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West Virginia Office of EMS News

Showing the last 180 days of news items.Tuesday, December 12, 2017

First Responder Network Authority Weekly Update – December 11, 2017

First Responder Network Authority Weekly Update to the State and Territory Single Points of Contact (SPOC) – December 11, 2017 . For more information, click the title above.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

First Responder Network Authority Weekly Update December 4, 2017

First Responder Network Authority Weekly Update to the State and Territory Single Points of Contact (SPOC) – December 4, 2017. For more information click on the title above.

Friday, December 01, 2017

McKinley To Host Public Forum on Opioid Crisis

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E., (WV-1) announced a public forum on efforts to combat the opioid epidemic on Monday, October 4th in Morgantown. The House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing with the federal agencies charged with overseeing efforts to combat the opioid crisis. McKinley is seeking to recreate this discussion for local residents. This event will be open to the public. For more information, please click on the title above.

NREMT To Retire EMT-Intermediate/99 (1/99) program

On November 14, 2017, the NREMT Board of Directors approved a motion to retire the EMT-Intermediate/99 (1/99) program effective December 31, 2019. No further testing at this level will be provided by the NREMT after this date. This will include all re-testing. EMS education programs are strongly encouraged not to offer the 1/99 curriculum after January 2019. For more information, click on the title above.

Monday, November 27, 2017

First Responder Network Authority Weekly Update 11272017

First Responder Network Authority Weekly Update 11272017. For more information, click on the title above.

Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (EMSAC) December 12, 2017

The regularly scheduled statutory meeting of the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (EMSAC) will be held on December 12, 2017 at 1:30 PM at the Medical Coordination Center, 89 Richard D. Minnich Drive, Sutton, WV 26601. For more information, click on the title above

Monday, November 20, 2017

Resilience Retreat December 8-10, 2017

An intensive introduction to the science of mind-body and cognitive conditioning through mindfulness meditation. Experiential practice through guided meditations and mindful movement are supported with discussions on scientific research to support resiliency. This training begins the challenging journey that can transform our capacity for working within a trauma filled landscape with resilience, and for meeting those in deep suffering & crisis with greater skill, humanity & desired strategic outcomes. A trauma informed training that resources participants for greater resiliency of mind, heart and body. Brought to you through a community partnership between West Virginia University School of Public Health, Marshall University School of Psychology, the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department and the Mindful Badge Initiative. For more information, click on the title above.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

First Responder Network Authority Weekly Update to the State and Territory Single Points of Contact (SPOC) – November 13, 2017

First Responder Network Authority Weekly Update to the State and Territory Single Points of Contact (SPOC) – November 13, 2017 To read the weekly update, click on the title above.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

FENTANYL

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: 1) Fentanyl can be present in a variety of forms (e.g., powder, tablets, capsules, solutions, and rocks). 2) Inhalation of airborne powder is MOST LIKELY to lead to harmful effects, but is less likely to occur than skin contact. 3) Incidental skin contact may occur during daily activities but is not expected to lead to harmful effects if the contaminated skin is promptly washed off with water. 4) Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is effective in protecting you from exposure. 5) Slow breathing or no breathing, drowsiness or unresponsiveness, and constricted or pinpoint pupils are the specific signs consistent with fentanyl intoxication. 6) Naloxone is an effective medication that rapidly reverses the effects of fentanyl. For more information and to download the "Final STANDARD size of Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responds" document, click on the title above.

COMING THIS FALL: The SAFECOM Nationwide Survey

The SAFECOM Nationwide Survey is a data gathering effort that will equip government officials and emergency responders with critical information to make decisions about future emergency communications policies, funding, and programs. The data collected will depict the capabilities necessary for establishing operable, interoperable, and continuity of communications. Both SAFECOM and the DHS Office of Emergency Communications encourage organizations with emergency communications responsibilities for federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments to participate in the survey and help shape the future of emergency communications. The survey is expected to be released in Fall 2017. Updates will be posted to the SAFECOM website.

Interim Legislative Session Schedule

Interim Legislative Session Schedule:Nov 12-14 Fire/EMS committee meeting Tuesday, Nov 14, 1-3pm in House Gov Org Dec 3-5 Jan 7-9

Friday, November 03, 2017

First Responder Network Authority Weekly Update to the State and Territory Single Points of Contact (SPOC) – October 30, 2017

First Responder Network Authority Weekly Update to the State and Territory Single Points of Contact (SPOC) – October 30, 2017

Military and First Responders Night Friday, November 10th

My name is Carly Slater and I am the Assistant Director of Marketing in the WVU Athletics department. Matt Wells gave me your contact information because our Women’s Basketball team is hosting a Military and First Responders Night at our game on Friday, November 10th vs. Central Connecticut State at 7:00 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum. In honor of Veterans Day being the day after, we will be giving all active or retired military and first responders free admission to this game. All they need to do is show a valid ID at our ticket office.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

WVU Football Tickets available for First Responders

the Iowa State game has been set for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff on Nov. 4 (graphic attached). Discounted tickets are still available for First Responders and their families and can be purchased by www.WVUGame.com/promo and entering the promo code THANKS to select the desired game and follow the steps to purchase tickets.

