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Being Prepared is No Accident

By | January 8th, 2012|General|

Last January 8th, the world was horrified by the events in Tucson Arizona.  A mass shooting in a supermarket parking lot on a Saturday morning – 19 people shot, 6 died.  As tragic as this event was, it could have been worse had the emergency medical care providers and trauma team not been prepared. It [...]

Forging a New Trauma Tool

By | December 7th, 2011|General, Prevention|

Kudos to our EMS and Trauma System team for forging some new tools to improve trauma care in AZ.  Our Data and Quality Assurance team  developed an innovative benchmarking tool that’s shared with each of AZ’s trauma centers.  The tool shows each facility their injury specific survival rates and compares those rates to the (blinded) other [...]

Emergency Medical Technician & Paramedic Certification

By | August 12th, 2011|General|

Many people don’t realize one of the critical functions the Department performs is certifying Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s), including Paramedics.  Our Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma System currently certifies hundreds of new EMT’s and Paramedics each year, helping ensure that Arizona’s Fire Departments and ambulance companies have sufficient staff that are properly trained [...]

EMS Service Contract Guidance

By | July 28th, 2011|Licensing, Preparedness|

Our Emergency Medical Services team created a new guidance document last week to inform interested parties about the criteria we use when reviewing contracts between EMS providers and local jurisdictions. The document provides an overview of our goals relating to political subdivision contracts; our statutory and regulatory authority related to political subdivision contracts; the process and methods used by the Department for [...]

What’s a Certificate of Necessity, Anyway?

By | December 27th, 2010|Preparedness|

Arizona uses a Certificate of Necessity (CON) system to regulate ground ambulance service in Arizona- and to make sure that every place in the State has adequate emergency medical services, including the frontier parts of AZ.  The CON actually describes the geographic service area, level of service (advanced life support or basic life support), hours of operation, response [...]

ADHS Aces FY ’10 Licensing Timeframes

By | August 23rd, 2010|Uncategorized|

Did you know that we issue nearly 20,000 licenses every year- on everything from hospitals to childcare centers, midwives, trauma centers and sanitarians?  We’re required to have meet certain time-frames for each license or approval the Department issues- and we issue a lot of licenses.  If we don’t process the license within the timeframe, we’re [...]

Cardiac Arrest Survivor Program Launched

By | June 17th, 2010|Preparedness, Prevention|

We’ve made a lot of progress toward doing something about one of the biggest killers in the state and U.S.- cardiac arrest.  We’ve published peer-reviewed journal articles that demonstrate the superiority of the new hands-only CPR technique, implemented the new approach throughout the EMS community, made inroads with getting the public aware of the new [...]