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PCALS Receives Pediatric Transport Devices

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PedimateAs a participating provider in Pennsylvania’s Pediatric Voluntary Recognition Program, Pike County Advanced Life Support (PCALS) recently received two Pedi-Mate® devices. The devices, valued at approximately three-hundred dollars each, were provided free of charge to PCALS through a grant from Pennsylvania’s Emergency Medical Services for Children Program in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

The Pedi-Mate® is a restraint system designed to safely transport pediatric patients in an ambulance. The device quickly adapts the current ambulance cots used by PCALS to safety transport children ranging from ten to forty pounds. The device uses a five-point harness system to securely hold the child onto the ambulance cot for save transport. The Pedi-Mate® devices meet federal child safety seat standards.

The goal is to protect the pediatric patient in the event of an accident or hard-braking incident during ambulance transport. In addition, contrary to traditional devices used to transport pediatric patients, the Pedi-Mate® device allows the EMS provider to be positioned in a seat where they can be seat-belted and provide care to the pediatric patient at the same time.

The devices are made of a vinyl allowing for the easy clean-up of bodily fluids. In addition, the entire system rolls up neatly providing for compact storage and efficient retrieval.

Pike County Advanced Life Support provides basic and advanced life support ambulance services to both Pike and Wayne Counties. For more information about Pike County Advanced Life Support contact (855) 745-3257 or info@pikeals.org.

Pike County Advanced Life Support Recognized for Dedication to Pediatric Care

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Every year, over 70,000 children are transported by ambulances in Pennsylvania. This means that almost every seven minutes a child is being taken to the hospital with a potentially life threatening medical condition. In order to ensure that EMS agencies within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are prepared for pediatrics, the Pennsylvania Emergency Medical Services for Children program, in partnership with the Department of Health, Bureau of EMS and the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council, has created the Pediatric Voluntary Recognition Program to recognize EMS agencies that are willing to go above and beyond current requirements to deliver excellence in emergency medical care to children within the Commonwealth.

The Voluntary Recognition Program Decal that has been placed on all PCALS units.

The Voluntary Recognition Program Decal that has been placed on all PCALS units.

The Pennsylvania Pediatric Voluntary Recognition Program has recognized 46 EMS agencies across the state in its initial recognition phase, including Pike County Advanced Life Support. The program consists of four levels that include Basic, Intermediate, Advanced and Master.

Currently, Pike County Advanced Life Support is recognized at the Master level, which is the highest level of recognition. This recognition means that the ambulance service has added additional pediatric-specific medical equipment on their ambulances, completed child abuse background checks on all providers, requires its providers to complete several hours of training on pediatric education every year and annually provide various pediatric-specific community outreach programs.

By voluntarily participating in this program, Pike County Advanced Life Support is demonstrating that they are truly prepared for pediatric patients and are ready to respond to any and all emergency situations involving Pennsylvania’s youngest citizens.

Pike County Advanced Life Support is only one of three ambulance services in the Northeastern Pennsylvania EMS Region to be recognized under this program. The Northeastern Pennsylvania Region includes Bradford, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming Counties. In addition, Pike County Advanced Life Support is the only service in the region recognized at the Master Level.

Pike County Advanced Life Support response units now proudly display decals indicating recognition under this program and EMS stations display a certificate of recognition.   

Pike County Advanced Life Support provides basic and advanced life support ambulance services to both Pike and Wayne Counties. For more information about Pike County Advanced Life Support contact them at (855) 745-3257 or info@pikeals.org. For more information about the Pediatric Voluntary Recognition Program contact the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council at (717) 795 0740.

Wayne-Pike Resource Fair

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On Monday, October 21, 2013, Pike County Advanced Life Support will participate in the Wayne-Pike Resource Fair at the Wallenpaupack North Intermediate School (WNIS) Gymnasium. The WNIS is located on Atlantic Avenue–off Route 6 in Hawley, PA. There will be a variety of agencies, support staff and businesses on hand to answer questions you might have about community resources in Wayne and Pike Counties. Pike County Advanced Life Support will be on-hand with important information for adults and candy and balloons for the kids. The Tafton Fire Company will be offering tours of an ambulance and a fire truck. The event is sponsored by the Special Kids Network and Bayada Home Health Care. For more information call or email Lori at 570-949-4152 or ldevoe@paelkshomeservice.org or Gerry at 570-209-1696 or gmcgroarty@bayada.com.

Ten Digit Dialing Coming to NEPA

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phoneThe Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) has announced that mandatory ten-digit dialing is set to begin in September 21, 2013 for residential and business customers within the existing 570 area code. Presently, customers in this area are taking part in a permissive dialing period. However, beginning Sept. 21, 2013, mandatory 10-digit dialing will be required. During the upcoming mandatory dialing period, all calls must be made using the area code plus the seven-digit number. If only the seven-digit telephone number is dialed, customers will reach a recorded announcement stating they must hang up and redial the number using the area code plus the seven-digit number. This recording will be available permanently. Dialing 911 and Pike County Advanced Life Support at 855-745-3257 will remain the same.

Motorcycle Accident on Welcome Lake Road

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On Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 4:47 p.m. Pike County ALS and Lackawaxen EMS were dispatched to an accident involving a motorcycle on Welcome Lake Road. PCALS unit 401-1 arrived on-scene to find a male with life-threating injuries. A request for air medical support was made, but weather would not permit the use of a helicopter. The male patient was transported by ground by Lackawaxen EMS and Pike County ALS to Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton, PA. Various fire department personnel also assisted on-scene.

