The IEMSA Mission
To provide a voice and promote
the highest quality and standards of Iowa’s Emergency Medical
IEMSA 9th Billing &
This year's conference will be held April 16-17,
2018. More details are available on the
official page for the conference
hope you'll join us!
IEMSA Conference & Trade Show Exhibitors
Join us at this year's 29th annual IEMSA Conference and Trade Show,
November 8-10, 2018 at the Iowa Events Center, 730 Third St., Des
Moines, IA 50309. Get your products and services in front of over
1,250 EMS Professionals of all certification levels!
Click here for more details and
The latest edition of The Voice newsletter is now available!
Download the current October-December edition
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for? Visit the Membership page
2018 Uh-Oh Peds! Conference
Join us February 24, 2018 at the Coralville
Registration information is available
Des Moines Register
Where you Live May Determine
If You Live
Visit the new
EMS in the News page now to read
the complete article published in the Des Moines Register on
September 12, 2017.
2017 IEMSA MEMORIAL CEREMONY
Whether you were in attendance on Saturday or weren't able to make
it, we're glad to share
from the 2017 IEMSA Memorial Ceremony (Windows Media Video
format). Thank you for helping celebrate the lives and careers of
our fellow EMS providers.
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...
Panel Discussion on Opioid Addiction
The Iowa Association of County Medical Examiners 2016 Fall Meeting
and Education Expo will take place October 14-15, 2016 at the West
Des Moines Marriott. In addition to the great line up of speakers,
this year will feature a panel discussion on opioid addiction.
Panelists bring expertise from a diversity of professional
experiences and backgrounds, and they include Sam Quinones, the LA
Times reporter who wrote the award winning book...
Trends and Consequences of
Eliminating State Psychiatric Beds in 2016
The number of state hospital
beds that remain to serve the nation’s most ill and potentially
dangerous psychiatric patients has fallen to its lowest level on
record, setting off a domino effect of unmet need coast to coast.
Largely reserved for those individuals considered unsuccessfully
treated and/or too dangerous for other health care settings, state
hospitals today are the last resort of the mental health system...
Iowa is ranked 51 of 52 states in the nation
IDHP Requests Your
A prepared and fully
interoperable public health infrastructure is critical. Over the
last two years the Iowa Department of Public Health Bureau of
Emergency and Trauma Services has traveled across the state to meet
with preparedness and response partners to understand the challenges
in preparedness and response system and coalition development. Seven
service areas areas have been identified (see
IDPH is requesting feedback on the
service area alignment before August 17, 2016. Additional details
and information regarding the organization and administration of
these service areas and revisions in the grant applications will
occur over the next three months. See this
Talking Points document for additional details.
IACME Fall Meeting &
Los Angeles Times reporter and author of award-winning book on
America’s heroin epidemic will be headline speaker at IACME Fall
Meeting October 14-15, 2016. For more information, please visit the
2016 EMS Memorial
A moving tribute to four fallen fellow providers and to all Iowa EMS
The Ceremony was held at the EMS Memorial in West Des Moines at
Station #19, located at 8055 Mills Civic Parkway on May 14, 2016.
It was a cold and windy Iowa day for our ceremony. We honored some
very special EMS heros on Saturday. Our 2016 Honorees are, Douglas
J. Butzier, M.D., Annette M. Hird, Dennis I. Mallory, D.O., Brian S.
Seymour... read more
BOUNDTREE NEW GROUP PURCHASING VENDOR
New Group Purchasing Vendor Announced—Boundtree now offering IEMSA
Member Discounted Pricing.
The Committee has researched EMS supply vendors for the best
prices available, and have once again selected a company we feel
will provide you with the best benefits possible.
This cycle, the contract has been awarded to Boundtree. Boundtree
has entered into a two-year contract with IEMSA to provide our
Affiliate Members (in good standing —
to check your membership status please log-in to your IEMSA Online
Account by clicking here — or call 1-515-225-8079) with
considerable discounts on their products. This contract runs from
August 1, 2017-July 31, 2019.
For more details, read more
here in the Members Only section.
