National Rural Health Day



November 16, 2017 is a day to celebrate the uniqueness and charm of rural America and its citizens. Each state office of rural health will be working to increase awareness for rural healthcare and highlighting the efforts and achievements towards advocacy in rural communities.

4th CALS Conference on Rural Emergency Care


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One-Day EVENT — September 29, 2017 — Click on IMAGE below to see full schedule

The 4th CALS Conference on Rural Emergency Care is designed to provide you and
your healthcare team with the cutting-edge knowledge and practical skills necessary to
provide first-rate emergency care in the rural setting.

Physicians, nurses, PAs, NPs, paramedics and others are invited to participate in
discussions and hands-on interactive workshops on:

• Major Developments and Future Directions in Rural Emergency Medicine
• New and Practical Equipment and Interventions for Trauma and Critical Care
• Best New Literature for Rural Emergency Care Providers
• High-Risk Cases and Clinical Decisions
• Decreasing Diagnostic Error – the Role of Team Training and Collaborative Practice
• Reducing Opioid Use in a Rural Community
• Identification and Management of Child Abuse in the Rural Hospital
•` Management of the Complex Transitional Care Patient
• Hands-on Training in Capnography and the Mechanical Compression Device
and much more…

In addition to this unique educational program, the Conference will offer opportunities to
interact with vendors of new emergency medical devices; spotlight the achievements of
your own facility; and network with individuals and teams from other hospitals and regions.
The Conference location is easy to get to; parking is ample; and the lunch and snacks are
great. And there’s always a lot going on in the Twin Cities – stay on for the evening or the
whole weekend and take in theater, concerts, arts and sports events.

Those of you who have attended the previous three CALS Conferences have experienced
the high-value topics and world-class speakers and instructors that have distinguished these
events. This conference promises to be even better!

Bring your whole team on Sept 29, 2017 for an opportunity to share common experiences,
discuss problems and their solutions, and learn about new thinking and new technologies
that will add to your skills and knowledge, raise your comfort level and enhance your
personal and professional satisfaction.


Aspirus Keweenaw Staff Receive CALS Training

Care teams from Aspirus Keweenaw, Ontonagon, Ironwood, and Iron River, along with Mercy EMS and Aspirus MedEvac took part in Comprehensive Advanced Life Support (CALS) training.

The program targets rural healthcare providers and trains personnel to anticipate, recognize and treat life-threatening emergencies on patients of all ages.

Aspirus Keweenaw is the second location in the Upper Peninsula to receive CALS training.

“When we got the call, we thought ‘Why do we need to have this training here at Aspirus Keweenaw?’ and there’s really two good reasons why we want to have the training,” said Aspirus U.P. Regional Chief Nursing Officer Grace Tousignent. “Number one is we see the same patients that come into our ED that you see in big, Metropolitan cities. The thing is is that we don’t see the same number of those patients, so we almost have to be more ready to treat the type of patients that come into our ED, because the numbers are smaller.”

The second reason to support the need for CALS training is the emphasis of working as a team.

“We utilize a team approach, where we actually bring a team of nurses, physicians and emergency medical services people together to train as a team to handle emergency problems in the area of medical or trauma-related injuries,” said Dr. Mark Wilcox, who has been with CALS for 25 years.

The CALS program protocol also helps providers treat the full range of possible illness or injury in different areas of medicine, including pediatric, trauma and cardiac in case specialized personnel are unavailable.

Participants attended sessions on chest tube insertions, helmet removal, splinting and ultrasound and ran through real-life scenarios, both of which provided learning opportunities for the teams to better prepare themselves for emergency situations.

CALS training is sponsored by the Michigan Center for Rural Health and is financed through the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care and Minnesota Department of Health.

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims May 21 through May 27, 2017, as Emergency Medical Services Week


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During Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, we express our gratitude for the hundreds of thousands of skilled personnel who help save lives in communities across the United States each year.  Through the hard work and dedication of these career and volunteer first responders, Americans receive the finest emergency medical treatment in their most vulnerable moments.  We also honor those EMS providers who have made the ultimate sacrifice and given their lives in the line of duty.

Day or night, in every city, suburb, rural community, or wilderness area, our Nation relies upon EMS providers to respond to every kind of emergency situation to save lives and reduce suffering.  In January, when more than 70 tornadoes touched down in Georgia and Mississippi, injuring many, EMS responders were there to help.  In March, when wildfires threatened Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas, taking lives and forcing thousands from their homes, our EMS personnel were there providing urgent medical care and patient transportation.  Last month, when flooding and tornadoes ravaged Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas, EMS personnel once more came to their neighbors’ aid.  Whether they are assisting during natural disasters or providing lifesaving care after car accidents, heart attacks, sports injuries, or violent crime, EMS personnel respond to tens of millions of requests for help each year in our country.  We rest easier knowing that they stand ready to answer the call.

Over the past 50 years, our Nation’s EMS system has evolved with ever-developing medical, transportation, and communications technologies to meet the changing needs of our communities.  The EMS Agenda 2050 project — a joint effort by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Homeland Security, and the EMS community — will help develop a vision for meeting our communities’ future emergency medical services needs and improve the health of all Americans.  We commend these efforts to develop innovative new treatments, advance and adapt medical skills, establish stronger professional standards, and promote public education and health.  This week, we thank our EMS professionals for their sustained commitment to excellence and dedication to service, and share our hopes for a bright future that will make us all safer and healthier.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 21 through May 27, 2017, as Emergency Medical Services Week.  I encourage all Americans to observe this occasion by showing their support for local EMS professionals through appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this nineteenth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.