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Antioch looks into merging fire & EMS

The Lake County News-Sun has an article that talks outlines the possibility of merging EMS with the Fire Department in Antioch.

 Antioch officials have renewed a contract for another 90 days with the Antioch Rescue Squad in order to continue to monitor the ambulance provider to confirm the organization is following recommendations issued by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

ARS officials are working to resolve their internal problems discovered by a state investigation into accusations of unprofessional conduct, breaches of confidentiality, improper use of medications and IV fluids, patient mistreatment and paramedics working while under the influence of alcohol that were partly blamed on a lack of leadership in the non-profit organization.

“I don’t want to go for any period of time without a contract,” said village Trustee Ted Poulos, of the first 90-day contract that expired Nov. 20. “If there is a break in the contract we won’t have any oversight of their operations.”

Village Administrator James Keim authored a 14-page document titled “Village of Antioch EMS Delivery Report,”… “A lot is changing right now and the organization is evolving. I talked to a lot of people associated with ARS and I have a respect and admiration for what they do,” said Keim. The bottom line of his report is a recommendation to combine rescue and fire services.

“If we did that we would meet the level of paramedic services of our neighboring six communities,” including Fox Lake, Grayslake, Lake Villa, Newport, Round Lake and Salem, Wis.

Keim’s research shows that ARS has 21 paramedics and 14 EMTs on its roster. The fire department has 32 paramedics and 12 EMTS. If the departments were combined it would mean 53 paramedics and 26 EMTs available to serve Antioch-area residents, above the average of 40 paramedics and 21 EMTs of the six surveyed EMS departments that operate under the umbrella of their fire departments.

The First Fire Protection District, which serves the township, also renewed a 90-day contract with ARS. During the next 90 days officials from the fire protection district and village will discuss the coordination of rescue services and the option of combining rescue and fire services.

“There are several ways to combine emergency services, but I recommend that it be done under a single command. I am not recommending the demise of ARS, but instead reaching a middle ground on the best way to provide services going forward,” said Keim.

The village and fire district share oversight of the fire department under Fire Chief John Nixon, who said he supports extending the ARS contract although his staff could gear up quickly to take over rescue services.

The complete article is HERE.


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Antioch Rescue Squad: 2 members facing discipline

The Daily Herald has a series of articles about the Illinois Department of Public Health investigating and then disciplining members of the Antioch Rescue Squad:

 Two EMTs could lose their licenses amid allegations they abused and mistreated patients and co-workers while working at the Antioch Rescue Squad, state officials confirmed.

The Illinois Department of Public Health officials said they are investigating the conduct of Kyle Shouse and Chris McBrady and will decide if they should ever again work as EMTs or paramedics.

The allegations include putting prescription medication into the food and drinks of other unsuspecting EMTs while working at the Antioch Rescue Squad, and pilfering prescription-only bags of IV solution and infusing themselves or others at the rescue squad without proper medical authorization, state officials confirmed.

It’s unclear whether McBrady and Shouse are still rescue squad employees. But state officials said both worked for the squad when the alleged mistreatment took place after 2008.

According to documents the Daily Herald obtained from the department of public health on Friday, McBrady and Shouse are accused of putting the prescription-only diuretic Lasix into the food and drink of unsuspecting members during shifts at the Antioch Rescue Squad.

Individually, Shouse is accused of reporting for duty under the influence of alcohol and for mistreating patients while working at the rescue squad.

According to the complaint, Shouse is accused of striking a psychiatric patient in the head with a clipboard, yelling at another psychiatric patient, and then unnecessarily restraining a third psychiatric patient.

McBrady was accused by the state of also putting Benadryl into the food and drink of other unsuspecting rescue squad members, beginning treatment of patients without first obtaining written consent, and falsifying patient care reports by claiming other EMTs were present for a patient’s care when there was none.

McBrady is also accused of throwing a patient’s walker, using profanity at a patient, then refusing to take a patient to the hospital who later suffered from an aneurysm.

A third member of the Antioch Rescue Squad, Ethan Bolin, faces a suspension of his license by the state for taking a prescription-only IV solution and ordering another EMT to use it on him. Attempts to reach Bolin regarding the suspension were unsuccessful Monday.

The entire article can be found HERE and a previous article is HERE.

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