As reported by the Bozeman Daily Chronicle,
"COVID-19 vaccines are now being administered in Gallatin County gas stations, truck stops and car dealerships as public health officials focus on immunizing those who are hesitant or lackadaisical about getting a shot.
Through much of the winter and spring, the county held mass immunization clinics at the county fairgrounds, giving shots to hundreds of people at a time. Thousands more were vaccinated Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital or in local pharmacies.
Now, as the county’s vaccination rate hovers below the target for herd immunity, local public health providers are working to get the vaccine in front of people wherever they can.
Best Practice Medicine has contracts with the county and state to run clinics, spokesperson Matt Macoy said. When the group was helping with the county’s fairground clinics, they were handling hundreds of patients a day." (Read More)
As reported by The Daily Montanan, Best Practice Medicine partnered with the state of Montana's governor's office to provide COVID-19 vaccines to truckers going back and forth from Canada. "Since it became operational on May 10, 2021 more than 500 people have stopped at the Mobile Community Vaccination Center. Staffed by clinicians from Bozeman’s Best Practice Medicine. The convenience is highly intentional, said King. “I believe that setting programs up like this that are highly effective and simple to access really makes it possible for people just to get the vaccine wherever they’re at.” (READ MORE)
As reported by Montana Public Radio, "Health care providers, like athletes, need routine and rigorous training to stay on top of their game. But getting that instruction is challenging for those practicing frontier medicine. One Montana program is now delivering state-of-the-art simulated training to some of the state’s most remote clinics and hospitals. And experts say it’s helping save lives...SIM-MT operates three of these rolling training labs; one each in Montana’s western, central and Hi-Line regions. Together they annually rack up over 100,000 miles to provide ongoing medical education to the state’s rural health care providers." (READ MORE/LISTEN TO THE FULL REPORT!)
Simulation in Motion – Montana [in partnership with Best Practice Medicine] conducted a weekend of emergency medical training for members of the Ennis Ambulance Service, Madison Valley Rural Fire Department, Lifeflight and neighboring emergency medical technicians at the Ennis Fire Hall Sept. 28 -19.
The two day training gave students opportunities to apply their skills on mannequins or volunteers with mock injuries, which were created using makeup and fake blood. Students reacted to real-life, changing situations in the simulations, which helps medical responders uphold prehospital trauma life support training certifications.
“We don’t get a chance to use a lot of those skills,” Ennis EMS manager, Patti Austin said... (READ MORE)
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The set-up looked a little like this: three very high tech mobile training trailers, about 30 skilled medical professionals from the Wyoming Army National Guard’s Medical Detachment, Goshen County Public Health with a slew of medical supplies and support staff, professional medical educators from Best Practice Medicine and representatives from Platte, Niobrara and Goshen County Emergency Management. All were gathered at the National Guard armory in Guernsey to collectively accomplish one thing: prepare teams for high consequence encounters and they did just that. (READ MORE)
On July 27  the Daniels County Ambulance hosted a multi-agency training. Best Practice Medicine brought the Montana Sim Truck to Scobey to train on overdose events using Narcan and trench rescue. Many agencies around the world carrying Narcan for overdose emergencies and Daniels County Ambulance is one of those. (READ MORE)
As reported by the Flathead Beacon, "Flathead Valley is a magnet for adventurers and outdoorspeople of all stripes, and as the area’s popularity continues to bloom, this means more people out and recreating or living here. Those basic facts are the main reasons Bozeman-based Best Practice Medicine, a company that focuses on teaching emergency medicine, has decided to open a new branch of its operations here: Where there are people, there is a need for effective emergency medical training..." READ MORE
Thirteen students started an emergency medical technician (EMT) training course at the Memorial Ambulance of Fort Benton last week, including all four members of the Fort Benton Police Department. Upon completion of the 10-week intensive course, the participants will be prepared to take the required tests to secure state licensing and national EMT certification. Loren Deichman, chief operating officer of Best Practice Medicine, led Saturday’s lab in Fort Benton... READ MORE
If you ever took a CPR class and found the old Resuci-Annie CPR dummies a little...creepy, the idea of a medical mannequin that can scream at you, move its eyes and deliver a moving baby may seem like the stuff of nightmares, but such a simulator provided important and realistic training for members of the Lincoln Volunteer Ambulance last weekend. READ MORE
The River Press reports "First responders and EMTs from around Chouteau County participated in a refresher course directed by Kevin Box and Amber Olson from Best Practice Medicine (BPM) at the Memorial Ambulance of Fort Benton last weekend, Dec. 1 and 2..." READ MORE (Continued on p.3)
CALS Rural Emergency Medical Education reports "Last week we offered a 3-day CALS course at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson, MT. This was the pilot program integrating the Best Practices Mobile SIM Lab into the Obstetrical Deliveries portion of the course. It was a great success and very well-received by all. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Best Practice Medicine..." READ MORE
Central Montana Foundation & Medical Center Foundation reports "...60 local EMS, RNs, Medical Assistants, Respiratory Therapists and ER physicians were recently able to take part in three days of simulation training. The Helmsley’s Simulation in Motion program brings life-savings tools and training via mobile simulation to emergency medical responders across Montana…" READ MORE (Continued on p.5).