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March 12-19, 2016 - Taking thousands of EMS Providers on the vacation of their lives

Only a Handful of Cabins Left at Original Low Prices!

Click here for all the pricing and booking details* *Inside $559.00 per person, *Ocean View $679.00 per person, and *Balcony $889.00 per person. Check Out the 2016 EMS Cruise Video here - take a two minute, fast-paced look at the 9th EMS Cruise sailing March 12-19, 2016 on the Carnival Valor. Our exclusive video gives you a quick look at the EMS Cruise including all of our exclusive extras. It's the best, and fastest, way to get up-to-speed on the 2016 EMS Cruise.

A comprehensive report from the Iowa Child Death Review Team spanning the years 2006-2012 is now available for your review here.

The Iowa Stroke Conference will be held May 19th, 2016 at the Longbranch Hotel at 90 Twixt Town Road NE in Cedar Rapids, IA. The target audience for this event includes the following:

  • EMS
  • MD
  • RN
  • Stroke Coordinator

Register online today by clicking here! There is no fee to attend, but advanced registration is required.

It's time to consider your At-Large and Regional representatives to the IEMSA Board of Directors. The regional representatives elected will serve two-year terms beginning in December 2015. Follow the links below to submit your nomination online or by mail. Nominations are due by October 7, 2015.

New Group Purchasing Vendor Announced—Boundtree now offering IEMSA Member Discounted Pricing.

The Committee has researched EMS supply vendors for the best prices available, and have once again selected a company we feel will provide you with the best benefits possible.

This cycle, the contract has been awarded to Boundtree. Boundtree has entered into a two-year contract with IEMSA to provide our Affiliate Members (in good standing — to check your membership status please log-in to your IEMSA Online Account by clicking here — or call 1-515-225-8079) with considerable discounts on their products. This contract runs from August 1, 2015 and ends on July 31, 2017. For more details, read more here in the Members Only section.

Get all your latest news in Iowa EMS by downloading the current edition of The Voice newsletter here. Looking for past editions? Visit the Members Only Section. Not an IEMSA member? What are you waiting for? Visit the Membership page here and join today!

Iowa Mission: Lifeline EMS 12- Lead Equipment Grant
Mission: Lifeline is an American Heart Association initiative to develop and enhance systems of care that improve patient care and ultimately reduce death and disability due to acute myocardial infarction (AMI). The first subset of AMI, that has the most evidenced based need for time critical systems of care implementation, is ST- elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). To that end, Mission: Lifeline Iowa’s intent is to develop, support and enhance STEMI heart attack systems across the state.

The Iowa Mission: Lifeline EMS Equipment Grant seeks to enhance emergency medical response to STEMI heart attack patients in rural Iowa by funding requests for 12-lead equipment that will increase the ability to identify STEMI patients and relay critical medical information from the field to hospital providers. Grant applications will be evaluated and ranked based on a number of factors, including:

  • Current 12-Lead capture and transmit capability
  • Number of potential patients that could be affected by the grant
  • Need of the EMS service based on run volume, location, and proximity to other EMS providers and hospitals
  • Ability to upgrade current equipment to perform 12-lead capture & transmission
  • Requests that seek partial funding for a larger project

The grant application will be released statewide in July of 2015 with awards taking place in rounds through December 2016. Grant dollars are available for currently authorized Iowa ALS and BLS agencies that perform ground transport in response to public 911 calls. Authorized, non-transport agencies are also encouraged to apply. Maximum amount of funding awarded to any one agency will not exceed $25,000. Amount is based on actual expenditures – copies of invoices will be required. Not all applications or agencies will be funded; this is a competitive grant.

