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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:

The Near Southwest Preparedness Alliance (NSPA) seeks to fill the position of Medically Vulnerable Populations Coordinator.

The MVP Coordinator must deal effectively with long-term and specialized care facilities and their administrators, governmental entities, hospital and public health officials, public safety officials, and other involved partners.  He or she must be proficient in oral and written communication skills and have a strong grasp of current computer technology. Emergency management experience is desirable but not required. Frequent travel within the 16-county NSPA region and travel outside the region is required. 

The MVP Coordinator also serves as the NSPA outreach and social media coordinator, so it is highly desirable to possess a broad familiarity with social media, webmaster duties (currently using Wordpress) and related skills. 

Please visit http://www.nspa1.org/hiring/ for more information.

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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