Meet the Team: ASM’s Vinnie Maston

ASM's Vinnie Maston

ASM’s Vinnie Maston

At the age of 28-years-old this is my tenth year in the pre-hospital emergency medical system.  I got my start at Thomaston Volunteer Ambulance Corps (TVAC) at the age of 18.   Five months after joining TVAC I completed an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course and proudly acquired my EMT certification.  Over the next two years as a member of TVAC I gained my EMT-Intermediate level through more education and became an advisor of TVAC’s Explorer post.

In August, 2003 I was employed by an EMS Management and Staffing Service.  My role included staffing Volunteer Ambulance companies throughout the state of Connecticut.  By staffing twelve different volunteer ambulance associations and receiving medical control through seven hospitals my knowledge and adaptability was expanded upon. Continue reading

Aetna’s Leslie Prado Graduates Health Leadership Program

Aetna's Leslie Prado

Aetna’s Leslie Prado

WEST HARTFORD — On June 20, 2012, in a ceremony held at The Pond House Cafe in West Hartford, Aetna’s Leslie Prado graduated from the Connecticut Health Foundation’s 2012 Health Leadership Fellows program.

According to their website, “CT Health established the Health Leadership Fellows Program to create leaders and change agents through who have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to recognize and seize opportunities to act for health equity. Every year we select up to 20 applicants who work in fields of influence such as public policy, health practice, health care administration, and other related fields.” Continue reading

The Ultimate Lifesaver? How Aetna and ASM Ambulance Stack Up – Vol. 4

ASM and Aetna were early adopters of Intraosseous (IO) infusers

ASM and Aetna were early adopters of Intraosseous (IO) infusers

A recent Wall Street Journal article described cutting edge equipment, techniques and skills in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) that are changing patient outcomes, revolutionizing care and sharpening the leading edge of the EMS industry.

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So how do Aetna and ASM match up against The Ultimate Lifesaver?

Volume 4: Intraosseous Infusers

Resembling a light-weight hobbyist drill, Continue reading

Required Forms for Non-Emergency Ambulance Transport in Connecticut

ASM ambulance picks up at Tac Air in Windsor Locks, CTAn updated version of the post below is available by clicking here. Some of the information below has changed.

Below is a comprehensive list of forms needed to complete a basic life support, routine inter-facility ambulance transfer in the State of Connecticut. More medical information and demographics are necessary but in regards to forms, this it…

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Aetna and ASM Paramedics to Use Cutting-Edge Video Laryngoscopes

HARTFORD and MANCHESTER — By the end of July 2012 Aetna Ambulance and the Ambulance Service of Manchester (ASM) will put into service a cutting edge, life-saving medical device known as a video laryngoscope made by a company called King Vision.

The use of the King Vision Video Laryngoscopes is part of Aetna and ASM’s long-term commitment to providing cutting edge emergency medical care and our vision of putting gold standard clinical resources and equipment at the fingertips of our skilled EMS providers.

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ASM Participates in Willimantic Boom Box Parade

ASM in Willimantic's Boom Box Parade

ASM in Willimantic’s Boom Box Parade

WINDHAM — One of ASM’s newest Mercedes Sprinter Ambulances participated in Willimantic’s 27th annual Boombox Parade on July 4, 2012. ASM has participated for several years, care of EMT Stephanie Boutot. As she was in the very first Boom Box parade, Stephanie has been insistent that ASM participate each year.

According to the WILI 1400 AM website, the WILI July 4th “Boom Box Parade is the largest of its kind in the world. Continue reading

ASM and Windsor Volunteer Ambulance Celebrate First Anniversary of Partnership

Windsor EMS and ASM Celebrate 1 Year

Windsor EMS and ASM Celebrate 1 Year

WINDSOR — On July 1, 2012 the Ambulance Service of Manchester and Windsor Volunteer Ambulance (WVA) will celebrate the first anniversary of a successful partnership.

In 2011 WVA selected ASM to be the supplemental emergency provider for the Town of Windsor. This arrangement has meant that ASM provides ambulance and paramedic coverage to the town when Windsor EMS’ resources have been exhausted by 911 calls. It also gives WEMS the ability to call on ASM for supplemental resources as they see fit.

Access to shared radio frequencies and a contractual billing arrangement has made most situations seamless to Windsor residents, leaving the only obvious sign of ASM’s presence being the checkered Sprinter ambulances occasionally in town.

“Since partnering with ASM last July it has been a pleasure for us to work with such a professional organization.”

-Dennis C. Guay, Chief Executive Officer Continue reading