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West Virginia Office of EMS News

Showing the last 180 days of news items.Friday, November 16, 2018

WVU Traffic Pattern Change

Beginning Monday November 19th at 5:00 am the entrance to the WVU Emergency Department will be re-routed. This temporary road will allow construction to begin for the POC Level 5 and 6 Vertical Expansion Project. The re-route is expected to remain until late Summer 2019. Existing signage will be adjusted and new signage will clearly mark the new route. Security will be present to assist initial traffic flow. The north POC door will remain open for pedestrian traffic for the duration of the project.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Not hearing from OEMS?

If you are not receiving emails or other correspondence from OEMS, please update your profile in the Continuum system with correct mailing and email addresses. This contact information is how OEMS communicates with EMS personnel. Thanks for your assistance and cooperation.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Potential Email Scam

Please monitor emails that you receive cautiously. OEMS has had reports of individuals receiving emails from false TSN email addresses. TSN is no longer working with OEMS on any projects. These emails could contain viruses or allow hackers access to your information/computers. Be safe out there!

Monday, October 22, 2018

Medical Policy Care Committee (MPCC) meeting Canceled

The meeting of the Medical Policy Care Committee (MPCC) and Medical Command Committee scheduled consecutively starting Friday, October 26, 2018 at 9:00 AM at the WV Medical Coordination Center, 89 Richard D. Minnich Drive, Sutton, WV 26601 have been canceled.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

National Registry Implementation Roll Out Sessions

NATIONAL REGISTRY IMPLEMENTATION ROLL OUT SESSIONS :1)October 10, 2018 5 PM Lake View Resort, Morgantown, WV, 2) ​November 26, 2018 2 PM Hardy County Emergency Ambulance Authority, Moorefield, WV, 3)​November 27, 2018 2 PM Marion County Rescue Squad, Fairmont, WV, 4) November 28, 2018 10 AM Parkersburg Fire Department, Parkersburg, WV, 5) November 28, 2018 2 PM Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority, Charleston, WV and 6) ​November 29, 2018 10 AM National Mine Academy, Beaver, WV

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

MPCC Friday, October 26, 2018 9:00 AM

The meeting of the Medical Policy Care Committee (MPCC) will be held on Friday, October 26, 2018 at 9:00 AM at the WV Medical Coordination Center, 89 Richard D. Minnich Drive, Sutton, WV 26601. The meeting of the Medical Command Committee will be held on Friday, October 26, 2018 immediately following the MPCC meeting.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Emergency Neurological Life Support Course

Just a reminder…the Emergency Neurological Life Support event is a one day course on October 19, 2018 At the SMMC Center for Education offered by the Neurocritical Care Society. The course provides 15 CME/CE/ACPE. The Registration deadline is quickly approaching, so Please Register early, as the price doubles on Oct. 1st. Register at www.st-marys.org/conferences/enls. For more information, click on the title above.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Nerve Agent Information for EMS, Hospitals Now Available

Following the recent nerve agent poisonings in the United Kingdom, the emergency response community has requested information and advice to enhance preparedness. "Nerve Agent Information for Emergency Medical Services and Hospitals" serves as a refresher on standard protocols for recognizing, treating and protecting oneself from nerve agent exposures. For more information and to find the document link, click on the title above.

Online Application Fixed

Recently, an problem in the Online Application system was identified. Anyone who created a new account in Continuum and then attempted to complete an application for first time certification received the message that their user name and/or password was unknown. This error has been fixed. Anyone experiencing Online Application login problems should: 1) verify their ability to log into Continuum and 2) Verify that their Continuum password has been changed from the default login. If after confirming the above, the person still has issues login into Online Application system, the person should call 304-356-4482 and speak with Robert Dozier.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

ACT Task Force Meeting Sept 19, 2018

A meeting of the Advanced Care Technician (ACT) Task Force on September 19, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon at the Flatwoods Medical Coordination Center, 89 Richard Minnich Dr. Flatwoods, West Virginia. For more information, click on the title above.The Task Force meeting will be open to the public and publicly noticed with the West Virginia Secretary of State's office.

