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CPAP Adapter Advisory PDF Print E-mail

With the new protocol equipment that was distributed to all agencies within the Lord Fairfax EMS Council region, there should have been a 22mm double female adapter included. The rationale for this adapter is to give you the ability to administer a nebulizer treatment through the Boussgniac CPAP System. If you receive a different CPAP device when doing equipment exchange, this set-up may not work. If you are receiving different equipment, please contact the Council. More 


 

 
New E-Mail for 12-Lead Transmission PDF Print E-mail

The Winchester Medical Center now has an e-mail address available for transmission of 12-Leads when Lifenet is not available in the field. It is only to be used for suspected STEMIs and is NOT to be used for every 12-Lead performed. See the flyer for additional information and share with all providers. Flyer for 12-Lead Transmission by E-Mail 


 
Recall Notice! PDF Print E-mail

recallThe Council just received information about a potentially hazardous situation involving the Emergency Cricothyrotomy kits that were just purchased as part of the recent protocol upgrades within the region. This device is being corrected to prevent a possible reduction in product effectiveness. Please read the additional information for the specific lot numbers being recalled. The Council is in the process of replacing these kits now. More. 


 

 
New App for Protocols! PDF Print E-mail
Got a smart phone? The Council now has a new app for the regional protocols that's live & available for all iOS and Android devices! You should be able to find it with just a search of "Lord Fairfax EMS Council". If you don't find it with that, you can also search for "Acid Remap" & then should be able to locate our Council from there. Please let us know how you like it & if there's any suggested changes. As updates come out, the app will also be updated.
 
Implementation of FBI Background Checks Delayed PDF Print E-mail
The Virginia Office of EMS is working with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) executive leadership and the Virginia State Police to obtain the necessary equipment, supplies and develop policies and procedures for the implementation of FBI background checks for each person who, on or after July 1, 2013, applies to be a volunteer with or employee of an EMS agency. Because these tasks are not complete, there will be a delay in the enactment of these new requirements in the law (ยง32.1-111.5). More 
 
Mandatory Training for Paramedics in August PDF Print E-mail

Notice to all Paramedics in the Lord Fairfax EMS Council region: With the upcoming implementation of the new protocols, all Paramedics are required to attend a surgical cricothyrotomy training. Nine training dates will be held throughout the region in August. Any paramedic that does not attend a training will not have the authority to practice this skill. Upon completion of the training, a completion form will be filed in the provider's file at the Council office. To register, contact the appropriate jurisdictional Coordinator. Click here for the calendar of training dates. 


 

 
Council Announces Staff Changes PDF Print E-mail

janet spilewski 1The Council is proud to announce the recent promotion of Janet Spilewski to Office Manager. Janet has been employed with the Council for 4 1/2 years. Interviews are currently being conducted for a new part-time Administrative Assistant position. 


 

 
Delay in Changes Regarding Practitioner Signatures PDF Print E-mail

The Virginia Office of EMS encourages you to read the memo regarding the proposed removal of the requirement for a practitioner's signature for EMS providers who perform an invasive procedure or administer a drug. Until changes to the Board of Pharmacy (BoP) Regulations occur, EMS personnel will continue to be required to obtain the signature of the medical practitioner who assumes responsibility for the patient at the hospital on the prehospital patient care report. OEMS apologizes for any inconvenience the delay in the implementation of these changes may cause and we will keep you posted as new information becomes available. More 


 
Delay in implementation of changes to recertification PDF Print E-mail

The Virginia Office of EMS (OEMS) would like you to read an important notice that recently announced changes in the EMS recertification process, pertaining to the elimination of testing requirements or the requirements to obtain a test waiver. This process will be delayed until regulatory reviews can be completed. As of right now, NO changes in the EMS recertification process will occur July 1, 2013. More


 
Upcoming Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) Workshop PDF Print E-mail

j0423044The Council will host a Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) workshop July 29th from 1:00pm-3:30pm at the Council's Training Center. Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) is one of the four Power Therapies recognized as effective in treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This workshop is open to anyone interested including those on the Council's CISM Team. More 


 
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