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West Virginia Office of
Emergency Medical Services

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Charleston WV, 25301

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OEMS Phone: (304) 558-3956
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Trauma Phone: (304) 558-7124
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West Virginia Office of EMS News

Showing the last 180 days of news items.Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Summit Bechtel Reserve’s Veterans & Community Heroes Appreciation Day

As a valued member of our community we would like to formally invite you and your staff to the Summit Bechtel Reserve’s Veterans & Community Heroes Appreciation Day, June 16. For more information, required registration and necessary method of identification, click on the title above.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

MSAC Meeting to Start at 9 AM and Run Consecutively

Based on the flow of committees and with respect to individual time schedules we have revised the EMSAC meeting schedules to optimize efficiency. Committees will start at 9AM and will run consecutively. Please plan accordingly if you plan to attend a particular session. For more information and/or to download the subcommittee meeting schedule, click on the title above.

Ray Allen Steward May 28, 1951 - April 15, 2018

Ray Allen Steward of Springfield, WV died suddenly on Sunday, April 15, 2018 in the arms of his beloved wife, Donna. For more information, click on the title above.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Fingerprint Vouchers Available

Fingerprint vouchers are once again available through the WVOEMS application system. If you have previously attempted to print out a voucher and received an error, please try again. Should the system fail again, please call the 304-558-3956 and choose the Certification unit. The Certification unit will confirm that your EMS application has been completed, that payment has been received and email a voucher to you.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Medical Policy Care Committee (MPCC) will be held on Friday, April 20, 2018

The meeting of the Medical Policy Care Committee (MPCC) will be held on Friday, April 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, April 20, 2018 immediately following the MPCC meeting.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

April 9, 2018— First Responder Network Authority News

First responder network authority new for April 9, 2018. To read contact and/or download a copy, click on the title above.

Monday, April 9, 2018

April 2, 2018— First Responder Network Authority News

First Responder Network Authority News. Click the title above to read the full item and/or download the document.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Containing Unusual Resistance - Early, Aggressive Action Can Prevent Spread

ore than 23,000 Americans die each year from infections caused by germs resistant to antibiotics. While antibiotic resistance (AR) threats vary nationwide, AR has been found in every state. And unusual resistance germs, which are resistant to all or most antibiotics tested and are uncommon or carry special resistance genes, are constantly developing and spreading. Lab tests uncovered unusual resistance more than 200 times in 2017 in “nightmare bacteria” alone. With new resources nationwide, early and aggressive action—when even a single case is found—can keep germs with unusual resistance from spreading in health care facilities and causing hard-to-treat or even untreatable infections. For example, CDC estimates show that this aggressive approach could prevent 1,600 cases of CRE in one state over three years. Health departments can lead the Containment Strategy and act swiftly with health care facilities and CDC at the first sign of unusual resistance. For more information and to dowload the CDC document, click on the title above.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Extortion Scam Targeting DEA Registrants

DEA is aware that registrants are receiving telephone calls and emails by criminals identifying themselves as DEA employees or other law enforcement personnel. The criminals have masked their telephone number on caller id by showing the DEA Registration Support 800 number. Please be aware that a DEA employee would not contact a registrant and demand money or threaten to suspend a registrant’s DEA registration. For more information, click on the title above.

Voluntarily Recall of Pasta De Lassar Andromaco Skin Protectant, 25% Zinc Oxide

MarcasUSA, LLC and Industria Farmacéutica Andromaco, S.A. de C.V. is voluntarily recalling four lots of Pasta De Lassar Andromaco Skin Protectant, 25% zinc oxide to the retail level. FDA analysis of this product confirmed that Pasta De Lassar Andromaco is contaminated with high levels of yeast, mold, and bacteria. The specific lot associated to the positive findings was never sold in the US. However, due to the amount and type of contamination the remaining four lots in the US market are being recalled out of an abundance of caution. For more information, click the title above.

Friday, March 30, 2018

WVOEMS Communications Interrupted Update

I have been told the communications with the Treasures Office will be restored by 3 PM today 03/30/2018.

WVOEMS Communicate to the State Treasurer's Office Interrupted

WVOEMS is unable to communicate with the State Treasurer's Office at this time. No online payments are possible. All online applications are being saved, so that payment can be made after communications are restored. NO WARNINGS of this outage were give but all avenues to restore communication and to prevent his from happening in the future are being taken. A notice will be posted here and an email will be sent out in CIS when communications are restored. We apologized for the inconvenience, assure you this outage was out of WVOEMS control and appreciate your patience.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

First Responder Network Authority News March 26, 2018

March 26, 2018— First Responder Network Authority News

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

firstNet weekly update March 19th 2018

firstNet weekly update March 19th 2018 Click above for more

Friday, March 16, 2018

Recognizing Outstanding Individuals and Organizations for Dedicated Delivery of Patient Care

The Office of EMS would like to recognize hard-working individuals and/or organizations for their dedicated and outstanding efforts in the delivery of patient care in West Virginia. If you know of an individual and/or organization who has demonstrated exceptional dedication, professionalism, and compassion click on the title above.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Monday, March 12, 2018

Violence In Healthcare: Is It Really An Issue?

Overview: The safety of healthcare workers is a priority whether in the prehospital or hospital setting. This lecture will provide an understanding of the growing epidemic of violence against healthcare workers and how best to handle it. For more information please click on the title above.