International Overdose Awareness Day

In conjunction with this year’s International Overdose Awareness Day, CDC has released the 2018 Annual Surveillance Report of Drug-Related Risks and Outcomes – United States that shows the effects of the prescription and illicit drug crisis impacting the nation. The data show the latest information available on the drug epidemic in America, including various health outcomes, health behaviors, prescribing patterns, overdose, and death. For more information, click on the title above.

National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month (NPM), recognized each September, provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This NPM will focus on planning, with an overarching theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. For more information, click the title above.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Remembering Howard CJ Fortner August 9, 1960 - August 24, 2018

Howard C (C.J.) Fortner, age 58, of Cool Ridge, WV, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, August 24, 2018. C.J. Was born in Frankfort, KY, and was the son of the late Iva M. Richmond Fortner. He was the Assistant Chief of Operations at Jan Care Ambulance for 23 years and was a member of the Beckley First Church of the Nazarene. For more information click on the title above.

Fentanyl Safety Video

Justice Department announces release of new fentanyl safety video for first responders – The Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance today released the Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders’ companion training video Fentanyl: The Real Deal. The video was produced by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to help first responders protect themselves when the presence of fentanyl is suspected or encountered on the job. The video is available here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/key-issues/fentanyl/ . For more information click on the title above.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

National Registry Recertification Reminder

All EMTs, Advanced-EMTs, and Paramedics due to recertify their National EMS Certification by March 31, 2019 are required to use the National Continued Competency Program (NCCP). As a reminder: 1) Refresher Course and Continuing Education components are now represented as National, Local and Individual. 2) EMS-related continuing education that reflects the current standards of practice and met the requirements of the traditional descriptions will transfer to meet the requirements of the NCCP model. 3) The NCCP recertification hours are: A)Paramedic: a total of 60 B)AEMT: a total of 50 hours EMT: a total of 40 hours C)EMR: a total of 16 hours. For more information, click on the title above.

Reminder:EMS Billing Codes For Suspected Overdose

The Bureau for Medical Services would like to remind all EMS first responders of the two new billing codes that were opened through the SUD Waiver program on January 14, 2018. These codes are specifically for EMS first responders serving West Virginia Medicaid members with a suspected overdose. The two new services are Naloxone Administered by EMS (A00998) and Referral to Treatment by EMS (H0050). You can bill for the administering of Naloxone regardless if the member is transported to the ER or not. Similarly, you can bill for the Referral to Treatment by EMS as long as information is shared with the member about the availability of local SUD services and/or the 1-844-HELP4WV helpline, regardless if the member agrees to seek treatment or not. For more information, click on the title above.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Why you became an EMS professional?

Please send me (Melissa.j.raynes@wv.gov) your videos or stories that explain why you became an EMS professional. I would like to share these on The Positive Stories section of the wvoems.org website. Please click on the link below to view why Ed Sparks with Marion County Rescue Squad became a paramedic. He has been serving his community for 37 years! Thank you, Ed for sharing your story with all of us. You are an inspiration and a great role model!!! https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=576380959402696&id=548707185503407&_rdr

Monday, August 20, 2018

EMSAC September 11 2018 at 1:00 PM

The regularly scheduled statutory meeting of the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (EMSAC) will be held on September 11, 2018 at 1:00 PM at the Medical Coordination Center, 89 Richard D. Minnich Drive, Sutton, WV 26601. EMSAC Subcommittees will meet prior to the EMSAC meeting beginning 9:00 AM with the Special Interest subcommittee, 9:45 AM Administration subcommittee, 10:30 AM Safety subcommittee, 11:15 AM Policy/Procedure & Protocol subcommittee and 12:00 for the Training subcommittee.

