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West Virginia Office of EMS News

Showing the last 180 days of news items.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

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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.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Heads Up Concussion

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth. This fast movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging the brain cells. For more information, click on the title above.

EMS Rule and Fee Changes effective July 1, 2018

With the completion of the recent Legislative Session, there have been changes made to the EMS Act (Legislative Rule 64CSR48). Also please note the fee changes included that are effective July 1, 2018. It is important to note that the fees for certification/recertification and Criminal Background Check (for those individuals requiring a Criminal Background Check) are separate. The online application system will be updated to reflect these new fees. For more information, click on the title above.

SIRN PLANNED OUTAGE

The DAC'S AT MALDEN(ZONE 2 MASTER SITE) WILL BE REPLACED ON THURSDAY MAY 24. WORK WILL START AT 0300 AND FINISH BY 0600. 25 SITES WILL BE IN SITE TRUNKING UNTIL REPAIRS ARE COMPLETED. THE REPAIRS ARE NECESSARY AND PROLONGING COULD RESULT IN DAYS OF DOWN TIME. For a list of effected sites and more information, click on the title above.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Active Shooter Stop the Bleed Training

Active Shooter Stop the Bleed Training May 30, 2018 at The Ritz Theatre 211 Ballengee St, Hinton WV, 25951. For more information click on the title above.

Injury is no accident: 30 years of making a difference

The American Trauma Society, in collaboration with the Society of Trauma Nurses, is once again pleased to present National Trauma Awareness Month. This year, in honor of National Trauma Awareness Month's 30th anniversary, the theme will expand to cover injury prevention efforts as a whole and the concept that injury is no accident. Please see the attached timeline for injury prevention.

May is Trauma Awareness Month

May is Trauma Awareness Month, EMS Week is this week and EMS-Children’s Day is May 23. We have lots to celebrate as we move forward with continuing improvements to the WV emergency care system. Please keep an eye out for fact sheets and education that we will be sharing to increase the awareness of preventing and responding to a variety of issues. Thank you for all you do every day in your communities! You truly are heroes!!!!!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

May 23, 2018 Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Day

West Virginia’s Governor Jim Justice has proclaimed May 23, 2018 as Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Day. For more information or to download the Governor's Proclamation, click on the title above.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

EMSC June 13, 2018

The regularly scheduled statutory meeting of the Emergency Medical Services for Children Advisory Committee (EMSC) will be held on June 13, 2018 at 10:00 AM at the RETI Training Center/Medical Coordination Center, 89 Richard D. Minnich Drive, Sutton, WV 26601.

Monday, May 14, 2018

EMSAC Meeting June 12, 2018

The regularly scheduled statutory meeting of the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (EMSAC) will be held on June 12, 2018 at 1:00 PM at the Medical Coordination Center, 89 Richard D. Minnich Drive, Sutton, WV 26601. For subcommittee meeting time and for more information, please click on the title above.

May 23rd 11:00 – 14:00 CAMC Memorial EMS Pig Roast!

It’s that time of year again when we like to honor our EMS partners. Please join us May 23rd 11:00 – 14:00 as we celebrate National EMS week at the CAMC Memorial ED’s Annual EMS Pig Roast! This serves as a BIG thank you for all you do for our patients and our community. To download the flyer, please click on the title above.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Rail Training Event in Kenova

Norfolk Southern is sponsoring rail oriented emergency response training on our Safety Train in Kenova, WV, May 29 – June 1. I have been working with the local folks but the interest has not come close to filling the classes. Would you please send this out to your contacts to see if there is any interest form others in the State? For more information, click on the title above.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

April 30, 2018— First Responder Network Authority News

FirstNet weekly update 04302018 For more information or to download the document click on the title above

April 23, 2018— First Responder Network Authority News

April 23, 2018— First Responder Network Authority News. For more information or to download the document click on the title above

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

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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

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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

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