Beaufort County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is proud to announce that on Saturday November 07, 2015 the Harmony Masonic Lodge #22 presented the Asa C. Godowns EMS Professional of the Year award to Paramedic Lindsay Tuten.
Lindsay Tuten is a paramedic with Beaufort County EMS for over 6 years. When Tuten is not on duty at EMS she is helping with the Child Passenger Safety Program at Beaufort County EMS. She does this by educating and assisting new parents and grandparents in proper car seat installations. Tuten also helps with the employee liaison committee to better the communication between all EMS personnel. Tuten is extremely passionate about her job and takes great pride in her chosen profession. This is evident in the congratulations she receives by the patients that she serves. Lindsay now shares this experience by being a preceptor trainer for new paramedics and new hires. Lindsay works tirelessly to give back to the EMS profession. Lindsay is one of the best paramedics in the state she has represented Beaufort County EMS in regional and state wide Paramedic skills competitions. Recently she has taken on the task of bring Beaufort County EMS to the public by developing and maintaining the Beaufort County EMS Facebook page, which has over 550 likes already.
“I am honored to win this award. Thank you to my peers and supervisors for nominating me,” Tuten said, “I am so proud to work for Beaufort County EMS”
Harmony Masonic Lodge presents the EMS Professional of the Year award annually to someone who has demonstrated outstanding contributions and professional service to the citizens of Beaufort County through the field of Emergency Medical Services. The award is named for Asa C. Godowns, the Deputy Director of Beaufort County EMS for over 24 years who was killed in an auto accident in March 2001. Nominations for the awards are submitted by fellow EMS employees.
At 73, Richard Nusbaum has golfed many times but it was different during a recent game. Nusbaum credits Beaufort County EMS paramedics Lindsay Tuten and Nichole Miller, as well as the cardiovascular catheter lab team at Hilton Head Medical Center with saving his life recently.
On August 12, 2015, Nusbaum was golfing and not feeling well, so friends helped him home on his golf cart in Sun City. Once home, instead of getting off the golf cart they called 911 and stayed on the phone with the dispatcher until paramedics arrived.
His skin was pale, and he was weak and sweating when EMS arrived. Tuten moved him into the cool ambulance and started her assessment.
Tuten stated, “He just did not look well at all. I knew he needed our help.”
Tuten and Miller did a quick assessment and determined that he was having a STEMI (ST segment elevation myocardial infarction). In layman’s terms, he was having a heart attack right in front of them.
Tuten said, “First thing is a 12 lead ECG. Then as needed aspirin, oxygen and IVs. We look for certain things on the 12 lead ECG, and if we see those things, we then transmit the 12 lead ECG to Hilton Head Hospital and tell them we have a STEMI patient, so they can have the Cath lab ready for us when we arrive. The hospital will review our 12 lead ECG, and all of this is done before the ambulance even gets to the hospital. But the main thing is time. Time is heart muscle.”
Nusbaum was taken to the Cath lab and four stents were placed in his heart. He was released a few days later. Nusbaum said that he called 911 directly and did not call anyone before doing that. He had been advised of this in meetings in Sun City. He said that even calling security can slow the response of Emergency responders and to always call 911 directly.
“I feel thankful and blessed that we have this amazing service right at our back door,” Nusbaum said. “Given such highly-skilled professional people, they really deserve our praises for the job that they do.”
Both Tuten and Miller were very happy to see Mr. Nusbaum.
“So many times we take people to the hospitals and really never know what their actual outcome is,” Miller said.
Tuten and Miller both agreed this was a great feeling and reminded them of just why they went through all their training to become Paramedics, and why they are glad to work where they can make a difference in people’s lives.
left to right Lindsay Tuten, Richard Nusbaum, Nichole tuten
It is with great sadness that we at Beaufort County EMS announce the death of Julie Williams.
Julie was with Beaufort County EMS since 1995 and the training officer from 2008 until she had to discontinue working due to cancer treatment. Julie was inspirational in the training of many paramedics in the low country and an advocate for the improvement of EMS in everything she did. She touched many lives both in the street as a paramedic and in her office has a training officer. She was a national speaker on many EMS topics and this was her mission and passion in life, to educate and improve EMS systems everywhere she spoke.
Julie’s family was by her side in her last days and we can be comforted in knowing she was loved and cared for in her time of need. Julie’s EMS family was always there if needed and was ready to help at all times.
