Training Opportunity: Hampton Roads Trauma Symposium

21 April, 2017, Williamsburg DoubleTree by Hilton, Williamsburg, VA

This year's focus:  Complex Patterns in Trauma

Speakers this year include:

Complex Injury Patterns in Trauma:
Lessons from Combat

Eric Elster, MD, FACS, CAPT, MC, USN
• Approaches to the initial resuscitation.
• Multidisciplinary approach to complex injuries.

What to do When it All Goes Bad in
Disaster Management

J. Bracken Burns, DO, FACOS
• Understand all types of disasters.
• Be able to explain surge capacity and capability.

Critical Care in the Polytrauma Patient
Beth Broering, MSN, RN, CEN, CCRN,
Stefan W. Leichtle, MD

• Identify life threatening critical care issues.
• Treatment of multiple critical care problems.

Management of Trauma in Patients
Exposed to Ionizing Radiation

Nicholas Dainiak, MD, FACS
• Understand role of antimicrobial prophylaxis/
treatment and hematopoietic cytokines.
• Distinguish radiation exposure from
contamination by radiation.

The Trauma Patient’s Perspective
Brian Boyle
• Discuss patient's perspective of event & recovery.
• Understand impact to the patient and family.

Stabilization and Prioritization of Polytrauma
Frank Y. Yang, MD, FACS
• Identify initial stabilization issues.
• Preparing patient for transport to trauma center.

Treatment of the Hypothermic Trauma Patient
Brian Lenczewski, MD
• Identify complications of patient.
• Discuss prioritization and treatment of patient.

“Water, Water Everywhere…”
Stephen Skinner, MD

• Outline pathophysiology of drowning and
near drowning.
• Highlight treatment priorities and prognosis.

Ultrasound Skill Station
Anjeza Cipi, MD
• Identify normal Extended FAST (E-FAST) views.
• Identify abnormal findings on E-FAST and more.

Call 757-594-6385 for more information.

We Are PEMS!

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Town Hall Meetings to Discuss the Future of Intermediate-99


town hall meetingThe Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services will be hosting Town Hall meetings to discuss the future of the Intermediate-99 certification level in Virginia.  These Town Meetings are designed to provide background information on the Intermediate certification level and the costs associated with maintaining this certification level once the National Registry of EMT’s ceases to offer a valid, legally defensible assessment examination.

The Town Hall meetings will also provide information on alternatives to maintaining an Intermediate certification level in the Commonwealth.

Virginia EMS Providers, agency leadership and constituent groups are strongly encouraged to attend one of these Town Hall meetings in order to obtain factual information on the Intermediate-99 certification level.  There will be an opportunity for those present to ask questions and provide their feedback to state officials, medical directors and members of the EMS Advisory Board.

March 21, 2017 – 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Rappahannock Community College
52 Campus Drive
Warsaw, Virginia 22572
Lecture Hall (This meeting will be simulcast to the Kilmarnock Center.)

March 21, 2017 – 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Rappahannock Community College
Kilmarnock Center
Kilmarnock, Virginia 22482
Room 102

March 31, 2017 – 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Holiday Inn – Tanglewood
Roanoke, Virginia
In conjunction with the VAVRS Spring Board of Governors meeting
Room and Start Time TBA

Town Hall meetings will also be scheduled for Wytheville, Virginia and Harrisonburg, Virginia.  Please check the OEMS web site for exact locations, dates and times – TBA.

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Recall Alert: Physio-Control LIFEPAK 1000 Defibrillator

Physio-Control Inc. Recalls LIFEPAK 1000 Defibrillator Due to an Electrical Issue Which May Cause the Device to Shut Down Unexpectedly

The LIFEPAK 1000 Defibrillator has been recalled due to an electrical issue, which may cause the device to shut down unexpectedly. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall. Use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death. To learn more about this recall, please visit:

Recalled Product:

  • The LIFEPAK 1000 defibrillator
  • Affected Product Part Numbers: 320371500XX
  • Serial Numbers: There are 133,330 affected serial numbers.
  • Distribution Dates: June 30, 2006 to December 23, 2016
  • Manufacturing Dates: June 30, 2006 to December 20, 2016  
  • Devices Recalled in the U.S.: 50,046 nationwide

Recall posted 03-21-17

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In Memoriam:  Kent Jules "Curly" Weber, 2 August 1923 - 24 February 2017


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The Virginia’s Emergency Medical Services Community lost its Grand Old Man this last Friday, as he finally submitted to a protracted illness at age 93.  Kent Jules “Curly” Weber, presided over EMS in Virginia like royalty for more than 4 decades, eternally beloved, always willing to share his wisdom and views - requested or not, always putting his commitment of service to others before himself, and always willing to lead and mentor - he helped create much of what we now take for granted in our statewide EMS system.

Born in 1923, Kent enlisted in the US Navy, graduating from the US Naval Academy in 1946 with a degree in marine.electrical engineering.  A naval aviator, he served with distinction and retired as a Commander after 32 years of service, two air medals and nine campaign and service medals.  After retiring from military service, he earned a Master’s Degree from George Washington University and taught organization and management at Golden Gate university before moving to the Hampton Roads area as a planning associate with the Tidewater Regional Health Planning Council.  There he helped establish and was the first Executive Director for the Tidewater Emergency Medical Services Council, an organization he continued to serve for the remainder of his life on its Board of Directors, many committees and as treasurer.  

Kent served the statewide EMS system on the State EMS Advisory Board where he helped guide system financial, legislation and policy development and where he helped create and champion the “Two For Life” funding initiative for EMS in Virginia.  He was also responsible for establishing many of the policies and procedures for the Financial Assistance Review Committee which oversees the Virginia Rescue Squad Assistance Fund.  In fact, Kent’s “Gold Star” is still received and prized by all those who have served on that committee with distinction.  Self effacing and quick witted, he always seemed to be around during critical system discussions to provide sage insight or to refocus debate and was often sought out for his advice and wisdom. He received many awards for his service to EMS in the Commonwealth over the years, including two Governor’s EMS Awards, including the coveted Award for “Excellence in Emergency Medical Services”. in fact, the Governor’s EMS Award for “Outstanding EMS Administrator” was renamed the “Kent J. Weber Trophy” in his honor. 

But Kent’s greatest service to Virginia’s EMS System and its many patients was in his mentoring EMS leaders and instilling in them the importance of personal integrity, the value of dedicated, knowledgable and tireless service, and most of all, the power of devoting time and energy to something bigger and more important than yourself.  The men and women he mentored continue to work tirelessly throughout Virginia and throughout the Country, thinking about, working for, and laboring to ensure that people who are injured or ill receive rapid, efficient and effective Emergency Medical Services.  Many of these leaders now mentor others. This is Kent’s legacy.

Thank you Kent.  We already miss you.

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