Public Information Office
Public Information Officer
Associate Public Information Officer
Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), information about and individual client/patient is protected.
Under HIPAA, the following activities require prior written authorization from a client/patient:
- Issuing a statement regarding the nature of the client/patient’s injuries or illness, treatments or prognosis
- Photographing or videotaping clients/patients
- Interviewing clients/patients
For more information about reporting the release of information concerning deaths, epidemics or emerging diseases visit the Association of Health Care Journalists website.
Recommendations for reporting on suicide
Suicide is a public health issue. Media and online coverage of suicide should be informed by using best practices. Some suicide deaths may be newsworthy. However, the way media covers suicide can influence behavior negatively by contributing to contagion or positively by encouraging help-seeking.
Suicide Contagion or “Copycat Suicide” occurs when one or more suicides are reported in a way that contributes to another suicide.
Click here to read Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide.
The Monterey County EMS Agency welcomes the public to attend the EMS Week event on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The EMS Week event will be held at the Monterey County Health Dept., 1270 Natividad Road, Salinas. The event is free and open to the public. The event will demonstrate this year’s theme of “EMS: One Mission. One Team.”
This event will showcase the multiple organizations that work together to provide Emergency Medical Services. The public is invited to meet representatives from many of the EMS provider organizations. There will be displays that include ambulances, fire trucks, HazMat vehicles, medical helicopters, and rescue vehicles. Informational displays will also be provided by 911 communications, local hospitals and other organizations.
CPR training will be provided at this event by the staff of AMR, the local ambulance contractor. The local AMR division is participating in the AMR World CPR Challenge in an effort to teach as many people as possible how to save a life using compression-only CPR.
Monterey County’s EMS system is truly a coordinated effort between many layers of response to a request for Emergency Medical Services. The system starts when 911 is called. Communications center personnel take the call to determine the nature of the emergency. If it is a medical emergency, the call is transferred to the Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) trained dispatchers who determine the appropriate level of response to the request and may also provide lifesaving instructions for the caller to provide for the victim. The next layer of response is made up of first responders and ambulance personnel. Medical care, from first aid through advanced life support, if needed, will be provided at the patient’s location and during transport to a hospital where care will be continued.