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simonAt a recent meeting, the board of directors of the Western Virginia EMS Council elected Roanoke County Fire & Rescue Chief Stephen G. Simon as its seventh president. Chief Simon will serve as president and board chairman for 2017 and 2018.

 

Our new officers are:

  • President - Chief Steve Simon, Roanoke County (Roanoke County Fire & Rescue)
  • Vice President - Deputy County Administrator Dale Wagoner, Henry County
  • Secretary - Director Joe Trigg, Pulaski County (Regional EMS, Inc.)
  • Treasurer - Rescue Chief Joe Coyle, Montgomery County (Christiansburg Rescue Squad)
  • Executive Committee At-Large, Fourth Planning District - Steve Davis, Giles County
  • Executive Committee At-Large, Fifth Planning District - Deputy Chief Jason Ferguson, Botetourt County (Botetourt County Emergency Services)
  • Executive Committee At-Large, Twelfth Planning District - Assistant Chief Mike Jefferson, Danville (Danville Fire Department)

We welcome these dedicated officers, along with new director Greg Horton representing the City of Covington. 

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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