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Interested in becoming an EMT with little time during the week to attend a class? Then, EMT Basic Hybrid Program is for YOU! Starting in January 2019 through April 2019, you will do work online and attend class on the weekends.
For more information, check out our Events page.
Starting our new Monday Mention with Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad or CARS. Monday Mention: CARS or Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad.
CARS is a volunteer rescue squad with approximately 160 active members. We have been serving the community continuously since 1960. We are a member of the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads assigned to District I. CARS operates eight advanced life ambulances (medic units), three advanced life support quick response cars (zone cars), two heavy rescue trucks (squads), a water rescue truck with two boats, a technical rescue truck, a collapse rescue trailer, a command car, a mass causality incident truck and a special events bicycle response team with support trailer. All current apparatus is owned by the department and was purchased primarily with funds raised through donations from our community.
You can learn more about CARS by going to https://carsrescue.org/
The Thomas Jefferson EMS Council will be closed Monday, October 8th in observance of Columbus Day.
The office will reopen for normal office hours: Tuesday, October 9th.
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As we frequently do with larger events in Charlottesville, the UVA Health System is preparing for the weekend of August 11-12 for the potential of an influx of people to the area. As part of our preparedness we will be increasing our staffing levels and security. In the event of a mass casualty or heightened security alerts, there will be changes to the traffic patterns accessing the hospital, including the potential to open the front hospital lobby for intake of ALL patients, including via ambulance. To maintain control of the hospital and the immediate exterior of the hospital, three stages of control will be utilized for vehicle traffic on Lee Street.
Traffic Control Staging
Stage 1 (Basic Preparedness)
· Traffic flow as normal on Lee Street and other Medical Center roads.
Stage 2 (Elevated Concern)
·Traffic flow is restricted to one way traffic only on Lee Street. Please access Lee Street through JPA. The flow of traffic will be in the NE direction from JPA to 11th Street.
Stage 3 (High Security)
· Traffic flow is closed to public.
· Only emergency vehicles permitted
Traffic flow is restricted to one way traffic only. Please access Lee Street through JPA. The flow of traffic will be in the NE direction from JPA to 11th Street.
Activation of Lobby Triage
· Activation of Lobby Triage is independent of Traffic Control Staging
· Activation of Lobby Triage will be communicated via UVA Medcom email/fax and Twitter @uvahealthnews
· Ambulances will be directed to enter Lee Street through JPA
· With activation of Lobby Triage - ALL ambulances transporting to the UVA Emergency Department will enter into the Main Hospital Lobby Entrance, unload stretcher for brief assessment of Lobby MD Triage and receiving area Team (see diagram)
· Lobby Triaged RED: Remain on EMS Stretcher with EMS crew, go through Lobby Left Doors towards East Elevators to ED or OR per Lobby MD Triage
· Lobby Triaged YELLOW: Removed from EMS Cot and placed on hospital litter/wheelchair located on the outside of Lobby.
· Lobby Triaged Green: Enter Lobby through Lobby Right Doors, removed from EMS Cot and placed on hospital litter/wheelchair
· Ambulances should be immediately moved into the current 3 lanes designated for ambulance drop off outside the current ED entrance.
· Re-supply, drug-box exchange and cleaning of EMS equipment will take place via mobile carts located inside the doors of the ED Ambulance entrance, outside the EMS room.
Lobby Operations – Ambulance Flow
Security & Weapons
· Additional security will be at all barriers and in the lobby area.
· It is highly advisable to check for weapons prior to arrival. Security will wand all patients prior to entering the lobby.
· Medical Center Policy prohibits possession of weapons on university property except by law-enforcement personnel.
Re-Supply of EMS
Our goal is to get units back in service in an expedient manner. We will have personnel with mobile carts located in the ambulance drop-off area including:
· Limited amount of drug boxes available outside EMS Room for exchange
· Extra supplies including, trauma dressings, IV tubing, IV fluids, IV catheters, etc.
· Cleaning products and trash receptacles
· Additional immobilization supplies – NOTE: This will be taken from the cache of immobilization supplies left at the ED. It is expected that after the event, equipment not belonging to your agency be returned in exchange for your own equipment.
UVA - EMS MCI Communication Plan
This plan is ONLY for UVA to EMS communications. Communications concerning normal area MCI information will be communicated via your Emergency Planners, Dispatch Centers and Agency Leadership.
Stages of Traffic Pattern, Lobby Operations, Diversion, Resume Normal Operations
Questions? Please contact Val Quick or Jim True at 434-989-4859.
ASHI Advanced Bleeding Control Course for UVA-Culpeper Hospital and have some seats still open. Attendees must register and can do so via the link below. The course is free of charge and open to the public / first responders/ law enforcement or others interested. Save the date: July 31, 2018 @ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM . UVA-Culpeper Hospital (Hospital Board Room), 501 Sunset Lane, Culpeper, VA 22701
The information is as follows:
There are some key changes happening over the next couple of months.
Starting Monday July 16, 2018 - Phase 1 UVA Ambulance Entrance will begin ahead of schedule. During this phase, the fence will be moved and the parking configuration will change. We foresee 5 units diagonally parked in what is now 2 through lanes, plus 2 smaller units under the current canopy (BACKED IN), and two more where law enforcement currently parks. The power is relocated to the brick column at the drive through. The duration of this reconfiguration is July 16, 2018 - August 30, 2018.
On July 27, 2018, work will start to remove the Lee Street crane. This will be accomplished by bringing in 52 flatbed trucks to build a crane, to build another crane to take down the current structure (yes, 2 cranes to be built). This is to all be completed by 0600 Monday morning July 30, 2018. Attached is another PDF showing the closure of Lee Street from 11th to just beyond the ambulance entrance alcove. All ambulance traffic will need to enter the ambulatory entrance for the ED. The Lee Street garage will be closed during this period and can only exit out the 11th street means. The sidewalk in front of the Lee Street Garage will be open so one can come from the 11th Street garage to access the main hospital. There will be signage in-place. Ambulances will need to enter from the JPA side of the complex. Unfortunately, ambulances will need to nose in diagonally and then back out to leave
Due to national shortages, TJEMS providers will notice a decrease in the supply of Magnesium Sulfate from four 1 Gram vials, to two 1 gram vials, effective immediately.