Safe Teen Coalition

I attended a wonderful event Monday at St. Bonaventure University to celebrate the first year of the Safe Teen Coalition. The Safe Teen Coalition was created by a group of St. Bonaventure students who partnered with Allegany Rescue and EMS. In fact, STHCS intern Alicia Broadbent is a member of the group. The coaltion teaches high school students how to educate younger students at their schools about safety. The Safe Teen Coalition is the brainchild of St. Bonaventure Senior Alex Gu. He applied for and received a $66,000 grant from State Farm Insurance to start the program. The coalition has six focus areas: emergency first aid, health and psychology, outdoor safety, nutrition and exercise, technology safety and transportation safety. It was implemented this year at Allegany-Limestone Central School. The plan is to spread the program to other school districts next year. We’ve been helping the Safe Teen Coalition identify child health and safety resources to support their mission. We also invited the Safe Teen Coalition to join our Southern Tier Child Health and Safety Team. I want to congratulate Alex and the other members of the Safe Teen Coalition and Allegany Rescue and EMS for a wonderful first year of this worthwhile program.

EMS Longboard Changes

Mickey Forness of WREMAC will present a plan next week to the SEMSCO (State Emergency Medical Services Council) Education Committee to rollout EMS-provider training for the new spinal immobilization protocol. I’ll be joining Mickey along with EMS Medical Directors Dr. Joseph Bart and Dr. Brian Walters at the meeting. Dr. Bart led SEMAC’s Spinal Motion Restriction Technical Advisory Group (TAG) which proposed the changes. The current protocol requires almost universal use of longboards when a spinal injury is suspected. The TAG found that long spine board immobilization may not be the best method to use in every case and may actually harm patients. I think it says volumes about our regional EMS community that changes which will enhance and protect patient safety statewide began right here in Western New York.

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Safe Teen Coalition
EMS Longboard Changes

It is the mission of the Southern Tier Health Care System to improve the health and wellness of our rural communities.

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