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Northwest EMS to offer educational programs

Feb 24th, 2016 | By | Category: Front Page, News

Ambulances responding to emergencies are a highly visible reminder of how Northwest EMS serves this community. NWEMS also provides educational programs to help keep families safe.

Cribs for Kids
Cribs for Kids is a program that teaches safe sleep practices to parents of infants. Soon-to-be parents in their last few months of pregnancy are welcome to contact NWEMS for information. The greatest risk of Sudden Infant Death is during the first year, and is highest in the second to fourth months of life. The program is conducted in the home so the educator can identify risks, dangers and needs. NWEMS can donate a crib, sheets and a sleep sack for the baby to families who take this educational program and have the need but not the finances to buy them. The cost of the program is covered by a state grant, and educational materials are provided by the Hershey Medical Center and Children’s Miracle Network.

Concussion Awareness
Concussion awareness is in the news with professional athletes being sidelined rather than risk brain injury. NWEMS has developed an educational program for youth sports leagues. School teams often have a team doctor provide the required PIAA concussion awareness training. Town clubs often do not have this resource. Concussion-awareness training can be presented at the team’s location or in one of NWEMS’ stations in Elizabethtown, Maytown or Manheim. The EMS providers also can provide CPR and first aid instruction for the coaches who need certification, and can review the contents of first aid kits and first aid protocols. We also have a concussion-awareness program for parents and athletes.

To find out more about these free programs, or to schedule a session with an educator, call Lori Shenk, NWEMS Community Outreach Manager, at 717-371-8282

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