America’s emergency service practitioners champion the ongoing health and wellness of our communities. Westfield would like to recognize these individuals in honor of Emergency Services Week, which takes place May 19 through May 25.
In a proclamation, released May 17, 2013, the President Obama said, “we pause to offer our gratitude to these remarkable men and women, whose dedication is fundamental to our society's well-being.”
We second that notion.
Celebrated since its origins in 1974, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) took a leading role in the creation of EMS Week. ACEP deemed this year’s theme, “EMS: One Mission. One Team.” Visit ACEP’s website for a variety of helpful resources, including stroke information, support groups, patient education and more.
How Can You Honor EMS Week?
ACEP offers a Planning Guide to direct and influence activities during EMS Week. The guide provides information on emergency health conditions, like a stroke or cardiac arrest, as well as information on helpful medical tools, among other facts and tips.
Or, create your own agenda in honor of EMS Week.
One way to do this is to prevent emergency situations, to the best of your ability, and practice proactive first aid in the workplace. A recent post on Risk Factors outlines three steps to improved first aid practices, which include 1. Get the Facts, 2. Take a Class, and 3. Compile (or Purchase) a Safety Kit. Check out the post to build your own first aid program, at home or in the workplace.
We Thank You, EMS Practitioners
Following up from the recent tragedies endured by our nation, including the Boston Marathon bombings and the Oklahoma tornado, the crucial role of EMS practitioners is more apparent than ever.
EMS practitioners report to the scene of an emergency and save lives. We have a deep appreciation for their ongoing efforts; Westfield thanks you.
Take a moment today to thank your local EMS team. How do you honor EMS Week? Please feel free to share your comments and sentiments below.
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