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How to sign up for classes in the Member Portal

Online registration is here for select classes with more coming soon.  All providers are now encouraged to do this self-service rather than call or email the admin staff.  Please follow this procedure to sign up for training. In your web browser, visit the Member Portal: http://www.vbems.com/memberportal For applicants, use...

Expiring Revive! kits

Question If you are checking off your ambulance and you notice that the naloxone (Narcan) in your Revive! kit has expired, what should you do? Answer Remove the expired Revive! kit from the ambulance and return it to your station officers.  It has served its purpose and is no...

The Importance of Doing a Report

While doing some research for a little project, I discovered that EMR reports aren’t being completed.  The project included looking at all of the helo crew and patient transfers between the VBGH pad and the hospital.  Some of these cases had a crew out of service for over one...

Protected Health Information (PHI)

PHI is defined as any information collected from an individual that is: created or received by a health care provider, relates to the past, present, or future condition of an individual, and which can reasonably used to identify an individual. The following items are considered PHI.  This list is...

What is Kratom?

A “new” substance is out there and you may run into someone using something called Kratom.  It grows as an evergreen tree in the wild in Southeast Asia and is a member of the coffee family.  The locals have been chewing the leaf or a powder to increase energy...

VBEMS Dedicates New Building

For the very first time in the history of the Virginia Beach Emergency Medical Services (VBEMS), the headquarters and training center are together under one roof. On Nov. 18th, EMS held a dedication ceremony to commemorate this important milestone at 4160 Virginia Beach Blvd., with tours of the facility...

Elite Launch, 13 months later

We have been live on ImageTrend Elite for 408 days.  We have been through 3 methods of transmitting 12-leads and generated 46,544 reports (76 of those reports are mine).  that’s an average of 114 reports per day, around 3,400 reports per month.  Challenges aside, we have done well and...

LVAD-What is it?

We have numerous patients with an LVAD (Left Ventricular Assist Device) that live in our city/region.  More and more patients are receiving one as a bridge to transplant or destination therapy.  As you can imagine, the bridge is temporary until they can get a heart transplant.  For those that...

Diabetic Patients with Low Blood Glucose-Should They Refuse?

There is no perfect yes/no answer to this question.  Each patient and event has specific circumstances that will lead you to the best answer. Patients with low blood glucose (less than 60 mg/dL) require treatment of some sort.  This might include food, orange juice, oral glucose, glucagon or dextrose. ...