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Naloxone Available for First Responders
During the 2016 Legislation Session Senate File (SF) 2218 & House File (HF) 2460 were passed that provides expanded access to opioid antagonists (Naloxone hydrochloride) to assist in the opioid overdose epidemic. Naloxone hydrochloride (naloxone) is a medication indicated for the reversal of opioid-related overdose. The passing of the SF and HF ensures that naloxone may be readily obtainable by any person (“eligible recipient”) who is:

  • An individual at risk of opioid-related overdose,
  • A family member, friend, or other person in a position to assist a person at risk of opioid-related overdose, or
  • A first responder employed by a service program, law enforcement agency, or fire department.

The Iowa Board of Pharmacy (IBP) has revised their rules (IAC 657-8 effective November 3, 2016) to allow the dispensing of naloxone to eligible recipients as described above by a prescription issued by a physician, an advanced registered nurse practitioner, or a physician assistant or by a standing order issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health. The Bureau of Emergency and Trauma Services has revised our rules to change the Iowa Emergency Medical Care Provider Scope of Practice (dated June 2016, effective November 16, 2016) to allow Iowa certified EMRs and EMTs who are part of an authorized service program to administer intranasal or auto-inject naloxone if approved by the service program’s medical director.

The IBP has developed a page on their website that provides information, frequently asked questions, and necessary forms covering the prescribing and dispensing of naloxone to eligible recipients by an Iowa pharmacy/pharmacist. The IBP page for naloxone can be accessed at the following link: https://pharmacy.iowa.gov/naloxone-standing-order.

Law enforcement agencies and fire departments not authorized by the Bureau and who wish to obtain and provide naloxone should be directed to the IBP website and local pharmacy/pharmacist. If an authorized service program (transport or non-transport) wishes to obtain either intranasal or auto-inject naloxone for administration by EMRs or EMTs the service program should contact their respective EMS Field Coordinator for assistance with their protocol change.

For questions, please contact the Bureau of Emergency and Trauma Services, Division of Acute Disease Prevention, Emergency Response and Environmental Health at the Iowa Department of Public Health, 321 East 12th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319.

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IEMSA EMS NON-BILLERS WORKSHOP
Hilton Garden Inn Event Center, West Des Moines
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 1pm-4:30pm - $10/pp
This important Workshop will help those Iowa EMS Services that are NOT currently billing for EMS services. IEMSA’s GEMT Consultant, Karla McHenry, Doug Wolfberg, Michelle Smith of PCC and IEMSA Board members with deep knowledge of billing will walk you through the benefits and pitfalls of billing. They will also step you through your options and eligibility to get started pulling in some of the reimbursement funds available to EMS Services in Iowa. Get the complete event details here!

SIX $1,000 SCHOLARSHIPS ADDED TO THE ANNUAL IEMSA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Are you a student looking for assistance to help pay for your EMS Course? Are you a service that has students that are in an EMS Class that you are paying for? If you answered yes to either one of the questions above, IEMSA can help. In an effort to help Iowa EMS combat the volunteer and paramedic shortage, we have added SIX $1,000 Scholarships. Details on page 14 of the January/March 2017 VOICE! Or, download the application PDF!

EMS MEMORIAL CEREMONY
Join us to kick off EMS Week honoring our fallen heroes at the 2019 EMS Memorial Ceremony, to be held May 18, 2019 at the West Des Moines EMS Station #19 on Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines. If you have a fallen hero you’d like to honor, applications are being accepted for next year’s ceremony. Honoree Application available here. Deadline for Honoree submissions is April 14, 2019.

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February 6, 2020
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IEMSA board meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month unless otherwise noted. Regular meetings will be held by teleconference or at West Des Moines EMS Station 19, 8055 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm unless otherwise noted. The November meeting is the Annual Meeting which is held in conjunction with the Annual Conference and Trade Show at the conference location. All members are welcome to attend.

2019 Board Meeting Dates
January 17 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
West Des Moines EMS Station 19

February 5 - 3:30-4:50 p.m.
ANNUAL MEMBER MEETING
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March 21 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
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April 8 - 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn West Des Moines

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June 20 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Mercy College - Sullivan Center

July 18 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
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September 19 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
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October 17 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
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December 19 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
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Regional Billing & Documentation Conference
April 8 & 9, 2019
NEW Location - Hilton Garden Inn/West Des Moines

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September 28 & 29, 2019
West Des Moines Fire/EMS Station #19
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30th Annual IEMSA Conference & Trade Show
November 7-9, 2019
Iowa Event Center/Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center
Des Moines, IA
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February 8, 2020
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EMS Day on the Hill & Iowa EMS Summit Conference
February 12 & 13, 2020
Hilton Downtown Des Moines
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