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West Virginia Office of EMS News

Showing the last 180 days of news items.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.

Thursday, February 02, 2017

S.T.A.B.L.E February 27 2017

The S.T.A.B.L.E. Program is one of the most widely distributed and implemented neonatal education programs focused exclusively on post-resuscitation/pre-transport stabilization care of sick infants. It was developed to meet the needs of health care providers who deliver stabilization care to infants. The program's acronym is a mnemonic referring to the six assessment and care modules, which are Sugar, Temperature, Airway, Blood Pressure, Lab work, and Emotional Support. The S.T.A.B.L.E. program is approved for both EMS and nursing continuing education credit. For more information, dates, directions and CE instructions, click on the title above

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

HEALTH ADVISORY 131

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health was notified of an incident involving a food handler diagnosed with hepatitis A infection who worked in two restaurants during the infectious period between November 20, 2016 and December 11, 2016. The two restaurants are located in Tucker County, West Virginia (Canaan Valley area). Post exposure prophylaxis was given to the other co-workers/food handlers. In early January 2017, a second case of hepatitis A was identified in West Virginia. This particular case reported eating at one of the restaurants during the food handler’s infectious period. The purpose of this alert is to raise awareness and ask for immediate reporting of hepatitis A cases to the local health department. For contact information on local health departments, please visit http://www.dhhr.wv.gov/localhealth/pages/map.aspx. For more information or to download WV HAN Advisory 131, click on the title above.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

National Human Trafficking Awareness

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month and today, January 11, is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. This day has been designated by Presidential Proclamation since 2010. It does happen in WV. The National Human Trafficking Hotline has had 221 calls related to human trafficking and 65 cases of human trafficking reported in WV alone. For more information, click on the title above.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

4th Annual EMS for Children (EMSC) Pediatric Symposium

The 4th Annual EMS for Children (EMSC) Pediatric Symposium will be February 24, 2017 at the RETI Training Center 89 Richard D. Minnich Drive Flatwoods, WV. For more information, click on the title above.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Medical Policy Care Committee (MPCC) January 20, 2017

The regularly scheduled statutory meeting of the Medical Policy Care Committee (MPCC) will be held on January 20, 2017 at 9:00 AM at the Medical Coordination Center, 89 Richard D. Minnich Drive, Sutton, WV 26601.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Change in TSN Field Office Structure

Beginning January 1, 2017, WV EMS TSN, Inc. will transition to a Northern and Southern field office model. Due to a decrease in funding, we have found it necessary to make these changes. For more information click on the title above

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Help Create a Bold New Agenda for the Future of EMS

Help Create a Bold New Agenda for the Future of EMS

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Health Advisory #128 Novel Opiates

THIS IS AN OFFICIAL WEST VIRGINIA HEALTH ALERT NUMBER WV000128-12-13-2016 Distributed via the WV Health Alert Network – December 13, 2016

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

The regularly scheduled statutory meeting of the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council

The regularly scheduled statutory meeting of the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council will be held on December 20, 2016 at 10:00 AM at the Medical Coordination Center, 89 Richard D. Minnich Drive, Sutton, WV 26601.

Monday, December 05, 2016

WVU Basketball Tickets available for First Responders

I wanted to touch base and let you know we are happy to able to offer another special ticket opportunity to First Responders for the WVU Men’s and Women’s Basketball seasons.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Potential Threats That May Impact the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Community

Fire and EMS employees regularly report that they are mistaken for police. Some Fire Departments and EMS agencies wear uniforms with badges and styling that is similar to law enforcement. Homegrown violent extremists (HVEs) that are inspired by terrorist groups such as the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) continue to demonstrate a strong intent to attack uniformed law enforcement and military personnel nationwide. Concerns are that the misidentification of Fire and EMS personnel for Police could increase the likelihood of a mistaken-identity attack by an HVE. For more information, click on the title above.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Seeks First Responder Photos

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin invite you to submit photos of yourself or loved one(s) to be showcased on the first responder recognition tree, which will be located in the Governor’s Reception Room during the upcoming holiday season. For more information click on the title above.

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