Jerry Sourbeer

New CE Program – You Did Not Lose CEs

Are you concerned that you’re missing some continuing education credits (CEs) that you earned before the transition to the new program that started on July 1, 2016?  There is no need to worry — you did not lose any CEs that you earned prior to July 1, 2016.  Also, if...

EMTs May Administer Albuterol/Atrovent

As of the 2014 protocol update, EMTs may administer both Albuterol and Atrovent (Ipratropium Bromide) via hand-held nebulizer (HHN) on standing orders.  Although EMTs were not, prior to the 2014 update, permitted to administer Albuterol or Atrovent, those medications have been in the EMT curriculum for quite some time...

12-Lead ECG FAQs

If a medical facility or office has acquired a 12-lead prior to my arrival, should I still acquire and transmit one? Yes, you should use the Lifepak 15 to acquire and transmit a 12-lead. Once I have acquired a 12-lead do I take it off of the patient? No,...

12-Lead EKG Guidelines

BLS providers can obtain and transmit a 12-lead once they have received VBEMS-specific training and (approval); and in accordance with the following TEMS protocols: Adult and/or Pediatric Bradycardia Adult and/or Pediatric Tachycardia (stable) ROSC Altered Mental Status Breathing Difficulty Cerebral Vascular Accident Chest Pain / AMI / ACS Dialysis...

Do Not Transport Potentially Hazardous Materials

If a patient is exposed to hazardous materials, DO NOT transport the hazardous material to the hospital.  Doing so is risking contamination and exposure of our providers, our ambulances, and the hospital and their staff.  Hopefully, this is obvious and self-explanatory.  The physicians and hospital staff do not need...

Virginia Beach EMS: Improving Cardiac Care

Earlier in 2015, Virginia Beach EMS was recognized by the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS program.  The care our patients receive is our number one priority.  That’s why we’re proud to be among the agencies and hospitals recognized by the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program for our excellence in...

Changes to SLH Pharmacy Access

Per the Sentara Leigh Hospital pharmacy, an Aphone was installed by the entrance door to their pharmacy.  Everyone used to be able to enter freely, but EMS providers and other visitors will have to be buzzed in by a pharmacy staff member. Information/directions will be posted when it becomes...

EMS/ED Stroke Management

According to the CDC, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of adult disability.  About 800,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year.  One American dies from a stroke every 4 minutes, on average. (Credit: CDC)...

Pharmacy IV/Drug Box Exchange FAQs

General Pharmacy Exchange Information We know things can get busy out there and we must often leave the hospital sooner than we’d like, but the pharmacy exchange process must be completed before you leave the hospital and it should ideally be completed as soon as you’ve completed patient turnover....

Can We Start IVs in the Foot?

A question commonly arises about whether or not we are able to start IVs in a patient’s foot.  We have received guidance from our OMD, Dr. Stewart Martin, and want to share it with you. IVs in the foot/lower extremity are supposed to be rare.  It is highly unusual...

New CE Program – You Did Not Lose CEs

Are you concerned that you’re missing some continuing education credits (CEs) that you earned before the transition to the new program that started on July 1, 2016?  There is no need to worry — you did not lose any CEs that you earned prior to July 1, 2016.  Also, if...

EMTs May Administer Albuterol/Atrovent

As of the 2014 protocol update, EMTs may administer both Albuterol and Atrovent (Ipratropium Bromide) via hand-held nebulizer (HHN) on standing orders.  Although EMTs were not, prior to the 2014 update, permitted to administer Albuterol or Atrovent, those medications have been in the EMT curriculum for quite some time...

12-Lead ECG FAQs

If a medical facility or office has acquired a 12-lead prior to my arrival, should I still acquire and transmit one? Yes, you should use the Lifepak 15 to acquire and transmit a 12-lead. Once I have acquired a 12-lead do I take it off of the patient? No,...

12-Lead EKG Guidelines

BLS providers can obtain and transmit a 12-lead once they have received VBEMS-specific training and (approval); and in accordance with the following TEMS protocols: Adult and/or Pediatric Bradycardia Adult and/or Pediatric Tachycardia (stable) ROSC Altered Mental Status Breathing Difficulty Cerebral Vascular Accident Chest Pain / AMI / ACS Dialysis...

Do Not Transport Potentially Hazardous Materials

If a patient is exposed to hazardous materials, DO NOT transport the hazardous material to the hospital.  Doing so is risking contamination and exposure of our providers, our ambulances, and the hospital and their staff.  Hopefully, this is obvious and self-explanatory.  The physicians and hospital staff do not need...

Virginia Beach EMS: Improving Cardiac Care

Earlier in 2015, Virginia Beach EMS was recognized by the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS program.  The care our patients receive is our number one priority.  That’s why we’re proud to be among the agencies and hospitals recognized by the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program for our excellence in...

Changes to SLH Pharmacy Access

Per the Sentara Leigh Hospital pharmacy, an Aphone was installed by the entrance door to their pharmacy.  Everyone used to be able to enter freely, but EMS providers and other visitors will have to be buzzed in by a pharmacy staff member. Information/directions will be posted when it becomes...

EMS/ED Stroke Management

According to the CDC, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of adult disability.  About 800,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year.  One American dies from a stroke every 4 minutes, on average. (Credit: CDC)...

Pharmacy IV/Drug Box Exchange FAQs

General Pharmacy Exchange Information We know things can get busy out there and we must often leave the hospital sooner than we’d like, but the pharmacy exchange process must be completed before you leave the hospital and it should ideally be completed as soon as you’ve completed patient turnover....

Can We Start IVs in the Foot?

A question commonly arises about whether or not we are able to start IVs in a patient’s foot.  We have received guidance from our OMD, Dr. Stewart Martin, and want to share it with you. IVs in the foot/lower extremity are supposed to be rare.  It is highly unusual...