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February 2020 Nebraska Emergency Health Systems Newsletter


Novel Coronavirus Information from
The Health Alert Network


Current information released about the Novel Coronavirus can be found on the Health Alert Network (HAN) website here
There are three HAN Advisories regarding Novel Coronavirus information. The most recent was released Feb 2, 2020. 
To receive these and other alerts in the future you can subscribe by clicking here


Emergency Services for Children (EMSC)


Has your department been entered into the drawing for the Pediatric "Spider Strap" immobilization device and pediatric stethoscope yet?  All you need to do is complete the EMS for Children Ambulance Assessment for your service. It takes about 5 minutes to complete. If you don't have time to complete it on the computer, fill out the paper copy and email or fax it to Debbie Kuhn at debbie.kuhn@nebraska.gov or Fax 402-742-1140 and I will enter the information for you. Take the survey at emscsurveys.org!  The deadline to enter this drawing is February 5th so don't wait, do it now!

You will need to select “Nebraska” and “your county” from the drop-down menus, and then select the “name of your agency” and you are ready to begin.


FirstNet Information

FirstNet has a local Consultant who lives in and supports the entire state of Nebraska, Cindy Foster. You can reach Cindy at cf530t@att.com for questions or more information.

Stroke Program Updates

Mission Lifeline: Stroke Training

To request your Mission Lifeline stroke training please click on the link below:
The Stroke and STEMI Systems of Care link is on the right hand side follow the link and there services will find the Request Stroke Training tab.


This training is free to EMS services and is funded in whole by the Leona H. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. 

Stroke Recognition Awards

DHHS will start EMS Stroke Recognition Awards in July. Click here to see the criteria for the award. These will be passive awards so services do not need to sign up, however all criteria will be pulled from the eNARSIS system. To ensure that we do not miss any qualifying services please make sure to enter the data in the appropriate fields on the run report. Note: Data cannot be pulled from the narrative.
If you have any questions please contact Becka Neumiller.
308-872-6700 ext. 19

STEMI Program Update

Congratulations to Lincoln Fire for receiving GOLD PLUS LEVEL STEMI recognition through the AHA Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Measures for 2019.  Thank you for your continued commitment to excellent service. This is the highest level of recognition a service can achieve.


Upcoming Continuing Education

February Continuing Education Classes:


  • February 4, 1830-2030:  Mission: Lifeline Stroke, South Sioux City, Instructor: Reba Graf
  • February 5, 1800-2100:  OB, Dwight, Instructor: Amber Pelan
  • February 5, 1900-2200:  IV Review, Dakota City, Instructor: Sandy Atkins
  • February 6, 1800-2100:  Head Injuries, Platte Center, Instructor: Adele Anderson
  • February 7, 0900-1600:  EMS Instructor Academy, Making Scenarios More Effective, SECC Cont Ed, Instructor: Ryan Batenhorst, registration required
  • February 10, 1900-2200:  Drugs and EMS, Grand Island FD #1, Instructor: Fred Benzel
  • February 10, 1900-2200:  Opioid OD with Narcan Administration, David City, Instructor: Steve Kelso
  • February 11, 1900-2200:  Electrical Injuries, Lindsay, Instructor: Amber Pelan
  • February 12, 1900-2200:  Farm Emergencies, Bellwood, Instructor: Denell Rhinehart
  • February 13, 1800-2100:  Mission: Lifeline Stroke, Cass County EMA, Instructor: Reba Graf
  • February 13, 1800-2000:  Stop the Bleed and Initial Injury Management, St. Elizabeth, Instructors: Jodi Dewitt, Lori Carlen
  • February 15, 1400-2000:  Albuterol and Epi Administration, Holstein, Instructor: Marlys Schmidt
  • February 16, 1000-1600:  Non-visualized Advance Airway, Holstein, Instructor: Marlys Schmidt
  • February 17, 1900-2200:  Recreational Drug Use, Albion, Instructor: Amber Pelan
  • February 18, 1900-2200:  Trauma, West Point, Instructor: Brad Korth
  • February 10, 1900-2200:  Advanced Airway (2 night class), Ponca, Instructor: Michael Watkins
  • February 19, 1900-2200:  Diabetic Emergencies, Valley County Fire Dept, Instructor: Steve Kelso
  • February 22, 0900-1700:  PEPP, Ashland, Instructor: Reba Graf, registration required
  • February 23, 0900-1700:  PEPP, Cass County EMA, Instructor: Reba Graf, registration required
  • February 24, 1000-1600:  EMS Advisory Board Meeting, Lincoln Community Foundation Building, Lincoln
  • February 24, 1800-2100:  Special Needs 911, Rising City, Instructor: Adele Anderson
  • February 24, 1900-2200:  Highway Trauma, Clarkson, Instructor: Steve Kelso
  • February 25, 1900-2200:  HAZMAT/Infection Control, Greeley, Instructor: Ed Carlin
  • February 26, 1900-2200:  HAZMAT/Infection Control, Osceola, Instructor: Steve Kelso

  • February 13, 1400-1500:  Hemodynamic Monitoring, Great Plains Health
  • February 14:  ATLS Refresher, Bryan West, registration required
  • February 14, 1200-1300:  Stop the Bleed, Great Plains
  • February 17-18:  Advanced Trauma Life Support, CUMC Bergan, registration required
  • February 18-19:  ENPC, Faith Regional Health, registration required
  • February 20-21:  TNCC, Mid-Plains Community College, North Platte, registration required
  • February 24-25: TNCC, Bryan West, registration required
  • February 28, 1200-1300:  Trauma Ground Rounds, Bryan West


Click here for the Education & Training Calendar.

