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The Friesen Group contract for the Kansas EMS Transition will come to a close on December 31, 2013.

The web site with instructor and student documents will close on December 31, 2013. Course Coordinators are encouraged to download any needed materials as soon as possible. After that time, Course Coordinators will need to contact either the Board office or Friesen Group directly for any necessary files.

We have appreciated the opportunity to contract with the Board and support the transition process. Most of all, it has been a privilege to meet and learn to know many Kansas EMS professionals.

As someone who is not an EMS provider, my hope is that professional providers will continue to make decisions based on current best practices, the best research, hours and hours of practice, and what is best for this patient in this time and location.

With gratitude and best wishes,
Kathleen for Friesen Group

Here is the link to the Transition Application. Those who have completed the transition must submit this and the supporting documents to the Board of EMS to receive their new certification.

Please call the Board of EMS office with questions: 785-296-7296

Adobe has relocated its file sharing workspace to a new web address.

To access transition documents, logon using your ID and password at:


One of the frequent questions has been about how to acquire DuoDote trainers.  Brian Bailey, with Leavenworth County EMS provided me with this contact information this past fall.  Bryan Salapong is the account representative for Meridian Medical Technologies, the manufacturers of the kits.  Thanks, Brian, for passing this along.  A number of people have been able to acquire one or two DuoDote Kits without having to purchase the entire case.

DuoDote Kit Contact:

Bryan Salapong
Account Representative & Distributor Relations Commercial Pharmaceuticals MERIDIAN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES®, Inc., a subsidiary of King Pharmaceuticals®, Inc. 6350 Stevens Forest Road, Suite 301, Columbia, Maryland 21046 USA (443.259.78923443.259.7801|*

Our good friends at Johnson County Med-Act produced some great videos showing both the end tidal CO2 Colorimetric device in action as well as capnography and capnometry.  Take a look:

End Tidal CO2 Capnometer


There are numerous videos posted here.  You’ll know them as they are posted by “ttems”  Thanks to JoCo for sharing these!

This comes from Jared Hoover, a paramedic with Sedgwick County and a part-time instructor with Hutchinson Community College.  Thanks for sharing, Jared!

Catheter Training Prop

“I thought I would share this with you. I created a training replica of a working foley catheter with a liter bag of NS. I spiked the bag and widened the hole with a screw driver. I then put the catheter in the bag and inflated the balloon in the port for the spike. I tried putting the balloon in the bag and resting it on top of the port but it leaked around the catheter. I added food coloring to the bag to make the saline more visible and then pulled the air out of the saline bag with a syringe and needle. I am not sure pulling the air out is necessary. It worked perfect and made for a great demonstration.”

This is a great example of classroom prop creativity.  What are you using that others could benefit from?  Let us know!

Some of you are already into the EMT Transition process.  For those who aren’t, but are thinking about how to simulate different medications, here are some ideas.

For NTG we are using Altoids Smalls which are placed into NTG bottles (after they are washed with soap and water and then dried out).
NTG Placebo

For Aspirin placebos there is nothing as good as Mini M&Ms.  We use a baby aspirin bottle that has been washed out with soap and water and dried.  (We watch carefully for students overdosing in the corner of the classroom . . . )
ASA Placebo

A word of caution.  Wash those bottles out!  We also ensure that people are told that if they have allergies (ASA is a common one) that they should not partake of the placebos!

If you have other ideas that you use, we’d like to hear them so they can be shared as well.

Course Coordinators:

A new EMT Student Manual, version 2-1 was posted on the Coordinator site this evening.

If you have already printed the EMT Student Manual 2-0, there is an addendum that can simply be added to what you have. The addendum includes a new Master Checkoff Sheet and worksheets for Pulse Oximetry and NTG administration.

EMR and EMT version 2-1 files for Transition Coordinators have been posted to the shared site. An e-mail with further information was sent to Coordinators earlier this evening. Please e-mail us if you have questions.

At the December Board of EMS meeting in Topeka, during the Education Subcommittee meeting on Thursday, Chy Miller, Hutchinson Community College, presented two documents for consideration. One document is Educator Reference Abbreviations that meet the 2009 National Education Guidelines. The other is the new EMT initial course of instruction (Table of Contents for EMT initial course of instruction).

The Education Subcommittee recognized both of these documents as providing a sound foundation for building the new EMT initial course of instruction. The Subcommittee also granted conditional approval of the new EMT initial course, which Hutchinson Community College will offer in January. This paves the way for other educators to submit requests for conditional approval for new EMT Initial Courses.

Complete list of Kansas EMS Transition Documents


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