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West Virginia Office of EMS News

Showing the last 180 days of news items.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

Friday, June 09, 2017

Fairmont Field Office of WV EMS TSN, Inc.

Please be advised that effective June 9, 2017, the Fairmont Field Office of WV EMS TSN, Inc., will no longer be staffed by Gail M. Dragoo. Until June 30, 2017, Marsha J. Myers, Office Administrator for the Regional Board of Directors (North Central Regional EMS, Inc.) will be available to assist you at the Fairmont location. You may reach her at 304-366-8764 for assistance until that time. In addition, TSN's Huntington office remains open. You may reach the TSN Field Operations Director for assistance as follows: James H. "Jim" Donathan, Field Operations Director WV EMS TSN, Inc., POB 7005, (mailing address) 722 31st Street East, (physical address) Huntington, WV 25774-7005 304-523-9102 (voice) 304-523-7800 (fax)

David Lee Hart Died Wednesday May 10, 2017

David Lee Hart, 58 of Princeton died suddenly on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, while working his shift as a dispatcher for Princeton Rescue Squad. Born in Waterbury, CT June 7, 1958 he was the son of the late Edward Lucien and Betty Perugini Hart. He had been a resident of Princeton for the past 30 years moving here from Beckley. For more information, click on the title above.

Monday, June 05, 2017

National Safety Month

Every 4 minutes, someone dies from something that is 100% preventable. National Safety Month is a call to action to reverse this trend. Join us. www.nsc.org/nsm

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Norman Thomas "Tom" Weddle, age 52, of Crab Orchard, passed away March 24, 2017

Norman Thomas "Tom" Weddle, age 52, of Crab Orchard, passed away March 24, 2017 surrounded by loving family and close friends. Tom fought a courageous battle with Nasopharyngeal Cancer. For more information click on the title above.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Emergency Medical Services Advisory Committee (EMSAC)

The regularly scheduled statutory meeting of the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Committee (EMSAC) will be held on June 13, 2017 at 1:30 PM at the Medical Coordination Center, 89 Richard D. Minnich Drive, Sutton, WV 26601. EMSAC Subcommittees will meet prior to the EMSAC meeting beginning 8:00 AM with the Special Interest subcommittee, 9:00 AM Administration subcommittee, 10:00 AM Safety subcommittee, 11:00 AM Policy/Procedure & Protocol subcommittee and 12:00 PM for the Training subcommittee.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

EMSC STATEWIDE PEDIATRIC ASSESSMENT

The attached message is being sent by Vicki Hildreth, Coordinator, EMS for Children, regarding completion of the statewide pediatric assessment. Please refer questions or comments to Vicki Hildreth at vicki.l.hildreth@wv.gov. Thanks and have a great day! To see more, click on the title above.

Shawna M Hardman EMT STO asst chief Anmoore Fire and EMS passed away May 22 2017

Shawna M Hardman EMT STO asst chief Anmoore Fire and EMS passed away May 22 2017 after a battle with Liver Diease she was born July 1 1981 services will be held at burnside funeral home on May 25 from 2 to 8 and service on Friday May 26 at 11

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Obituary for David Lee Hart

David Lee Hart, 58 of Princeton died suddenly on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, while working his shift as a dispatcher for Princeton Rescue Squad. Born in Waterbury, CT June 7, 1958 he was the son of the late Edward Lucien and Betty Perugini Hart. He had been a resident of Princeton for the past 30 years moving here from Beckley. For more information click on the title above.

Obituary for Jeremy Eugene Barnett

Jeremy Eugene Barnett, 37, of Evans, WV, passed away May 7, 2017, in St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, following a sudden illness. For more information click on the title above.

Obituary for Zachary Feltner

Zachary Tyler Feltner; AKA Bubby, 509, Twin Nephew, Big Daddy, Horse, Cowboy, Diesel, Big Mother Trucker, and Zooacky, age 31, of Beckley, formerly of Lookout answered his final call by the profession of faith in his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and went home to be with the Lord on February 10, 2017. For more information click on the title above.

Obituary for Charles Vachel McMahan

Charles Vachel McMahan, 39, of New Matamoras, OH passed away as the result of an automobile accident on December 17, 2016. For more information click on the title above.

In Memory of Rebecca "Becky" Lynn Moore

LAST CALL FOR PARAMEDIC REBECCA MOORE (Becky) Medic 503 Medic 3 Becky has dedicated over 26 years of her life working in EMS. She has been a paramedic for the last 8 years. During those years Becky has come in contact with many people who's lives have changed for the good. Not only did she serve with the Roane County Emergency Squad and the Doddridge County Emergency Squad, but also served on Wood County Rescue. She served as Medical Examiner for multiple counties across the state, and was also a RESA 5 and RESA 7 instructor. Becky has taught many people throughout her years, and created wonderful TMT's. Becky will be truly missed by all. For more information, click on the title above

EMS Week

A special message from Melissa Raynes, Director of the Office of Emergency Medical Services. Please click the title above.

