ASM’s McHugh and Baker at Pitkin School Career & Community Helpers Day

Pitkin School Career and Community Helpers DayEAST HARTFORD — On May 29, 2015 ASM’s Laura McHugh and Kyle Baker attended and presented at the combined Career and Community Helpers Day at Pitkin School in East Hartford. Students were able to tour the ambulance and ask questions about careers in Emergency Medical Services.

According to organizer Danielle Donahue, “It was a great day for students to learn more about different career paths and to really start thinking about how what they are doing in school right now will make a difference in years to come.  Each one of you did an awesome job and I am thrilled with the excitement I overheard in the hallway and classrooms on Friday afternoon.  Some students had never had the opportunity to look inside a police cruiser or ambulance before.  I could go on and on about all the wonderful things that our students said.  The expressions on their faces along with their memories and experiences of this day are priceless.”

Words That Describe Us: Volume 55

Aetna Ambulance Service, Inc. - Ambulance Service of Manchester, LLC.MANCHESTER and HARTFORD — Aetna Ambulance and ASM send Patient and Customer Satisfaction Surveys to a random sampling of patients who have received emergency or STAT inter-facility services from our companies.

The final question in the survey asks “Do you have any suggestions on how we can improve our service?” And, “Please use one word to describe us.”

Some of the answers/responses included:

  • My husband and I would like to thank Paramedics for saving our daughter’s life. Thank you for coming to our house very quickly and taking care of our [daughter]. Truly appreciated! (15-15010; T. Salva, J. Basora).
  • Caring and adept!
  • Compassionate.
  • Caring people.
  • Crew was very focused and professional. I thank the crew for their speedy response since time is of the essence with heart related patients. (15-23386; M. Levasseur, M. Khan).
  • Competent and professional.
  • Sensitive – caring.
  • Professional x 3.
  • My ambulance crew was very caring and attentive. (15-23802; M. Tuttle, N. Raiola).
  • Satisfied.
  • Excellent. [Patient] has been transported several times this year and the family is very pleased with the service provided by all. (Patient lives in East Hartford).
  • Excellent. I am fortunate to live in Manchester with such great EMS.
  • Caring, polite and professional. (15-22679; T. Oliver, S. DeBarge with East Hartford Fire Department).
  • “Excellent”
  • Calm – reassuring.
  • Very nice. Talked about family.
  • Very Good.
  • Professional, caring.
  • Tech riding in the back with me was VERY nice + professional. (15-24803; A. Harkins).
  • Life saving.
  • Very kind. Very handsome! :-) Made sure I was comfortable. M + N took great care of me! (15-24193; M. Tuttle, N. Raiola).
  • Good ride. Crew was excellent. Very enjoyable.
  • Efficient.
  • Very professional.
  • One of the best professionals at their services. (15-26017; P. Gleason, S. Gregg).

CPR & AED Awareness Week: Heartsaver CPR Training 2015

CPR Week MANCHESTER — The Manchester Health Department, Fire-Rescue-EMS, CPR Program, Ambulance Service of Manchester, and Proactive Safety are offering a reduced cost American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR for adult and child & proper use of AED, courses are being offered on Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Mahoney Recreation Center located at 110 Cedar Street, Manchester, CT. The cost if $15.00 for Manchester residents and $25.00 for non-residents. You must register at RecOnLine.TownofManchester.org or in person or by phone at the Community Y (860) 647-3164.

To: Mom’s Heroes — Praise for ASM’s Tim Houle and Mikhail Khan

MANCHESTER — In early May, 2015 ASM received a heartfelt Thank You card directed to ASM Paramedic Tim Houle and EMT Mikhail Khan. The card reads:

Moms Heroes To: Mom’s Heroes

I want to thank the both of you from the bottom of my heart. To the [Paramedic] who worked directly to my mom – Thank you. We almost lost her after being intubated – She was breathing 0% on her own – 24 hours later, the tube came out and she was breathing 100% on her own. Her odds were slim – yet a miracle occurred.

To the EMT that drove – Thank you so much for your kindness and emotional support. You helped me remain centered and clam which facilitated quick decisions in the ER.

Sincerely,

[Patient’s daughter]

PS – This card is to be directed to the two who responded to the Revolution Bowling Alley call on May X, 2015 in South Windsor, CT. My mom will be moving on to rehab at St. Mary Home in West Hartford.

