Notice: Best Practice Advisory

There are occasions where non-transport of a patient after ALS treatment has begun occurs. This document serves as a best practice advisory. It does not, nor is it intended as medical direction, or to replace the authority of any medical director to create guidelines for clinical practice within his/her agency. It is strongly encouraged that each agency and its respective medical director should create a specific directive with respect to how these situations are to be handled. 

It is considered that situations that result in non-transport pose a higher medical and legal risk to both the provider and patient. However, patients with capacity have the right to determine their medical treatment. This includes procedures, medication administration, and transport. The patient may choose to consent to all, some, or none of these options.

Should a situation arise where non-transport after beginning ALS treatment arises, it is recommended that online medical control be contacted as part of the decision process. Providers should refer to the specific expectations laid out by their respective medical directors.

EMS Performance Improvement and Education Coordinator, full-time

The Tidewater EMS Council is seeking a highly qualified individual to lead the council's performance improvement program and supervise various educational activities. The coordinator performs, facilitates and encourages ongoing data collection and analysis to identify EMS performance improvement trends and assists in the development of corrective action plans and education to address shortfalls. The coordinator also supervises council-sponsored EMS training and testing activities and develops and implements related projects supporting the objectives of the council. Download full position description and application below. Apply with the council employment application and current resume to include examples of work fulfilling the various requirements of the job.  The application period closes September 26, 2017.



With the continuously unfolding impacts of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and surrounding states, the Virginia Office of EMS would like to post some reminders about disaster assistance.  As EMS providers, we understand that you want to help and that you may feel compelled to want to travel to areas impacted by a major disaster.  We request that you do not respond to any area of Virginia, or the country, that needs assistance, unless you have received a formal request.  Requests for assistance from impacted areas will be routed through the Virginia Emergency Operations Center or as a result of involvement in the National Ambulance Contract.  Those requests pertaining to EMS will be assigned to the Office of EMS, Division of Emergency Operations where they will be filled as applicable and appropriate.

Liability, safety, and accountability become major issues when self-dispatch to affected areas occurs, whether it is done by an agency or a single provider.  Self-dispatching also places a strain on the response structure of the affected locality.  Again, the best assistance you can provide is making yourself available to your local agency, not self-dispatching to the impacted areas.

In the event that we do receive a request for Virginia EMS resources to respond to Texas, the Division of Emergency Operations is compiling a list of resources that are both interested and available to assist.  If you or your agency would like to be considered for deployment, if a request is received, please contact Karen Owens via e-mail – or phone – 804-888-9100.

RSAF Grants available

REMINDER: Deadline for grants are September 15, 2017

The September 15, 2017, grant cycle opened on August 1, 2017. The TJEMS Council is available to assist you with your grant. Should you require our assistance please contact us at 434-295-6146 or 

More information is available at

Don't wait until it is too late to ask. 

Notice about D50 availability

There is currently a shortage of D50 in our region, so both UVA and SMJH will be stocking ONE D50 in their drug boxes until line of supply improves. Boxes affected will be labeled on top (like the Atropine, Epi and Dopamine changes before). Please be aware of these changes as they are going into effect immediately. 

If there are questions, please contact TJEMS at 434-295-6146.


UVA Prehospital offering AEMT to Intermediate

UVA Prehospital will be offering an AEMT-Intermediate Class August 8, 2017 - January 27, 2018. You must hold a current AEMT card to apply. Pretest will be approximately one hour in length. Application will be emailed once pretest is scheduled.
To sign up for pretest:


No Cost Grant for Nasal Naloxone

The Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) is announcing a NO COST grant opportunity to licensed EMS agencies fornasal naloxone to be administered by EMS personnel.  The EMS agency applying for this grant opportunity must either have a controlled substance registration (CSR) OR the operational medical director (OMD) must provide authorization for shipment of naloxone, their drug enforcement agency (DEA) number and an address for the medication to be shipped to on behalf of the awarded agency.

•             Applications for funding are available through the EMS-Grant Information Funding Tool (E-GIFT), along with the NNEA User Guide available on the OEMS website at

•             Applications must be received through E-GIFT with all appropriate e-signatures by the application deadline, September 29, 2017.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please check our website: OR contact Amanda Davis, grants manager, or 804-888-9106.


Patient Care Report Documentation and Data Submission - Revised Policy

The Virginia Office of EMS (OEMS) recently updated its policy regarding Patient Care Reports (PCR) and data submission requirements. The revised agency policy regarding the completion of a PCR for Virginia EMS agencies is effective July 1, 2017, and remains in effect until acted on by the OEMS. This policy applies to all categories of Virginia EMS agencies (911, non-emergency, ground, air, etc.)

Please review this updated policy at: Patient Care Report Documentation and Data Submission.

For more information or questions about this revised policy, please contact Regulation and Compliance Manager Michael Berg at or 804-888-9131.