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September To November Events
 

We are grateful for the involvement of so many members over the past six months (Feb. 6 through Aug. 7). Our volunteers get a short breather before things ramp up again after Labor Day. There will be many flu clinics to support, along with a new BLS class on 10/1 with expanded capacity for participants. Hope to see you soon!

This information is current as of August 20. Details about the events and clinics are provided by category below the table. To sign up, please send e-mail to nburns@westfordma.gov or call 978-399-2549.

List of Coming Events and Clinics
9/8
Sat
9A-5P
Dracut
Annual Old Home Day
Regional Festival; MRC staffing welcome

9/15

Sat
11A-5P
Billerica
Yankee Doodle Homecoming
Regional Festival; MRC staffing welcome
9/18
Tues
5:30 to 8P
Lowell
Monthly Rounds: Sepsis
EMS education at LGH
9/24
Mon
12:30-4:30P
Lowell
Flu clinic at City Hall
Major clinic for residents
9/27
Thurs
8A to 2P
Chelmsford
Senior housing clinic
FULL; thanks for signing up!
9/27
Thurs
5 to 9P
Chelmsford
Member Appreciation Dinner
Thanking ALL members for service!
9/28
Fri
12:30-4:30P
Lowell
Flu clinic for seniors
Summit Elder Care at D'Youville

10/1

Mon
5 to 9:30P
Chelmsford
BLS for Healthcare Providers
CPR/AED for medical volunteers

10/5

Fri
9A to noon
Westford
Fletcher Library clinic
Details TBD; may cancel

10/10

Weds
11A to noon
Westford
Franco clinic set-up
Seeking help preparing for clinic
10/10
Weds
2:15 to 7P
Chelmsford
Town-wide clinic
Especially need non-medical members

10/11

Thurs
11A to 3:30P
Westford
Franco clinic
Often Westford's busiest clinic

10/16

Tues
5 to 8P
Westford
Millennium clinic
First of two evening clinics
10/17
Weds
5:30 to 8P
Lowell
Monthly Rounds: Toxicology
EMS education at LGH
10/18
Thurs
8A to 5P
Burlington
Patrick Gill Trauma Symposium
Sign up separately from MRC
10/19
Fri
9A-12:30P
Westford
Town employee clinic
Small clinic at Town Hall
10/23
Tues
5 to 8P
Westford
Millennium clinic
Seeking 10 nurses and 8 admins

10/30

Tues
11A to 2P
Chelmsford
Employee clinic
Seeking nurses and admins

10/30

Tues
7 to 9P
Westford
Alzheimer's seminar
Presentation by Alz. Assn.
11/1
Thurs
3 to 7P
Chelmsford
Town-wide clinic
Especially need non-medical members
11/8
Thurs
5:30 to 8P
Lowell
Monthly Rounds: Case Review
EMS education at LGH

I. MRC EVENTS -- Free and appropriate for all members.

Sept. 8 (Sat) - Dracut Old Home Day - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Seeking members at all levels to screen for BPs, oversee 'Let's Move!' activities, promote public health initiatives, and raise awareness of the MRC. 18th annual event with antique car show, rain or shine. Shifts 8-9A (exhibit set-up), 9A-1P, and 1-5P. High school complex, 1580 Lakeview Avenue, Dracut. Event web site: https://www.dracutoldhomeday.com/

Sept. 15 (Sat) - Yankee Doodle Homecoming Weekend - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Annual regional festival, usually drawing over 15,000 attendees. Will be seeking volunteers at all levels. Medical members to screen BPs and discuss public health initiatives, non-medicals to oversee 'Let's Move!' and promote the MRC and preparedness. Shifts: 10:30A-1:45P and 1:45 to 5P. Town Hall / High School complex, 365 Boston Road in Billerica. Event web site: https://www.billericayankeedoodlehomecoming.org/

Sept. 27 (Thurs) - Member Appreciation Dinner - 6 to 9 p.m. This year we've decided to open the event to ALL members who'd like to participate, not only those who were able to support our activities over the previous year. Please sign up to join us. Set-up and registration 5 to 6 p.m., dinner and presentations to 9. Registration deadline is noon Tues, 9/25. Location is Chelmsford Senior Center.

Oct. 1 (Mon.) - BLS For Healthcare Providers - 5 to 9:30 p.m. American Heart Association class on CPR/AED for medical members. Class is free; attendees pay only for supplies (mandatory workbook and pocket mask if they don't have these items, and $10 certification card). Valid for two years of certification in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation, use of an AED, and choking relief ("Heimlich Maneuver") for adults, children, and infants. EMTs eligible for 4 OEMS hours. Must register by Sept. 26.

