research as well as literature reviews. The instructors will discuss interesting uses of widely available research tools and how to find and use some of the lesser-known resources. In this program the regulatory requirements and pitfalls of human-based research will also be discussed. Hands-on experience in developing specific scientific-focused poster and oral presentations will be available. Participants who attend with research ideas in progress will be offered individualized project assistance from highly experienced faculty. For more information on course content, contact David Wampler, PhD, LP, at wamplerd@uthscsa.edu.
 
Critical Care Skills 2017: Procedural Anatomy Cadaver Lab**Class is Full: Please consider The Human Factor Cadaver Course.
Early rate $275; after 10/5/17 $330; Saturday, 11/18, 8:00 am–5:30 pm; lunch included; off-site (meet at Omni Fort Worth for 8:00 am bus transportation to UTSW anatomy facilities); CE: Preparatory. Limited to 44 participants (course always fills quickly—please sign up early). The Critical Care Skills course — also known as “The Procedural Anatomy Program” — is a nationally recognized offering, specifically focused on optimal resuscitation and emergent interventions. This program is a unique, hands-on experience that gracefully blends fresh human specimens, highly experienced professionals, and the most demanding procedures (with the right dose of reservation). The course is tightly orchestrated and designed to comprehensively dissect, explain, and train through: bleeding control, ventilation management (BLS, ALS and Surgical), vascular access (IV: peripheral and cut-down, IO, and central venous access), thoracic injury management (anterior and lateral needle decompression, finger thoracotomy, chest tube placement and pericardiocentesis), ultrasound assessment and usage, as well as fundamental suturing and more. Participants actively locate, visualize, mobilize and explore the freshly dissected anatomy of the neck, chest, abdomen and extremities to better appreciate the efficacy and impact our interventions have on the human body (while simultaneously defining the common medical and traumatic disease processes we encounter). This 8-hour course has been specifically designed with the single goal of improving indication recognition while simultaneously offering hands-on experience for “low frequency–high value” procedures. Suggested attire: scrubs/running shoes. Participants should not wear shorts or open toed shoes. Who should register for this exciting preconference class? Paramedics, nurses, physicians, and educators. This program is a hands-on effort involving human specimen - All PPE is provided. NOTE: This course involves a full day of active engagement and a tremendous amount of standing, moving and skills refinement. Participants should expect to be emotionally charged, completely satisfied, yet utterly exhausted at the courses conclusion. This program consistently receives the highest evaluation scores for content, instruction, and value. With that in mind, participants are strongly encouraged to come well rested and prepared to learn. As a bonus, each participant receives a procedural anatomy program DVD. Participants are REQUIRED to ride on the provided bus and be escorted to the lab – no exceptions. For information on course content, contact Ashley Hoppe at Ashley.Hoppe@BSB911.com.
 
 
Pediatric Assessment Course
Early rate $200; after 10/5/17 $240; Saturday, 11/18, 8:00 am–5:30 pm; 1½ hours for lunch on own; Omni Fort Worth; CE: Pediatric. A new class presented by Bob Page and Dusty Lynn! PALS, PEPP, PITLS, APLS, PCC, NRP, PEARS, all names in the Pediatric course library. Each one has its merits. What if you could take a class that highlighted the best of all courses along with some assessment techniques not seen in any of them? Join Bob and Dusty for a class that makes sense of the different pediatric information out there. Bob is joined by dynamic pediatric educator Dusty Lynn from the University of Virginia to present an exciting course of hands-on and interactive case studies designed to help you hone your pediatric assessment skills. Plan on spending an amazing day with two passionate educators as they explore pediatric assessment pearls and give you the feedback you need for success. For more information on class content, contact Bob Page at lead2noclue@me.com.
 
Sunday
Basic Designated Infection Control Officer Course
Early rate $395; after 10/5/17 $475; Sunday, 11/19, 8:00 am–5:30 pm; 1½ hours for lunch on own; Omni Fort Worth; CE: Administrator or Preparatory. Do you have a designated infection control officer in your organization? This 8-hour course is designed to prepare the Infection Control Officer to fully meet the requirements for the position established under NFPA 1581, OSHA, and the Ryan White Law. The Ryan White Law states that each fire, EMS and law enforcement agency must have a designated officer to manage exposure issues for the department. The class will focus on legal and clinical issues, with an emphasis on implementation of the program, all taught by instructors with many years of experience in EMS. Participants receive a USB drive at the conclusion with resources, including a template for an infection control plan that can be modified for your service. For information on course content, contact Fred Ortiz at fortiz@saosolutions.net.
 
Improving Airway Management
Early rate $325; after 10/5/17 $385; Sunday, 11/19, 8:00 am–5:30 pm; 1½ hours for lunch on own; Omni Fort Worth; CE: Airway. Do you understand airway management – REALLY understand it? If you don’t (and we won’t tell), here’s your chance to learn in an interactive, 8-hour session. Using lectures and lots of hands-on-time, EMS Medical Director Jeff Jarvis, MD, EMT-P, and his colleagues at Williamson County EMS will expand the practicing paramedic's "airway toolbox." Get the knowledge and practice skills in stations for delayed-sequence intubation for adequate apneic oxygenation and pre-oxygenation, push-dose pressors, PEEP, RAMP positioning, intubation with horribly soiled airways and several types of video laryngoscopes. For more information on course content, contact John Gonzales at jgonzales@wilco.org or Jeff Jarvis at jjarvis@wilco.org.
 
