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News archive: Oct

Thursday, October 27, 2016

4th Annual Emergency Medical Services for Children Pediatric Symposium

The WV Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program is having its 4th Annual EMSC Pediatric Symposium on November 15, 2016 at the 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. To register go to For more information click on the title above.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

St Mary's Hospital Huntington Temporary Changes to EMS Access

Due to construction issues affecting the elevated crosswalk from the Heart Institute building / Emergency Department we have had to make temporary changes to EMS access to the ER at St. Mary’s Huntington WV.For more information, click on the title above.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Carfentanil Responsible for West Virginia Overdose Deaths

Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid approximately 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl. Carfentanil is used as a tranquilizing agent for elephants and other large mammals. The presence of carfentanil in illicit drug markets is cause for concern that can lead to overdoses and overdose-related deaths, even among opioid-tolerant users. West Virginia has recently identified deaths due to overdoses from carfentanil. For more information or to download the full text, click the title above.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Medical Policy Care Committee (MPCC)

The regularly scheduled statutory meeting of the Medical Policy Care committee (MPCC) will be held on October 14, 2016 at 9:00 AM at the Medical Coordination Center, 89 Richard D. Minnich Drive, Sutton, WV 26601.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

ZiKa Virus

With the ZiKa Virus becoming more and more prevalent across the country, EMS should become familiar with signs and symptoms as well as methods to avoid becoming infected. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Center for Disease Control and Prevention has many articles related to the ZiKa Virus as well as educational bulletin’s and flyers. These helpful resources are available from the CDC website for your review and use.

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