Monday Mention

Monday Mention:

Wintergreen Fire Rescue.

Wintergreen Fire and Rescue's mission is to provide the best possible pre-hospital care and fire suppression for the citizens of Wintergreen and our neighbors in the surrounding Nelson and Augusta Counties. Both the Wintergreen Fire Department and the Wintergreen Rescue Squad began in the 1970's when the resort was in it’s infant stages.

Wintergreen's first fire engine

The Fire Department was known then as the Wintergreen Fire Brigade and kept it’s only fire engine in a shed at Golf Maintenance.

One of the first rescue transports at Wintergreen

The Rescue Squad had one transport vehicle which was a Chevy Suburban, typically kept at what is now the Food and Beverage loading dock. Both departments were initially staffed with only volunteers, however the demand for service quickly lead to a career/volunteer department.

For more information:  434-325-1051

Registration is Open!

Registration is now open for the 2019 Virginia Heart Attack Coalition State Meeting being held at the Eanes-Pittman Public Safety Training Center in Chesterfield, VA on May 17, 2019! In addition to a great program, we will also be celebrating all agencies who have received 2019 EMS Recognition for their efforts in STEMI care as part of Mission: Lifeline, the American Heart Association program for improving STEMI and cardiac resuscitation systems of care.

Register Now!


The tentative agenda is available on the Virginia Heart Attack Coalition website.

Monday Mention

Monday Mention: Western Albemarle Rescue Squad. Western Albemarle Rescue Squad is an approximately 80 member all volunteer Advanced Life Support organization providing rescue and EMS service to the western portions of Albemarle County, Virginia. We are grouped in the Thomas Jefferson EMS Council, which comprises the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson and the city of Charlottesville.

The squad was formed in 1978 by citizens of the western end of the county in response to a desire for an ambulance which did not have to respond from the city. From that origin, we have grown to an organization which staffs an in-house crew 24 hours a day and provides Basic and Advanced Life Support services to the areas which we cover. We run over 1600 calls per year, including mutual aid with several neighboring agencies.

Patients are transported to the University of Virginia Health Systems, Martha Jefferson Hospital or occasionally to Augusta Health in Fishersville.

If you are interested in volunteering at WARS click here for more information.
http://www.westernrescue.org/newindex/memberinfo.htm

WESTERNRESCUE.ORG

Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital Emergency Department Primary Phone Numbers

Starting February 26, 2019, both Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital Emergency Departments will be implementing an automated call queue on their primary phone numbers (listed below).

To facilitate EMS reports, providers should press “1” after connecting with the automated response. Your call will be routed to the Emergency Department staff.

Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital Main Emergency Department

(434) 654-7150: Press 1 after connecting to the automated queue

Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital Emergency Department at Proffit Road

• (434) 654-8500: Press 1 after connecting to the automated queue

If issues arise with reporting via the new system, please notify the Charge Nurse upon arrival.

Critical Care Prep Course

EMS Providers,

 IA MED is coming to Richmond, VA in partnership with Louisa County Rescue Squad with their all-new redesigned Critical Care Prep course. 

 https://training.iamed.us/courses/flight-paramedic-prep-fp-c

To become a critical care transport provider, flight paramedic or flight nurse, you have to be the best. Since 2011, IA MED has been teaching students critical care and helping them launch careers as flight paramedics, both critical care paramedics and nurses, and certified flight nurses throughout the nation.

This course prepares students to pass the Flight Paramedic Certification (FP-C®), Critical Care Paramedic Certification (CCP-C®) or the Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN®) exams and thrive in either a critical care ground or an air medical career.
The course will also provide students who may be looking to gain a better understanding of critical care and emergency medicine while satisfying their State or National CEH refresher requirements.

This course is the industry-standard for introducing students to critical care transport and medicine and is the longest, most comprehensive FP-C®, CCP-C®, CFRN® course available. The program was designed to present complex medical concepts to paramedics and nurses, regardless of skill or experience.

Purpose: 

 This course is intended for paramedics and nurses that aspire to: 

 ·      Pass the FP-C®, CCP-C®, CFRN® Exams

·      Perform critical care transport for ground or air medical critical care providers

·      Learn the core concepts of critical care and emergency medicine

·      Advance their clinical competency

·      Improve their Pathophysiological knowledge 

·      Understand the “why” behind complex medical concepts and how to apply them to your patient care 

·      Earn 45 CEHs of accredited Continuing Education accredited by both CAPCE and the California Board of Registered Nurses

·      Satisfy your IBSC or BCEN FP-C®, CCP-C®, CFRN® refresher requirements

·      Satisfy their State or National Paramedic or Nurse recertifications

 Included in the course: 

 ·      IA MED's All-New Industry-leading study guide

·      Access to the IA MED LMS 

·      All-New Pre-Course Material and studying

·      Exclusive IA MED resources and training videos 

·      All-New Comprehensive Pre-test (135 Question) 

·      All-New Daily Quizzes by topic (18 quizzes)  

·      All-New Comprehensive Post Test (135 Questions) 

·      Instructor / Student Portal for instant feedback and questions 

·       Add the online course (coming Feb 2019) and get 12 months of access for just $50 more

 They do offer deep discounts for agencies looking to send a group of individuals. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the IA MED Support team at support@IAMED.us or (844) 464-2633. 

