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Team Member of the Month

Clint Starnes, EMT-P

Level One ETS Senior Educator

First Call – Memphis Region


First Call Bolsters ETS Course Offerings

(NASHVILLE, TN) First Call Ambulance Service of TN, LLC, recently sent two of its of its senior management team to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville for training as Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS) instructors. In turn, Randy Maner, First Call Corporate ALS/Training Manager and Dale Fulghum, ALS Coordinator, South Central Region, will train select ETS staff enabling Extendlife to offer the popular and versitile course.  

PEARS is designed for healthcare providers such as EMTs, medical and surgical nurses, school nurses and other healthcare providers who infrequently see  critically ill infants and children.

“AHA has done a tremendous job in putting this course together.  The video is excellent and the course is so flexible it can be customized to include the most basic healthcare provider to the most highly skilled ALS provider” comments Fulghum.

“We are estatic to finally have the personnel to offer this exceptional course” ETS Executive Administrator Bill Carter stated.

“In addition to First Call’s pro-active effort in partnering with us, they have also received training in the global ITLS program, which enhances Extendlife’s International Trauma Life Support program” adds Carter.

                “To recognize First Call’s long term comittment to ETS and to better facilitate the large geographic area they serve, we have appointed Mr. Fulghum AHA ACLS Training Center Faculity and Mr. Maner AHA PALS Training Center Faculty” Carter announced.


Push For Hands-On CPR Training In TN Schools

SOURCE: NewsChannel 5-by Marcus Washington

 NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Soon there could be more graduation requirements for high school students in the state. The Senate has already approved a bill make hands-on CPR training in all state high schools a requirement and now that bill is headed to the House.They are rhythmic compressions are simple movements that can save a life.Students atMartinLutherKingMagnetHigh Schoolare getting the hands-on training that many say will make the difference when seconds count.

“They are far more qualified and far more confident in providing CPR because of the hands on experience they’ve have in this classroom,” said Dr. Tina Bozeman who teaches the Lifetime Wellness course at MLK.She says students like 10th grader Luis Meneses are getting the skills a video or book cannot teach.”You need to be very hands on and have practice. So, in my opinion if I heard you have to do compressions until you feel 2 inches, I wouldn’t know how to feels; because it would be my first time doing it,” said Meneses.

This is the very reason state lawmakers are looking to make hands-on CPR training mandatory in allTennesseepublic schools.The work being done in Metro Nashville schools is what many would like to see everywhere.”So the students are taught and certified in adult CPR, child CPR and infant CPR,” saidBozeman.Metro Schools received a grant from the metro Nashville Fire Department to be able to provide the classes.The American Heart Association is looking to make this partnership of success happen everywhere.”In some school districts they are working withinEMSto come in and actually do the training. Other school systems are partnering with local hospitals (that) come in for the day and do the training and share their mannequins, so we are really going to work to connect them with community partners to make this happen locally,” said Chastity Mitchell, senior director of government relations for the American Heart Association.

These classes are not just about learning, but saving lives.”I feel very sure of myself that I would possibly be able to help and keep the person living for as long as possible,” said Meneses.The “CPR In Schools” Bill has passed unanimously in the Senate.

About 4,500 Metro students have gotten their C-P-R certification each year since 2006.


Facebook Disaster Preparedness Apps Available

SOURCE: NAEMT Pulse Newsletter, June 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two new, free, personal preparedness applications on Facebook from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (ASPR), help people support each other during an emergency and become better prepared by identifying lifelines. These are Facebook friends you can count on who agree to check on you in an emergency, supply you with shelter, food, or other necessities, or provide you with a social network with an update on your well-being.

After disasters, a tremendous number of people use Facebook to post and share information. The new Facebook apps leverage those social connections to enhance community and individual resilience. The apps help people more easily learn whether their loved ones are safe and search for those missing. The apps also allow users to print cards with a snapshot of their preparedness plans to carry in their wallets as quick references about what to do when a disaster strikes.

Access the two apps, bReddi and Project: Lifeline, through ASPR website or directly through Facebook.


US Coast Guard Accepts AHA First Aid Certificate

Source: ECC Beat (AHA Newsletter) 

The US Coast Guard has approved the AHA Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Course as meeting the requirements of Basic Safety – Elementary First Aid training for the USCG. AHA Instructors should give the certificate available at the following path on the AHA Instructor Network to any maritime personnel that require the certificate along with an AHA course completion card.