Archive for 2017

MetroAtlanta Ambulance Recognized with the Health Hero Award

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Marietta, GA December 4, 2017  Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service was recognized with the Health Hero Award, presented by Cobb & Douglas Public Health and the Cobb Chamber of Commerce monthly breakfast.  The annual award is given to an organization deemed to have made a significant and positive impact on the health of the Cobb community.

Paulding County School Nurses Receive Critical Training to “Stop the Bleed”

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Hiram, GA The Stop the Bleed project is a national awareness campaign intended to encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.  WellStar Paulding Hospital Emergency Department and MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service professionals partnered to teach school Nurses from the Paulding County School System about the Stop the Bleed project.

MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service Vice President Devan Seabaugh stated, “The Stop the Bleed project includes training we hope these school nurses never have to use but it will build confidence in dealing with a situation of significant blood loss if it presents and taking immediate and appropriate actions could be the difference between life and death”.

Thirty-five school nurses attended the training hosted at WellStar Paulding Hospital.  Instructors from WellStar Paulding Hospital and MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service trained the participants on using current bleeding control techniques such as direct pressure, hemostatic dressings and use of tourniquets.  Each participate received a first aid kit with hemostatic dressings and tourniquets at the end of the training session courteous of WellStar Health System and the Georgia Office of Homeland Security.

MetroAtlanta Ambulance’s Paulding County Operations Manager and Stop the Bleed Instructor Karen Robinson stated, “A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, therefore it is important to stop blood loss as quickly as possible and we are training these Nurses how to use the supplies in the first aid kits being provided.  These Nurses will be at the side of these patients within a minute or two of being notified that someone is injured and their quick actions to control any severe bleeding will definitely make a difference in the outcome of the patient.”

Stop the Bleed was launched at a White House event to provide bystanders of emergency situations with the tools and knowledge to stop life threatening bleeding. The goal of this initiative is to ensure that the general public will have access to the proper training and tools needed to provide critical life-saving care.  WellStar Health System and MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service proudly supports Stop the Bleed and its effort to promote access to bleed control kits in public spaces, while traveling, and at home. For more information go to https://www.dhs.gov/stopthebleed

Metro Atlanta Ambulance Hires Wayne Dodd as Director of Community Relations

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Marietta, GA- MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service is pleased to announce its recent hire of Wayne Dodd to the position of Director of Community Relations. In his role he will serve as an ambassador for Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service to local government, business and non-profit organizations throughout the greater-Atlanta area. Metro Atlanta Ambulance Vice President, Devan Seabaugh stated, “Mr. Dodd brings many years of experience to the position and understands our company’s commitment to working with our local governments, healthcare systems, businesses, civic, non-profit and education leaders on projects that promote and enhance the wellness, health, education and safety in the communities we serve. He has been actively engaged with government officials, local chambers of commerce, business associations and other community organizations that we work with and support. He is a great addition to our team."

Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service receives American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Award 2017

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Marietta, GA, June 5,  2017 — Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) the most deadly type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.

Unfortunately, a significant number of STEMI patients don't receive this prompt reperfusion therapy, which is critical in restoring blood flow. Mission: Lifeline seeks to save lives by closing the gaps that separate these patients from timely access to appropriate treatments. Mission: Lifeline’s EMS recognition program recognizes emergency medical services for their efforts in improving systems of care and improving the quality of life for these patients.

Emergency Medical System providers are vital to the success of Mission: Lifeline. EMS agencies perform 12-lead ECGs which measure the electrical activity of the heart and can help determine if a heart attack has occurred. They also follow protocols derived from American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology guidelines. These correct tools,  training, and practices allow EMS providers to rapidly identify suspected heart attack patients, promptly notify the medical center, and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel.

Agencies that receive the Mission: Lifeline Gold award have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required achievement measure for two years.

“EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” said James Jollis, M.D., Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Advisory Working Group. “Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can shave precious minutes of life-saving treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals. We applaud Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service for achieving this award that shows it meets evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks.”

“Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service is dedicated to making our service among the best in the country, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that by implementing processes for improving systems of care with the goal of improving the quality of care for all acute coronary syndrome patients,” said Pete Quinones, President/CEO “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in emergency medical care for all cardiac patients.  I’m extremely proud of our staff for attaining this level of care for the second consecutive year.”

FULL ACCREDITATION Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service Receives Prestigious Honor

Friday, April 14th, 2017

Marietta Daily Journal

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MetroAtlanta Ambulance was recently awarded full accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems at the April 4 meeting of the Board of Directors.

The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems is an independent nonprofit agency which audits and accredits medical transport services, both private and public, that provide rotor wing, fixed wing, surface, ground ambulance and medical escort services.