29th Nebraska Statewide
Critical Incident Stress Management

Holiday Inn, Kearney, NE June 13 & 14, 2020
Nebraska CISM Members and Non-Members Welcome
Click here for the brochure

Basic CISM Group Crisis Intervention Training

Two Basic CISM courses are coming up soon. There is one February 28 & 29, 2020 in Grand Island and another on March 27 & 28, 2020 in North Platte. To sign up for these and for more information, Click Here.

Sodium Cyanide Use by USDA

Please see this set of attachments regarding the use of Sodium Cyanide by USDA throughout the State.

The USDA uses an M-44 ejector device to deliver a dose of cyanide powder to targeted animals. It uses a cyanide capsule that is registered as a restricted-use pesticide by the EPA. It will only be used by trained certified applicators. Wildlife Services uses M-44 cyanide capsules under two EPA approved pesticide registrations to control coyotes, feral (wild) dogs, and red and gray foxes that are either suspected of preying upon livestock, poultry, or federally designated threatened and endangered species or are vectors of communicable disease. Our use of M-44 devices strictly follows EPA label instructions, directions, and use-restrictions; applicable Federal, State, and local laws and regulations; and agency and program directives and policies.


 Nebraska Injury Prevention Newsletter

February 2020

Keeping You In the Know
How Parents Should Navigate Their Child's Concussion


Parents often don't know what steps to take when their child gets a concussion, which is a type of a mild traumatic brain injury. There are key steps that CHOP Sports Medicine Specialist Dr. Christina Master provides to parents when navigating a safe, full recovery after their child's concussion. Here are some key points:
-Alert the school
-Recognize the symptoms
-Create a Return to Learn and Return to Play plan
-Stay alert to mental health and wellness 
For more details about each key point, visit CHOP's website.


Updated NVDRS Data


CDC has recently updated the CDC Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) to include 2017 data from the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS). These data are now available in the WISQARS: Violent Deaths NVDRS Module. WISQARS now includes data from 34 states, four California counties, and the District of Columbia.
CDC’s WISQARS is an interactive, online database that provides fatal and nonfatal injury data from a variety of sources. Researchers, practitioners, the media, and the public can use WISQARS data to learn more about the public health and economic burden of injury in the United States. Users can search, sort, and view the injury data and create reports, charts, maps, and slides. 


Saint Patrick's Day Drunk Driving Prevention Marketing Tools


Saint Patrick's Day, March 17, 2020, is one of the biggest drinking nights of the year and this unfortunately means more drunk drivers on the roads. Drunk driving accounts for nearly one-third of vehicle-related fatalities in the United States. The NHTSA has created marketing tools to use in communities about the dangers of drinking and driving on this day. These free materials include Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over for enforcement or Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving for social-norming.


Fall Prevention
New Year Planning: Create a Falls Prevention Action Plan
For many older adults, an unexpected fall can result in a serious and costly injury. The good news is that most falls can be prevented. Caregivers and older adults can pledge to start the new year off with a personalized falls prevention action plan by following the steps in the guide called Falls Prevention conversation Guide for Caregivers.
Winter is still here and it can lead to devastating slips, trips, and falls. Below are five simple steps that anyone can take this winter to reduce falls among older adults and adults with disabilities in your community. The National Council on Aging has a fact sheet with all five facts that can be shared in your community.
  1. Raise awareness
  2. Winterize boots and shoes
  3. Carry kitty litter for slick surfaces
  4. Screen older adults for fall risk
  5. Give the gift of fall prevention


Safe Kids Nebraska


Television Tip Overs


Believe it or not, television tips-overs still cause death and injuries to children. Every three weeks a child dies from a TV tipping over and each day, 10 kids go to the ER because of a TV tip-over.
Safe Kids Worldwide offers the following tips to avoid TV tip-overs.
  1. Secure flat panel TVs.
  2. Properly place you old TV.
  3. Rearrange household items.
  4. Recycle old TVs.


National Burn Awareness Week: February 2-8, 2020


This year's theme for Burn Awareness week is Contact Burns. The American Burn Association provides many resources for educational outreach, including a proclamation, fact sheets and how to work with the media during this week. Contact burns can be in the form of a scald or burn due to hot water, fireplace heat and hot cookware to name a few. Thousands of people in the United States are seen in ERs due to contact burns. Below are additional resources that can be used during this awareness week and beyond.
U.S. Fire Administration
National Fire Prevention Association
Shriners Hospital for Children


Child Passenger Safety Technician Training in Nebraska
2020 class dates for Nebraska:
April 15-18, Omaha
April 22-25, Grand Island
June 19-20, Lincoln, Special Needs Class
(You must be a current CPST to take this class.)
July, TBD Norfolk (Tentative)
Aug. 12-14, Lincoln
The classes are not open for registration yet.
More information about the classes and becoming a CPST is available on the Safe Kids Nebraska website.


Injury Prevention Resources


Vehicle Safety Recall Week, March 2-4
CDC Injury Prevention and Control
Stop Bullying Resources
Nebraska Parent-Teen Driving Agreement
Ask, Listen, Learn


Web Resources


Injury Prevention Program        
Drive Smart Nebraska
Safe Kids Nebraska
Teens in the Driver Seat
Nebraska Injury Surveillance Data
Consumer Product Safety Commission



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