Schedule of EMS Week 2015 Events and Activities

EMS Week 2013 - Aetna Ambulance Ambulance Service of ManchesterEMS Week 2015

Sunday, May 17th 

  • 0700: Hartford Hospital EMS Room: Fresh fruit available.
  • 1500: Hartford Hospital EMS Room: Fresh fruit available.
  • 2300: Hartford Hospital EMS Room: Fresh fruit available.
Monday, May 18th
  • 1200-1400: Hartford Hospital (outside of Conklin Building) Annual Cook-out.
  • 1730-1900: Hartford Hospital (outside of Conklin Building) Annual Cook-out.
Tuesday, May 19th
  • 0730-1300:  Hartford Hospital, EMS Week Symposium. A multidisciplinary group of physicians deliver engaging, EMS-specific presentations.  Breakfast and a light lunch will be provided for attendees.  There is no charge.   All levels of provider are encouraged to attend.  You may register by contacting HH EMS Education directly at emseducation@harthosp.org. 
  • 0900-1600: ECHN EMS Lecture Series: New topic every hour on the hour, to be held as ASM at 275 New State Road, Manchester. RSVP to nbrunet@echn.org.
  • 1800: Johnson Memorial Medical Center BBQ & CME: Two CME hours for “High Reliability Organizations” lecture presented by Drs. Herr and Moynihan, follows BBQ at CMEC Amphitheater (the building on the right as you enter the main hospital driveway).
Wednesday, May 20th
  • 1700-1900: Saint Francis Hospital, Emergency Department: Burrito Buffet Dinner.
  • 1730: Saint Francis Hospital EMS Champion Awards Ceremony, Emergency Department, ambulance bay area.
  • 1900-2200: Hartford Hospital EMS Room: Join us for Pizza. 
Thursday, May 21st
  • 0700: Hartford Hospital EMS Room: Fresh fruit available.
  • 1130-1330: Saint Francis Hospital, Emergency Department: Burrito Buffet Lunch.
  • 1500: Hartford Hospital EMS Room: Fresh fruit available.
  • 2300: Hartford Hospital EMS Room: Fresh fruit available.
Friday, May 22nd
  • 0700-0900: Hartford Hospital EMS Room: Join us for breakfast. 
Saturday, May 23rd
  • 0700: Hartford Hospital EMS Room, Fresh Fruit available
  • 1500: Hartford Hospital EMS Room, Fresh Fruit available
  • 2300: Hartford Hospital EMS Room, Fresh Fruit available

If your organization, facility or agency is having an EMS Week event in the greater Hartford area and you do not see it listed here, please email it to a member of our management team, fill out the contact form, post it as a comment or email it to us at info@asm-aetna.com.

Aetna’s Lauren Slebodnick and Angel Rodriguez at High Road School Career Day

High Road School May 2015 AHARTFORD — On May 13, 2015 Aetna’s Lauren Slebodnick and Angel Rodriguez attended and presented at High Road School of Hartford‘s Career Day.

Forty students, mostly from Hartford, were able to tour the ambulance and ask questions about careers in Emergency Medical Services.

Kudos from the Cath Lab: Volume 13

Aetna Paramedic receives Kudos from the Cath LabHARTFORD — During April 2015, ASM Paramedic David White and his AEMT partner, Al Pardi, responded to a medical call in Stafford with Stafford Ambulance. The EKG was indicative of a STEMI and Dave wirelessly transmitted the 12-lead EKG to Hartford Hospital, activating their cardiac catherization lab from the field. (#15-29463). The following are comments provided by Hartford Hospital’s Dr. Marcin Dada with some acronyms and patient information removed:

Congratulations everyone on a great care of this antero-lateral STEMI pt last Sunday.

STEMI Ambulance Service of Manchester Pre-hospital EKG TransmissionThis patient was brought to HH by ASM (prehospital ECG was sent and communicated to the ED attending: Dr. Herbst)

While in the ER, patient arrested with return of spontaneous circulation… and was brought to the Cardiac Catheterization Lab.

In a nut shell:

1) HH D2B Time = 77 min (off hrs, Sun 3 AM)

1) STEMI Total Ischemia Time = 115 min

In particular, we would like to recognize the teams involved:

1) HH Team – Dr Hirst, Engles and the Cath Lab team – W. Arcisz, D. Jordan, F. Natale.

STEMI Ambulance Service of Manchester Pre-hospital EKG Transmission B2) HH ER Team – Dr Herbst, and Snyder, and the ED team: M. Moquin, D, Phillips, S. Ferri.

3) and last but not least : ASM and Stafford Ambulance

Strong Work.

