Riverside Regional Medical Center Virtual EMS Expo 2020

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As 2020 has brought the cancellation of many in-person conferences and classes, Riverside is excited to offer this free virtual opportunity to obtain CEUs before the end of the year. Riverside is hosting a two day virtual EMS expo on November 6 and November 7, 2020.

The virtual expo will consist of 12 separate classes led by physicians, nurses and EMS experts from Riverside and other area organizations. A different class will be offered each hour on the hour (with a break for lunch) with a unique registration for each class. Sign up for only one or for all 12 courses. 1 EMS CE hour will be offered per 1 hour session (must attend live – there is no taped option for later viewing).

Registration is required for each individual session to receive the correct Zoom link and be eligible for CEs.  

Please contact Mary Lamm at Riverside Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 757-594-2983 for more information. 

Friday, November 6

9 a.m. — 10 a.m. 
COVID Respiratory Interventions (OEMS Topic Number 25224)
presented by Brad Beam, EMT-P, Battalion Chief – EMS, Williamsburg Fire Department
Register for this session

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
COVID Impacts on EMS (OEMS Topic Number 25246)
presented by Brad Beam, EMT-P, Battalion Chief - EMS, Williamsburg Fire Department
Register for this session

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
EMS Hot Topics (OEMS Topic Number 25258)
presented by Gary Samuels, Bon Secours EMS Outreach
Register for this session

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Intranasal Medications (OEMS Topic Number 25247)
presented by Melissa Doak, EMT-P, Lieutenant / Paramedic / EMS Educator, QU/QI Officer, York County Life & Safety
Register for this session

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Highlights in Stroke Care (OEMS Number 25229)
Pankajavalli Ramakrishnan, MD, Riverside Neurovascular Specialists
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3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Toxicology in the Field (OEMS Number 25253)
Tanya Claiborne, PharmD, Emergency Medicine Team Lead Pharmacist, Riverside Regional Medical Center
Register for this session

Saturday, November 7

9 a.m. — 10 a.m. 
RSI in HD – Pearls and Pitfalls of Advanced Airway Management (OEMS Number 25221)
presented by Amir Louka, MD, Regional EMS Medical Director
Register for this session

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Hospice and Palliative Care and the Role of EMS (OEMS Number 25243)
presented by Martin Payne, MD, Riverside Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Register for this session

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Tricks and Tips for the Pediatric Emergency (OEMS Number 25254)
presented by Ashley Haggerty, DO, VCU Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellow 
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1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
MCI and the Hospital EMS Interface (OEMS Number 25610)
presented by Doug Smith, EMT-P, Emergency Operations Officer, Riverside Health System
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2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
TBI - treatment with TXA and other treatment in field (OEMS Number 25603)
presented by Dawn Brown, D.O., with Riverside Surgical Specialists
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3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Seizure Management (OEMS Number 25608)
presented by Elsie Achieng, MD, Riverside Neurology Specialists
Register for this session

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Virginia Department of Health Announces New Pandemic Metrics Dashboard
Data Offers New Information to Help Localities Determine Mitigation Measures

RICHMOND, VA — Today, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) launched a new Pandemic Metrics Dashboard, which shows a visualization of COVID-19 community transmission by region. Updated weekly, this dashboard will show: data trends for COVID-19 in specific communities; where the COVID-19 virus is spreading; and assist local and state governments in determining additional mitigation measures.

“Communities across the Commonwealth are facing different challenges as we all continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Virginia State Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver, M.D., M.A. “This pandemic dashboard provides data for communities to individualize and tailor response efforts to local needs. A community where cases are surging and hospital beds are filling up, for example, will require different response efforts from those in a community where cases are declining and hospital occupancy is low.”

CDC School Metrics tab will also be available within the dashboard. This tab uses metrics described by the CDC to guide decisions by school officials, taking into consideration the school’s ability to implement and adhere to key mitigation strategies to decrease transmission of COVID-19. VDH recommends local government and school officials work with local health districts to evaluate epidemiologic and other data to assess the extent of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) transmission within their region, its effect on the Commonwealth, and the ability of the healthcare system to function.  These data should then be interpreted within the context of the local jurisdiction.  VDH recommends that decisions to alter K-12 school programming, including decisions about in-person instruction, school dismissals or closures be handled at the most local level possible, considering both regional and local epidemiology, community characteristics, and local capacity.

“On behalf of the commonwealth’s 132 school divisions, I thank the Virginia Department of Health for making this dashboard available as a resource to inform local decision making to help schools navigate how and when to consider in-person, hybrid and virtual instruction,” Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane said.

The education setting outbreaks dashboard will include aggregate outbreak data that breaks out the current “Educational” category of outbreaks for K-12, childcare and higher education setting sub-categories.

These dashboards will help communities measure the extent to which the COVID-19 virus is spreading in their localities and guide possible responses to mitigate that spread. However, each community is unique and appropriate mitigation strategies should consider the impact to the community and be based on the best available data. Decisions will vary on how and when to increase community mitigation and the following information is intended to guide decisions.

For more information on COVID-19 in Virginia, visit www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus and www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

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N95 Fit Test Train-the Trainer Courses

Additional Fit Test Train-the-Trainers have been scheduled throughout the state. These are the sessions being taught by the Va. National Guard.  Information on the sessions can be found here:

Anyone looking for a session to attend can find info here: 

Click Here to View Sessions

Details on how to schedule a session can be found here:

Click Here for Details on How to Schedule a Session

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