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itary personnel with disabilities. Chariot
Riders Academy is a non-profit organization
accredited by the Professional Association of
Therapeutic Horsemanship International. In
addition to the services they offer to the public, they also operate the Horses for Heroes
program in Ocean and Monmouth Counties.
The Horses for Heroes therapeutic riding program includes mounted and non-mounted equestrian activities in either group
or private settings at no cost to participants.
Activities are tailored to the individual’s
needs and have been proven to improve the
physical balance, gait and morale of both
active military personnel and veterans with
a wide range of both physical and psychological special needs.
We give MONOC Mobile Health Services
a thumbs up for supporting such a great
service for our veterans. For more information on the Horses for Heroes Program, visit
Equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP)
is a specialized form of psychotherapy using
horses as a therapeutic tool. This modality
is designed to address self-esteem and personal confidence, communication and interpersonal effectiveness, trust, boundaries
and limit-setting, and group cohesion. It
has been effective in the recovery of our
MONOC Mobile Health Services in New
Jersey has announced a partnership with
the Chariot Riders Equestrian Academy
and Horses for Heroes program to support New Jersey veterans and active mil-
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The National Association of EMTs
(NAEMT) announced a position paper that
encourages the establishment of a “just
culture” environment within all EMS agencies.
The term “just culture” refers to a values-supportive system of shared responsibility
in which healthcare organizations are
accountable for responding to the behaviors
of their staff in a fair and just manner. Staff, in
turn, are accountable for the quality of their
choices and for reporting both their errors
and system vulnerabilities.
In the just culture program, employees’
behaviors are separated into three categories: 1. “human error”; 2. “at-risk behavior”;
and 3. “reckless behavior.” This helps create
a formula for consistency for the evaluation
of human behaviors, and instills a sense of
confidence in the individuals involved.
Because mistakes don’t always result
in an adverse event, acknowledgement of
a mistake allows agencies to take action
before an event occurs.
We give a thumbs up to the NAEMT
for helping foster an environment of
accountability and consistency across all
EMS agencies. JEMS
Hennepin (Minn.) EMS has
announced the addition of a new information system that will assist 9-1-1 dispatchers
in helping callers locate lifesaving automated
external defibrillators (AEDs) available near
sudden cardiac arrest victims.
“The problem is that until now, publicly
available AEDs are rarely used in an emergency because people don’t know where they
are, they can’t see them, and 9-1-1 dispatchers are unaware of the location,” said Chris
Kummer, manager with Hennepin EMS, in a
The new system from Atrus, Inc., known
as AED Link, shows the location of registered AEDs on 9-1-1 agency consoles. “AED
Link lets us instantly see the location of all
registered AEDs near a sudden cardiac arrest
victim so we can send someone to get it in
time to help save a life,” Kummer said. Both
Hennepin EMS and Atrus officials anticipate
the system to be available by this month,
which is fittingly, National Sudden Cardiac
Arrest Awareness Month.
In 2011, Hennepin EMS managed seven
cardiac arrest cases in which a bystander used
an AED. In six of those cases, the patient was
resuscitated and walked out of the hospital
neurologically intact. “While there are many
factors to survival, bystander intervention
with CPR and an AED is clearly a key link,”
said Brian Mahoney, MD, Hennepin EMS
medical director, in a news release.