Regards,

Marcin Dada, MD

Co-Director, CPC

Hartford Hospital

Words That Describe Us: Volume 54

Aetna Ambulance Service, Inc. - Ambulance Service of Manchester, LLC.MANCHESTER and HARTFORD — Aetna Ambulance and ASM send Patient and Customer Satisfaction Surveys to a random sampling of patients who have received emergency or STAT inter-facility services from our companies.

The final question in the survey asks “Do you have any suggestions on how we can improve our service?” And, “Please use one word to describe us.”

Some of the answers/responses included:

  • They were absolutely amazing. Although I don’t know their names they should know I appreciate their service. They were kind and compassionate. Especially when I arrived in the ER at Hartford…When you’re not feeling well it’s great to be taken care of. Please let them know I’m very grateful for their service. They made me feel like they cared. Seems simple yet so many people just don’t care these days! Keep up the great work! I hope we’ll never meet in the ambulance again – but if so, they’d be my choice! :-) (15-11255; M. Levasseur, M. Sparks).
  • Excellent.
  • Very caring + skilled.
  • Extremely competent, skilled, proficient, caring, efficient. Very pleased with the entire experience/services rendered to my mother; I couldn’t have asked for better care from the Paramedics. Thank You!!! (15-18981; M. Campbell, S. Dybdahl).
  • The crew were great, could not have asked for a better group of young men. (15-20709; N. Toro, J. Platero).
  • Recent snow – steep driveway – carried me downstairs + hill. Excellent care. (15-8653; K. Beaulieu, B. Delgaizo).
  • Helpful.
  • Very professional.
  • The crew were excellent. Very caring.
  • Comforting in a time of desperation.
  • Excellent source of help.
  • Caring, informative, empathetic.
  • Very comforting to have them arrive so quickly.
  • Caring + professional.
  • Thank you for taking professional care of my daughter.
  • Caring, knowledgeable, efficient. (15-20119; V. Maston, J. Lentini, H. Carl).
  • The ambulance was called for my husband. I was very pleased with their care and their concern for me.
  • The two EMTs this time were considerate and kind.
  • Remarkable.
  • Professional and super qualified. (15-22877; G. Geres, M. Sparks).
  • They were very professional and did an excellent job,
  • Crew showed up very quickly – everything considered, a fine operation!

“The crew came totally prepared and handled the patient with compassion”

Adam Fine

ASM’s Adam Fine

ASM Crew: Adam Fine and Michael Hoyt

From a thank you note sent via email on May 3, 2015:

I want to take a minute to commend the crew that did a transfer the evening of 4/17/15 from Hartford Hospital to Hospital for Special Care in New Britain.

The elderly patient was extremely apprehensive and had breathing difficulties.  The crew came totally prepared and handled the patient with compassion and offered her a level of reassurance that made her more relaxed and less anxiety ridden. They even extended concern to the family as to whether they were familiar with the driving route to get to the new location.

Michael Hoyt

ASM’s Michael Hoyt

Again, often these acts of professionalism and kindness go unrecognized.  Just want to make sure the crew along with all emergency medical professionals know that they are appreciated.

Best regards,

SK

(family member of patient from #15-29135)

Hartford Hospital’s Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work

 

Daughters and Sons HH Event 2015 B Daughters and Sons HH Event 2015 AHARTFORD — On April 23, 2015 Alex Adams represented Aetna Ambulance at Hartford Hospital’s Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day. A few thank you notes follow.

“We wanted to take a moment to thank each of you for supporting Hartford Hospital’s Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day last Thursday. Your support allowed us to host a fun, engaging and successful event.

“In total we had 110 kids, ranging from grades four to twelve. Their day was filled with a live exotic animal show, a pizza lunch with parents, an interactive Jeopardy style game and tours of over twelve different departments at Hartford Hospital. The feedback from the children and their parents was of high praise, and we are confident the event was a great success!”          – excerpt from email, Hartford Hospital staff

“Thank you for sending an ambulance up last week for our Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work event.  The ambulance tours were a big hit!  And Alex did an excellent job with the kids.”               – Mike Zacchera, Hartford Hospital EMS Education

Kudos from the Cath Lab: Volume 12

Aetna Paramedic receives Kudos from the Cath LabHARTFORD — During April 2015, ASM Paramedic Supervisor Matt Tuttle and his EMT partner, Supervisor Mike Sparks, responded to a medical call in South Windsor. The EKG was indicative of a STEMI and Matt wirelessly transmitted the 12-lead EKG to Saint Francis Hospital, activating their cardiac catherization lab from the field. (#15-24713).

