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January 2020 Nebraska Emergency Health Systems Newsletter

Volunteer Emergency Responder Tax Credit
Click here for the form to use for the Volunteer Emergency Responder Tax Credit. 
With the passing of LB222 in 2019, the responsibility of the Certification Administrator changed beginning January 1, 2020.  Visit the Volunteer Emergency Responders Incentive Act web page for additional information.
Items on the website that changed are:
Nebraska Department of Revenue Questions? Contact Us

Emergency Services for Children (EMSC)


Emergency Services for Children (EMSC) Program is asking for your help with an important nationwide quality improvement effort regarding care of pediatric patients. In order for us to best support EMS agencies, we are asking your ambulance service to complete a brief questionnaire so that we can learn more about your agency’s efforts to be prepared to care for ill or injured children. The questionnaire should only take 5-10 minutes to complete and is online now. We sent your ambulance service a hard copy of the questions with brief explanations before the survey went online for your reference.

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.

Trauma System Updates

Public Hearing Set for Trauma Rules and Regulations

A Public Hearing for the 185 NAC 1-11 Draft Trauma Regulations has been scheduled for Feb. 18, 2020 from 10 a.m. to Noon in LLB of the State Office Bldg. 

Updates as they become available may be found at the Secretary of State's website at:


Here is a list of legislative bills relating to trauma.
Click on the underlined LB to be taken to the actual bill:

LB39 Primary enforcement for seat belts

LB40 Primary enforcement texting

LB378 Repeal of motorcycle helmet use provisions

LB620 Primary enforcement of handheld wireless devices

LB634 Seat belts on school buses

LB269 Change in provision related to school permits (approved)

LB789 School Bus Stop arm Violation

LB832 Immunity for removal of a child from a motor vehicle


Congratulations to Great Plains Health, (Lincoln County), North Platte for their General Level Designation.

2020 Trauma Advisory Board Meetings
March 20, 2020
Trauma Advisory Board Meeting – Strategic Planning
CHI Good Samaritan, Kearney
10 East 31st Street
3rd Floor Board Room
Kearney, NE
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
April 17, 2020
Region 2 Trauma Advisory Board Meeting
Bryan Health West
2300 South 16th Street
Private Dining Room (next to the Cafeteria)
Lincoln, NE 
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
May 22, 2020
Statewide Trauma Advisory Board Meeting
CUMC Creighton-Bergan (Host Site) – Video Conference Multiple locations
7500 Mercy Road
Omaha, NE
Gallagher Monen Room
10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
October 2, 2020
Region 1 Trauma Advisory Board Meeting
CUMC Creighton-Bergan (Host Site)
7500 Mercy Road
Gallagher Monen Room
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
October 16, 2020
State Trauma Advisory Board Meeting
CHI Good Samaritan Kearney
10 East 31st Street
3rd Floor Board Room
Kearney, NE
10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Upcoming Continuing Education

January Continuing Education Classes:


  • EMS Instructor Course starting Jan 24 - CCC in Grand Island, Click here for information
  • January 18, 0900-1700:  Paramedic Refresher Course, Cass County EMA, registration required, see below flyer
  • January 19, 0900-1700:  Paramedic Refresher Course, Cass County EMA, registration required
  • January 20, 1900-2200:  Geriatric Emergencies, Spalding, Instructor: Denell Rhinehart
  • January 21, 1900-2200:  Electrical Injuries, Lindsay, Instructor: Amber Pelan
  • January 22, 1900-2200:  Cardiac Emergencies, Albion, Instructor:  Tricia Faimon
  • January 24, 1600-2200:  EMS Instructor Course, CCC-Grand Island, registration required by 1/20/20, see above
  • January 25, 0830-1730:  EMS Instructor Course, CCC-Grand Island, registration required by 1/20/20, see above
  • January 25, 0800-1600:  TMA Training Day, Boys Town
  • January 26, 0830-1730:  EMS Instructor Course, CCC-Grand Island, registration required by 1/20/20, see above
  • January 27, 1900-2200:  OB, Cedar Rapids, Instructor: Adele Anderson
  • January 29, 1900-2200:  Respiratory Emergencies, St. Edward, Instructor: Amber Pelan
  • January 30, 1900-2100:  Abdominal Trauma/Pelvic Injuries, Syracuse Area Health
  • January 23-24:  Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses, UNMC, registration required
  • January 27-28:  Trauma Nursing Core Course, CHI Health CU Bergen, registration required


Click here for the Education & Training Calendar.

A Joint North American Fire Fighter Survival Message

On behalf of the leadership of the below named organizations, we are providing this unified message of survival related to fire fighter and EMS personnel operating on roadways.
As you may be aware, a Fire Fighter and Police officer were killed this weekend and another firefighter remains critical in Lubbock (Texas). Because roadway operations are the number one traumatic risk firefighters have, we are providing you with these reminders and tips to minimize the risk. 
View tips with full descriptions below:
==Dispatch the Appropriate Apparatus
==Train for On-scene Positioning (blocking, safe positioning)
==Conduct On-scene Size-up Report
==Set Up Lights for Scene Safety
==Follow Protocols for Temporary Traffic Controls (TTC)
==Wear Appropriate PPE Upon Arrival
==Establish IC and/or Unified Command
==Monitor and Adjust TTC
==Manage Non-involved Personnel
==Incident Scene Demobilization

