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  • June 21, 2017 2:12 PM | Oklahoma Ambulance Association (Administrator)

    Thanks to Ray Simpson for sharing this FDA Bulletin with OKAMA!

    Due to the ongoing critical shortages of injectable drugs used in critical care, FDA is alerting health care professionals and emergency responders of updated dates through which some of these injectable drugs, manufactured by Hospira Inc, a Pfizer company, may be used beyond the manufacturer’s labeled expiration date. To help ensure patient safety, these products should have been — and should continue to be — stored as per labeled conditions.

    Hospitals that have the following lot numbers in stock will be able to use them through the corresponding new use dates to help with supply. As data on additional emergency syringe products and lot numbers become available, this list can be expanded.

    Further information is found here. Please contact CDER Drug Shortage Staff at drugshortages@fda.hhs.gov with questions regarding these tables.

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  • June 21, 2017 2:10 PM | Oklahoma Ambulance Association (Administrator)

    Check out OKAMA's Facebook page for photos of Oklahoma Ambulance Association member organization Stars and Hosts in Washington, DC!

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  • May 30, 2017 2:32 PM | Oklahoma Ambulance Association (Administrator)

    Check out the latest photos from the OKAMA Spring Conference and Stars of Life on Facebook! http://bit.ly/OKAMA17

  • May 22, 2017 8:24 AM | Oklahoma Ambulance Association (Administrator)

    43rd Annual EMS Week
    “Always In Service”
    May 21–27, 2017

    Each year, EMS Week celebrates the contributions of EMTs, Paramedics, Dispatchers, and other EMS professionals to their communities. Thank you for your service!

  • May 19, 2017 8:07 AM | Oklahoma Ambulance Association (Administrator)

    The Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services, Ground Vehicle Standard Division (CAAS-GVS) will be holding an open forum for organizations involved in the remounting of ambulances. The intent of this meeting is to identify and establish a dialogue with FSAMs and third party Remounters of ambulances in an effort to collect information that may be used in an identified project to create standards for the ambulance remount industry.

    Any organization with interest in this topic is invited to attend, including ambulance builders, remounters, regulators, customers and component/material vendors.

    CAAS GVS Remount Forum
    June 7, 2017
    NEW LOCATION: Harris Convention Center
    Charlotte, NC
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  • May 16, 2017 7:37 AM | Oklahoma Ambulance Association (Administrator)

    The message below was delivered to OKAMA on May 15 from the Oklahoma State Department of Health's Administrative Program Manager, EMS Division, Dale Anderson.

    The Oklahoma Emergency Response System Stabilization and Improvement Revolving Fund FY 2018 (OERSSIRF FY 2018) Request for Proposals (RFP) has been released.

    RFP Link

    The completed proposals are to be returned to the Department by June 13, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. CDT.

    The pre-proposal conference is scheduled for Monday, May 22, 2017 at: 

    1:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M.
    Oklahoma State Department of Health
    Room 1102
    1000 Northeast 10th Street
    Oklahoma City, OK 73117

    Any questions regarding OERSSIRF will need to be submitted by email to Susan Wiest at susanw@health.ok.gov.   Questions must be submitted by email no later than close of business on Wednesday,  May 31, 2017.  Responses to the questions we have received will be posted following this deadline as an amendment, to be copied and attached to the proposal.

    The scoring meetings are tentatively scheduled for the week of June 18, 2017.  Any person interested in serving as a reviewer for the proposals should contact me via email.

    Additional emails related to the RFP and scoring process will be sent periodically.

  • April 24, 2017 1:46 PM | Oklahoma Ambulance Association (Administrator)

    Congratulations to our 2017 Stars!

    Matthew Bradshaw
    Field Training Officer, Critical Care Paramedic

    Shawnee, OK

    REACT EMS is proud to recognize Matthew Bradshaw as a Star of Life 2017. Matt is a Field Training Officer and Critical Care Paramedic who has spent seven years with REACT.