Matt Tuttle

ASM’s Matt Tuttle.

“Nice job, Matt. Thanks for calling early.”

         – John Quinlavin, EMS Manager, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Additionally the patient returned a Satisfaction Survey with every one of the 21 boxes checked Strongly Agree or Excellent. In a follow-up phone call he said that Matt should be commended, that he was “absolutely fantastic”, caring and took the time to explain everything as it was happening. Further, he said, “I have nothing but good things to say about your service.”

Vessel Angiography Findings/Treatment:  100% thrombotic occlusion of Distal RCA; hypotensive, required Dopamine, ejection fraction 55%.

Comments: onset 20 min PTA dispatched 0822; EKG transmitted on scene to ED & med control contacted prior to departure; left scene @ 0840 (South Windsor location)- in ED pt remained on EMS stretcher then to cath lab.

SFH Cath Lab Patient Follow-Up Form

EMS Agency: ASM 

Indication: STEMI

First Medical Contact (FMC) (at pt side) Time:  08:28           elapse:  00:00

EMS 12 Lead Acquisition Time:                          08:32           elapse: 00:04

EMS STEMI Alert Request Time (source: cmed):      prior to dept.       elapse: 00:01

EMS 12 Lead Transmit Rec’d Time:                  08:36           elapse: 00:04

Arrival Time (SFHED):                                        09:01           elapse: 00:25

Cath Lab Arrival Time (SFH):                             09:17           elapse: 00:16

Procedure Start Time:                                         09:26           elapse: 00:09

First Device Time:                                                09:33           elapse: 00:07

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SFHED Door to First Device:                                                 32 min     

FMC to First Device:                                                              65 min

National Donate Life Month: Jason’s Story

Jason age 12 (2)The following is a guest blog post that came to us as via our commitment to the intersection of EMS and Organ Donation, courtesy of LifeChoice Donor Services, and as part of National Donate Life Month.

The fear which truly speaks to the heart of a first responder and parent answering a child trauma call is, what if that were my son, daughter, niece, or nephew.  I’m here to tell you, having that fear realized is even worse than your worst anticipations. I was a police officer on the City of Groton PD for 25 years. I was on the Dive/Rescue team for 16 years, a Critical Incident Stress Debriefer, started the Dept. bicycle team, MRT, CPR Instructor, and received the Dept. Life Saving Medal. I have seen just about every type of crime, accident, injury, or wrong that can be perpetrated by one human being against another.  None of those skills prepares you to respond to your own son’s motor bike accident in front of your house on a cold early December Saturday while decorating for Christmas in 1997.

Memories of a screech of tires, a scream for “Dad”, doing CPR with my wife, a Nurse Practitioner, the distant sirens, and faces in the periphery. The aftermath of a miscalculation by Jason, my 15 year old, and another friend’s collision, would never be undone.  The hazy memory of an ambulance ride, hospital personnel, worried faces, and then finally a pronouncement the next day of an unrecoverable traumatic brain injury, despite the helmet, all reside within me still.

Through the haze, numbness, denial, phone calls, hugs, and raw soul-wracking tears, I remember being quietly asked about donation.  My wife, having been a critical care nurse at one time, found it easy to respond yes, while I was not yet ready to accept this finality.  But I also knew deep within my heart that if lives could be saved by such a simple choice when no other outcome was possible, then of course we’d do that.  And it might even make some sense out of a senseless loss, or at least be a life-affirming positive side to an otherwise helpless situation.  It also gave us some sense of control in the chaos around us.

The decision was made to donate any and all organs, bone, and skin tissue, and I distinctly remember thinking why do anything limited or ‘half-ass’, that if a life or lives could be saved by this simple act, even though my son’s could not, then that’s what we’d do, and I signed the papers.  (As a side note to all this, we were still able to have an open casket and say our final goodbyes to Jason.)   I won’t pretend it was easy, but it was right, and over time has made life without Jason easier knowing his life had meaning, and does, in a real sense, still go on.

By Jim Murray, Jason’s dad

Norwich, CT

LifeChoice is the federally designated, non-profit organ procurement organization (OPO) for six counties in Connecticut and three counties in Western Massachusetts, with a combined population of 2.3 million people. The OPO serves 23 acute care hospitals for organ and tissue donation, and has two organ transplant hospitals: Hartford Hospital in Hartford, CT, and Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA. For more information or to schedule an in-service, please contact Donna Crombez at dcrombez@lifechoiceopo.org.

