As you know, there is considerable attention these days on the rising number of opiate overdose deaths across the nation. This has led to dramatic changes, including easy access to Naloxone (Narcan) by family and friends of potential overdose victims. Meanwhile, the City of Virginia Beach has been an active participant in efforts to enhance the capacity of our first responders. We have already seen our first case where a VBPD officer administered Naloxone to an overdose patient.
Effective today, Virginia Beach EMS is activating a new protocol that will allow EMT’s to administer Naloxone as well. Eventually this will be part of our regional protocols, but Dr. Martin and I are confident in your skills and are ready to move forward immediately.
All Virginia Beach ambulances will receive a REVIVE Naloxone kit today. Specifics about administration, storage and restock are included in our training program. You must complete the training prior to utilizing these kits.
Online training is available at http://learn.vbems.com. Specific details about the program and instructions on how to access the online course are . Classes are also available for those who desire a more traditional instruction format. Additionally, we will have optional “hands on” workshops available to familiarize folks with the new REVIVE kits. Check our classes and programs schedule for availability.
No matter how you take the training, all EMTs must complete the program no later than July 1, 2016.
If you have any questions about BLS Naloxone training please feel free to contact Paramedic Karin Pettinger via emailKPetting@vbgov.com or call 385-2972. If you have any questions related to the protocol or related regulatory issues please feel free to contact Division Chief John Bianco via email JBianco@vbgov.com or call 385-5002.
Thank you for your time and dedication to VBEMS and the community.