Medical Command Committee will be held on Friday, November 3, 2017 at 1:00 PM

The meeting of the Medical Command Committee will be held on Friday, November 3, 2017 at 1:00 PM immediately following the MPCC meeting.

Medical Policy Care Committee (MPCC) will be held on Friday, November 3, 2017

The meeting of the Medical Policy Care Committee (MPCC) will be held on Friday, November 3, 2017 at 9:00 AM at the Medical Coordination Center, 89 Richard D. Minnich Drive, Sutton, WV 26601.

First Responder Network Authority Weekly Update October 23, 2017

First Responder Network Authority Weekly Update to the State and Territory Single Points of Contact (SPOC) – October 16, 2017 To see more click the title above.

Friday, October 20, 2017

First Responder Network Authority Weekly Update

First Responder Network Authority Weekly Update to the State and Territory Single Points of Contact (SPOC) – October 16, 2017 To see more click the title above.

Pharmacists Do Much More

Pharmacists do much more than dispense medicine. They are an important part of reducing risk for heart disease and stroke in the community. Pharmacists can help people manage conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol by helping patients take their medicines as directed, monitor their blood pressure, and encourage healthy habits. This October is American Pharmacists Month, a chance to learn about the many ways pharmacists can support patients and health care professionals. Visit CDC’s Pharmacy Resources to learn more about pharmacists’ role in team-based care.

FEMA Released Refreshed National Incident Management System (NIMS)

Today (Tuesday, October 17, 2017 ), FEMA released the refreshed National Incident Management System (NIMS) to ensure that the guidance reflects the collective expertise of the whole community. NIMS applies to all incidents, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity. For more information click on the title above.

Friday, October 13, 2017

WV SIRN NEWSLETTER - AUGUST 2017

To download the WV SIRN NEWSLETTER - AUGUST 2017 click on the title above.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

EMS Conference OEMS update

To follow up from the EMS Conference OEMS update, please see the following links: 1) https://www.ems.gov/pdf/ems-data/Provider-Resources/812361_Beyond-EMS-DataCollections.pdf 2) https://www.ems.gov/newsletter/september2017/september2017EMSUpdate.html . The first link is the paper I referenced, “Beyond EMS Data”. The second link is to the video that was referenced that would not play. (click on the picture of the video and it will go to YouTube to play) Click on the title above to get active link or copy web address into your browser.

Friday, October 06, 2017

Medical Policy Care Committee (MPCC) and Medical Command (Medcom) October 20, 2017 Meetings Canceled for

The Medical Policy Care Committee (MPCC) and Medical Command (Medcom) meetings have been canceled for October 20, 2017. The meeting of the Medical Policy Care Committee (MPCC) will now be held on Friday, November 3, 2017 at 9:00 AM at the Medical Coordination Center, 89 Richard D. Minnich Drive, Sutton, WV 26601. The meeting of the Medical Command Committee will be held on Friday, November 3, 2017 at 1:00 PM immediately following the MPCC meeting.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Medical Policy Care Committee meeting October 20, 2017 Canceled

Due to unavoidable scheduling conflicts, the Medical Policy Care Committee meeting has been canceled for October 20, 2017. The meeting of the Medical Policy Care Committee (MPCC) will now be held on Friday, November 3, 2017 at 9:00 AM at the Medical Coordination Center, 89 Richard D. Minnich Drive, Sutton, WV 26601.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Ambulance Parking at CAMC Memorial

Effective immediately – CAMC Memorial now has four (4) permanently assigned, non-emergency “AMBULANCE PARKING ONLY” spots at the front entrance of the main lobby to the Heart and Vascular Center. These four parking spots are marked with signage for “ambulance parking only” and security will heavily monitor these spots. Any non-ambulance vehicles will be towed. These 4 spots are directly in front of the main entrance to the Heart and Vascular Center (HVC) lobby, with access via 33rd Street. If you are bringing a patient into CAMC Memorial for an appointment, procedure, direct admission to a floor, or picking up a patient for discharge – please use this area to park your ambulance, load and unload your patient, and bring the patient in and out via the HVC main lobby. This is for non-emergent patients only. Please do not bring an ED patient or critical patient through the HVC lobby. If these 4 spots are full, please use the ED ambulance bay as always. You can easily see all 4 spots from 33rd street before making the turn into the HVC circle, so you won’t have to circle through if they are full – just proceed on to the ED entrance. For more information, click on the title above.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

