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Southern Alleghenies EMS Council, Inc.
2900 Beale Ave, Suite 126
Altoona, PA  16601
(814)201.2429 Fax


State PCR Bridge Update

Pennsylvania will be moving to the new Bridge for processing patient care report data on January 1, 2018.  Therefore all agencies submitting electronic data must be using a NEMSIS 3.4 compliant PCR program prior to that date.

The attached update indicates the approved PCR vendors that have met this requirement.  If you agency is not using one of these vendors, you must upgrade to a compliant vendor by December 31, 2017.

Also, the attached form allows your agency to create an account in the State Bridge to allow you to upload data, if it is not automatically uploaded by your vendor, and to view reports and benchmarks in the system.

As always, if you have any questions, please contact our office.

Drowning/Near-Drowning Reporting

The Bureau of EMS has updated the Drowning/Near Drowning reporting form through EMS Information Bulletin 2017-07.

The Bureau of Community Health Services (BCHS) has a requirement to investigate drownings and near-drownings in the Commonwealth, and the Bureau of EMS assists them in collecting this information.  Agencies are requested to complete and submit the Drowning/Near Drowning Event Report within 72 hours of an event.

We have been collecting this information for a number of years through a form on our website, and the form continues to be available to simplify the reporting process.  Completing the online report will automatically submit your report and submit it to BCHS.

To complete a Drowning/Near Drowning Event Report, please CLICK HERE

Inspection Sheet Updates

The inspection checklists for all levels of EMS vehicles have been updated and posted to the Inspection Checklist web page.

These updated sheets reflect the vehicle and equipment requirements that became effective on September 1, 2017.

If you should have any questions or need additional information on the new requirements, please contact our office.

Protocol Updates

The Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (BEMS) has published revisions to the Statewide ALS, BLS and AEMT protocols.  These new protocols will be effective on September 1, 2017.  Agencies may implement the protocol revisions prior to September 1, 2017 once their personnel appropriately educated on the changes and updates.  It is the responsibility of the agency medical director to verify that providers are appropriately educated on the revisions and updates.  EMS Information Bulletin 2017-09 explains the process and required education for EMS providers and responsibilities for EMS agency medical directors.

The online training module for the protocol revisions is currently available on the PA TRAIN system.