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Mahwah Police,Fire and EMS Aid Driver of Overturned Dump Truck

photo courtesy of Boyd Loving’s Facebook

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Mahwah NJ, Mahwah Police, Mahwah Fire Department, and Mahwah EMS responded to aid the driver of a tandem axle dump truck that overturned on an entrance ramp to the Pilot Travel Center, 230 Route 17, Mahwah on Friday morning, 05/10. The driver self extricated via the vehicle’s passenger side door and refused ambulance transport. Mahwah firefighters attended to a hydraulic fluid leak and remained on the scene awaiting the arrival of a heavy duty tow truck to right the vehicle.

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Late Thursday Afternoon Accident leaves individual trapped in utility vehicle working at the guarded job site in Mahwah

Route 17 Mahwah

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December 15,2017

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Mahwah NJ, Multiple injuries were reported in late Thursday afternoon, 12/14, three (3) vehicle crash on Route 17 northbound in Mahwah. The accident occurred at a highway work site being guarded by NJSP Troopers. Mahwah Fire Department resources were required to free an individual who was trapped in the rear of a utility vehicle working at the guarded job site. A loaded passenger van and a 4-door sedan were also involved in the crash Several ambulances were called to the scene. Occupants of the passenger van sought shelter in the lobby of a nearby office building A flatbed tow truck was standing by at the site to begin removing the wreckage. Mahwah Police and Mahwah EMS also responded, along with mutual aid ambulances from commercial providers.

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Valley Health System Enhances Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Using Novel Communication Technology

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Photo  Tamara Baldesweiler, R.N., a member of the Specialty Care Transport Unit team, demonstrates the Twiage app.

November 29,2017
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Ridgewood NJ, The Valley Hospital, an acute care, not-for-profit hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey expanded its use of Twiage, a mobile app that lets first responders instantly communicate with the emergency room.

After an initial pilot phase, Valley has expanded the use of Twiage to 12 local EMS services in Bergen County, NJ, and Rockland County, NY.

The 451-bed hospital, which serves the northern New Jersey area, began using Twiage last year. During the initial phase, hospital teams found that Twiage helps emergency department providers better prepare for incoming patients by having advanced notice of their care needs and estimated time of arrival. It also helps reduce ambulance turnover time, getting them back on the road faster.

“Using Twiage, we have been able to get better notification from our EMS providers about who they are bringing in, what those patients likely need, and when a patient will arrive,” says Caitlin Burke, Emergency Department Clinical Supervisor at The Valley Hospital. “It puts us one step ahead in terms of preparedness and patient care.”

Twiage, a HIPAA-compliant prehospital communication platform that has received innovation awards from the American Medical Association and American Heart Association, can be used to share information such as patient vital signs, symptoms and demographic information via secured photos, videos, voice memo and texts between EMTs, doctors, and nurses. The platform offers emergency department staff real-time situational awareness with live patient data and updates, and GPS-tracking of incoming ambulances.

“Twiage offers us an operational advantage,” says Lafe Bush, EMS Director, Valley EMS. “We started small when we launched it, but the technology is working so well that we are expanding its use to all EMS providers who serve this hospital.”

“We are really excited to be using the Twiage app,” says Milton Kohlmann, Chief of Paramus EMS. “It helps us give some advanced notice to the hospital about what we are dealing with out in the field and when we’ll get that patient to them. If it saves them time and helps them prepare for incoming patients, it’s going to lead to better patient care and make our jobs easier!”

Initially designed to help hospitals more efficiently manage resources for patients who have experienced a stroke, heart attack, sepsis, or trauma, Twiage allows EMS and hospital-based providers to better communicate and share data about all patients, which means a more timely response and better use of resources.

“I believe this program can be of great benefit to achieve our duties as Emergency Medical Technicians,” commented Murray Yang, Captain, Ridgewood EMS previously. “Every second matters in achieving a positive outcome for a patient who’s in need of emergency medical care.”

The current participating EMS agencies include Fair Lawn VAC, Franklin Lakes VAC, Hatzolah EMS, Mahwah EMS, Midland Park Ambulance, NJ Mobile HealthCare, Oakland FAS, Paramus EMS, Pearl River Ambulance, Ramsey Ambulance, Ridgewood Emergency Services, Valley EMS and Wyckoff VAC.

About Twiage
Twiage is an advanced cloud-based platform that uses best-in-class security technology to put telemedicine at the fingertips of emergency first responders and physicians to accelerate live-saving patient care. By giving hospitals a complete picture of all incoming ambulances, Twiage helps hospitals efficiently manage resources and save time, save money, and save lives.

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School bus Hits Tree in Mahwah

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photos courtesy of Boyd Loving’s Facebook page

October 25,2017

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Mahwah NJ ,Mahwah Police and EMS units rushed to the scene of a multi vehicle crash involving a mini school bus at the intersection of Bayberry Drive and Masonicus Road on Tuesday afternoon, 10/24. The school bus slammed head-on into a tree in Mahwah after being struck by another vehicle early Tuesday evening.

Multiple victims, adult and juvenile, were transported by ambulances to area hospitals. Three (3) vehicles, including the school bus, were removed from the scene by tow trucks.

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Motorcyclist airlifted to a trauma center following a Saturday afternoon crash on Route 17 southbound near North Franklin Turnpike in Ramsey

Motorcyclist airlifted to a trauma center

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July 16,2017

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Ramsey NJ ,A motorcyclist was airlifted to a trauma center following a Saturday afternoon crash on Route 17 southbound near North Franklin Turnpike in Ramsey. Mahwah EMS, Mahwah Police, and Upper Saddle River Police assisted at the scene. Two (2) travel lanes and the right shoulder of Route 17 southbound near the crash scene were closed for an accident investigation. A field sobriety test was observed being administered to an adult male who was apparently involved in the crash. A black colored, 4-door sedan with out of state license plates and heavy rear end damage was seen parked in a nearby gas station with police inspecting it.

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Brush fire at the Ramapo County Reservation

Brush fire at the Ramapo County Reservation

photos courtesy of Boyd Loving’s Facebook

April 18,2017

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Mahwah NJ, A Monday afternoon, 04/17, brush fire at the Ramapo County Reservation on Ramapo Valley Road in Mahwah required the services of mini pumpers and fire personnel from Mahwah, Ramsey, Hillburn NY, and the NJDEP’s Forest Fire Service. Mahwah EMS and PD also responded to the incident. Hiking trails throughout the Reservation’s “upper area” were closed as crews fought the smokey blaze. A Forest Fire Service helicopter was also called in to assist in the fire suppression efforts.