Several hospitals in the region report that their patient censuses are very high. PLEASE communicate with the facilities prior to transporting ANY patient that might require admission.

Have you assessed how safely you are transporting pediatrics patients? North Carolina EMSC (EMS for Children) has put together a video course that targets prehospital providers and addresses the importance of restraining children when being transported in an ambulance.  It also demonstrates the use of a variety of restraint devices.  Please take 50 minutes to Watch this Video. Note, the regulations that are mentioned in the video apply to North Carolina NOT Virginia. 

The American Heart Association (AHA) has published their 2015 Guideline Update for CPR & ECC.  Although the guideline updates have been released WVEMS Protocols remain the same.  AHA has not released yet training programs and materials to coincide with these updates.  The release of these materials will not begin until later this year, and will be phased over an approximately 6 month period.  WVEMS and OMDs will be reviewing the updates and our protocols over the next several months, and you can expect the release of new WVEMS Protocols some time in the first half of 2016. If you would like to review the updates, and reasoning behind the changes click here - 2015 AHA Guideline Update for CPR & ECC

We have been advised that some hospitals in our region have started using Normosol R IV fluids in their Emergency Department. 0.9 Sodium Chloride (Normal Saline), is still available for EMS restock. PLEASE pay close attention as you obtain your restock supplies, to be sure that you get Normal Saline for restocking.

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