We at Beaufort County EMS just want to say we love you Julie and we see your passion come to life in the great paramedics you have trained and left to fill your legacy
Beaufort County EMS adds two new ambulances to service the county's needs
Lucas Chest Compression System placed on all Ambulances
Effective Compressions, Good Blood Flow Lead to Lifesaving CPR
Effective chest compressions deliver vital oxygen to the brain and can prime
the heart. Maintaining sufficient coronary perfusion
pressure during cardiac arrest improves the likelihood of return of spontaneous
However, as any rescuer or caregiver knows, performing manual CPR according to
current AHA guidelines is difficult and tiring. In fact, many organizations have added
extra staff to cardiac arrest calls to switch out rescuers performing compressions.
The LUCAS Chest Compression System is designed to deliver uninterrupted compressions
at a consistent rate and depth to facilitate ROSC. It delivers automated compressions
throughout ambulance transport and at the hospital.
LUCAS facilitates consistent blood flow from the
moment it is turned on, helping to improve a patient’s chance for a successful outcome
In 2005, the AHA determined that we need to focus on performing better chest compressions to move
the blood around and keep the organs working. We know that CPR is difficult to do well. People slow
down. They don’t always do it appropriately—even professional rescuers. A machine does'nt’t get tired; it is
consistent, and consistency is key,”
American Diabetes Month is a time to raise awareness of diabetes prevention and control. In the United States, more than 25 million people are living with diabetes and 79 million more are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Over time, if it’s not controlled, type 2 diabetes can cause serious health problems like heart disease, stroke, and blindness. You may be at risk for type 2 diabetes if you:
Are age 45 or older
Have a parent, brother, or sister with diabetes
Are African American, Hispanic or Latino American, American Indian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander
Have had diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)
Have had a baby with a birth weight of more than 9 pounds
Have high blood pressure or cholesterol
Exercise less than 3 times a week
You can do a lot to lower your chances of getting type 2 diabetes by:
Watching your weight
For more information or to see if you may have diabetes, contact your general physician.
More than 160,000 U.S. students stay home from school each day from fear of being bullied.
Bullying directly affects a student’s ability to learn. Students who are bullied find it difficult to concentrate, show a decline in grades, and lose self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-worth.
Students who are bullied report more physical symptoms, such as headaches or stomachaches, and mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, than other students.
In some cases, bullying has led to devastating consequences, such as school shootings and suicide.
Bullying affects witnesses as well as targets. Witnesses often report feeling unsafe, helpless, and afraid that they will be the next target.
Bullying is a community wide issue that must no longer be ignored or thought of as a rite of passage. Students, parents, and educators all have a role in addressing bullying situations and changing school culture.
The two keys to creating change are: increasing awareness that bullying has lifelong impact, and giving people the tools they need to respond effectively.
Students can be especially effective in bullying intervention. More than 55 percent of bullying situations will stop when a peer intervenes. Student education of how to address bullying for peers is critical, as is the support of adults.
Silence is no longer an acceptable response to bullying. Adults, students, and educators can no longer look away when they see bullying. Ignoring it won’t work. Everyone needs to be empowered with options to respond.
Karen Morris, an employee of Beaufort County EMS since 1987, has been chosen by The Exchange Club of
Beaufort as the 2012 Medical Person of the Year. This is the first time the club has given the award to an
Beaufort County EMS employees raised several hundred dollars for this year’s 2012 Lieutenant Dan Weekend. Proceeds from the money raised were donated to the Independence
Fund, a 100% volunteer effort dedicated to providing the tools, therapies and guidance to those veterans severely injured in the War on Terror that they otherwise are not receiving.
Several employees from Beaufort County EMS, Burton Fire District, Lady’s Island/St Helena Fire and Rescue, Sheldon Fire Department, along with family members of Beaufort County EMS employees, will join the volunteer force Saturday night at the Lieutenant Dan Band Concert, providing any needed assistance to wounded veterans attending the 7 p.m. concert at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park.
The week of May 20 – 26, 2012 is National EMS Recognition Week. Please take this time to thank all EMS personnel for time and service. This year the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has determined this year’s theme to be “EMS: More Than A Job. A Calling.” ACEP believes that EMS practitioners don’t choose their field for salaries and comfortable working conditions and hours. EMS practitioners choose their field to help and care for individuals in their time of need.