The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems first enacted its Accreditation Standards in 1991 and the Standards are the core element to the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems program, which declares the highest priorities for medical transport service companies are patient care and safety of the transport environment.

MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service joins a distinguished group of fewer than 255 accredited providers in the world to be awarded accreditation and is the first provider to receive accreditation in the Ground ALS category.

The accreditation process included an offsite survey of company policies, procedures and medical protocols and an on-site survey and a comprehensive review of the company’s operations. The company was evaluated on patient care, safety standards, quality improvement activities, initial and continuing education, equipment, staffing, communications, fleet maintenance and administration.

“I am proud of our management and staff members and honored our company has received this prestigious accreditation,” said MetroAtlanta Ambulance president and CEO Pete Quinones. “It signifies compliance with the medical transportation industry’s high quality standards and is a testament to our staff’s dedication to the safety and quality of services we provide for our employees and to our customers.”

MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service is a private organization that provides 911 ambulance response and transport, basic life support, advanced life support and specialty care inter-facility transport services, including critical care, bariatric care, IBPA and ECMO care transport services throughout the greater metro-Atlanta area and northwest Georgia. It is the official stadium medical services provider for Atlanta Braves baseball at SunTrust Park and Kennesaw State University athletics at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.

MetroAtlanta Ambulance operates the MetroAtlanta EMS Academy, a CoAEMSP accredited consortium with KSU’s WellStar School of Nursing, to provide EMT, EMTA and paramedic training courses.

MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service Receives Prestigious Accreditation by Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

April 12, 2017- MetroAtlanta Ambulance was recently awarded full accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems at the April 4, 2017 meeting of the Board of Directors.

The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems is an independent non-profit agency which audits and accredits medical transport services, both private and public, that provide rotor wing, fixed wing, surface, ground ambulance and medical escort services.

The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems first enacted its Accreditation Standards in 1991 and the Standards are the core element to the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems program, which declares the highest priorities for medical transport service companies are patient care and safety of the transport environment.

MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service joins a distinguished group of less than 255 accredited providers in the world to be awarded accreditation and is the first provider to receive accreditation in the Ground ALS category.

The accreditation process included an offsite survey of company policies, procedures and medical protocols and an on-site survey and a comprehensive review of the company’s operations. The company was evaluated on patient care, safety standards, quality improvement activities, initial and continuing education, equipment, staffing, communications, fleet maintenance and administration.

MetroAtlanta Ambulance President and Chief Executive Pete Quinones stated, “I am proud of our management and staff members and honored our company has received this prestigious accreditation.  It signifies compliance with the medical transportation industry’s high quality standards and is a testament to our staff’s dedication to the safety and quality of services we provide for our employees and to our customers”. 

About the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems

Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems is a non-profit peer review organization dedicated to improving the quality of patient care and safety of the transport environment for services providing rotor wing, fixed wing and ground transport services. To receive accreditation, a medical transport service must be in substantial compliance with the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems accreditation standards and demonstrate a high level of overall quality in service.   For more details on the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems accreditation process go to www.camts.org

Kennesaw State University Staff Complete Emergency Medical Response Training

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan 21, 2017) — In a collaborative effort with MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service, ten Kennesaw State University staff and students completed Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) Training.  Emergency Medical Responders will be located throughout the KSU campus and ready to provide immediate lifesaving care to critical patients who access the emergency medical services system. EMRs have the knowledge and skills necessary to provide immediate lifesaving interventions while awaiting additional EMS resources to arrive. EMRs can also provide assistance to higher-level personnel at the scene of emergencies and during transport if needed. Emergency Medical Responders are a vital part of a comprehensive EMS response. Under medical oversight, Emergency Medical Responders perform basic interventions with minimal equipment.

“Completing this 40-hour training class makes our campus better prepared, and at the same time, is an excellent opportunity to enhance personal and community safety,” said KSU Emergency Management Director Andy Altizer.

Certified instructors with Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service organized and taught the classes.  Each participant is now eligible for certification by National Registry of EMTs (NREMT).  Funding for the program was administered through the Georgia Association of EMS (GAEMS) with funds from the Georgia Trauma Commission.  At graduation, each participant was presented a fully stocked first response bag.  

Metro Atlanta Ambulance President Pete Quinones stated, “We were happy to be able to offer these classes to our partners at Kennesaw State University.  It was a great collaborative effort that has further enhanced the health and safety on the KSU campus.”

KSU Emergency Management Director Andy Altizer stated, “EMR is just one part of KSU’s plan to enhance safety on campus. Over the past 45 days, we have certified 161 faculty, staff and students in CPR/AED.”

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