TJEMS Executive Director Position Open

TJEMS Executive Director Position Open

Position Title: Executive Director
Position Summary:
The Executive Director is responsible to the Thomas Jefferson EMS Council President and Board of Directors. The Executive Director provides staff support to Council committees, responsible for overall day to day management of TJEMS Council office and staff, researches and prepares reports, studies and analyzes EMS issues, prepares background information for planning and implementation of programs, facilitates information sharing between the EMS Council and the local governmental bodies, oversees training for ALS and BLS programs and prepares reports/proposals and special studies for Federal, State and local governments.

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EMT Class at Lake Anna Rescue Squad

EMT Class at Lake Anna Rescue Squad

The Thomas Jefferson EMS Council will be conducting an Emergency Medical Technician course starting Monday February 29, 2016 at Lake Anna Rescue Squad, Inc., Bumpass, Virginia. 

Where: Lake Anna Rescue Squad, Inc.
300 Bumpass Road Bumpass, VA 23024

When: Monday and Wednesday evenings, 1 Sunday afternoon and 4 Saturday mornings/afternoons

Times: 1830 (630 pm) – 2230 (1030 pm) weeknights, 1300 (1 pm) – 1700 (5 pm) Sunday, 1000 (10a) – 1600 (4 pm) Saturdays

Starts: Monday February 29, 2016
End date/Test date:   Saturday July 16, 2016

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Epinephrine 1:10,000 Pre-filled Syringe Shortage

Epinephrine 1:10,000 Pre-filled Syringe Shortage

EMS Box Affected: Cardiac Box

Drug Shortage Change:
The UVA Inpatient Pharmacy is experiencing a shortage of pre-filled 1:10,000 Epinephrine syringes.  Starting the week of January 18th, cardiac boxes will be stocked with up to eight (8) 1:1,000 Epinephrine vial (1 mg/mL) kits INSTEAD OF prefilled 1:10,000 Epinephrine syringes.  

The epinephrine vial kit contains the following:
•    One (1) epinephrine 1 mg/mL, 1 mL vial (NEEDS dilution)
•    One (1) normal saline, 10 mL vial
•    One (1) 10 mL syringe
•    One (1) 18 gauge needle
 
Providers will have to dilute 1mL of 1:1,000 epinephrine drawn out of the vial with 9 mL of saline to make 1:10,000 epinephrine.  

These kits will be stocked in the slot of the missing prefilled syringes in drawer 3.  If the 8 kits will not fit in the 2 slots allotted for cardiac box, additional kits will be kept in the bottom section of the cardiac box.

 In accordance with standard work for drug shortage communication, all alterations to medication supply will be noted on a sticker on the outside of the box. This shortage is not expected to affect the Trauma boxes.

 

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Attention ALS providers!!

UVA and other hospitals are facing a shortage of sodium bicarbonate and D50 syringes; the vial presentation of these products is stable at this time. As such, UVA Pharmacy will begin immediately removing the syringes and replacing them with a kit containing 1 vial of drug, 1-60 mL syringe and an 18-guage needles. We will update and transition back to the syringes when the shortage resolves-potentially in March.

AirCare 2 P.A.C.E.S. Pre-Hospital And Critical Care Education Symposium Saturday March 12, 2016

AirCare 2 P.A.C.E.S. Pre-Hospital And Critical Care Education Symposium Saturday March 12, 2016

Even though we’ve changed the name, 2016’s conference maintains the same goals as the previous seven years—to provide affordable education to our region’s EMTs, Nurses, and Paramedics. As we continue to build on the knowledge gained from our past events, this year will see some of the greatest improvements yet! Our biggest achievement has been the upgraded venue. We’ve moved into a facility designed specifically for adult education. This provides better class sizes as well as fully integrated audio visual equipment. Topics have been arranged so that nearly all classes have repeat offerings, so you won’t have to worry about missing your favorite topic. Just remember to register early! Again this year, we have worked tirelessly to bring you some of the nation’s best speakers. As always, CEUs will be provided for all attendees after the closing lecture.

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"Train the Trainer" Designated Infection Control Officer Trainer Course March 13th, 2016

"Train the Trainer" Designated Infection Control Officer Trainer Course March 13th, 2016

This course will allow you to become a certified instructor for the Designated Infection Control Officer Course.

 Where: Thomas Jefferson EMS Council (2205 Fontaine Avenue Suite 302 Charlottesville, VA 22903)
When: Saturday, March 13th 2016 from 8:30AM - 5:30PM
To Register: Use the Form Below
No Cost for the course.

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Basic Designated Infection Control Officer Training Course March 5th and 6th 2016

Basic Designated Infection Control Officer Training Course March 5th and 6th 2016

Where: Thomas Jefferson EMS Council (2205 Fontaine Avenue Suite 302 Charlottesville, VA 22903)
When: Saturday, March 5th and Sunday, March 6th 2016 from 8:30AM - 5:30PM
To Register: Use the Form Below
No Cost for the 2 day course.

The two day course is designed to prepare the Infection Control Officer to fully meet the requirements for the position established under NFPA 1581, OSHA, and the Ryan White Law. The Ryan White Law states that each fire, EMS and law enforcement agency must have a designated officer to manage exposure issues for the department. Understanding this role and the many aspects of this job is important to assist with department risk management and department member advocacy.

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emergency seizure study

-- University of Virginia and area hospitals hope to conduct an emergency seizure study, enrolling patients who are actively seizing despite initial treatment.  Any person over the age of 18 may be eligible and would receive one of three commonly used medications to stop the seizure.  This study applies to everyone in our community as anyone could have a seizure at any time.  The purpose of the study is to find out which medication works best.  For more information see www.esett.org .  Please join the discussion and fill out a survey at our next meeting 1/13/16 at 7 pm at TJEMS.

Drug Box Program Best Practices

The TJEMS Drug Box Program Best Practices relate to the use of the TJEMS Drug Box. These best practices sever to provide guidance on the acquisition, storage, usage and maintenance of the drug box system. Local pharmacies may issues policies that supersede or supplement these best practices. The success of the drug box program is based on the full understanding and support of the system by EMS providers, hospital pharmacists, Operational Medical Director and emergency department attending physicians. Please contact Thomas Jefferson EMS Council at (434) 295-6146 if you have any questions or need assistance.

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Cefazolin (Ancef®, Kefzol®)

Cefazolin (Ancef®, Kefzol®)

Cefazolin (Ancef®, Kefzol®)

Classification: Antibiotic

Action: Bactericidal actions against many gram-positive and gram-negative aerobes.

Indication/s: Open skeletal fracture; a break in the skin over a fracture site

Contraindications: History of anaphylaxis (not simple rash) to penicillin,

Known allergy to the cephalosporin group of antibiotics:
Biocef® (cephalexin)
Cedax® (cefibuten)
Cefizox® (ceftizoxime)
Cefobid® (cefoperazone)
Cefotan® (cefotetan)
Ceftin® (cefuroxime)
Cefzil® (cefprozil)

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Web Based CE

Web Based CE

The Virginia Office of EMS publishes resources on the availability of continuing education (CE) programs which can be completed online through approved third party vendors.  According to OEMS polices, online CE is only accepted from the following CE vendors as they have applied for and met stringent reporting and course content requirements as set forth by OEMS. Courses completed by providers on non-approved websites will not receive credit towards their certification.

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