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WVEMS is once again accepting bids from instructors, Education Coordinators, training centers, ALS Coordinators, EMS agencies, local governments, etc. to offer Category 1 Continuing Education and approved auxiliary courses throughout the region. Thanks to a cooperative opportunity with the Virginia Department of Health Office if EMS, funding is available to pay an hourly rate for qualified 33-hour CE courses, and a per-student payment for approved auxiliary courses. Courses MUST COMPLETE by June 15, 2019 to be eligible for funding.

Protocols

Please take a look at the DRAFT 2019 WVEMS protocols. This version will be published as a PDF document that can be downloaded, and they will also be availble as a smart-phone app for Apple and Android. The expected release date is January 1, 2019. We will be soliciting comments for the next 30 days. (Please note that the "Policies" section will be revised prior to release.) Thank you!

  pdf (19.39 MB) These protocols are not released for use. They are DRAFT ONLY at this time 

pdf DRAFT 2019 PROTOCOLS (19.39 MB)

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WVEMS will hold three workshops to assist you and your agency in preparing your RSAF grant application to maximize your chances of an award. In conjunction with the Virginia Office of EMS, we will provide information and discussion on the web-based application, the review process and the methodology for awarding and drawing down RSAF grants. If you expect to apply for the current cycle (DEADLINE IS September 17), plan to attend one of these informative sessions.

Henry County Department of Public Safety Training Center
1024 Dupont Road, Martinsville VA 24112

August 28 - 6-8 PM

 

WVEMS Offices - Roanoke
1944 Peters Creek Road NW, Roanoke VA 24017

Summerlin Conference Room
August 9 - 10 AM - Noon

 

New River Valley Business Center
6580 Valley Center Drive, Radford, VA 24141
NRV EMS Training Center
August 22 - 6-8 PM

ROANOKE-May 31, 2018: The Western Virginia EMS Council and the Near Southwest Preparedness Alliance joined last night at the Jefferson Center to present awards to outstanding persons, programs and organizations in several cetegories. You can view the live stream of this event on FACEBOOK. (Special thanks to Heidi Hooker and Ryan Scarbrough of the Old Dominion EMS Alliance for providing the live streaming services!) The 2018 winners are:

Hospira, Inc., a Pfizer company, is voluntarily recalling lots 72680LL and 76510LL of Naloxone Hydrochloride Injection, USP, 0.4 mg/mL, 1 mL in 2.5 mL, Carpuject Single-use cartridge syringe system (NDC 0409-1782-69), to the hospital/institution level due to the potential presence of embedded and loose particulate matter on the syringe plunger. These Lot numbers have already been found in WVEMS Drug Boxes in the Region. 

Click here for the FDA Recall

 

Our own WVEMS Field Coordinator, Mike Garnett was featured in the news in Montgomery County with the Stop the Bleed national awareness campaign! You can see the news story here: http://www.wdbj7.com/content/news/More-Stop-The-Bleed-training-to-be-offered-in-Montgomery-County-478337483.html 

Launched in 2015 by the White House, Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and call to action. Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, therefore it is important to quickly stop the blood loss. According to a recent National Academies of Science study, trauma is the leading cause of death for Americans under age 46.

You can find more information on the Stop the Bleed Awareness Campain by clicking here or you can contact our office!

Starting in May 2016, the ratio expression format for drug concentrations will no longer be permitted. This new development will apply to epinephrine, isoproterenol and neostigmine. Unaffected by this are the lidocaine and epinephrine combination solutions for local anesthesia.

The new labeling for epinephrine will only be displayed as the mass concentration format used in virtually every other medication. For example, epinephrine 1:1000 will now be labeled as 1 mg/mL, and for the 1:10,000 as 0.1 mg/mL. It is hoped that this change will decrease medication errors in the field and in the hospital. pdf See the explanation HERE. (159 KB)

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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