Greg Postlewait

Proper documentation of transport units

We all know that patients are transported by ambulance.  From a documentation perspective, there are occurrences where zone cars are listed as the transport unit.  Having the correct transport unit documented is important to the Department but also each rescue squad.  Bumper numbers are used to track call volume,...

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: https://www.vbems.com/memberportal For applicants, use...

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...

EMR Townhall Notes

Dear Fellow Members, Thanks to everyone who came out for the EMR Town Hall events yesterday.  I learned a lot from you and have a number of action items to follow up on.  For those unable to attend, here is the news I shared: A total of (40) new...

Iron Keyboard 2016 Winners

Patient Care Reporting is vital aspect of the EMS profession.  Reports are used by local physicians and their patients, law enforcement and attorneys, even anonymously to researchers nationwide searching for answers to healthcare questions.   Federal seat belt laws trace their origin from EMS reports indicating the wearing of seat...

Patient signature no longer required for transports

A patient’s signature is no longer required when transporting a patient.  This includes patients less than 14 years of age.  It is still required to collect a signature for a refusal of evaluation, treatment, or transport, as it is today.  AIC signature is required by VaOEMS for all reports....

Blood glucose values required for certain primary or secondary impressions

When one of the primary or secondary impression listed below is selected for your patient, it is expected that a blood glucose check will be performed. CV- Hypotension CV- Hypovolemia (not trauma) Endocrine- Hypoglyucemia Endocrine- Hyperglycemia Endocrine- Hyperkalemia Endocrine- Disorder not otherwise listed Environmental- Heat exhaustion Environmental- Heatstroke/sunstroke Environmental-...

Documenting patients taken to triage/ED bypass location

Most of our patients are transported to the emergency department (ED) at a hospital where they are transferred to a bed.  Mothers in labor are taken directly to the hospital’s Labor & Delivery (L&D) department.  Certain cardiac patients may be taken directly to the catheterization laboratory (Cath Lab) for immediate...

Updates to VBEMS LifePak’s

Dear Fellow Members, This past week all VBEMS LifePak’s were serviced by our vendor, Physio-Control.  This included verification of all telemetry data and shock energies.  Various settings were changed, such as the default cycle time on NIBP (now 5 minutes) and the display order of Events.  New labels were affixed...