EMS for Children Advisory Committee Meeting will be held September 13, 2017

EMS for Children Advisory Committee Meeting will be held September 13, 2017 from 10:00 – 2:00 at the RETI Training Center in Flatwoods

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

2017 WV Statewide Interoperable Radio Network Conference (SIRN)

2017 WV Statewide Interoperable Radio Network Conference (SIRN) September 24 – 28, 2017 Camp Dawson - Kingwood, WV. For more information click on the title above.

Friday, August 18, 2017

WVNPA Conference October 12 & 13

Attend the WVNPA Conference - October 12 & 13, Volunteer WV is sponsoring the Volunteer Management Track (taught by Volunteer Maryland), for information, course descriptions and registration, go to https://wvnpa.org/2017-wv-nonprofit-leadership-summit/

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (EMSAC) September 12, 2017

The regularly scheduled statutory meeting of the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (EMSAC) will be held on September 12, 2017 at 1:30 PM at the Medical Coordination Center, 89 Richard D. Minnich Drive, Sutton, WV 26601. EMSAC For more information, click the total above.

Monday, August 14, 2017

WV HAN Advisory 139 Increase in New HIV Infections Reported in West Virginia 08102017

The Bureau for Public Health is investigating an increase in newly diagnosed human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases in the State among persons at high risk for infection. In addition to syphilis (reported among several of the cases), this at-risk population remains at high risk for hepatitis B and C infection. For more information, click the title above.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Increase in Reported cases of Cyclospora cayetanensis Infection, United States, Summer 2017

Healthcare providers should consider a diagnosis of cyclosporiasis in patients with prolonged or remitting-relapsing diarrheal illness. Testing for Cyclospora is not routinely done in most U.S. laboratories, even when stool is tested for parasites. Healthcare providers must specifically order testing for Cyclospora, whether testing is requested by ova and parasite (O&P) examination, by molecular methods, or by a gastrointestinal pathogen panel test. Cyclosporiasis is a nationally notifiable disease; healthcare providers should report suspect and confirmed cases of infection to public health authorities. For more information, click on the title above.

WVU Discounted Tickets for First Responders

We are happy to able to offer another special ticket opportunity to First Responders for the upcoming football season. The First Responder Appreciation games are the Delaware St. game on Sat., Sept. 16 at Noon and the Iowa St. game on Sat. Nov. 4, time TBD . To purchase the $30 ticket for one or both games, first responders and their families can visitwww.WVUGame.com/promo and enter the promo code THANKS to select the desired game and follow the steps to purchase tickets.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Evaluating the use of lights and sirens

A new report released by NHTSA, titled “Lights and Siren Use by Emergency Medical Services” looks at data from National EMS Information System to evaluate the use of lights and sirens, its effectiveness and impact on patient outcomes, and recommendations for state and local EMS. For the complete report go to https://www.ems.gov/pdf/Lights_and_Sirens_Use_by_EMS_May_2017.pdf

2017 NEURO AND STROKE SYMPOSIUM September 29, 2017 St. Mary's Conference Center

Management of stroke and neurological disease and injury requires an organized approach across multiple specialties and services. The purpose of this conference is to provide a venue for multidisciplinary collaboration and sharing of information with the goal of improving care for these patients. For more information click on the title above

Monday, July 17, 2017

Jeffrey Allen Pittman received his final call on July 14, 2017

Fire Chief and Paramedic Jeffrey Allen Pittman, 54 of Sophia received his final call on Friday July 14, 2017. Born June 28, 1963 he was the son of Charles J. and Lois Pittman. He was preceded in death by his sister Terri Rae Clay, and his brother Charles Glenn Pittman. For more information, click on the title above.

HEALTH ADVISORY 138 2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree

This Health Advisory serves as a reminder to all healthcare providers and laboratorians to report outbreaks, communicable diseases, and unusual conditions or emerging infectious diseases during the National Boy Scout Jamboree as required by the West Virginia Legislative Rule for Reportable Diseases, Events and Conditions (64CSR7). West Virginia will host the 2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree from July 19-28, 2017 at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in Mount Hope, West Virginia. The 2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree is anticipated to be the largest mass gathering in the State’s history with over 40,000 scouts and staff from all over the United States and nearly 1,000 international scouts from over 80 different countries. The event is expected to bring an increased number of visitors to Fayette County and the surrounding areas. Additionally, scouts and thousands of additional youth and volunteers will be performing an estimated 500,000 hours of community service in all 55 West Virginia counties. For more information, click on the title above.