Words That Describe Us: Volume 53

Aetna Ambulance Service, Inc. - Ambulance Service of Manchester, LLC.MANCHESTER and HARTFORD — Aetna Ambulance and ASM send Patient and Customer Satisfaction Surveys to a random sampling of patients who have received emergency or STAT inter-facility services from our companies.

The final question in the survey asks “Do you have any suggestions on how we can improve our service?” And, “Please use one word to describe us.”

Some of the answers/responses included:

  • Skilled.
  • Very impressive. They were great. I don’t remember much.
  • Competent and comforting.
  • Very professional and thoughtful.
  • Great.
  • Helpful + reassuring.
  • Very professional and kind.
  • Excellent: Thank you!
  • Very professional, caring.
  • Very nice.
  • We were very happy with their service + appreciate their caring help. (15-13680; D. Pozniak, S. Yenco).
  • Caring, well organized & efficient (15-17246; G. Geres, S. Boutot).
  • Professional, caring, competent. Crews on [X] trip and [X] return home were wonderful to Dad and took great care of him. (B. Mathiau, D. Kapplan, P. Gleason, M. Hoyt).
  • The ambulance crew were very kind + took very good care of my wife. Thank you.
  • Professional, low key. (15-17217; A. Harkins, J. Monahan).
  • Attentive.
  • They are fantastic (15-17847; M. Buerk, P. Yakushchenko with Manchester Fire Rescue EMS).
  • Wonderful.
  • The team was caring, gentle and professional. Thank you for all you did for me. (15-17362; R. Davenport, C. Everest).
  • Great!
  • Professional, friendly, courteous. (15-18080; M. Tuttle, D. Tedeschi).
  • Professional/courteous.
  • Professional x 3.
  • Reassuring and efficient.
  • I am glad that I could choose the hospital I wanted to go to.
  • The ambulance attendance (sic) were very caring + supportive + comforting. Thank you.
  • Very comforting.
  • The two ladies that came were very nice and made my daughter feel comfortable and stress free. 1st experience ever with ambulance service. Have nothing bad to say. They came so fast…Very satisfied! (15-19133; G. Geres, S. Debarge).

Kudos from the Cath Lab: Volume 11

Aetna Paramedic receives Kudos from the Cath LabHARTFORD — During March 2015, ASM Paramedic Adam Fine and his partner David Tedeschi responded to a medical call in Coventry with Coventry Volunteer Fire Association (CVFA) ambulance. The EKG was indicative of a STEMI and Adam wirelessly transmitted the 12-lead EKG to Saint Francis Hospital, activating their cardiac catherization lab from the field. (#15-17116)

Adam Fine

ASM’s Adam Fine

“First Medical Contact to device under 90 minutes!!!”

         – John Quinlavin, EMS Manager, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

SFH Cath Lab Patient Follow-Up Form

  • 100% left posterior descending artery ballooned.
  • Re-clotted, managed medically.

EMS Agency:                   ASM (Coventry)

Indication:                        STEMI

First Medical Contact (FMC) (at pt side) Date/Time:           16:31          

EMS 12 Lead Acquisition Time:                                             16:34          elapse: 00:03

EMS 12 Lead Transmit Rec’d Time (source: Lifenet):       16:42           elapse: 00:08

Arrival Time (SFHED):                                                          17:06            elapse: 00:24

Cath Lab Arrival Time (SFH):                                               17:21           elapse: 00:15

Procedure Start Time:                                                           17:42           elapse: 00:21

First Device Time:                                                                  17:57          elapse: 00:15

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SFHED Door to First Device:                                                 51 min

FMC to First Device:                                                               86  min

 

Thank You Note for ‘Grace and Professionalism’

Ambulance Service of Manchester, LLC.April 6, 2015

Dear Ambulance Service of Manchester:

This is a Thank you note; the two young people you sent to take me from Johnson Memorial Hospital on January XX, 2015 were an absolute godsend. I’m just sorry I don;t know their names. They picked me up during a horrible snowstorm with the wind blowing and snow pelting down. Both of your employees were professional, considerate and had a combined sense of humor. I could have have asked for more in helping me get into my house after having had surgery 48 hours earlier. I am not the lightest patient in the world but they handled me with grace and professionalism….Please tell them [Patient Name] said Thank you and well done. They are a credit to your business which requires so many skills that cannot be taught; They have my appreciation.

Sincerely,

[Patient Name], Run Number 15-6828.

ASM Crew: Bill DelGaizo and Laura McHugh