EMS World

AUG 2018

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FROM THE OFFICER'S DESK 16 AUGUST 2018 | EMSWORLD.com questions. These experts will be an excellent resource. Some questions to consider: • Is the budget zero-based, incremental, fixed, or some other type? This will be spe- cific to each organization. • Will the EMS section have a functional work group budget the EMS officer will have to manage? • Will there be activity reports or expendi- ture/revenue status updates throughout the year? It is important for the EMS officer to know which type of budget format will be used as soon as possible to begin the process. If responsible for a functional work group budget, the officer will need to know every item that will fall under their responsibility and be included. Budget teams routinely handle many of the financial and accounting activities requested as part of the master budget; however, the EMS manager, logistics manager, fleet man- ager, dispatch manager, etc., often oversee their own functional work group budgets that get included in the master budget. It is the responsibility of those assigned to oversee the budget to ensure allocated items stay within their forecasted expense/ revenue parameters. The EMS officer may want to meet with a budget office represen- tative to review an activity summary report each month as a way to monitor the agency's expenditures and revenue throughout the year. Reviewing each budget line item on a regular basis will help the EMS officer keep the budget on track. The Budget Process Once you're familiar with budget terminol- ogy and the type of budget being worked with, it's time to get involved with the prep - aration process. Although the process for creating an organization's master budget may vary, it is important to participate in a budget kickoff meeting to ensure all the participants understand the organization's budget expectations. The kickoff represents the official start of the budget-preparation process for the upcoming fiscal year. Topics for discussion should include budget goals, any required changes, a review of budget guidelines and forms, requirements for capital purchases, operating expenses, and the timeline for bud- get completion and review, just to name a few. Take this time to ask questions, deter- mine what to include, and articulate the jus- tification for each new item requested. Don't wait for the kickoff, though, to begin planning for operational needs. Start gather- ing necessary information well in advance. Purchasing an item not budgeted for may be difficult unless dollars are taken from another budgeted item. Financial Objectives Once the EMS officer is familiar with the terminology, their type of budget, and the budgeting process, they will be ready to review the department's financial objec- tives or establish some for their own divi- For More Information Circle 19 on Reader Service Card Treat Proximal Third, Mid Shaft Fractures and More Find out more about Sager Splints models and application at www.sagersplints.com Email MINTORD@aol.com / Call 800-642-6468 for the name of Your Authorized Sager Distributor One Person Application Sager Splints immobilize long bone fractures of the leg, providing optimal and secure immobilization. h Sager Splints can be used to immobilize fractures of the Tibia & Fibula h Traction can be applied to proximal third & Mid Shaft Fractures of the Femur Use the Sager Traction Scale to set the amount of traction needed – Sager Splints do the rest. The Sager's dynamic function permits traction to decrease automatically as the muscle spasm releases. Your Patient will always have the correct amount of safe, secure traction.

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