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

January 2015 EMT Course

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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FBI Background Checks

Update: FBI Background Checks Effective July 1, 2014 

Update: FBI Background Checks Effective July 1, 2014 

Please review the updated information concerning FBI background checks that states that any person who, on or after July 1, 2013, applies to be a volunteer with, or employee of, an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agency must submit fingerprints and provide personal descriptive information to be forwarded by the Office of EMS along with his fingerprints through the Central Criminal Records Exchange (CCRE) of the Virginia State Police to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, for the purpose of conducting a state and national criminal history check.

For the entire article please visit: FBI Background Checks

For additional information, please visit the Office of EMS website at www.vdh.virginia.gov/oems, or contact Michael Berg, manager of Regulation and Compliance, 804-888-9100 or 800-523-6019 (VA only).