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Pulmonary Hypertension Medication Pumps Alert

If you see that your patient has a medication pump, what should you do with it?  Is it a pump for insulin?  Is it a pump that is administering a life-saving medication and your removal of that pump would kill the patient?                 ...

Changes to Provider Continuing Education and Recertification

The Virginia Office of EMS (VaOEMS) will be changing the continuing education and recertification program(s) to be in line with the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) new National Continued Competency Program (NCCP).  This change will take effect this July 1st; you will not be losing any hours you already...

New BLS Protocol–Naloxone

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...

Recruitment, External Students and Observer Scheduling

Beginning this month we have made internal office changes as to whom will be scheduling VCCS (TCC) EMT students, EVMS students, applicants (new) and observers that contact the DEMS for ride along opportunities. The Recruitment and Retention Officer, Susan Palmer is now the Department point of contact (POC) for...

VBPD rolls out Naloxone program

Effective immediately, select Virginia Beach police officers will begin to carry Naloxone and administer it to suspected opiate overdoses if/when they are on-scene prior to EMS arrival. This program is supported by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services and is consistent with trends happening across the...

New Volunteer Application Process

We are pleased to announce on behalf of Interim Chief Brazle that EMS has initiated an online application process for our volunteers with an emphasis on welcoming the potential member with an all-around improved customer service experience. You have asked and it has finally been created. As you are aware,...

Congratulations BLS Academy 10

Virginia Beach EMS Training Institute graduated BLS ACADEMY 10 on January 19.  They completed a 17 week training program taught to meet both National and Virginia standards for EMT accreditation.  Welcome new EMTs! Front row: Vicki Zimmerman, Analiza Ziegler, Mary Casey, Victoria Easter, Stephanie Powell, Cody Puffe, Sekoyah McGlorin, Jennifer Ramsland...

EMTs May Administer Albuterol/Atrovent

As of the 2014 protocol update, EMTs may administer both Albuterol and Atrovent (Ipratropium Bromide) via hand-held nebulizer (HHN) on standing orders.  Although EMTs were not, prior to the 2014 update, permitted to administer Albuterol or Atrovent, those medications have been in the EMT curriculum for quite some time...