A Statewide STEMI
System of Care for Iowa
Get the latest news about the new
statewide STEMI System of Care for Iowa on the
Library page now. Learn about the goals for the program as well
as opportunities, plus what's currently being done to spread the
word and details on how you can get involved. Visit the
Library page for more information.
EMS Stroke Alert Run Sheet and Stroke Exam Review
Brian Helland of Clive EMS and Terri
Hamm of Mercy Medical Center Des Moines present an Iowa EMS stroke
alert run sheet and exam review in an informative 18-minute video
that you can view
EMS VOLUNTEER SHORTAGE
The town of Stanwood in Cedar County currently has no ambulance
service. Losing the service has been a long process for the
community. In October 2011, Stanwood Ambulance Service became
“Stanwood EMS” because they could no longer staff the ambulance on a
24-hour basis, a state requirement. Last month, “Stanwood EMS” shut
down because its coordinator left. That position is also required by
state law. Stanwood is now covered by services from the surrounding
towns of Clarence, Mechanicsville and Olin. ...
more on KCRG.com
Volunteer Individual of the Year
CEDAR RAPIDS — Ambulance services in rural areas are often
underfunded, and require the help of volunteers like Wendy Frentress,
a paramedic currently working with Blairstown Ambulance. She’s been
recognized by the Iowa Emergency Medical Services Association with
the Volunteer Individual of the Year award. That’s why she’s the
focus of this week’s Show You Care Spotlight...
Featured on KCRG-TV9
IEMSA Merchandise is now available to order online. Orders placed
by the 1st of the month are printed and shipped the following month.
More details are available on the wait-time and shipping time on the
If you’d like to order State Patches and Rockers, please contact
the office for pricing and availability.
KWQC-TV6 COVERS RURAL
EMS IN IOWA
To read the full article and view the news piece that aired on
KWQC-TV6 on January 29, 2015, click
2015 Iowa Legislator Listing
Looking to find out who represents your IEMSA Region in the Iowa
legislature? Then the
Legislator Listing Reference Booklet
will come in very handy. Download your PDF copy
IOWA DEPARTMENT OF AGING RECEIVES GRANT
FOR FALL PREVENTION
The Iowa Department on Aging has received a federal grant to prevent
falls by at-risk Iowans.
According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, unintentional
falls are the leading cause of injury-related emergency room visits,
hospitalizations and deaths for Iowans aged 65 or older.
“Increasing the variety and availability of evidenced-based fall
prevention programs throughout the state is key to reducing the
number of fall related injuries” said Iowa Department on Aging
Director Donna Harvey. “Thanks to this project, the State will
establish a responsive, integrated fall prevention network that
enables more at-risk Iowans to participate in falls prevention
programs and learn strategies to decrease their chances of falling.”
We hope you will strongly consider becoming engaged in this
effort. It is an investment in Iowa’s future; if we can educate
people today, we can prevent fall-related injuries and deaths in the
years to come.
Please feel free to share this
Master Trainer Course Application with others in your
professional network as appropriate.
Mark A. Hanson
Iowa Association of Area Agencies on Aging
NEW E.V.E.N.T. ReportS
The Center for Leadership, Innovation,
and Research in EMS (CLIR) with sponsorship provided by the North
Central EMS Institute (NCEMSI), the National EMS Management
Association (NEMSMA), the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada (PCC), the
National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) and
the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) is pleased
to present summary reports for the EMS
Voluntary Event Notification Tool (EVENT).
Patient Safety Summaries
Near Miss Summaries
EMS Violence Summaries
You are encouraged to share this
report within your organizations. You can continue to submit events
EMS STUDY COMMITTEE REPORT
An approval-pending draft of the Iowa Legislature EMS
Study Committee's final report is available on the
EMS Study Committee
to review this
document as well as numerous others from the committee.
NAEMT'S POSITION ON EMS AS ESSENTIAL
The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT)
Board of Directors has adopted a new position statement on EMS as an
Essential Public Function. The full news release from the NAEMT is
to go to the Bureau of EMS webpage that has all the information on
what you need to do to transition and the timeline to make that
Join IEMSA On Facebook
Join us on
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way to interact with other EMS providers, share ideas, get
information, and more. There are also photos from the 2012 EMS
Group Purchasing Discounts are available to Affiliate Members in
good standing. Click
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