Monday, July 11, 2016

Emergency Medical Services Providing Lifesaving Drug for Opioid Overdoses

From The Oklahoma State Department of Health
Information on Naloxone and Opioid Overdose
Office of Communications
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

In November 2014, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) initiated a program to expand naloxone availability and use among emergency medical personnel across Oklahoma as part of a comprehensive program to reduce opioid drug overdose deaths. Naloxone is a lifesaving medication which can reverse an overdose if given in time. Today, more than 800 EMS personnel have been trained on the use of naloxone. Agencies have reported 42 lives saved. The number of lives saved is expected to grow as the program continues to expand through 2016.

Poisoning by prescription drugs is Oklahoma’s largest drug problem. Of the more than 5,300 unintentional poisoning deaths in Oklahoma from 2007 to 2014, nearly 80 percent involved at least one prescription drug and almost 90 percent of those deaths involved prescription painkillers, also known as opioids. In recent years, the number of unintentional poisoning deaths surpassed deaths from motor vehicle crashes. More unintentional poisoning deaths were caused by hydrocodone or oxycodone, both prescription painkillers, than alcohol and all illicit drugs combined. Adults ages 35-54 have the highest death rate of any age group for prescription overdoses.

Oklahoma Chosen to Develop Value-Based Approaches to Medicaid Reimbursement for FQHC

This is interesting good time to interduce community paramedicine.
From OSDH
Office of Communications
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Oklahoma has been selected as one of six states to participate in the National Academy for State Health Policy’s (NASHP) Value-Based Payment Reform Academy. The goal of this academy is to develop value-based alternative payment methodologies for federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and rural health clinics (RHCs) that align with states’ goals for transforming how care is delivered.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Crescent forced to shut down ambulance services

When are we going to do something? The Health Department has no leadership; The Oklahoma Ambulance Association has fought reform for nine years; EMSA lobbies to kill anything that will help rural services; OKAMA and EMSA have said services that have a hard time should be shut down, and no resources should be used to help.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

I am Back.

Hello everyone, sorry I have not kept up this page or the website as some of you know I have had a bit of a health problem as of late, while not yet out of the woods things are getting better and I am just glad to be alive. I have to belive everyday in every way things are getting better. Anyway, I am back and I hope to start to give you the information you need about EMS. Look for a few post soon. Thanks enjoy the day! Rodney

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

10 EMS Bills Introduced In Oklahoma

This year at the capitol there are a total of ten bills dealing with Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Everything from funding to opioid antagonists. Bills deal with the emergency medical personal death benefit, education, ambulance districts, transparency, stretcher aid vans, officers and deputies, training and civil liability and two shell bills, EMS dispatch and rural EMS funding. 

The most important bill this year is the Ambulance Service Districts Act. It would give rural areas the ability to combine funding and form a regional ambulance district. With the state budget at a shortfall and more cuts coming, any help for the state looks far way. Rural Oklahoma has to have options to use what EMS dollars are available. The EMS Survival Act has state-supported funding, but will find a very hard time this year.