Friday, August 10, 2018

WVU First Responder Appreciation Games: Youngstown St. Sept. 8 and Baylor Oct. 25

The WVU First Responder Appreciation games are the Youngstown St. game on Sat., Sept. 8 at 6 PM and the Baylor game on Thurs. Oct. 25, time TBD . For more information, click on the title above.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Situational Awareness

WV Health Advisory 149 provides guidance for healthcare providers and emergency departments. To download the advisory, click on the title above.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

WV Designated Stroke Centers

As of August 1, 2018, WV now has designated stroke centers. This designation has been implemented as a result of SB510 which was passed in the WV Legislature in 2017. WV OEMS will be updating the listing and map of designated stroke centers at least annually.For more information or to download a list of the designated centered, click on the title above

Friday, July 20, 2018

OCME Communication Systems Down

Please be advised all communication systems at OCME are currently down. Please forward this information to local emergency management, and request for any suspicious deaths requiring OCME intervention to call 304 767 1610 until further notice.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Emergency Neurological Life Support October 19, 2018

SAVE THE DATE: Emergency Neurological Life Support October 19, 2018 Please see the attached flier for information on the Emergency Neurological Life Support course being offered by St. Mary’s Medical Center.

Health Advisory 148 Voluntary NonOpioid Advanced Directive

The attached WV Health Advisory 148 provides guidance regarding the Voluntary NonOpioid Advanced Directive form as established in WV Senate Bill 273, the Opioid Reduction Act of 2017. Please distribute to appropriate staff. To read or download the Advisory, click on the title above.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Medical Policy Care Committee (MPCC) Friday, July 20, 2018 at 9:00 AM

The meeting of the Medical Policy Care Committee (MPCC) will be held on Friday, July 20, 2018 at 9:00 AM at the WV Medical Coordination Center, 89 Richard D. Minnich Drive, Sutton, WV 26601. The meeting of the Medical Command Committee will be held on Friday, July 20, 2018 immediately following the MPCC meeting

Friday, June 29, 2018

Dates Set for Continuum™ and NEMSIS V.3.3.4 Training

Dates/locations for the Continuum™ and NEMSIS V.3.3.4 in-person training are now set. They are: 1) 8/8 9-noon KCEAA, Charleston, WV, 2)8/16 9-noon Marion Co Rescue, Fairmont, WV and 3) 8/17 9-noon National Mine Health and Safety Academy, Beaver, WV. Please make plan to attend one of these sessions.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Battle in the Gorge Competition Aug 3-5 2018

Battle in the Gorge Competition will take place Aug 3-5 2018. Bridging the gap between training and the real World! This is a scenario based Fire and EMS competition. For more information and to download the brochure, click on the title above or go to http://www.fireemscompetitionwv.com/.

Monday, June 25, 2018

June 18, 2018— First Responder Network Authority News

June 18, 2018— First Responder Network Authority News. To read or download this article, click on the title above

Friday, June 22, 2018

WVPST Has a New Address

The WVPST regions have changed slightly. The Wheeling WVPST has moved to a new location. The new address is WV Northern Community College 1704 Market Street Room 405, Wheeling, WV 26003. WVPST-Wheeling is now serving the counties of Brooke, Doddridge, Hancock, Marshall, Ohio, Pleasants, Ritchie, Tyler and Wetzel.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Transition to Continuum™ and NEMSIS V.3.3.4

We are pleased to announce details regarding the transition to Continuum™ and NEMSIS V.3.3.4 this summer! This email contains timelines and important steps you must take to facilitate a smooth transition. Please review this information carefully and contact the EMS Performance Improvement Center (EMSPIC) at (919) 843-0201 or the West Virginia Office of EMS at (304) 558-3956 with any questions or concerns. All times are Eastern Daylight Time.

Monday, June 18, 2018

ACT Training and ACT to Paramedic Bridge Course

ACT training, taught at the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority (KCEAA), will begin June 25, 2018 and continue approximately 20 weeks to conclude December 7, 2018. Additionally, OEMS has approved an ACT to Paramedic Bridge Course (Bridge Course) also to be held at KCEAA beginning in August 2018 and concluding in June 2019. For more information or to download the official announcement, click on the title above.