Julie Williams was a presenter at the Tidewater EMS Educational Expo in Suffolk, Virginia from April 13 to April 15. Ms. Williams is employed by the Beaufort County Emergency Medical Services as the department’s training coordinator. She covered information medical services professionals should know about several new issues. Topics include recognition and treatment of patients with altered mental status caused by substances such as bath salts, and the latest findings on the use of oxygen on heart attack, stroke and head injury patients.
The expo is sponsored by Tidewater EMS, a non-profit consortium of over 75 agencies in 10 cities in southeast Virginia and Virginia’s eastern shore.
Asa C. Godowns Professional of the Year Award - 2011
The 2011 recipient of Asa C. Godowns Professional of the Year Award was presented to Virginia Marshall. Individuals are nominated by their peers for this award that recognizes outstanding performance and contributions to the Beaufort County Emergency Medical Service Department. Mrs. Marshall has been employed as Paramedic with Beaufort County since 2007.
Everyone at Beaufort County Emergency Medical Services would like to thank the nursing staffs at Beaufort Memorial Hospital, Hilton Head Island Hospital, Coastal Carolina Hospital, the hospitals in Savannah, GA & Charleston, SC, along with any specialty hospitals that our patients may get transferred to for treatment.
Every year, National Nurses Week focuses attention on the diverse ways America's 3.1 million registered nurses work to save lives and to improve the health of millions of individuals. Annually, National Nurses Week begins on May 6, marked as RN Recognition Day, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession.
Traditionally, National Nurses Week is devoted to highlighting the diverse ways in which registered nurses, who comprise the largest health care profession, are working to improve health care. From bedside nursing in hospitals and long-term care facilities to the halls of research institutions, state legislatures, and Congress, the depth and breadth of the nursing profession is meeting the expanding health care needs of American society.
American Nurses Association Nursing World Press Release - 2012
A new license plate designed by a Beaufort County paramedic to show support of South Carolina’s Emergency
Medical Services is available for sale across the state.
The design by Crew Chief Danny Tinnel, an award-winning, 16-year veteran of Beaufort County EMS, was selected
among several submitted to the South Carolina EMS Association. It features blue lettering and a modified “star of
life” medical symbol combined with the state symbol.
The new EMS plate is available to all drivers in South Carolina and may be viewed online at the SCDMV website,
The plate fee is $30 and $21.52 of each sale goes to the EMS Association. Upon renewal, $26.02 will go toward
helping local EMS groups within the state.
Ed Allen, center, is retiring after 33 years as director of Emergency Medical Services and was honored with a
dinner Thursday at the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort Officers Club. At left is wife Andrea Allen and at right
is William Winn of Beaufort County Emergency Management.
Local EMS officials to head up state organizations
By – Chris Bender
Two leaders of Beaufort County Emergency Medical Services have been elected to the top positions of
statewide emergency medical associations.'
Ed Allen, director of Beaufort County EMS, was elected president of the South Carolina EMS Association.
The deputy director of EMS, Rusty Hollingsworth, was elected president of the S.C. EMS Educators Association.'
The elections took place at the S.C. Emergency Care Symposium in Myrtle Beach at the end of February.
Both men will serve for two years. '
One of the issues Allen wants to address is bringing EMTs' retirement system in line with other emergency
"We'll be looking at the present state of EMS in South Carolina, the retirement system and issues affecting
career EMTs," Allen said. "We need a retirement system more like what the police and firefighters have."'
Both police and firefighters can retire with full benefits after 25 years, Allen said. For EMS personnel, it takes
28 years on the job.'
"It's just as stressful and just as dangerous for the EMTs as it is for any other emergency responder," Allen said.
"We want to make things equal."'
Allen said he'd also like to see the costs of EMS training brought down.'
"We don't have anything like the state fire academy or the police academy for EMS," Allen said. "Training is
administered through the regional EMS council."'
Hollingsworth will be serving his second two-year term as president of the S.C. EMS Educators Association. The
association is involved in both initial training of EMS providers and continuing education.'
"One of the goals is to educate the public more about what we do," Hollingsworth said. "I also want to make
sure we have the highest quality medical care (from EMS) with an aggressive continuing education program.'
Hollingsworth will sit on the state Department of Health and Environmental Control's Training Committee,
which reviews curriculum used in emergency medical technician training.