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CPR AED Training
You Can Save A Life
CPR and AED training can truly make a difference in someone’s life. Recognition of the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and cardiac arrest, early activation of 9-1-1, bystander CPR and AED utilization can all dramatically impact a person’s chances of survival.
Contact the MED-ACT Community Education Specialist at 913-715-1981 to set up a time for your group to learn Hands-Only CPR.
Have you recently purchased an AED?
When you register your device, the information is uploaded into the 9-1-1 system, providing the location of your AED to dispatchers who can then direct the caller to the AED location faster.
Graves Mistakes: Teen Distracted Driving Program
Grave Mistakes is a teen distracted driving program put on through Johnson County MED-ACT, featuring actual call scene photos, video footage, and stories to help newly licensed teenagers understand the consequences of their choices while driving.
There is no fee for the Grave Mistakes program as it is apart of our community outreach programming for the citizens of Johnson County. We contact high schools, and organize time during their school year to come out to give this important 45 minute presentation and answer students questions about distracted driving.
The topics include:
- road conditions
- 3 ways of distraction (visual, manual and cognitive)
As the emergency services providers for Johnson County, we want teens to know that keeping their mind on the road is one of the most important parts of their driving experience. Every choice they have while behind the wheel has some sort of consequence and we hope that they don’t make a Grave Mistake.
Stop The Bleed Campaign
What is the national Stop the Bleed Campaign?
Motivated by the 2012 tragedy in Sandy Hook and multiple tragedies that have occurred in the ensuing years, what has become known as the Hartford Consensus was convened to bring together leaders from law enforcement, the federal government, and the medical community to improve survivability from manmade or natural mass casualty events. The resulting injuries from these events generally present with severe bleeding which, if left unattended, can result in death.
Civilians need basic training in Bleeding Control principles so they are able to provide immediate, frontline aid until first responders are able to take over care of an injured person. Due to many situations, there may be a delay between the time of injury and the time a first responder is on the scene. Without civilian intervention in these circumstances, preventable deaths will occur.
How Can Johnson County Get Involved?
In the Summer of 2017, Johnson County MED-ACT became a Stop The Bleed training class provider. Our community education program presents the Stop the Bleed training to groups and businesses at no charge. Just like our CPR and Fall Prevention courses, we want to provide the community with as many resources and education materials as possible. If you're interested in setting up a time, please contact our Community Education Specialist at: 913-715-1981.
File of Life Program
When Seconds Count…
Paramedics at Johnson County MED-ACT are prepared to respond to your home any time you are faced with sudden illness or injury, but have you done everything you can to prepare? Will you be able to communicate your past medical history, the list of medications you are taking and any life threatening allergies you may have? What happens when the illness or injury prevents you from being able to do so?
This frightening scenario is all too common, so Johnson County MED-ACT has made the File of Life available to our citizens at no charge. This simple tool allows patients to post a “mini medical history” via magnet on their refrigerator so paramedics have somewhere to look for this critical information.
The front of the form contains demographic information and communicates patient preferences including hospital of choice and whether or not an Out of Hospital Do Not Resuscitate form exists for the patient. The back of the form is where the patient can document the prescription medications they take, any current medical conditions they have, and medication allergies paramedics will need to know about. The form is then folded and placed in this magnet pocket for display on the refrigerator.
Here are just a few scenarios to consider:
- Knowing that a patient is taking blood thinners such as Coumadin (warfarin), Pradaxa (dabigatran), or Plavix is critical for patients who have sustained a traumatic injury or may be suffering from a stroke.
- Unconscious diabetic patients can be treated more efficiently and perhaps even avoid a trip to the hospital if their history of diabetes is documented.
- Medication allergies can be life threatening, so sharing that information with paramedics helps prevent unnecessary complications during the course of treatment.
Chances are there is something about your medical history or current medical status Paramedics would need to know.
*If you would like a refrigerator magnet sleeve, please contact the Community Education Specialist at 913-715-1981.
Advance Care Planning
At Johnson County MED-ACT, our patients are the center of our focus. We act with honor, bound by ethical and professional standards. Those standards form the basis for “doing the right things for the right reasons.” We seek to provide care that is consistent with our patients’ wishes. Our challenge is discovering those wishes when a patient is unable to speak for themselves.
There are tools to help patients think about what their healthcare choices would be if they are unable to speak for themselves. There are also tools which allow patients to write down their wishes so they are available to emergency medical service providers. If available, and valid, MED-ACT can honor such documents while providing patient care.
For more information about advance care planning and making your healthcare wishes known. These free resources will take you through the process of advance care planning from the very first conversation through documentation of your wishes via healthcare directive and durable power of attorney for healthcare forms.
If you would also like information regarding the Kansas Out-of-Hospital Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) form, please contact our office at 913-715-1950.