Friday, March 9, 2018

6th Annual EMS for Children (EMSC) Pediatric Symposium March 28 2018

Overview - Pediatric patients present unique challenges and opportunities for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) field providers and emergency department (ED) personnel. Due to the specialty care required, this symposium offers topics specifically geared to the pediatric population and the emergency pediatric prehospital and/or acute care patient provider. For more information or to download the brochure, click on the title above.

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Training

To provide effective and sustainable training for West Virginia pre-hospital field providers and acute care facility personnel in the care and recognition of infants exposed to substances during pregnancy who require treatment for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) after hospital discharge. For more information or to download the brochure, click on the title above.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Hazardous Material Training

The Division of Homeland Security and the WV State Emergency Response Commission have entered into an agreement with WVU Fire Service extension to provide Basic and Advanced HazMat classes for First Responders. Click the Link Above for More

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

FirstNet weekly update Feb 26 2018

FirstNet weekly update Feb 26 2018

Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (EMSAC) March 13, 2018 at the Medical Coordination Center

The regularly scheduled statutory meeting of the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (EMSAC) will be held on March 13, 2018 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 Administrative subcommittee, 10:00 AM Safety subcommittee, 11:00 AM Policy/Procedure & Protocol subcommittee and 12:00 PM for the Training subcommittee.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

February 20, 2018— First Responder Network Authority News

February 20, 2018— First Responder Network Authority News

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

firstnet weekly update 02132018

February 12, 2018— First Responder Network Authority News

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Technical Difficulties Resolved

WVOEMS has been experiencing technical difficulties which prevent the payment of certification/recertification fees. We apologize for any inconvenience. Be assured that we have been working diligently to resolve the issue and believe as on 3:36 pm 2/7/2018 the issues have been resolved. As always, if you experience difficulties, please call 304-558-3956 and select the Data unit.

Monday, February 5, 2018

FirstNet weekly update Feb 5 2018

February 5, 2018— First Responder Network Authority News Click the Title Above for More.

FirstNet weekly update Jan 29 2018

January 29, 2018— First Responder Network Authority News Click the Title Above for More.

Monday, January 22, 2018

WV HAN Advisory 143 Widespread Influenza Activity and Severity in WV FINAL 01182018

Influenza activity has increased significantly in the United States in recent weeks. West Virginia is characterized as having widespread activity. This influenza season is notable for the sheer volume of ill cases that has caused stress to health systems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a Health Advisory (https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00409.asp) that warned of a high-severity influenza A (H3N2) season and resulting clinical implications. As of January 6, 2018, 20 pediatric influenza deaths were reported nationally, none in West Virginia. For Further Information Click the Title Above.

Friday, January 19, 2018

AuroMedics Pharma LLC Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Levofloxacin in 5% Dextrose 250mg/50mL

AuroMedics Pharma LLC is voluntarily recalling one lot of Levofloxacin in 5% Dextrose Injection 250mg/50mL in a Single-Use flexible container NDC 55150-243-46, Lot CLF160003, Expiry date May 2018, to the hospital level. The product has been found to contain visible particulate matter tentatively identified as mold. This problem was discovered as a result of a product complaint in which the contents of one flexible bag was found to contain white particulate matter.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., updates on some ongoing shortages related to IV fluids

Earlier this month, we updated on the FDA’s efforts to mitigate ongoing IV saline shortages that resulted from, or were worsened by, the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. We also provided some additional updates related to our continued efforts to help the island fully recover from this disaster. For more click the title above.

First Responder Network Authority Update – January 16, 2018

First Responder Network Authority Weekly Update to the State and Territory Single Points of Contact (SPOC) – January 16, 2018

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

EMTALA and Disasters

This fact sheet addresses several frequently asked questions regarding the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) and disasters and provides links to resources for more information, but is not intended to be used as regulatory guidance or in place of communications with or guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) who oversee EMTALA compliance. To read or download the fact sheet, click on the title above.

First Responder Network Authority Update – January 8, 2018

First Responder Network Authority Weekly Update to the State and Territory Single Points of Contact (SPOC) for January 8, 2018. To read the update, click on the title above.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Rebecca Ann Rosier Mar 1, 1956 - Dec 23, 2017 (Age 61)

Rebecca was born on March 1, 1956 and passed away on Saturday, December 23, 2017. For more information, click on the title above.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Ambulance Parking at CAMC Memorial

Ambulance Parking at CAMC Memorial

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Subcommittee of the Volunteer Fire Departments and Emergency Medical Services at the West Virginia Legislature to hold Listening Sessions

The Subcommittee of the Volunteer Fire Departments and Emergency Medical Services at the West Virginia Legislature will be holding a series of listening sessions.Members have been invited to hear concerns and potential solutions from citizens and volunteers in your area related to the challenges facing VFD and EMS. For dates, places and time, click on the title above.

Suspected Scam Calls

It has come to the attention of the WV OEMS that calls are being made from a 558 number requesting funds for EMS agencies. These calls are not coming from WV OEMS. These are suspected scam calls. Please do not send any money to the individual on the call or provide any personal/financial information. If you receive such a call, please let OEMS know. Thank you for your assistance and cooperation.

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 5, 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 1, 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 7, 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 3, 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.

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