Click Here to get the on-line Grant Application!
Grant Application Deadline: September 18th, 2015 at 5:00pm CST
Click Here for a PDF of Grant Application Details

Reminder: Services with physical addresses in the following counties are not eligible to apply for funding under this grant:

  • Harrison County
  • Mills County
  • Pottawattamie County
  • Guthrie County
  • Dallas County
  • Madison County
  • Polk County
  • Warren County
  • Benton County
  • Linn County
  • Jones County

Please consider the following when applying for the EMS equipment grant:

  • If your primary ambulance is equipped with an AED only or older monitor not capable of 12-lead, you should consider applying for funds to purchase a monitor/defibrillator capable of 12-lead capture and wireless transmission.
  • If your primary ambulance already has a 12-lead monitor/defibrillator, you should consider applying for funds to upgrade/update that device to make it capable of wireless ECG transmission.
  • Devices that are only capable of 12-lead capture and transmitting are also allowed under this grant.
  • Funding will be available to hospitals in the state of Iowa to purchase equipment/software capable of receiving 12-lead transmissions from the field.
  • Applications that request funding for factory refurbished equipment are accepted and will be considered.
  • Applications that take into consideration any trade-in value of existing equipment are accepted and encouraged.
  • Also consider the capabilities of surrounding services and brand(s) they use.

Mission: Lifeline considers the following a typical configuration of a 12-lead monitor/defibrillator:

  • AED/defibrillation
  • 12-lead ECG acquisition and transmission
  • NIBP (non-invasive blood pressure monitoring)
  • SpO2 (oxygen saturation monitoring)
  • EtCO2 (End-tidal carbon dioxide)

If accessories/options outside of this typical configuration are desired for the equipment proposed in the application, services are responsible for purchasing additional accessories with their own funds.

Once grant awards are made and awarded agencies are notified of their award, they will have 60 days to complete the required paperwork, including grant agreement, or risk forfeiting grant funds.

As part of the requirements of participation in the project, EMS services are asked to complete a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and W-9. These do not need to be filled out at the time of application, but will need to be completed prior to funds being issued.

Click Here to get the on-line Grant Application!
Grant Application Deadline: September 18th, 2015 at 5:00pm CST
Click Here for a PDF of Grant Application Details

For questions, contact:
Gary W. Myers, MS, NREMT
Sr. Mission: Lifeline Director
EMS Consultant for Midwest Affiliate
American Heart Association, Midwest Affiliate
P.O. 90545
Sioux Falls, SD 57109-0545
(605) 215-1551

Air Ambulance Filing Changes
Effective for dates of service on and after April 19, 2015, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association modified billing guidelines for non-hospital based air ambulance providers. Non-hospital based air ambulance providers must now submit claims to the Blue Plan where the patient was picked up. Visit the Library page for complete details.

A Statewide STEMI System of Care for Iowa
Get the latest news about the new statewide STEMI System of Care for Iowa on the Library page now. Learn about the goals for the program as well as opportunities, plus what's currently being done to spread the word and details on how you can get involved. Visit the Library page for more information.

Iowa EMS Stroke Alert Run Sheet and Stroke Exam Review
Brian Helland of Clive EMS and Terri Hamm of Mercy Medical Center Des Moines present an Iowa EMS stroke alert run sheet and exam review in an informative 18-minute video that you can view here.

The town of Stanwood in Cedar County currently has no ambulance service. Losing the service has been a long process for the community. In October 2011, Stanwood Ambulance Service became “Stanwood EMS” because they could no longer staff the ambulance on a 24-hour basis, a state requirement. Last month, “Stanwood EMS” shut down because its coordinator left. That position is also required by state law. Stanwood is now covered by services from the surrounding towns of Clarence, Mechanicsville and Olin. ... more on KCRG.com

Volunteer Individual of the Year
Featured on KCRG-TV9

CEDAR RAPIDS — Ambulance services in rural areas are often underfunded, and require the help of volunteers like Wendy Frentress, a paramedic currently working with Blairstown Ambulance. She’s been recognized by the Iowa Emergency Medical Services Association with the Volunteer Individual of the Year award. That’s why she’s the focus of this week’s Show You Care Spotlight... more

Interested in applying for an IEMSA EMS Scholarship? Then click here for the official application! Hurry, this year's deadline is June 1.


IEMSA Merchandise is now available to order online. Orders placed by the 1st of the month are printed and shipped the following month. More details are available on the wait-time and shipping time on the order form.

If you’d like to order State Patches and Rockers, please contact the office for pricing and availability.

