Friday, October 24, 2014

County EMS earns top award

By The Herald Staff | 8/18/2014

Franklin County Emergency Medical Services was awarded the 2014 Type I Service of the Year Award from the Kansas Emergency Medical Services Association.

The EMS department received the award Saturday during the “Honoring Our Own” awards banquet at the Wichita Marriott hotel during the KEMSA Annual Last Blast of Summer Conference, according to a news release. Type I EMS service is the highest level of advanced life support.

Franklin County Emergency Medical Services was awarded the 2014 Type I Service of the Year Award from the Kansas Emergency Medical Services Association.

The EMS department received the award Saturday during the “Honoring Our Own” awards banquet at the Wichita Marriott hotel during the KEMSA Annual Last Blast of Summer Conference, according to a news release. Type I EMS service is the highest level of advanced life support.

Franklin County has made several innovations in pre-hospital care, the release said, which are proof the service puts its patients first. The innovations include 12 lead EKG transmissions directly to doctors, a partnership with KU Medical Center for advance stroke recognition and care, and new protocols that eliminate the use of long spine boards.

Along with the innovations, the service also promotes education by visiting the assisted living centers in Ottawa to give talks about fall prevention and other related topics to assist the elderly in learning about what can cause falls and how to recognize them before they occur. Franklin County also partners with the Central Heights School District and teaches a boys and a girls CPR class to the incoming freshman. Franklin County EMS also partners with the Ottawa Police Department and teaches kids the safety of bike riding and also fits each child with a new bike helmet.

Franklin County EMS is an ALS Type 1 third service that services Franklin County. The service became Type 1 in 1999. Since then, the service has progressively grown to have three ambulances stationed at three stations 24/7 to provide advance life support medical care to the sick and injured.

“Franklin County EMS is dedicated to safety, and strives every day to not only better themselves as a department, but also better the lives they are protecting on a daily basis,” the release said.

The award recognizes an EMS system that exemplifies outstanding professionalism and service to the community it serves, the release said. It can be awarded to any Kansas licensed Emergency Medical Service as a Type I or an air service.

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