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In honor of Carilion Clinic Life-Guard's 35 years of service, all are invited to attend the Carilion Clinic Life-Guard Expo at the Airport on June 11. See the pdf EVENT FLYER (2.50 MB) for all the info! It's a day of fun including aircraft and ambulance tours, a virtual reality experience, special children's activities, and a medical emergency simulation! Food vendors will be on site, and you can register to experience a helicopter flight! pdf Click HERE for all the info! (2.50 MB)

WVEMS will offer three regional Instructor Network meetings during June. All Education Coordinators, ALS Coordinators, and Emergency Ops instructors are invited to attend. Topics will include updates on CTS and CTS registration, new CE and National Registry guidelines, MCI training (Discussion on SALT triage and Emergency Ops), and ALS Training Funds. Please plan to attend!

June 9th 2016, 6 pm - 9 pm
Christiansburg Rescue Squad
190 Depot Street
Christiansburg, VA 24073

June 21st 2016, 1 pm - 4 pm
Greenfield Education and Training Center
57 S Center Drive
Daleville, VA 24083

June 22nd 2016, 1 pm - 4 pm
Danville Area Training Center
630 Randolph Street
Danville, VA 24541

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)

In light of the ever-increasing threats to the safety, security and stability of our entire Healthcare infrastructure, (to include criminal activity, workplace violence, terrorist attacks, cyber breaches in general, as well as the latest acts of “cyber-ransom” by hackers of protected medical information and hospital IT systems, physical security, access control, risk management, and the like-- the Near Southwest Preparedness Alliance, has partnered with the Virginia Fusion Center to put together a full day, top-notch healthcare security-related summit that will highlight and address these numerous threats to our healthcare system.  No matter which agency we work for, we ALL have a vested interest in increasing our security measures to protect this vital infrastructure.

You are cordially invited to join the Near Southwest Preparedness Alliance and the Virginia Fusion Center for the 2016 Regional Healthcare Security Summit on June 16th, at the Holiday Inn Tanglewood, in Roanoke, from 8 am- 5 pm.   pdf SEE FLYER HERE FOR FULL EVENT DETAILS and REGISTRATION INFORMATION! (356 KB)

A special presentation will be given by three representatives from San Bernardino, CA, who will share with us their experiences relating to the response to the horrific act of terror that impacted their healthcare system and community, on December 2, 2015.  This incident is still under active federal investigation, however, there are numerous lessons learned that can be of value TODAY.  

The target audience for this event includes: Law Enforcement, Public Safety/ALL FIRST RESPONDERS, Healthcare Security and Emergency Management, Healthcare IT, Emergency Dept. Personnel, Public Health, Hospital/Clinical Staff, Red Cross, MRC, CSB’s and others with an interest in the healthcare security sector.  There is a nominal registration fee of $17.00. 

LUNCH IS INCLUDED.   Please reserve your seat today, as seating is limited. You won’t want to miss this!!

A new Pharmacy Administration Record (PAR) is being implemented in the WVEMS and BREMS regions.  With the new form, rather than indicating with an or O whether the medication was administered under a Standing Order (protocol) or Medical Control (online order from a physician), there are separate areas on the form.  In the middle of the form, providers will document those medications they administered by Standing Orders, and on the bottom of the form providers will document those medications administered after consulting with medical control and receiving an online order to administer a medication.  If a narcotic is administered and not all medication in the original packaging is administered, there is space for the REQUIRED documentation of wastage in either the Standing Order section or Medical Control section.

Additionally, unless required to by a specific hospital, a physician's signature WILL ONLY BE REQUIRED FOR MEDICAL CONTROL/ONLINE ORDERS. A physician's signature will no longer be required for Standing Order (protocol) administration of narcotics.  Please see the  pdf NEW WVEMS/BREMS Pharmacy Administration Record Instructions 4-20-16 (450 KB)  for an example and instruction details.

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