During the 2013 session of the General Assembly, several bills were introduced and subsequently passed to amend the Code of Virginia permitting certified EMS personnel acting within their scope of practice to administer drugs and devices pursuant to an oral or written order or standing protocol. The Board of Pharmacy adopted these changes within their regulations and effective November 24, 2014, the Virginia EMS Regulations will change to reflect those changes in the Board of Pharmacy regulations to remove the requirement of a practioner's signature for any drug administration, patient assisted medications or invasive therapy. 2014 Signature Removal Memo 11172014
UPDATE! On October 28, 2014, the Lord Fairfax EMS Council has released a guidance document along with screening guidelines to assist EMS agencies within the region to draft and revise current SOPs to address the possible transport of a patient suspected to have Ebola. Because of the fluid nature of this situation, both documents will be reviewed daily and revised as new guidance from the VA Dept. of Health and the CDC is made available. . More
Gary Brown, Director of the VA Office of EMS released a statement clarifying the impact to Emergency Medical Services in the Commonwealth in regard to the recent announcement of Governor McAuliffe's FY2015 Savings Plan. Statement Regarding Governor's Savings Plan and EMS
On Wednesday, June 11th the Council presented the annual Regional EMS Awards in ten different categories at the Front Royal Volunteer Fire Department. These winners will go on to compete for the state awards later this Fall. The winner of this year's $1,000 scholarship for Outstanding Contribution to EMS by a High School Senior was presented to Christopher Clark, a member of the Shawnee Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company. Christopher is now attending Richmond University and hopes to become a Trauma Surgeon one day! More
The Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) is in the final stages of implementing their new web-based RSAF grant system, known as E-Gift (EMS-Grant Information Funding Tool). This system will be required for the NEXT RSAF grant cycle beginning on August 1, 2014 with the deadline being September 15, 2014. The E-Gift will replace the Consolidated Grant Application Program (CGAP), the software program used in the past and will automate the grant process by using a web-based system to pre-populate agency data making the grant process easier to navigate. More
Registration is now open for the 35th Annual Virginia EMS Symposium. This year's symposium will feature over 250 courses at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott November 5-9, 2014. We hope that you can take advantage of this wonderful educational opportunity.
To register or for more information, click here.
November 24, 2014 (08:00 - 15:00)
November 27, 2014 (08:00 - 16:00)
November 28, 2014 (08:00 - 16:00)
December 04, 2014 (17:00 - 21:30)
December 09, 2014 (17:00 - 21:30)