To read the full article and view the news piece that aired on KWQC-TV6 on January 29, 2015, click here.


2015 Iowa Legislator Listing
Looking to find out who represents your IEMSA Region in the Iowa legislature? Then the 2015 Iowa Legislator Listing Reference Booklet will come in very handy. Download your PDF copy here.

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The Iowa Department on Aging has received a federal grant to prevent falls by at-risk Iowans.

According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, unintentional falls are the leading cause of injury-related emergency room visits, hospitalizations and deaths for Iowans aged 65 or older.

“Increasing the variety and availability of evidenced-based fall prevention programs throughout the state is key to reducing the number of fall related injuries” said Iowa Department on Aging Director Donna Harvey. “Thanks to this project, the State will establish a responsive, integrated fall prevention network that enables more at-risk Iowans to participate in falls prevention programs and learn strategies to decrease their chances of falling.”

We hope you will strongly consider becoming engaged in this effort. It is an investment in Iowa’s future; if we can educate people today, we can prevent fall-related injuries and deaths in the years to come.

Please feel free to share this Master Trainer Course Application with others in your professional network as appropriate.

Mark A. Hanson
Iowa Association of Area Agencies on Aging
Program Administrator

NEW E.V.E.N.T. ReportS Available
The Center for Leadership, Innovation, and Research in EMS (CLIR) with sponsorship provided by the North Central EMS Institute (NCEMSI), the National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA), the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada (PCC), the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) and the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) is pleased to present summary reports for the EMS Voluntary Event Notification Tool (EVENT).

Patient Safety Summaries

Near Miss Summaries

EMS Violence Summaries

You are encouraged to share this report within your organizations. You can continue to submit events at www.emseventreport.com.

An approval-pending draft of the Iowa Legislature EMS Study Committee's final report is available on the EMS Study Committee page now. Please click here to review this document as well as numerous others from the committee.

The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) Board of Directors has adopted a new position statement on EMS as an Essential Public Function. The full news release from the NAEMT is available here.

Transition Requirements
Click here to go to the Bureau of EMS webpage that has all the information on what you need to do to transition and the timeline to make that transition.

Join IEMSA On Facebook
Join us on Facebook ! IEMSA members can join our Facebook page. It’s a great way to interact with other EMS providers, share ideas, get information, and more. There are also photos from the 2012 EMS Cruise posted.

Group Purchasing
Group Purchasing Discounts are available to Affiliate Members in good standing. Click here for more information. Please log into your Members Only account if prompted.

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The Iowa Mission: Lifeline EMS Equipment Grant seeks to enhance emergency medical response to STEMI heart attack patients in rural Iowa by funding requests for 12-lead equipment. Applications must be received by 5:00 PM CST September 18, 2015. The online grant application is available here.

Set sail with us March 12-19, 2016 in the beautiful Eastern Caribbean! Get all the details in the PDF brochure here. This cruise is expected to fill up fast, so book today!

Interested in applying for an IEMSA EMS Scholarship? Then click here for the official application! Hurry, this year's deadline is June 1.

IEMSA is accepting applications for next year's EMS Memorial Celebration. The deadline is April 11, 2016. Application and details are available here.

EMS Day on the Hill is moving to February! Mark your calendars for February 25, 2016!

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IEMSA board meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month unless otherwise noted. Regular meetings will be held by teleconference or at West Des Moines EMS Station 19, 8055 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm unless otherwise noted. The November meeting is the Annual Meeting which is held in conjunction with the Annual Conference and Trade Show at the conference location. All members are welcome to attend.

2015 Board Meeting Dates
January 28 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Sheraton - West Des Moines

February 12 - 11:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Strategic Planning Meeting at
Raccoon River Nature Lodge
2500 Grand Avenue
West Des Moines, IA 50265

March 19 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

April 16 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
West Des Moines EMS Station 19

No Meeting

June 18 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
West Des Moines EMS Station 19

July 16 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

No Meeting

September 17 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
West Des Moines EMS Station 19

October 15 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
West Des Moines EMS Station 19

November 12 - Times TBA
Annual Meeting at Conference,
Event Center

December 17 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
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