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Narcan Administration

Narcan (naloxone) is a potent antagonist of the binding of opioid medications to their receptors in the brain and spinal cord. Administration of naloxone can reverse central nervous system and respiratory depression caused by opioid overdose. (Credit) The following guidelines were taken from Circulation (AHA journal, 2010 guidelines) and...

Hospital Radio Reports

Why is it important to communicate with the receiving hospital? To allow the hospital to have the right room, the right equipment, and the right personnel prepared (if available) or to otherwise allow the facility to plan for the patient’s arrival To give medical control an opportunity to determine...

Chest Pain and 12 Lead ECGs

12 Lead ECGs need to be obtained for ALL patients complaining of chest pain for which acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is a consideration. In recognition for our efforts, we recently were awarded the Mission Lifeline Bronze Award from the American Heart Association. Regarding 12 Lead ECGs, the Mission: Lifeline...

Discounted event tickets

Another initiative from the EMS Recruitment and Retention Committee Finding discounted tickets to your favorite events just got a little easier via Ticket Monster Perks. Ticket Monster Perks is similar to StubHub, but their costs are around 15% less expensive. EMS in conjunction with the City of Virginia Beach...

QI Note: Goals for chest pain patients

According to the American Heart Association, the primary goals of therapy for patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) are to: Reduce the amount of myocardial necrosis that occurs in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI), thus preserving left ventricular (LV) function, preventing heart failure, and limiting other cardiovascular complications;...

New EMS Staff Members

On behalf of EMS Chief Bruce W. Edwards, I am pleased to announce the impending arrival of one new staff member and promotion of another effective August 7th. Greg Postlewait has been hired as our Business Application Specialist. His primary role will be to manage our Electronic Medical Records...

Which incident number do I use?

It is very important to input accurate CAD information (incident number, address, times, etc.) into your patient care reports. Accurate CAD information is critical for general reporting and data collection. In particular, having the correct incident number in your ePCR is extremely important when it comes to being able...