CPR for the Healthcare Provider (4/18)

CPR for the Healthcare Provider will be sponsored by the Department of Emergency Health Services on the following dates in the Academic IV Building, room 207:

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 – 5:30-10:00 pm
Thursday, April 18, 2013 – 5:30-10:00 pm

Registration fee is $80 for the full provider course; $70 for the renewal course.

For further information, contact Danette McCoy at x53584 or email danette@umbc.edu.

Richard Bissell, Emergency Health Services, in the Baltimore Sun

On March 27th, Dominick Tolli of the American Red Cross visited UMBC to discuss four revolutionary mobile apps his team created to better serve people impacted by natural disasters and other emergencies. When Superstorm Sandy hit, tens of thousands of people accessed the apps for information on storm conditions, available shelters, first aid and even gasoline pick-up sites.

RichardBissell (Red Cross-UMBC)The Baltimore Sun reported on the event, organized by Richard Bissell of the Emergency Health Services Dept., who serves on the Scientific Advisory Council of the American Red Cross. Bissell commented that the app developers “are helping move the Red Cross into the public in a way that has never been done before.”

In an emergency situation, standard forms of communications are often unavailable, making it difficult for public health groups to serve those most in need of help. Bissell says using mobile devices is “actually a pretty robust way of getting information to the people,” because cell phone signals generally remain intact during power outages.

Help Is in Your Hand: Developing Red Cross Emergency Apps (2/27)

When Superstorm Sandy hit, tens of thousands of people turned to a new resource for details about storm conditions, available shelters, first aid, and even gasoline pick-up sites. The resource? Mobile apps developed by the American Red Cross.

Matt Goldfeder, Senior Director of Mobile Product Development, and Dominick Tolli, VP of Product Management, will visit UMBC from the American Red Cross on Wednesday, February 27, to discuss these revolutionary apps.

Goldfeder and Tolli’s talk will explore the design and use of mobile apps to provide the public with emergency preparedness, emergency response and bystander first aid guidance. All are welcome to attend the talk on 2/27, 3:00-5:00 p.m. in AC IV Room 305. Questions? Email Rick Bissell (bissell@umbc.edu) of UMBC’s Emergency Health Services Dept.

Red Cross app

Rick Bissell, Emergency Health Services, on Panel for Union of Concerned Scientists

Rick Bissell, emergency health services, was as an invited panel discussant at the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington, DC. The panel discussed public access to timely and valid science-based information in disasters and other emergencies. This topic has risen in importance in recent years following information inaccuracies or withholding in the following incidents: airborne particulates and contaminants secondary to the collapse of the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, several “mad cow” incidents in the last decade in which information has been obfuscated, the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and various “superbug” infections at the NIH hospital, in which information was not shared with the public, emergency management, or other clinical centers.

These incidents were discussed as examples of the problem, and are not exhaustive. Bissell was one of three panelists, among 16, with an emergency public health and emergency management background. Other panelists represented journalism, food safety, environmental science, public policy, library science, political science, consumer safety, government communications, physics and nuclear proliferation, civil liberties and government accountability.

The Union of Concerned Scientists expects to have a preliminary policy paper available within the next month.

Local Police Officer Rescued by UMBC Students, Catonsville Times Reports

The Catonsville Times reports that a Baltimore County police officer who had a heart attack and collapsed while jogging at UMBC last week has been released from the hospital, thanks in part to the efforts of two UMBC students who responded to the incident.

Chris Tingley, a volunteer EMT and junior studying emergency health services, stopped at the scene and began performing CPR while student Antigone Cox called 911 and stayed on the line with a dispatcher. Both Tigley and Cox visited the police officer in the hospital during his recovery, which police Capt. John Spiroff has called “remarkable.”

Charles Sharpe, Emergency Health Services, in the Baltimore Sun

EHS Search and Rescue Field Training 2011

When he retired this week from Howard County’s fire service, as the department’s deputy chief for operations, Charles Sharpe told the Baltimore Sun that his favorite part of the job was training new emergency responders on special-operations work, which he first studied at UMBC 20 years ago.

Sharpe says his training in water and rope rescues “truly proved to be of tremendous value” during his work as a search manager responding to Hurricane Katrina. He still returns to UMBC’s Emergency Health Services department annually to instruct students in a three-day search and rescue training program, a tradition which he plans to continue this year.

Bruce Walz, Emergency Health Services, Represents Educators at White House

On Tuesday, November 15, UMBC professor Bruce Walz, chair of Emergency Health Services and past president of the National Association of EMS Educators, represented NAEMSE at a White House meeting with national security staff. Walz was part of a delegation of 13 physicians, EMS and trauma service experts assembled by Advocates for EMS to discuss the issue of an EMS federal lead agency.

During the meeting, Walz stressed that EMS educators prepare health care professionals regardless of the means by which the providers deliver EMS response and care. Walz is also immediate past-president of  AEMS, a coalition of EMS providers, physicians, regulators and educators who advocate for EMS-related issues at the federal level.