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Standards of Excellence Program

OEMS has published the Standards of Excellence Survey at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/oems/agency/soe.htm.  The survey is available to all agencies as a "self-help" tool to help determine whether you are using "best practices" in the administration of your agency.    Expect more information shortly on the Standards of Excellence Program for EMS agencies.
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PEMS Holiday Office Closures

The PEMS office will be closed 24 - 26 December for Christmas and 31 December - 2 January for New Years.   We wish safe and happy holidays for each of you and look forward to another year of helping to create and maintain an effective, reliable and efficient prehospital health care system.   Michael Player Executive Director
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Update to Requirement for Physician Signature

No longer required for medication administration or invasive procedures   Procedures and medication administration performed within the scope of PEMS Regional Patient Care Protocols or protocols approved locally by your Operational Medical Director no longer require a signature on your patient care report. Nor is it required to perform a Medication Box exchange.   Please see the following letter for specifics or review the change at the VA OEMS...
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Infectious Diseases Section Added to Website

We have added a dedicated infectious diseases information section to our website. The section includes a direct link to the CDC Health Alert Network asEbola well as links to official Ebola, enterovirus and pandemic flu information. See the "Infectious Diseases" link on our menu to the left. EMS Providers are reminded to be sure to ask patients with fever about recent travel. With a fever...
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PEMS Paramedic given NAEMT Educator Award

DSN 2279cMelissa Doak, a veteran emergency medical services (EMS) provider for over 30 years, has been awarded the 2014 National EMS Award of Excellence for Educator of the Year from the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT). This award recognizes more than 20 years spent passionately educating EMS providers throughout Virginia, across the United States and around the world.
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Ebola Triage Guidelines

PEMS has published a set of Triage Guidelines for possible Ebola Patients.
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Clarification of Governor's Savings Plan Regarding EMS

From Gary Brown, Director, Office of EMS: Governor McAuliffe’s FY 2015 Savings Plan, Pursuant to Item 471.10 of HB 5010 was released to the public today. The Virginia Department of Health’s budget reduction includes the following language within the Governor’s Plan: Capture balance from the Emergency Medical Services Fund. This strategy transfers balances in the Special Emergency Medical Services Fund to the General...
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Proper Wasting of Narcotics

All providers are reminded that the Virginia Board of Pharmacy regulations does not allow pharmacists or pharmacy technicians to witness the wastage of narcotics.
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2014 Protocol Update Training Videos

Thanks to the generosity of York County Fire and Life Safety, the hard work of Melissa Doak and the rest of the Protocols, Policies and Procedures Committee we have a new set of Protocol update videos!
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Recognize Excellence All Year Long!

It’s time to Regional Award logo and tagline The nomination period for the 2014 Peninsulas EMS Regional Awards is closed now, but you can start sending nominations for next year!
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Educational Calendar

Thu Feb 05
Critical Incident Stress Management & Beyond