Tag Archives: EMS

DHEC in the News: EMS services, hospital award, recreational shellfish season

Here’s a look at health and environmental news from around South Carolina.

Counties balance time, money in EMS services

When an emergency occurs, any wait is too long.

That’s why county officials say they need to keep fully staffed emergency medical services operations. But it’s getting harder.

Carolinas Hospital System recognized for patient safety record

FLORENCE, SC – Carolinas Hospital System has earned four South Carolina “Certified Zero Harm Award” from the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA). The award is in recognition of the facility’s exemplary performance for patient safety in preventing hospital acquired infections.

Recreational shellfish season delayed until Oct. 15

South Carolina’s recreational shellfish harvesting season has been delayed for two weeks because of Hurricane Irma’s impact on coastal water quality.

DHEC in the News: EMT jobs, WiseWoman health screenings, Narcan

Here’s a look at health and environmental news from around South Carolina.

EMS Officials Working With Technical College System to Fill EMT Jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)- Agencies from around the state made their way to Columbia to discuss how to raise the number of emergency medical technicians.

“We have a shortage in South Carolina. People tend to be educate in South Carolina, become EMTs in South Carolina, and then not stick around. We have a decline every single year in the amount of paramedics that we have in the state,” DHEC EMS Bureau Chief Robert Wronski. “This year we have seen a 1.2 percent decrease in the amount of credentialed paramedics that we have in the state.”

RMC offers free WiseWoman health screenings

The Regional Medical Center and the Tri-County Health Network will offer free WiseWoman™ health screenings and lifestyle education to 200 women ages 40-64 on Saturday, Oct. 14. Doors open at 8 a.m., with screenings available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the RMC Annex.

The WiseWoman™ (Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for WOMen Across the Nation) health screening aims to help low-income women reduce their risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Horry County Sheriff’s Deputies will now carry Narcan

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – For the first time, the Horry County Sheriff’s Office will begin using Narcan.

The Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the Law Enforcement Officer Naloxone (LEON) program, which is a partnership between South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS), and the 5th Circuit Solicitor’s Office for Narcan training on Tuesday and Wednesday.

New EMS Portal Supports Career Advancement

By Rob Wronski, Chief of DHEC’s Bureau of Emergency Medical Services

For anyone looking to start or grow their EMS career in South Carolina, there is a new bookmark-worthy website that provides job listings and training information from across the state. The S.C. EMS Portal is a free online resource launched by S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and the EMS Performance Improvement Center (EMS PIC).

The EMS Portal provides  career-related curated content that is submitted by South Carolina EMS agencies and education providers. It provides a searchable database that helps connect professionals with job and training opportunities in their area. Users can search by region, county and certification level to find opportunities that  fit their needs.

The page also provides a library of job-related documents such as advisories, protocol updates and memos to help improve communication across the EMS community. In addition to better serving the EMS community, the new portal has also improved efficiency for the Bureau of EMS – reducing phone calls and emails asking for information found on the portal by more than 50 percent.

Thank you to our partners at EMS PIC who helped build this valuable new resource to serve the EMS community.

For more information about the portal, visit www.scemsportal.org.