Advanced Administrator of Record Course: Lessons from Harvey                                                                                                    Early rate $150; after 10/5/16 $195; Sunday, 11/19, 8:30 am–5:00 pm; 1½ hours for lunch on own; Omni Fort Worth; CE: Administrator or CRO. In August, Texas experienced the worst natural disaster in U.S. history and first responders, as usual, were on the front lines. We’re bringing together EMS administrators, medical directors, EMTF representatives, and state and federal officials to take us through what happened before, during and after the hurricane and how Houston dealt with the devastating flooding that followed. What went well? What did we learn to improve for the next time a disaster threatens Texas? What can you do to prepare if your service is in the middle of a disaster?  If you’re not in the affected area, how can you help? Join us for a fascinating day that will give you what a disaster looks like from the inside out. Administrators and all others welcome. You qualify for this course if you have five years of experience in EMS administration and have successfully completed the Initial AOR course (or meet the requirements within Rule 157.11 to have an exception from taking the Initial AOR class). For more information on course content, contact Joe Schmider at joseph.schmider@dshs.texas.gov.

The Human Factor: Cadaver-Based Anatomy Lab for Emergency Medicine
Early rate $275; after 10/5/17 $330; Sunday, 11/19, 8:00 am–5:30 pm; lunch included; off-site (meet at Omni Fort Worth for 8:00 am bus transportation to UTSW anatomy facilities); CE: Preparatory. Limited to 44 participants (course always fills quickly—please sign up early). This full-day, focused human anatomy program literally takes your medical education and turns it “inside out” - with non-fixed/fresh human specimens as your guide. Participants in this class will actively locate, visualize, mobilize and explore the anatomy of the head, neck, chest, abdomen and extremities to appreciate the medical and traumatic disease processes we frequently encounter. Participants will assess the impact of life on human systems, while we compare and contrast today’s medical efforts, with the science and truth of our own mortality. Engaging in this hands-on experience will completely immerse you in human anatomy with experienced professionals by your side for the journey. Suggested attire: scrubs /running shoes. Participants should not wear shorts or open-toed shoes. Who should register for this exciting preconference class? Paramedics, nurses, physicians, and educators. This program is a hands-on effort involving human specimen - All PPE is provided. NOTE: This course involves a full day of active engagement and tremendous amount of standing, moving and skills refinement. Participants should expect to be emotionally charged, completely satisfied, yet utterly exhausted at the conclusion. This course, like the Critical Care Skills program, consistently receives the highest evaluation scores for content, instruction, and value. With that in mind, participants are strongly encouraged to come well rested and prepared to learn. As a bonus, each participant receives a procedural anatomy program DVD. Participants are REQUIRED to ride on the provided bus and be escorted to the lab – no exceptions. For information on course content, contact Ashley Hoppe at Ashley.Hoppe@BSB911.com.
 
 
Multi-Lead Medics 12-Lead ECG for Acute and Critical Care Providers
Early rate $185; after 10/5/17 $225; Sunday, 11/19, 8:00 am–5:30 pm; 1½ hours for lunch on own; Omni Fort Worth; CE: Medical. New, updated information and lower price! If anyone told you that you could take a 12-lead class and have fun, would you believe them? Presented by Bob Page, author of 12-Lead ECG for Acute and Critical Care Providers, this 8-hour, highly motivating, non-stop interactive course on 12-lead ECG is comprehensive, including proper lead placement, axis and hemiblock determination, bundle branch blocks, differentiating wide-complex tachycardia and myocardial infarction recognition. Also included is the use of a 15-lead ECG for increased sensitivity for STEMI. Participants in the program will read approximately 200 12-lead ECGs, gaining both experience and confidence in their newly learned skill. This is a great course for EMS and hospitals implementing STEMI programs or for continuing professional development. Important information on drug interactions and QT intervals is included as well! This course is the perfect filler to pick up where ACLS and experienced provider courses leave off. Page’s textbook is not included or required, but it might help your understanding of the class. New, used and electronic editions widely available at booksellers, including Amazon. For more information on class content, contact Bob Page at lead2noclue@me.com.
 
Setting the Scene with Moulage
Early rate $295; after 10/5/17 $350; Sunday, 11/19, 8:00 am–5:30 pm; 1½ hours for lunch on own; Fort Worth Convention Center; CE: Additional. Learn how to make your drill or exercise more like the real deal! Spend the morning with a variety of moulage materials to create prefabricated realistic wounds to use in your exercises and drill scenarios. Working in a group setting, you’ll learn different techniques for creating prefabricated wounds ready for application. Graphic photos of both real and simulated injuries will help inspire your creativity and improve your understanding. You’ll spend the afternoon moulaging patients and staging the scene for different scenarios. (No latex products will be used in this class.) For information on course content, contact Kevin Gehrig at ksgehrigemti@gmail.com.
 
Friday Night Lights: On-Field Care of Potential Spine-Injured Athlete
Early rate: $125; after 10/5/17, $175 Sunday, 11/19, 1:30 pm–5:30 pm; Fort Worth Convention Center; CE: Trauma. On-field care of a spine-injured athlete requires teamwork and expediency in the proper removal of equipment to access the athlete's airway and chest for resuscitation. Effective execution of skilled communication, decision-making and psycho-motor skills in a high stakes-low frequency emergency situation are vital to patient safety. This simulation provides an opportunity for healthcare providers to experience working as a team to gain access to the airway and chest while maintaining spinal stabilization in the athlete (high-fidelity manikin) wearing a football helmet, shoulder pads and other protective gear. For information on course content, contact Jackie Langford at jlangford@collin.edu
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