On August 6, 2014 members of the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared Ebola a public health emergency of international concern. Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) [also known as Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever] is one of the world’s most virulent diseases and is transmitted through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected symptomatic person or through exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with infected secretions.
The Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services has posted information on their website under Ebola Information. The 2 documents are also available here DHHS Ebola Outreach Letter and OEMS Ebola Information Sheet 8-6-14
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):
If you have further questions, you can contact the regional council at wvems.org or at
WVEMS' former administrative intern Matthew Chupp recently completed a monumental project to scan all of the Board of Directors meeting minutes (and other corporate documents) dating back to the Council's organizational meeting held on October 2, 1975. Looking over these many notebooks filled with minutes brought back memories, especially to those who have been involved with WVEMS in one form or another since near the beginning. For a trip down memory lane, or to research how things got to be where they are, feel free to take a look HERE!
You "old-timers" might recall some of our incorporating directors: Mt. Pleasant Rescue Squad member Mr. Gary E. Dogan; Our first president and regional medical director Dr. John M. Garvin; Executive Director of the SW Virginia Health Systems Agency Mr. Dale Byington; Attorney Mr. Kenneth C. King, Jr; Giles Memorial Hospital administrator Mr. Robert Smith; New River Valley PDC EMS Coordinator Ms. Elizabeth Kaplan; NRV orthopedic surgeon Dr. Stuart Mackler; and Montgomery County Sheriff Mr. Louis E. Barber.
|This year, the Virginia Fire & EMS Service Equity & Diversity Association will bring its annual conference to the Roanoke Valley. The conference is open to all public safety personnel and will be held on October 9-10, 2014 at the Sheraton Hotel in Roanoke, VA. The Roanoke Valley Public Safety Equity & Diversity Conference is a multi-jurisdictional event including the City of Roanoke, Roanoke County, the City of Salem, Town of Vinton and the Western Virginia Regional Jail. Seating is limited... Register Today! |
|The requirement for Criminal History Background Checks conducted through the Central Criminal Records Exchange and the National Crime Information Center via Virginia Office of EMS and the Virginia State Police per 12VAC5-31-540 are NOW in EFFECT. VaOEMS has published a Criminal History Record Verification FAQ's and a number of other documents regarding this that are available at VaOEMS Criminal History Information. The required fingerprint cards are available through WVEMS. Contact your Field Coordinator or the office to obtain them. Any questions regarding the process should be directed to Micahel Berg, Manger, Regulation and Compliance.|
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Our regional Protocols have been reviewed and modified and the WVEMS 2014 EMS Protocols have been released. Changes from the 2013 Protocols to the 2014 Protocols include corrections and clarifications, changes reflecting State Scope of Practice updates allowing allowing additional medications to be administered by EMTs. EMT- Enhanced/Advanced and EMT Intermediates. and 1 NEW Protocol for Intractable V-Fib/V-Tach (Adult). There are also changes to Procedures, Policies and Medication References including 1 NEW Procedure, Defibrillation - Manual, Double Sequential. All the Changed, Modified, New Protocols, Procedures, Policies and References which includes an Apendix of the updates.
REMEMBER. just reading a Protocol, Procedure or Policy that allows you to perform a new skill or administer a new medication does not allow you to do that. Your OMD must release you to perform the skill or administer the medication, and in most cases that release to perform/administer will most likely be proceeded by traininng and check-off. Meetings will be held mid-July with Instructors, Coordinators and Training Officers to provide them with information and materials to carry back to classes and squads
Upcoming Events From Our Calendar
August 25, 2014 (6:00 pm - 10:00 pm)
August 27, 2014 (6:00 pm - 10:00 pm)
September 03, 2014 (6:00 pm - 10:00 pm)
September 06, 2014 (8:30 am - 1:30 pm)
Registration deadline is 10 days before...
September 08, 2014 (6:00 pm - 10:00 pm)
September 10, 2014 (6:00 pm - 10:00 pm)
September 11, 2014 (10:00 am - 11:00 am)