NSPA will offer BDLS and ADLS courses in Roanoke in early July. See UPCOMING EDUCATION AND EVENTS for more information!
WVEMS has received a memorandum from the Virginia Office of EMS with the following information. pdf A copy may be downloaded HERE. (31 KB)
The recent changes to the KKK 1822 ambulance standards and the development of new standards by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) and the National Association Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has created questions at the state EMS level and especially from EMS agencies planning to purchase either a replacement or remount ambulance. To further complicate matters, at the national level, there are no “standards” for remounting of ambulances; this is a future project. Within the Virginia EMS Regulations 12VAC5-31-810 Ground ambulance specifications states in part:
“B. A ground ambulance must be commercially constructed and certified to comply with the current federal specification for the Star of Life ambulance (U.S. General Services Administration KKK-A-1822 standards) as of the date of vehicle construction, with exceptions as specified in these regulations.”
After consultation with the Virginia Office of the Attorney General, it has been determined that on or after July 1, 2016, any newly constructed or remounted ambulance must comply with the above Regulation in order to be permitted in Virginia. This means that remounted ambulances must meet the same safety requirements identified in any Change Notice issued by the General Services Administration (GSA) KKK 1822 Ambulance standards. A Virginia EMS agency cannot elect to exclude themselves from any of these required standards and receive a permit to operate an ambulance in the Commonwealth.
For future reference, both the NFPA1917 Standard for Automotive Ambulances and the (CAAS) Ground Vehicle Standard V1.0 incorporate all the safety standards referenced in the GSA document.
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)
The Tidewater EMS Council in conjunction with the Tidewater CISM team are hosting a Taking Care of Your Own Conference, October 20-23, 2016. A conference for the health, safety and well‐being of EMS, fire, law enforcement, emergency department and other public safety providers. Featuring topics on provider health and safety, stress management, and preventing infectious diseases. So Mark your calendars and watch for more information to come. For a listing of planned courses and location please see pdf TEMS Taking Care of Our Own Conference Save the Date Flyer (167 KB)
The American Heart Association/Mission Lifeline wants to recognize EMS agencies for their excellence in assessing and coordinated treatment with hospitals of STEMI patients. Awards are given for performance in a calendar quarter, and year. For more information please see pdf 2016 EMS Recognition Flyer (119 KB) and pdf 2016 EMS Recognition Criteria (247 KB) .
The WVEMS Trauma Triage Plan was recently amended to incorporate the Field Decision Scheme from the State Trauma Triage Plan. This change clarifies that a patient who triages "YES" in Step 1 or Step 2 should be transported "preferentially to a Level I or Level II Trauma Center." Please replace any existing copies you might have with the current version. The pdf Protocol Handbook (2.26 MB) has also been revised to reflect this change.
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.