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.

January 2015 EMT Course at Madison County Rescue Squad

January 2015 EMT Course at Madison County Rescue Squad

The Thomas Jefferson EMS Council will be conducting an Emergency Medical Technician course starting Monday January 5, 2015 at Madison County Rescue Squad, Madison County Virginia. 

Where: Madison County Rescue Squad
1473 North Main Street
Madison, VA 22727

When: Monday, Wednesday and Sundays
Times: 1830 (630p) – 2200 (10p) weeknights and 1300 (1pm) – 1700 (5pm) Sundays
Starts: Monday January 5, 2015
Ends:  Wednesday June 3, 2015

Test date: Saturday May 30, 2015 

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Ebola Virus Update from OEMS

Ebola Virus Update from OEMS

Due to recent news regarding Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), we would like to provide you with an update. Our top priorities at the Office of EMS (OEMS) are the safety of all EMS providers and patients, and keeping our providers well-informed. We continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) guidance and recommend their website for more extensive information www.cdc.gov/.

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January 2015 EMT Course at TJEMS

January 2015 EMT Course at TJEMS

We will be conducting an Emergency Medical Technician course starting Tuesday January 6, 2015 at our office, 2205 Fontaine Ave, Charlottesville, Virginia. 

When: Tuesday, Thursday and Sundays
Times: 1300 (1pm) – 1700 (5pm) 
Starts: Tuesday January 6, 2015
Ends: Thursday May 7, 2015
Test date:  Saturday May 2, 2015
Cost: $600 (includes all cost associated with course), no refunds after 3rd class.

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International Contagion Travel Screening Tool

Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for Management of Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Virus Disease in the United States

October 1, 2014

International Contagion Travel Screening Tool

Who this is for: Managers of 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs), EMS Agencies, EMS systems, law enforcement agencies and fire service agencies as well as individual emergency medical services providers (including emergency medical technicians (EMTs), paramedics, and medical first responders, such as law enforcement and fire service personnel).

What this is for: Guidance for handling inquiries and responding to patients with suspected Ebola symptoms, and for keeping workers safe.

How to use: Managers should use this information to understand and explain to staff how to respond and stay safe. Individual providers can use this information to respond to suspected Ebola patients and to stay safe.

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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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