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Check & Inject NY - Syringe Epinephrine Kit for BLS Providers

posted Oct 14, 2015, 6:12 AM by Andrew Steel
Agency Heads:

The pilot program for the administration of intramuscular epinephrine to the scope of EMT's is now rolling forward. Please see below for more information. Please share with other agencies interested.

Our team of physicians, providers, and agencies across New York are excited to be launching a program entitled “Check & Inject NY” this fall. This pilot program will evaluate the addition of intramuscular epinephrine administration to the scope of practice of EMT’s. Participating agencies will use a standard Syringe Epinephrine Kit (SEK) to replace their epinephrine auto-injectors (EAI). A training program for all EMTs providing care at participating EMS agencies will include the recognition of anaphylaxis and how to safely draw up and administer intramuscular epinephrine to both adult and pediatric patients. All data will be prospectively collected to evaluate the training program, along with the use of SEK’s by participating agencies.

Each SEK will be a single-use, sealed plastic container assembled at a Bound Tree Medical facility, and shipped directly to participating agencies. Agencies may not assemble their own kits as part of this pilot. Two SEK’s will be required for each response vehicle (ambulance, first response vehicle, fire engine, etc). Participating agencies will be charged $75 for each vehicle to be supplied. This fee will also offset the initial expenses required to safely and consistently deploy and measure the effectiveness of this intervention, provide all training materials, shipping, and oversight of the program.

Any SEK’s administered as a part of the program will be replaced without cost. It will be the agency’s responsibility to purchase additional sets to replace any damaged kits. The availability of two SEKs on an ambulance will replace the requirement for adult and pediatric EAIs.
Participation in this program is voluntary and requires the approval of the agency’s REMAC. There will be a rigorous quality improvement and safety program in place to monitor this project, including real-time physician debriefing of any administration of the SEK. The agency will need to name a representative to be their Check & Inject NY Coordinator to provide agency level administration, quality assurance, and to proctor training.

Interested agencies in the Genesee, Niagara and Orleans Counties, please contact:

Lake Plains Community Care Network
575 East Main Street
Batavia, NY 14020
Phone: (585)345-6110
Andrew Steel: asteel@lakeplains.org
Charlotte Crawford: ccrawford@lakeplains.org

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