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kyocera1FOR SALE: Kyocera KM4050KX Printer-Copier originally purchased in 2009 from Cobb Technologies. Always maintained under maintenance contract with Cobb. Has 1000 sheet high-capacity paper tray, scanning, faxing, punch and staple finisher. Used in the WVEMS main office in Roanoke. It is in excellent condition. Contact WVEMS at 540.562.3482 for additional information. Local pickup only - $500
 
IV Solution WARNING from FDA

FDA warns health care professionals not to inject patients with IV solutions from Wallcur, of San Diego

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting health care professionals not to use Wallcur, LLC, simulated intravenous (IV) products in human or animal patients. These products are for training purposes only.

Before administering IV solutions to patients, health care providers should carefully check the labels to ensure that the products are not training products, such as Practi IV Solution Bags marketed by Wallcur. Wallcur’s training products, which may bear the words “for clinical simulation,” are not to be administered to patients.

FDA has become aware that some Wallcur training IV products have been distributed to health care facilities and administered to patients. There have been reports of serious adverse events associated with the use of certain of these products – i.e., Practi IV Solution Bags.
If you suspect that any Wallcur training IV products may have been administered to a patient, whether or not the incident has resulted in an adverse event, please report the incident to FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program by:

 
CDC Declares Influenza Epidemic

Fifteen children have died from complications of the flu so far this season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted, as it officially declared the illness an epidemic. The number of states reporting a high amount of “influenza-like” illness activity has increased from 13 to 22 (including Virginia) since last week's report from the agency, with outbreaks in every region of the country. Hospitalizations also climbed this week with seniors and kids younger than 4 accounting for the highest rate of hospitalizations.

 

NSPA, WVEMS and BREMS hosted a conference call this morning, during which all hospitals within our region reported heavy incidence of patients with flu-like symptoms and high inpatient census.

 

EMS can keep tabs on hospital diversion within our region by following this link: www.vaems.org/nswdiversion  Please note that the diversion status shown here is typically updated by the hospitals daily, and more often when there are notable changes. EMS should make a diligent effort to communicate with emergency departments prior to EVERY transport to discuss the facility's current status and ability to accept patients, particularly those who might require admission.

 

Please keep in mind that the posted diversion status should be viewed as a guidleine rather than an absolute rule. Communication with the receiving facility is essential.

 
UPDATED Information Regarding Physician's Signature for Medication Administration 12-23-14

The Pharmacy Workgroup has set their policy.  Please see Physician Signature Memorandum 12-23-14 for the full details.


 
WVEMS SUSPECTED EVD Guideline
WVEMS has published it Suspected EVD (Hemorrhagic Fever) Guideline 11-3-14. This is a guideline to assist in the development of agency and/or municipality policies and procedures. The Guideline is a recommendation of the MINIMUMS that should be followed, in addition to any policies implemented by your operational medical director and any requirements of the receiving facility. In this guideline, there are several references to CDC guidance and other sources. Those references are updated often and should be checked frequently for updates and revisions.

 

Please note that WVEMS and the Virginia Office of EMS will only reference documents and policies issued by (or consistent with) CDC or VDH guidance.

 
EVD Screening and Refusals
What do you do when a patient screens positive for EVD, yet refuses transport? CDC Guidelines state that you should notify the Health Department and the CDC. An updated EMS screening tool will be provided soon by the CDC.


How to notify the Virginia Department of Health and CDC: Notification should be made to your local health district and to the CDC. See this document VDH District Epidemiology Contacts for contact info to report positive screened patients who refuse transport.

 

Is your PSAP doing initial screening for EVD? All PSAPs should be screening every call NOW. The CDC provides guidance for a simple modified call query:

For modified caller queries:

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Ebola Virus Disease Information UPDATED 10-28-14

The Virginia Office of EMS (VaOEMS) has created a seperate webpage with a number of douments from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).

The essential documents include these. When obtaining documents for use by your agency or your PSAP, pay close attention to teh revision date. These documents are evolving and changing at a rapid pace:
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WVEMS Board Minutes Archive

minutesWVEMS' 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!

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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
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