Monday Mention

Monday Mention: Roseland Rescue Squad. Was established in 1968. “Our fleet is made up of three Ambulances spanning from 2003 to 2018. These trucks are used in conjunction with the County of Nelson to supply 24/7 Emergency Medical Service to the citizens and community members in Roseland. We at Roseland are dedicated to the continued support of our community and the care of it.” For more information:  https://www.roselandrescue.org

Monday Mention

Monday Mention:

Madison County Rescue Squad, Inc. was established October 1, 1963 in Madison, Virginia. We are a volunteer organization that strives for excellence in our patient care and leadership in our community. 

Our members put in countless hours of support in our organization. These are hours that are spent responding to emergency calls, training for those calls, and also fundraising in order to keep our organization up and running. 

Our members are caring individuals who put in hard work to be part of a team that provides excellent service to the citizens of our community. If this describes you, please consider volunteering today!

Lifeline EMS Recognition

Dear EMS colleague,

 Since 2014 the American Heart Association has celebrated the achievements of prehospital providers and their destination hospitals specific to STEMI patient care through its Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition program. The application period is open now through April 2, 2019 and we hope you’ll consider this opportunity to receive recognition for your contributions as a vital member of our STEMI team.

 

  • Deadline: April 2, 2019

  •  Application:  There are two ways to access your application:

 1.       Previous Mission: Lifeline EMS applicants:

An email was sent 9/10/2018 with a 2019 recognition application link, unique to the applicant agency. This email was sent from AHASurveys@surveys.heart.org and was sent to the contact listed on last year’s application. Please be sure to check your junk and/or spam email folders just in case the email was filtered to one of them.  If you did not receive the email, please email ismenia.gaviria@heart.org and she can provide you with a copy of the link so you can get started!

 2.       Agencies who have not previously applied for Mission: Lifeline EMS recognition:

Please complete the 2019 Mission: Lifeline EMS Application Request form. Upon completion of this form an application link will be sent via email within 2-business days. This link will provide access to an open-ended application where data can be submitted on a regular basis -quarterly, bi-annual or yearly. All information and data entered is automatically saved within the application when the browser is closed, and applicants can return to the application as needed to enter more data, make corrections, etc.  

 

 If you have any questions about this opportunity or process, please reach out to the EMS lead for our region, Izzie Gaviria at ismenia.gaviria@heart.org.

 Thank you!

Monday Mention

Madison County EMS.

Madison County added a new department of EMS. Madison EMS is the county’s “paid” EMS department. We are county employees who answer 911 calls for medical help during the daytime, from 5 am until 6 pm. We also provide supplemental staffing to the volunteers at night.

MEMS is primarily an Advanced Life Support Agency. That means that nearly all of our employees are certified at the EMT-Intermediate, Paramedic or Critical Care Paramedic level. In addition, many of our employees are firefighters, and/or trained in vehicle extrication, technical rescue, and hazardous materials emergencies.

For more information: 540-948-4813.

Friday Fact

This week, we will be looking at anxiety and/or depression.

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States for anyone 18 and over, approximately 18.1% of the population.

They are highly treatable, but only 36.9% of patients get treatment.

Anxiety disorders develop due to a variety of factors such as: genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events.

You are 3-5 times more likely to go to the doctor and 6 times more likely to be hospitalized due to mental health issues than non-anxiety patients.

It is common to have anxiety and depression, both of which can result from the other. So, you can have anxiety and develop depression, or have depression and develop anxiety.

Major depression is a leading cause of disability between the ages of 15-44.

Affects more than 16.1 million Americans.

Persistent depression affects 3.3 million American adults.

Why does this matter to emergency services?

Because issues with Depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are the strongest predictors of suicide per a Houston Fire/Rescue study.

Anxiety and Depression facts were found at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America website (adaa.org)

 If you or someone you know needs help, or someone to talk to, please see our resources below:

National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255

National Suicide Prevention Hotline Online Chat

https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/

I Am Alive Mental Health Crisis Chat https://www.imalive.org/

Crisis Text Line Text 741741

For more information: https://www.crisistextline.org/texting-in

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Resources Specifically for First Responders

Fire and EMS Helpline (Specializes in Fire and EMS) 1-888-731-3473

CopLine (Law Enforcement Only) 800-267-5463

Safe Call Now 206-459-3020

Code Green Campaign http://codegreencampaign.org/resources/

 There are more resources being developed daily. If you know of a resource that we do not have listed and want to let us know so it can be added to our list, please call the office at 434-295-6146 or contact Ethan directly at eclark@vaems.org.

Monday Mention

Louisa County Rescue Squad. Our Mission Statement: To assist in the delivery of basic and advanced life support care for the citizens of Louisa County. Come on in, take a look around. Learn the benefits of joining. Skills that last a lifetime, Satisfaction of Helping Others, Free Training to name just a few. We are here to serve you, our neighbors, the county and surrounding areas. Contact information: (540) 967-1800.

Check out their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/Louisa-County-Volunteer-Rescue-Sq…/

Monday Mention - January 14, 2019

Monday Mention: Louisa County Rescue Squad. 
Our Mission Statement: To assist in the delivery of basic and advanced life support care for the citizens of Louisa County. Come on in, take a look around. Learn the benefits of joining. Skills that last a lifetime, Satisfaction of Helping Others, Free Training to name just a few. We are here to serve you, our neighbors, the county and surrounding areas. Don't wait for another 911 to say "What can I do?" Join / support us now. For more information: 540-967-1800. The website is: http://louisacountyrescue.org/