HEALTH ADVISORY 137 Legionnaire’s Disease in West Virginia

During the months of May and June 2017, West Virginia experienced more cases than expected of Legionnaire’s Disease (Legionella pneumonia). Clinical features of Legionnaire’s Disease generally include radiographic evidence of pneumonia with cough, fever, myalgia, and chest pain; hospitalization is common. Additional information on Legionnaire’s Disease can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/legionella/clinicians.html or click the title above.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Medical Policy Care Committee (MPCC) Friday, July 21, 2017 9:00 AM

The regularly scheduled statutory meeting of the Medical Policy Care Committee (MPCC) will be held on Friday, July 21, 2017 at 9:00 AM at the Medical Coordination Center, 89 Richard D. Minnich Drive, Sutton, WV 26601.

Friday, July 07, 2017

EMS Grant Writing 101 Institute July 11, 18 and 25.

EMS Grant Writing 101 Institute July 11, 18 and 25. NOSORH is offering a 3-part EMS Grant Writing 101 Institute starting on July 11th! Rural EMS agencies and other interested partners will learn how to write and submit a complete grant proposal, understand rural relevant data important to EMS and identify funding opportunities.

Fentanyl Guide Public Fire EMS June2017

Contact with a small amount can cause serious health problems or death. For more information click on the title above.

ABCs of Infant Safety Training September 8 9:30 - 3:00 pm Camden Clark Hospital

ABCs of Infant Safety Training for Home Visitation and Early Childhood Staff and Partners Friday, September 8, 2017 9:30 am - 3:00 pm Camden Clark Hospital, Parkersburg WV. For more information click on the title above.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

10 West Virginia EMS/Fire Agencies receive the 2017 American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Award

Ten EMS Agencies in West Virginia are receiving the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks. A total of 627 EMS agencies in the US are receiving the award this year. For more information, click on the title above.

Back Pain

80% of Americans have Back Pain. For more information, click on the title above.

Doug McLain Died Saturday June 24, 2017

Doug "Papaw" McLain, 66, of Parkersburg, WV died Saturday June 24, 2017 at CCMC Memorial Campus. He was born in Parkersburg, WV a son of the late Robert and Ruth (Davis) McLain. He retired after forty-one years of honorable service from the Parkersburg Police Department and was a member of FOP Lodge 79. He was also an EMT for St. Joseph's Ambulance for forty years and was currently employed by the Parkersburg Police Department. He was a member of North Parkersburg Baptist Church. He was a United States Air Force veteran serving from 1970 to 1974. For more information, click on the title above.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Recall Sodium Bicarbonate Injection, Neut Quelicin, and Potassium Phosphates Injection by Hospira

Hospira, Inc., a Pfizer company, is voluntarily recalling 42 lots of 8.4% Sodium Bicarbonate Injection, USP, 50 mL vials, 5 lots of NeutTM (Sodium Bicarbonate 4% additive solution) 5 mL vials, 5 lots of QUELICINTM (Succinylcholine Chloride Injection, USP) 200 mg/10 mL vials and 7 lots of Potassium Phosphates Injection, USP, 45 mM vials to the hospital/retail level due to microbial growth detected during a routine simulation of the manufacturing process, which represents the potential introduction of microorganisms into the products. For more information, click on the title above.

Unexpired Nitroglycerin Injection in 5 Percent Dextrose USP by Advanced Pharma in Houston: Recall - Sub Potency

Advanced Pharma, Inc. d/b/a Avella of Houston (“Advanced Pharma”) is voluntarily recalling all unexpired lots of Nitroglycerin products that were produced at Advanced Pharma’s Houston location between March 3, 2017 and May 31, 2017 to the hospital/user level. The recall is being issued based on laboratory test results indicating a lower than expected potency on certain lots of compounded NitroGlycerin Injection which would lead to a lower dose being administered. While the lower than expected potency results affected only certain lots of Nitroglycerin, Advanced Pharma is recalling all unexpired lots of NitroGlycerin. To date, Advanced Pharma has not received any reports of product complaints and/or adverse events related to the products. For more information, click on the title above.

U.S. workforce is sleep deprived.

37% of the U.S. workforce is sleep deprived. Proper sleep allows us to recharge and avoid injuries at home and at work. Sleep deprivation can be linked to depression, obesity and heart disease. Get your zzzz’s with helpful tips: don’t check your phone before bed, avoid eating right before bed, keep a consistent sleep schedule. More tips can be found at: www.nsc.org/nsm

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