Kevin Lipscomb

Mishap Report

A message primarily to: All members Mishap Report It will never happen to you, right? Here are summaries of mishaps recently reported to the EMS Department.  What could have been done to prevent these? A duty crew found a small mystery dent on an ambulance’s back bumper. An ambulance...

New radio Communications Manual

A message primarily to: Operations members New radio Communications Manual Radio traffic reflects organizational efficiency and the attitude of members When most of us are on duty, using the radio and MDT systems may only be an afterthought.  As interns, we used those systems the way the released members...

Getting Nightingale involved…

A message primarily to: Chiefs Captains ALS providers Getting Nightingale involved… …efficiently and effectively In Virginia Beach, we rarely use helicopter medevac services.  When we do, we are committing people and resources to a high-visibility, high-risk, high-cost event with a potentially high reward, so it’s critical that we do...

No A/C in the back? Check this first!

A message primarily to: All current members No A/C in the back? Check this first! The following is important information that will help reduce ambulance out-of-service time. In the patient compartment, several of our ambulances use a Danhard M600MC Rotary Thermostat provided in systems built by Hoseline Inc.  This...

New: Gear Accountability Logs

Knowing how our gear moves around is at least half the battle For the second time in the past year, one of our members went looking for an IV box and a drug box that were supposed to be in secure storage, and found them missing.  Notifications were made,...

Reaching our STEMI quality management goals

It’s a team sport The evidence is clear:  EMS can make a difference in STEMI cases.  We accomplish this by being fast, efficient, and effective at the following: Identifying STEMIs Notifying the hospital that we have a STEMI patient Treating the patient as we move toward a STEMI Receiving...

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...

Ambient Carbon Monoxide Detectors

AMBULANCE JUMP BAG AMBIENT CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS You may be wondering: What is this thing on my jump bag? How do I know it’s working? What do I do if its alarms keep going off? This is your Ambient Carbon Monoxide Detector. It constantly checks the air around you...

A dashboard warning light came on! What now?

Dashboard warning indicators on modern vehicles comes in two varieties:  YELLOW and RED.  Just like with traffic signal lights, yellow is used to signal Caution, and red is used to signal STOP. The most common YELLOW dashboard indicator is the Check Engine Light.  Common variations of the Check Engine...