Oct. 23, 2013

Call volume report released
Florida Department of Health issued the 2012 Call Volume Report created from EMSTARS Database. This report provides Florida Emergency Medical Services (EMS) information regarding the total incidents, total patient contacts, and total transports for 2012.

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Dates to remember
Wednesday, Nov. 13 – Committee Meetings
Meeting schedule:
9 a.m. EMS/Trauma
10 a.m. Medical Economics
11:30 a.m. Government Affairs
1 p.m. Membership & Professional Development
2 p.m. Academic Affairs

Thursday, Nov. 14 – Board of Directors Meeting
Location: FCEP officeMore

Notice of meeting/workshop hearing
Physician Workforce Advisory Council Notice
The Florida Department of Health issued a notice of meetings via conference call to identify objectives and obligations of the Physician Workforce Advisory Council.

When: Nov. 19, 2013, 2-4 p.m.
Dec. 17, 2013, 2-4 p.m.
Jan. 21, 2014, 2-4 p.m.
Feb. 18, 2014, 2-4 p.m.
March 18, 2014, 2-4 p.m.

Conference call number:
888-670-3525; participant passcode: 5488072525 then #

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Notice of meeting/workshop hearing
The Department of Health announces a workshop to which all persons are invited. This workshop affects Rule No. 64J-2.002.

Title: Prehospital Requirements for Trauma Care

When: Nov. 1, 2013, 2 p.m.

Where: Florida Department of Health, 4042 Bald Cypress Way, Room 301, Tallahassee, FL 32399

General Subject Matter Considered: Updates to the trauma transport protocol rule in order to effectuate the provisions of subsection 395.4025(14), Florida Statutes. A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Sophia Flowers at 850-245-4005 or by email at sophia.flowers@flhealth.gov, seven days prior to the workshop.

For more information, you may contact: Sophia Flowers at 850-245-4005 or by email at sophia.flowers@flhealth.gov.

Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this workshop/meeting is asked to advise the agency at least seven days before the workshop/meeting by contacting: Sophia Flowers at the contact information listed above. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or 1-800-955-8770 (Voice).More

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