Thursday, March 28, 2013

Greetings Everyone!  We have had lots of activity in the past 2 weeks. I will post some photos of the highlights.

I think you are all understanding what a normal week is like. I will refresh your memory and in the future you can refer back to the archives to see what we do. Potential employees/volunteers will find a gold mine of information on our blog!!

A typical month looks like this:

  • Every day - Ambulance checks
  • Every Monday -- Team Meeting at 9:00
  • Every Monday and Thursday -- Stay Active and Independent for Life  (SAIL)SAIL Department of Health website and PDF of SAIL information
  • Every Thursday - Rescue Fitness Training
  • The first Monday of every month - High Angle Training
  • The first week of the month - detailed inventory of all ambulances
  • Once a month - detailed cleaning and waxing of one (or more) of the ambulances
  • Once a month - EMT Continuing Education (CME) also known as OTEP (Ongoing Training and Evaluation Program).
  • Once a month - Paramedic Continuing Education
  • As needed or requested - CPR/First Aid Classes or Skill Checks, Car seat installation,
  • Community Programs

Of course this is all interspersed with other meetings, training, presentations and emergency responses.
Here is our Activity Report for March
  • Medicare Webinar (Cindy and Becky)
  • 2 First Aid/CPR classes
  • 5 First Aid/CPR and Health Care Provider skill checks (participants did the class room part online)
  • 4 Car Seat Installations
  • Taught an Advanced Cardiac Life Support Class (ACLS)
  • Presented a program on the history of Aero Methow Rescue and the early days of medicine in the Methow Valley at the Methow Valley Inn Supper Club supper club website
  • Met with the Yakama Tribe representative about River Safety Program and River Safety Signage
  • Met with emergency planners and responders to update the Methow Valley Emergency Plan 
  • CME for all employees and responders, the topic was Altered Mental Status and Sick not Sick through EMS Online
  • Deep Clean Medic 866, 867 and 862 (SAR and ALS response rig)
  • Tom attended the Paramedic Lecture Series in Leavenworth
  • Becky and Cindy attended an Ambulance Billing Conference
  • Theresa assisted in the instruction for the Okanogan/North Douglas County EMS Evaluator Workshop in Pateros, administered by the North Central Emergency Medical Care Council
  • Vikki cross trains with the Okanogan County Sheriff's Office SWAT team and was called into action for the shooting in Okanogan
  • Vikki assisted in the organization and instruction of a 2 day biannual Search and Rescue Training in Brewster. This training meets the state requirements for Search and Rescue members.
  • ALS CME - Post Resuscitation Care, IV Pump Refresher and drip rate calculations
  • Head Start visits Aero Methow. “Getting to know us” presentation about who we are, what we do and the equipment we use.
  • Attended Twisp Chamber Meeting and Winthrop Barn Membership Meeting
  • We rented the Training Room to Fire Vision for Wildland Fire training and to the Town of Twisp for a retreat.
  • To date (3/28/13) we responded to 35 emergency calls in the Month of March.

Becky and Cindy attended an Ambulance Billing Conference (ABC3) to maintain, update and learn about new policies and procedures as mandated by the Federal Government and updated billing codes and billing process and much more.

Our friends, Lisa and Dan, at Aim (the billing software company we have used for 18 years). It is so good to meet with them in person as we communicate regularly via the phone and Internet!

Becky and I with the staff of Page, Wirth and Wolfberg. Steve is our primary consultant and valuable resource for legal advise pertaining to billing, personnel policy, HIPAA and best practices . Sorry the photo is blurry.

Tom at the Paramedic Lecture Series learning about the Glide Scope.

At the Lecture Series with Shaughn Maxwell presenting.

Shaughn Maxwell, Tom and Mike Moody.
All local boys!
Shaughn is now a MSO (Medical Service Officer) at Snohomish County Fire and Mike is a Paramedic at Leavenworth and organizer of the Lecture Series, he does a great job! Mike took his initial EMT class with us as a senior in high school..Shaughn started with our agency as a senior in High School in 1989-90. As part of a school program he worked with us for part of an afternoon several days a week. For being an 18 year old student he was my right hand man!

Byron and Kurt in deep thought over the week's assignments.

 Rick and Tom planning.

I was on my way to Wenatchee and of course had to stop at Sweet River Bakery  for a cup of Blue Star Coffee and ran into our friend Lee Canwell, PA. What a wonderful guy. It was so good to see him. He used to stay at our office when he worked at Methow Valley Family Practice as a Physician's Assistant.

Deep Clean day for Medic 867, the ambulance stationed in Mazama! Therefore named the Mazambulance!  

Secret Service Agent Oakley waxing the Mazambulance!

Thursday Morning Rescue Fitness Training 
Byron and Nina doing dead lifts using the backboard and sandbags.

Head Start visits Aero Methow. 
“Getting to know us” presentation about who we are, what we do and the equipment we use.

Theresa is showing the kids how we use the Pediatric Safe Transporter. 

One of the participants was not going to leave her patient until she had done a thorough exam. Here she is checking the blood pressure. 

One of our car seat manikins is demonstrating  the use of a non-rebreather mask. 

Ruth is showing the kids the teddy bear we give a sick or injured child.