Archive for September, 2008

You live … Where?!

Monday, September 29th, 2008

While running errands or searching for a store or business, have you ever been frustrated by how tough it can sometimes be to locate a particular address? HFMVA’s ambulance crews certainly have – and in our line of work, finding a difficult address quickly can have a big effect on patient outcome.

Looking at the homes and businesses in our area, it’s surprising how frequently their street numbers are impossibly small, nearly unreadable – or just plain absent. Have you ever looked at your own home’s numbers? Are they clearly visible from the road, at least 3-inches high and not hidden by trees or landscaping?

Consider the perspective of the medic or driver who may someday respond to a 911 call at your home: They’ve just jumped out of bed in the middle of the night, they’re mentally reviewing their protocols and preparing for your situation, they may be collecting equipment or supplies, the weather could be doing its best to make visibility poor – and to top it off mail box numbers are too small to read! In cases like this, the ambulance might have to turn around (no small feat on narrow roads in bad weather) more than once before the crew finds their destination.

Please take a few minutes to check the numbering on your house or mailbox, and make sure it’s large enough and visible enough from the road for our crews to find you!

Clams Anyone?

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

Today marked HFMVA’s second-annual Clam Bake, a marathon of good times, catching up with friends and – of course – eating!

Clams by the dozen!

As any service organization’s membership grows, it becomes important to hold occasional events to allow people to re-connect and welcome those who have joined. The HFMVA clam bake is one such (very tasty) opportunity to maintain a close-knit team by breaking bread together and sharing a few laughs, cheering on the kids at kickball, and giving our families a peek into the “extended-family” of the EMS world.

MOLST Forms

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

On Monday the 15th, HFMVA’s medics received training on the New York State MOLST form, whose acronym name stands for “Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment”. Since its introduction earlier in 2008, this form is being used with increasing frequency in lieu of a traditional non-hospital DNR (do not resuscitate) form. Additionally, it offers several new ways for patients to express their wishes regarding end-of-life care and life support.

If you or a family member have a MOLST form or Non-Hospital DNR, HFMVA encourages you to place it on your refrigerator or store it with your daily medications. This will make it easy for our crewmembers to find, ensuring that we are able to carry out each patient’s wishes. Also, please remember that only MOLST forms or Non-Hosptial DNRs can be honored by EMTs; state law does not allow medics to interpret living wills or healthcare proxy documents.

While it can be a difficult subject, we hope that you will consider important documents like these (including reviewing them with your physician and posting them prominently) as part of an emergency plan for your family and loved ones.

Buchanan Brothers Memorial Run

Monday, September 15th, 2008

The first-ever Buchanan Brothers Memorial Run will be held in the village of Honeoye Falls on Sunday, September 28th 2008 at 9:00AM. Held to raise money for a scholarship fund in memory of John and Cameron Buchanan, the 5K run begins and ends at the HF-L high school and is sanctioned by USATF.

HFMVA is honored to provide a standby ambulance for the run. If you are interested in participating in the run or volunteering assistance on race-day, contact information for the race organizer is posted on the race information web site. If you would like information on having HFMVA stand by for your event, please contact HFMVA’s Deputy Chief of Operations (Ed Sheidlower, E-Mail: “Ed <dot> Sheidlower <at> HFMVA <dot> org”).