    Matt is most appreciated for his tireless efforts to work with new Paramedics, developing them into skilled practitioners. To a person, Matt’s mentored Paramedics compliment his ability to help them identify areas to study as well as his ability to help them understand material to a level that enhances their patient care skills. Matt takes great pride in each of his charges, but never seems to overwhelm them with his expectations. A sign of a true leader is one that makes others around him better. Matt Bradshaw is a perfect example of that characteristic.

    Matt was Active Duty military for six years, and spent four years in the Reserves. He served in the Air Force, Army, and Navy. He started his EMS career as his military ended. He has worked for a variety of EMS organizations, and has been benefiting REACT since 2008.

    Matt and his wife, Shannon, are the proud parents of five children, ages six weeks to 20 years. Needless to say, they stay busy. Hunter is a junior at Baylor in the School of Nursing. Noah (7) and Jakob (5) are both playing baseball and have plenty of practices and games to attend. Carson likes to go along to baseball games and when they all go to the farm to ride the four-wheelers and feed the chickens.

    The REACT family and all of our patients have benefited from Matt being an important part of our team. We are proud to recognize him as our Star for 2017.

  • April 24, 2017 1:39 PM | Oklahoma Ambulance Association (Administrator)

    Congratulations to our 2017 Stars!

    Galen Hankal
    Field Supervisor
    Shawnee, OK

    REACT EMS is proud to recognize Galen Hankal as a Star of Life 2017. Galen is a Field Supervisor and Paramedic for REACT. With 11 years of experience, Galen is a true leader to all personnel and a reliable leader on the most challenging calls.

    In addition to his daily duties, Galen is the primary leader to manage and help EMTs and Paramedics looking to join our REACT Team. Galen shepherds the applicants from the first visit through our testing and interviews to selection and orientation, preparing them to be strong assets to our mission.

    Galen and his wife, Lezlie, are the parents of Collin (9) and Liam (6). They are an avid baseball family and go fishing with the boys during the off season.

    Galen has always shown compassion for his patients and the patients of his crews. Recently, Collin was injured in an ATV accident while visiting at his grandparents’ home. Suddenly, Galen and Lezlie were the family of an EMS patient. Collin was rushed to a rural facility and soon transported by air EMS to the Childrens’ Hospital for his internal injuries. Collin recovered completely, but it was a challenging experience for the whole family. Galen values the role of out-of-hospital providers even more, and his compassion for the families of our patients is even stronger.

    Galen is an excellent example of the great EMTs and Paramedics working at REACT. Again, we are proud that Galen Hankal is our Star of Life for 2017.

  • April 18, 2017 7:28 AM | Oklahoma Ambulance Association (Administrator)

    Congratulations to our 2017 Stars!

    Patricia Skeen
    McCurtain County EMS

    McCurtain County EMS takes great pride in presenting Patricia Skeen as a Star for the OKAMA Stars of Life 2017.

    Pattie became a volunteer for McCurtain County EMS in 1994 when she received her first responder certification. She went on to receive earn Paramedic License in 1998.

    Pattie has utilized her skills to benefit her community by volunteering her time at any hour of the day to answer the call for help.

    Pattie is known for her hard work and dedication to her community. Pattie is willing to help others in their time of need, and has never asked for acknowledgement or recognition. Pattie also instructs CPR and assisted in instructing EMS training in her community.

    We are proud to name Patricia Skeen as a 2017 Star of Life.

  • April 18, 2017 7:26 AM | Oklahoma Ambulance Association (Administrator)

    Congratulations to our 2017 Stars!

    Debbie Prise
    McCurtain County EMS

    McCurtain County EMS takes great pride in nominating Debbie Prise as our Star for the OKAMA Stars of Life 2017.

    Debbie became a volunteer for McCurtain County EMS in 1994 when she received her first responder certification, then went on to earn her Paramedic license in 1998.

    She has diligently helped her community and Northern McCurtain County by volunteering her skills and time, and by answering the call of duty for more than 24 years. Debbie is known for her compassion for her community, and for going above and beyond to assist any person in need.

    Debbie is a role model to others as well, she inspired her husband, Steve, and son, Travis, to take the EMS class and join her in serving the community. Debbie instructs CPR and assisted in instruction EMS classes in her area.

    We are proud to name Debbie Prise as a 2017 Star of Life.

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