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Virginia Beach Medically Friendly Shelter

In 2009, the City of Virginia Beach added Medically Friendly Sheltering (MFS) to our city shelter plan.  EMS was identified as the lead agency and began the daunting task of identifying sites, writing contracts, obtaining equipment, identifying staffing, and drawing up plans to operate an MFS. Medically Friendly Shelters...

Tight Dispatch Cycle

A message primarily to: Operations members Tight Dispatch Cycle Another key concept from the new radio Communications Manual First, a brief recap The main message from the last article in this series was that we want all on-air personnel to have a mental Common Operating Picture of how calls...

Common Operating Picture

A message primarily to: Operations members Common Operating Picture A key concept from the new radio Communications Manual Background There’s a feature in the new CAD that’s supposed to help reduce response times.  It’s called Automatic Resource Location (ARL), and it is GPS-based.  When an incident needs an ambulance,...

New “Hospital Number” Format

If you have transported to Sentara Leigh recently, you may have noticed that the patient sticker number is 14 digits with no dashes.  Some of you have been creative in trying to validate your records!  🙂 The Sentara system is altering their registration process and programs and this includes...

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...

Mission: Lifeline STEMI Accelerator II Project Information

The Tidewater Region participated in the AHA Mission: Lifeline STEMI Accelerator II project.  While the project and study are officially over now, the connections, data sharing and best practices continue on in our region to give our patients the best care possible.  We continue to discuss cases, share information...

How to Elite: Post, Transfer, Save

The AIC for the case is responsible for having a fully complete (no less than 98%) patient report/refusal/cancelled calls posted within 12 hours of the call per VAOEMS regulations.  We strongly advocate for no later than end of shift and prefer as soon as the call ends.  There are...

Mass Illness and Mass Exposure (Agent)

From bug spray to paint fumes and mace to carbon monoxide, there are numerous reasons why large numbers of people may experience similar symptoms.  As an EMS provider, intentional exposures (such as terrorism) and accidental exposures (laced medications, spreading illness, spills, asbestos, etc.) should all be treated suspiciously until...