Friday, June 15, 2018

WV Health Advisory 147 Regarding the Hepatitis A Outbreak

The West Virginia Bureau for Public Health (BPH) continues to investigate cases of hepatitis A in the state as part of the multi-state outbreak that is occurring nationally. Persons who use injection and non-injection drugs, persons with unstable housing or are homeless, persons with recent history of incarceration, and men who have sex with men are considered at high-risk for infection. From January 2017 to April 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has received over 2,500 reports of hepatitis A associated with person-to-person transmission from multiple states; of case investigations for which risk factors were known, 1,300 cases reported drug use, homelessness, or both risk factors.For more information or to download the Advisory, click the title above.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Advanced Care Technician (ACT) Task Force Established

An Advanced Care Technician (ACT) Task Force has been established to receive consensus recommendations from the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) community with regard to the future disposition of the ACT certification. This Task Force will meet on an expedited schedule to provide recommendations to the Bureau for Public Health (BPH) Commissioner and the West Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) by early Fall 2018. For more information or to download the announcement, click on the title above.

Friday, June 8, 2018

National Registry Implementation FAQ

To see a list of frequently asked questions related to the changes related to National Registry, click on the title above.

A Cadaver Lab September 10, 2018

WVOEMS and EMSAC in conjunction with Teleflex Clinical and Medical Affairs Procedural Lab Programs will be offering a cadaver lab focusing on basic human anatomy pertaining to 10 insertion and airway management. This educational opportunity will accommodate the first 80 ALS providers that register and will be provided free of charge. For more information and registration, click the title above.

Monday, June 4, 2018

OEMS To Distribute Naloxone

OEMS has been provided with naloxone to distribute to first responders. EMS agencies can apply to receive a lot of 200 doses (2mg syringe) of naloxone with atomizers. The deadline for application is June 15. Naloxone will be distributed to those agencies selected by June 30. Please submit an email to Melissa.J.Raynes@wv.gov to request an allotment of 200 doses of naloxone with atomizers.

Friday, June 1, 2018

SunMed Holdings, LLC Issues a Nationwide Recall of STAT-Check and Medline Manual Resuscitator Bags

citator bags which were distributed between February 1, 2018 to May 13, 2018. The patient port retaining ring of the affected bags may not fully seat which may allow the patient port to detach during use. If this takes place, the resuscitator bags may not deliver air to the patient and result in a delay in treatment and life-threatening health consequences. There have been no reported injuries to date. End users who have STAT-Check or Medline resuscitator bags within the lot numbers listed below should stop using them and immediately contact SunMed Holdings, LLC for further instructions on the return of these products.For more information, click on the title above.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

May 29, 2018— First Responder Network Authority News

To read the contents, click on the title above

Friday, May 25, 2018

Congratulation Winners

In honor of EMS Week, I would like to congratulate the following winners:: 1) Agency of the Year – Boone Co Ambulance Authority, 2) Administrator of the Year – John Hitchens, 3) EMT of the Year – George Rash, 4) Instructor of the Year – Connie Priddy, 5) Paramedic of the Year – Richard D. Smith and 6) Training Institute of the Year – HealthNet Aeromedical Services. For more information, click on the title above.

HAN 410 Outbreak of Life Threatening Coagulopathy Synthetic Cannabinoids

The attached health advisory provides information and recommendations from the CDC regarding an multistate Outbreak of Life-threatening Coagulopathy Synthetic Cannabinoids occurring across the United States. Please further dissemination to healthcare providers, hospital-based physicians, laboratory directors, and other appropriate stakeholders. For more information, click on the title above.

Identifying the signs of stroke and calling 911 can make a difference

Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability not only in WV, but also nationally. Calling 911 within 1 hour of symptom onset is done in fewer than 50% of stroke cases. Fewer than 50% of callers knew they were calling about a stroke-related symptom. In spite of proven benefits of 911 and emergency medical services (EMS) use, a National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS) showed that 53% of stroke patients used EMS.

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