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Patrick Henry Community College Emergency Medical Services- Educational Needs Assessment

Patrick Henry Community College, in preparation for the 2014-2015 academic year, is conducting a NEEDS Survey. They are looking to add additional sections and courses to the EMS curriculum this fall but in order to do so, they need to be able to show the interest to support this. One of the new Program Director's main goals for the program is to make it “shift friendly” for providers already in the Fire/EMS service so that they are able to obtain advanced certification levels without the stress of it interfering a great deal with their work schedules, family life, and other obligations. They will appreciate your time in completing this brief survey in advance! If you have any further questions or suggestions that would help with reaching this goal, you can contact Kari Whitney EMS Program Director at (276) 656-0328 or kwhitney@patrickhenry.edu .

EZ-IO Recall

Vidacare has issued a Voluntary Recall of the 45mm (yellow) EZ-IO Needle Set part number 9079-VC-005, LOT CODE 3606455. The affected ones were shipped from Vidacare March 19, 2014 thru March 21, 2014.  Please check you supplies and stock to see if you have any.  Per Vidacare, discontinue use of any with this Lot Code and quarantine them.  Then contact Vidacare for a "Medical Device Recall Acknowledgement and Return Response Form" if you have not already receieved one from them.  For further information please see Vidacare EZ-IO Recall 3-31-14

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WVEMS is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. We strive to support our citizens, EMS providers, hospitals, localities and EMS/public safety agencies to the best of our ability. But we also need your support! All contributions, no matter how small, are greatly appreciated!

Regional EMS Awards - Nominations Open!

regional award logo and taglineNominations are now being accepted for the 2014 Regional EMS Awards! Follow this link for all the information you need to nominate your local heroes. Deadline: May 18!

 

Showcase your agency, your outstanding providers, your OMD, and others who are deserving of consideration for an award!

 

Once again, you have the opportunity to nominate someone for the Regional "WVEMS Benny Summerlin Award for Service to Local Government"  This is a very special award intended to honor someone who has demonstrated a 25-year commitment to service to EMS and other areas of local government in the ethical and dedicated manner demonstrated by Benny Summerlin. Summerlin, former WVEMS president and Henry County Administrator, was active in EMS and public service for nearly 40 years. Unfortunately, he died last year at the young age of 53.

New IV Fluid Guidelines In Effect

NATIONWIDE IV FLUID SHORTAGE – WVEMS GUIDELINES EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

Due to the nationwide shortage of IV fluids, beginning immediately, EMS providers in the WVEMS Region will only spike and use a bag of Normal Saline (or any other IV fluid) if they are responding to the following categories of patients (unless otherwise directed by medical control):

  • Hypotension, secondary to traumatic or medical issues
  • Hypovolemia
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • All other patients should receive a saline lock until advised differently.

Download a copy of the IV Fluid Shortage Protocol Revision Memo from Dr. Charles Lane, Regional Medical Director.

If you have further questions, you can contact the regional council at wvems.org or at

(540)562-3482.

Traffic Incident Management Training

VDEM along with VSP and VDOT is offering additional opportunities for Traffic Inscident Management System in Franklin County at The Franklin Center in Rocky Mount on April 30th and in Henry County at Henry County Emergency Services Training Center in Martinsville on May 1st. Both locations will offer classes from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm and repeated 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm.  Additional classes will be held in the New River Valley and Roanoke areas in the furture.  For additional information please see Traffic Incident Management Training Franklin County or Traffic Incident Management Training Henry County.  Pre-registration is REQUIRED, and links can be found on the flyers.

Upcoming Events From Our Calendar

BLS CE - Franklin County
April 17, 2014 (6:30 pm - 10:00 pm)
BLS Category 1 CE Areas 02 & 05
Franklin County Public Safety Training Center  1516 Franklin St. ...
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BLS CE-Montgomery County
April 21, 2014 (6:30 pm - 10:30 pm)
BLS CE Category 1 Area 04
McBryde Hall 2nd Floor, Virginia Tech Campus, Blacksburg,Va. 24060
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BLS CE - Franklin County
April 22, 2014 (6:30 pm - 10:00 pm)
BLS Category 1 CE Area 05
Franklin County Public Safety Training Center  1516 Franklin St.  Rocky...
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BLS CE-Montgomery County
April 23, 2014 (6:30 pm - 10:30 pm)
BLS CE Category 1 Area 09
McBryde Hall 2nd Floor, Virginia Tech Campus, Blacksburg,Va. 24060
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BLS CE - Franklin County
April 24, 2014 (6:30 pm - 10:00 pm)
BLS Category 1 CE Area 05
Franklin County Public Safety Training Center  1516 Franklin St.  Rocky...
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BLS CE-Montgomery County
April 24, 2014 (6:30 pm - 10:30 pm)
BLS CE Category 1 Area 09
McBryde Hall 2nd Floor, Virginia Tech Campus, Blacksburg,Va. 24060
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Consolidated Test Site - Fairlawn
April 26, 2014 (8:30 am - 1:30 pm)
Pre-Registration is Required for all sites - NO EXCEPTIONS
Registration deadline is 10 days before...
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