West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Office of Emergency Medical Services EMS for Children 5th Annual Emergency Medical Services for Children Pediatric Symposium

The WV Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program is having its 5th Annual EMSC Pediatric Symposium on June 28, 2017 at the WV RETI Training Center in Flatwoods, WV. This will be a one-time offering, and registration will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Funding for this symposium was provided by the Hospital Preparedness Program grant. I have attached a brochure that outlines the speakers and topics. This Symposium is being provided at no-cost. For more information, click on the title above.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit

Below please find a link to “The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit” recently released by DOJ’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). The toolkit contains strategies and resources to help law enforcement, fire and emergency medical service organizations mitigate the potentially negative effects of exposure to vicarious trauma. https://vtt.ovc.ojp.gov/ .

HEALTH ADVISORY #135 Mosquito-Borne Disease Season

Mosquito-borne diseases occur annually in West Virginia beginning in early spring and peaking in August and September, coinciding with mosquito activity. Arboviral infections, particularly La Crosse encephalitis (LAC) and West Nile virus (WNV), are endemic mosquito-borne diseases identified in West Virginia. In 2016, eight LAC cases and one WNV case were reported in West Virginia. Persons with severe arboviral infections will often have symptoms of encephalitis. Please be vigilant in identifying such cases, and ensure that all hospitalized patients with encephalitis undergo appropriate arboviral disease testing during mosquito season. For more information or to download the the full advisory, click on the title above

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

EMS Week May 21-27 and Recognition

This year EMS week is May 21-27, with the theme: Always in Service. “EMS professionals provide service and compassion to their communities every minute of every day, and that’s what this year’s theme pays tribute to,” says American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) President Dr. Rebecca Parker. EMS week is part of the ongoing annual campaign – EMS Strong – presented by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) in partnership with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT). The campaign is designed to strengthen the profession on a national level and expand and celebrate National EMS week. In honor of all that you do every day, the EMS Advisory Council and OEMS requested that a subcommittee revive the awards program from years ago and nominations are now being taken. To see more click on the title above.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Medical Policy Care Committee (MPCC) Meeting Friday, April 21, 2017

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

Friday, April 07, 2017

WVOEMS Web Server Move

I am pleased to announce that, after an extended period of development and testing, Monday April 10, the WVOEMS web system will be moving to a new web server. This server has more storage space, more processing power and an updated underlying operating system which should result in greater speed and a more dependable web service. To accomplish this move it will be necessary for the WVOEMS web system to be out of service for a short period. This move is scheduled to begin 9 AM Monday April 10 and end by 10 AM on the same day. Except for this one hour outage, the only change in the structure and function of the current web system that should be apparent to any user will be increase responsiveness and more reliable service. If you have any question, please contact Robert Dozier at 304-356-4482 or Robert.L.Dozier@wv.gov.

Monday, April 03, 2017

2018 Draft Federal Vehicle Standards

The Federal Vehicle Standards comment collection period for Light-Duty Vehicles ONLY including sedans, police use vehicles, light trucks including cab chassis and vocational trucks, wheelchair vans, and ambulances will be open April 4, 2017 through May 18, 2017. For more information click on the title above.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

NASEMSO Releases Guidance on Safe Transport of Children by EMS

March 24, 2017 (Falls Church, Va.) The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) announces the release of Safe Transport of Children by EMS: Interim Guidance. The guidance is a result of the work of NASEMSO’s Safe Transport of Children Ad Hoc Committee, which is focused on establishing evidence-based standards for safely transporting children by ground ambulance. For more information, click on the title above.

WV Baseball Millitary & First Responders Appreciation Night

This year’s Military Appreciation game is Sunday, April 9 at 1:00 p.m. at Monongalia County Ballpark. To purchase $4 tickets in advance all active military, first responders, veterans and families can go to WVUGAME.com/promo and enter the promo code THANKS to receive the ticket.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Emergency Medical Services Advisory Committee (EMSAC) March 21, 2017

The regularly scheduled statutory meeting of the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Committee (EMSAC) will be held on March 21, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the Medical Coordination Center, 89 Richard D. Minnich Drive, Sutton, WV 26601. Committee meetings beginning at 9am. Same agenda as 3/14.

Friday, February 24, 2017

WV HAN Advisory 132 Influenza Assoicated Outbreaks In Schools 02242017 FINAL

Influenza activity is currently high in the United States, and West Virginia (WV) is reporting widespread influenza activity. The predominant strain circulating in WV is influenza A (H3N2), but approximately a third of respiratory specimens have tested positive for influenza B this season. Flu activity has been moderate so far, with severity indicators within the range of what has been seen during previous seasons during which influenza A (H3N2) viruses have predominated. Thirty-six (36) influenza outbreaks have been reported since January 2017 with about a third being reported from school settings. For more information or to download WV HAN Advisory 132, click on the title above.

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