Oct. 30 (Tues) - Alzheimer's Seminar - We welcome Lorraine Kermond from the MA / NH chapter of the Alzheimer's Association to present Empowering Professionals: Practical Tools for Dementia Care. Millennium School, 23 Depot St, Westford. Requesting 2 OEMS hours and 2.4 CEUs for medical attendees; all members welcome. Many thanks to Bridges by EPOCH and the Westford Council on Aging for co-funding this special presentation and providing refreshments.

II. FLU CLINICS

We're posting the clinics that are currently requesting our support, and will add the schedule for Billerica and Tewksbury when those dates are provided.

CHELMSFORD
9/27 (Thurs), 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. - 2 nurses needed for senior housing clinic. FULL!

10/10 (Weds), 2:15 to 7 p.m. - Seeking 4 nurses for inoculations, and 9 admins for paperwork and clinic flow, at the Senior Center on Rt. 40.

11/1 (Thurs), 3 to 7 p.m. - Seeking 4 nurses and 9 admins at the Senior Center.

10/30 (Tues), 11 am. to 2 p.m. - Seeking 2 nurses and 2 admins for employee flu clinic at Town Hall; details being confirmed.

LOWELL
9/24 (Mon), 12:30-4:30 p.m. - Seeking 6 nurses for the clinic at Lowell City Hall.

9/28 (Fri), 12:30-4:30 p.m. - Seeking 4 nurses for the clinic at Summit Elder Care (D'Youville Campus).

WESTFORD
10/5 (Fri), 9 a.m. to noon, Fletcher Library. (Clinic needs TBD.)

10/10 (Weds), 11 a.m. to noon - Seeking 3 volunteers at the Franco-American club to help with clinic set-up for the next day.

10/11 (Thurs), 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Seeking 10 nurses and 8 admins at Franco clinic.

10/16 (Tues), 5 to 8 p.m. - Seeking 10 nurses and 8 admins at Millennium clinic.

10/19 (Fri), 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Seeking 2 nurses and 1 admin for employee clinic at Town Hall.

10/23 (Tues), 5 to 8 p.m. - Seeking 10 nurses and 8 admins at Millennium clinic.

III. LGH MONTHLY ROUNDS

We are sharing the schedule for LGH Rounds as a professional courtesy for our EMTs. Those from other disciplines are also welcome. Seminars held in Clark Auditorium at Lowell General Hospital, 295 Varnum Avenue. Registrations and refreshments begin at 5:30 p.m., with the program from 6 to 8 p.m. Most sessions are valid for two OEMS hours. To sign up, e-mail Lisa Gattinella (Lisa.Gattinella@lowellgeneral.org) and NOT our unit.

September 18 (Tues): EMS Sepsis Education -- LGH Sepsis Committee

October 17 (Weds): Toxicology Case Review -- LGH Staff

November 8 (Thurs): Case Review -- LGH Staff

December 17 (Mon): Annual Stroke Education -- LGH Neuro

IV. EMS CONFERENCE

Registration is opening soon for the Patrick Gill Memorial Symposium. The conference takes place on Thurs, Oct. 18 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Burlington Marriott. Lunch and refreshments provided. THough offered by another group, many of our UMV MRC members attend this free and informative conference. Topics will include helicopter EMS, massive transfusion, drownings, trauma care in the ICU, trauma care in disasters and much more. For details, visit http://www.trendsintrauma.org/ and sign up through that organization -- NOT our unit.

V. ICS/NIMS SELF-STUDY

All MRCs are urged to become 'NIMS-compliant' by training in the Incident Command System and the National Incident Management System. Our unit asks its volunteers to complete ICS-100 and NIMS-700 as soon as possible after joining the UMV MRC, and e-mailing their course completion certificates to the Coordinator for our files. The material is appropriate for all levels of membership. As an extra benefit, EMTs and nurses are eligible for free CEUs for completing these courses. Occasionallly we also offer the classroom version, though none are scheduled for the near future.

If you have not yet taken either class, then please click on these links for the self-study materials. Note that both classes were updated on June 25, 2018. The links provide access to the newest versions: IS-100.C and IS-700.B:

http://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-100.b

http://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-700.a

Each course usually takes less than three hours to finish. Be sure to PRINT the final exam and note your answers on the hardcopy, before entering your choices into the system, to avoid a risk of the system timing out while you're taking the test. Volunteers who certify in ICS/NIMS help to improve our unit's skill in deployments. Shared knowledge of protocols and terminology allow us to interact effectively with our response partners. The courses also provide medical volunteers with free continuing education credits.

 


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