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Blood Donors Get Ice Cream Coupon & Chance to Win Gas Card

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Delaware Township Volunteer Ambulance Corp. in conjunction with the American Red Cross will hold a Community Blood Drive on Saturday, July 20, 2013. The event will be held at the Ambulance Building at 135 Park Road in Dingmans Ferry from 10:00 until 2:00 pm. All presenting donors will receive a coupon redeemable for $2.50 off the purchase of a 48 ounce container of Turkey Hill’s All Natural Ice Cream. Pike County Advanced Life Support will also raffle a $50.00 gas card to one lucky donor.  Give-Blood-Give-Life

Every day, an average of 39,000 blood donations is needed for hospital patients across the United States. Patients need blood for ongoing and emergency medical treatments. Donated blood is used to meet the needs of area hospitals. Accident victims as well as patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses receive life-saving transfusions every day. There is no substitute for blood and volunteer donors are the only source. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Platelets can be given safely every two weeks, up to 24 times a year. Most healthy people age 17 and older (16 with parental consent), who weigh at least 110 pounds (depending on height), are eligible to donate blood and platelets. Bring yourself and a friend to donate blood and help save someone’s life!

Tractor Trailer Accident Injures Two on Interstate 84

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On Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 12:52 pm Pike County Advanced Life Support (PCALS) was dispatched to assist the Milford Fire Department with a tractor trailer accident on Interstate 84 Eastbound in Dingman Township. PCALS Unit 401-5 responded emergent from Milford. The unit arrived on-scene to find two patients. The PCALS crew attended to the driver of a sedan and transported him to Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY. Other unit’s on-scene included Milford Fire Department and Westfall Fire Department Ambulance.

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Vehicle Crash with Entrapment on Route 6.

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On July 2nd at around 6:30 am, Pike County Advanced Life Support (PCALS) and the Shohola Township Fire Department were dispatched to a motor vehicle collision with a patient entrapped in the vehicle on Route 6 in the area of Shohola Falls. PCALS Unit 401-5 arrived on scene to find a two vehicle accident. The crew assessed the first patient and requested a helicopter to assist with patient transportation, but the weather would not allow for a safe flight. An additional ambulance from Milford Fire Department was requested because of an additional patient. Shohola Fire Department rescue personnel extricated the first patient from the vehicle using hydraulic tools. PCALS Unit 401-5 transported one patient by ground to Community Medical Center in Scranton, PA, a level two trauma center. Milford Fire Department Ambulance treated and release the second patient.

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Pocono Health Foundation Awards Dr. Jordan Endowment Grant to Pike County ALS

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On Tuesday, June 18th the Pocono Health Foundation, a subset of Pocono Health System awarded Pike County Advanced Life Support (PCALS) the Dr. Claus G. Jordan Endowment Grant. The endowment, established in 1995, is dedicated to helping individuals and institutions that are committed to Pocono Medical Center and the community it serves. Dr. Claus G. Jordan Grants are awarded in June each year to innovative community health outreach programs and physician leadership initiatives.

The grant award in the amount of $2,110.00 will be used to expand PCALS’s Induced Therapeutic Hypothermia Program. Specifically, funding will be used to purchase two coolers for the current PCALS units that do not have them.

This program, started in 2010 uses cold saline infused through an IV site to cool a patient’s body that has received a return of pulse after a cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest is most often caused by a heart attack and occurs when a patient stops breathing and no longer has a pulse.   This exciting therapy involves drastically lowering a patient’s body temperature to a hypothermic temperature. By cooling the body, toxins in the brain are prevented from accumulating. This helps reduce the amount of neurologic injury in a patient that has suffered a cardiac arrest. If this innovative treatment is used by PCALS paramedics to treat a patient in the pre-hospital environment, it is continued in the hospital for up to 72 hours and then hospital staff gradually rewarm the patient. PCALS expects to have the new coolers installed by late July.

PCALS President Mary Lou Corbett said, “We have had several success stories in the past few years in using this treatment and we are very grateful to the Pocono Health Foundation to allow us to expand this program”.

This treatment is in addition to the pharmacological, electrical and advanced airway interventions that PCALS provides to patients while assisting other ambulance services and fire departments in Pike and Wayne Counties.

PCALS is a non-profit paramedic service dedicated to providing emergency medical services to the residents and visitors of Pike and Wayne Counties. For more information call PCALS at (855) 745-3257 or log onto www.pikeals.org. Donations for PCALS can be mailed to Pike County ALS, P.O. Box 384 Dingmans Ferry, PA.

Pike Paramediacs Announce Annual Tricky Tray Fundraiser

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Hawley, PA — On Saturday, July 13th, Pike County Advanced Life Support will hold a Tricky Tray Fundraiser at the Wallenpaupack Area High School, 2552 Route 6 in Hawley, PA. Doors open at 1:00 pm and the calling will begin promptly at 3:00 pm. Admission is $4.00 and includes a sheet of tickets. This event includes hundreds of prizes including a LED TV, money tree, bicycle, jewelry, stay at Cove Haven Resort, deluxe patio furniture set, children’s items, shopping, dining and recreational gift certificates and Christmas in July items. A 50/50 raffle will also be held and a concession stand will be available with food and drink. Pike County Advanced Life Support provides emergency paramedic and ambulance services to the residents and visitors of Pike and Wayne Counties. All proceeds from this event will be used to purchase emergency medical equipment. For more information or if you would like to donate please contact us at (855) PIKE-ALS, (855) 745-3257 or e-mail us at info@pikeals.org.

 

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