The 2018 Regional EMS and NSPA Preparedness Awards Program on May 31 will include a fantastic presentation entitled "An Introduction to the Court System" presented by Gillian Deegan, Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney for Botetourt County.

Have you ever been to court for one of your calls? How well would you do against a defense attorney? Take the stand and see for yourself at this year’s annual EMS banquet and education program. This is an education of a life time as the Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney, Gillian (Jill) Deegan introduces you to the court system in an all audience interactive session.

Prior to coming to Botetourt, Jill had her own law practice in Salem, Va. where she concentrated on criminal defense and family law. She served as a Probation and Parole Officer in the 23rd Circuit before attending law school. She also worked as a Police Officer for the Roanoke County Police Department and a Deputy Sheriff for the Roanoke County Sheriff’s Office. In addition, she served in the United States Army Reserve.

You will receive 2.5 hours of continuing education. The CE presentation begins at 3:00pm, and the awards presentations and reception begin at 5:30.

The Jefferson Center, Fitzpatrick Hall - 541 Luck Avenue, Roanoke. Parking is available.

You are cordially invited to attend the Western Virginia EMS Council and Near Southwest Preparedness Alliance Regional Awards Banquest on May 31, 2018. Click here to RSVP or call 540.562.3482.

Our own WVEMS Field Coordinator, Mike Garnett was featured in the news in Montgomery County with the Stop the Bleed national awareness campaign! You can see the news story here: 

Launched in 2015 by the White House, Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and call to action. Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, therefore it is important to quickly stop the blood loss. According to a recent National Academies of Science study, trauma is the leading cause of death for Americans under age 46.

You can find more information on the Stop the Bleed Awareness Campain by clicking here or you can contact our office!

WVEMS is accepting bids from instructors, Education Coordinators, training centers, ALS Coordinators, EMS agencies, local governments, etc. to offer approved auxiliary courses throughout the region. Thanks to a cooperative opportunity with the Virginia Department of Health Office if EMS, funding is available to pay an hourly rate for qualified 33-hour CE courses, and a per-student payment for approved auxiliary courses. Courses MUST COMPLETE by June 15 to be eligible for funding.

The Western Virginia Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Council, Inc. paid tribute to its regional EMS personnel for their selfless acts of service at the council's annual awards ceremony, May 23, at the American Legion, Salem, VA.  Regional award winners were nominated by thier peers for thir high level of achievments in the EMS field.  

Recipients of this year's regional awards will have the chance to compete for the prestigious 2017 Governor's EMS Awards, which will be announced at the Virginia EMS Symposium's Annual Awards Ceremony, November 12 in Norfolk.  

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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