News

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...

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...

LVAD Patients-Update to TREATMENT/CPR Guidelines

In 2017, the AHA produced new guidelines for LVAD patients and other patients with mechanical circulatory support including total artificial hearts.  SNGH has since updated their guidelines to reflect the changes.  Please review the new flowsheet for EMS care and treatment as there are some changes including the provision of...