This joint message is being provided by the following national fire service organizations:
ERSI-CVVFA/Emergency Responder Safety Institute, President Allen Baldwin
FDSOA-Fire Department Safety Officers Association, Chairman Eric Valliere
IAFC-International Association of Fire Chiefs, President Gary Ludwig
IAFF-International Association of Fire Fighters, General President Harold A. Schaitberger
ISFSI-International Society of Fire Service Instructors, Executive Director Leigh Hubbard
METRO CHIEFS: Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association (Metro), President Mike Duyck
NFFF-National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Executive Director Ron Siarnicki
NVFC-National Volunteer Fire Council, Chairman Steve Hirsch
USFA-United States Fire Administration, Fire Administrator G. Keith Bryant, USFA-FEMA-DHS
IAFC Fire and EMS National Emergency Safety and Survival Alert

Traffic Incident Management: Handling These Occurrences Safely and Efficiently 

Emergency Vehicle and Roadway Operations Safety 

SceneSafe: A Video Training Program 

Everyone Goes Home  

Responder Safety Learning Network

Cone & Flare Deployment at Roadway Incidents 
10 Roadway Incident Management Tips

Take Care. TAKE ACTION. Be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List 1/14/2020-1330 Hours

Nebraska Injury Prevention Newsletter
January 2020
Keeping You In the Know
CDC Study Shows Driving Under Influence of Marijuana and Illicit Drugs is a Growing Problem
In 2018, 12 million Americans aged 16 and under reported driving under the influence of marijuana and 2.3 million reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs other than marijuana during the past 12 months. "Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana and Illicit Drugs Among Persons Aged 16 and Under", report findings include:
*Reports of driving under the influence of marijuana were most common among people aged 21-25 years, followed by people aged 16-20 years.
*Driving under the influence of marijuana and other illicit drugs was higher among males than among females.
Driving under the influence is a serious public health problem that needs to be better addressed to keep everyone on the road safe. This highlights the need to develop, implement and evaluate strategies to prevent alcohol, drug and poly substance-impaired driving.
Additional resources
Marijuana and Public Health
New Initiative Aims to Prevent Youth Suicide
Suicide is a global health problem and the second-leading cause of death for youth ages 10 to 24. Suicide is often under-identified and under-reported. The Seattle Children's Zero Suicide Initiative is a pathway to clinically diagnose the risk of suicide by using an Ask Suicide-Screening Questions (ASQ) activity. It is a brief five-question screening by intake nurses that assesses if patients ages 10 and up are currently having or have recently had suicidal thoughts. Through using the ASQ, ED nurses are able to identify youth at risk for suicide and refer them to mental health practitioners.

MyMobility Plan: Helping Older Adults Stay Mobile


Aging often changes older adults’ ability to get around and to do the things they need and want to do. These mobility changes might affect older adults’ health and independence and are related to an increased risk of falls and motor vehicle crashes—the two leading causes of older adult injury.
CDC developed a mobility planning tool to help older adults create a personalized MyMobility Plan. This planning tool, along with a supporting fact sheet about medicines that might increase risk of a fall or motor vehicle crash, helps older adults plan for mobility changes similar to the way that many plan financially for retirement.

Fall Prevention
Fall Prevention Tips for Winter: Walk Like a Penguin


Safe Kids Nebraska

Safe Kids Nebraska Child Care Transportation Training 

In May of 2013, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) child care regulations started requiring the drivers of any DHHS licensed child care programs who are involved in transporting children to attend and successfully complete the Safe Kids Nebraska Child Care Transportation Training. 
The training educates drivers about Nebraska's child passenger safety laws and best practice guidelines for transporting children in motor vehicles. Since the start of this training program, nearly 6,000 child care staff have completed the training.
The child care transportation training has reached a variety of childcare, pre-school, and head start providers/employees. From October 1, 2018, through September 30, 2019, a total of 96 Childcare Transportation Trainings were conducted in 40 towns and cities across Nebraska with a total of 789 participants.
A nine-question assessment is administered before and after the trainings to assess change in knowledge among participants on topics such as the law and correct use of a car seat. The average number of correct responses (out of 9 questions) increased from 6.1 in the pre test to 8.5 in the post test.
 The value of the training is seen in these evaluation findings.
·     To what degree will this material be beneficial to your work? 3.77 out of 4
·     Overall I would rate this curriculum as... 4.84 out of 5
·     Rating of materials... 4.84 out of 5.
·     The knowledge of the instructor was... 4.93 out of 5
·     My knowledge on car seats improved. 4.86 out of 5
·     My knowledge of correctly transporting children in buses and vans improved. 4.82 out of 5.
Currently, there are 32 child passenger safety technicians in the state approved to provide the training to child care providers. More information about the training along with the list of trainers can be found on the Safe Kids Nebraska website. 

Toy Safety After Christmas

In a three-year time frame, children and adolescents age 0-19 sustained over 1 million toy-related injuries that were treated in emergency departments.
The Children's Safety Network has created an infographic showing the leading types of injuries and causes. The information provides a good reminder of toy-related injuries and steps to prevent them.

Injury Prevention Research
Traffic Safety Marketing
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

Contact Us!
Peg Ogea-Ginsburg, MA
Injury Prevention Program Director
(402) 471-3490
Jason Kerkman, MPH
Nebraska Safe Kids Coordinator
(402) 471-8749
Jeanne Bietz, MA
Motor Vehicle Safety Coordinator
(402) 471-0361

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