Evening EMT Course starting Monday February 2, 2015 at TJEMS

Evening EMT Course starting Monday February 2, 2015 at TJEMS

Thomas Jefferson EMS Council will be conducting an Emergency Medical Technician course starting Monday February 2, 2015.

Where: Thomas Jefferson EMS Council, Inc.
2205 Fontaine Ave., Suite 303
Charlottesville, VA 22903
When: Mondays, Wednesdays and some (approximately 4-6) Saturdays

Times: Mondays, Wednesdays 1830-2230 (6:30-10:30pm) and some Saturdays 0900-1700 (9am-5pm)

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FDA warns health care professionals not to inject patients with IV solutions from Wallcur, of San Diego

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting health care professionals not to use Wallcur, LLC, simulated intravenous (IV) products in human or animal patients. These products are for training purposes only.

Before administering IV solutions to patients, health care providers should carefully check the labels to ensure that the products are not training products, such as Practi IV Solution Bags marketed by Wallcur. Wallcur’s training products, which may bear the words “for clinical simulation,” are not to be administered to patients.

FDA has become aware that some Wallcur training IV products have been distributed to health care facilities and administered to patients. There have been reports of serious adverse events associated with the use of certain of these products – i.e., Practi IV Solution Bags.

If you suspect that any Wallcur training IV products may have been administered to a patient, whether or not the incident has resulted in an adverse event, please report the incident to FDA’sMedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program by:

FDA will continue to investigate and monitor this issue. The agency is also working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to inform health care professionals and state health departments.

 

Regulatory Change Notification from OEMS

Regulatory Change Notification from OEMS

Effective November 24, 2014, the Virginia EMS Regulations will change to reflect the changes in the BOP regulations and to remove the requirement of a practitioners signature for any drug administration, patient assist medications or invasive therapy. Provision of patient care documentation (12VAC5-31-1140) will state in part:

“EMS personnel and EMS agencies shall provide the receiving medical facility or transporting EMS agency with a copy of the prehospital patient care report for each patient treated at the time of patient transfer. Should EMS personnel be unable to provide the full prehospital patient care report at the time of patient transfer, EMS personnel shall provide an abbreviated documented report with the critical EMS findings and actions at the time of patient transfer and the full prehospital patient care report shall be provided to the accepting facility within 12 hours.”

All EMS agencies are encouraged to submit a copy of their agency protocols signed by their agency operational medical director (OMD) to pharmacies frequently used to restock drug kits in anticipation of this regulatory change.

In conclusion, effective November 24, 2014, there is no longer a requirement to obtain a practitioners signature for any drug administration, invasive procedure or patient assist medication. The Virginia EMS Regulations 12VAC5-31 will be updated on November 24, 2014 to reflect the changes (http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/OEMS/Agency/RegCompliance/Regulations.htm).

For more information, please see the full memo (below) from Mr. Michael Berg, Manager of Regulation and Compliance.

2014 OEMS Signature Removal Memo

 

If there are additional questions to this memorandum, please contact your area EMS Program Representative or Mr. Michael D. Berg, Regulation and Compliance manager, Virginia Office of EMS at 1-800-523-6019 (toll free in Virginia), 804-888-9131 (direct) or by email at michael.berg@vdh.virginia.gov.

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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