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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...

12-Lead ECG FAQs

If a medical facility or office has acquired a 12-lead prior to my arrival, should I still acquire and transmit one? Yes, you should use the Lifepak 15 to acquire and transmit a 12-lead. Once I have acquired a 12-lead do I take it off of the patient? No,...

12-Lead EKG Guidelines

BLS providers can obtain and transmit a 12-lead once they have received VBEMS-specific training and (approval); and in accordance with the following TEMS protocols: Adult and/or Pediatric Bradycardia Adult and/or Pediatric Tachycardia (stable) ROSC Altered Mental Status Breathing Difficulty Cerebral Vascular Accident Chest Pain / AMI / ACS Dialysis...

CPAP Usage by AEMTs and EMT-Enhanced Providers

In the near future, Virginia Beach EMT-Enhanced providers will be able to start utilizing CPAP on calls.  Those who are officially certified by the Virginia Office of EMS as an “Advanced EMT” are able to utilize CPAP effective immediately, provided they have completed the ALS release training. If you...

Do Not Transport Potentially Hazardous Materials

If a patient is exposed to hazardous materials, DO NOT transport the hazardous material to the hospital.  Doing so is risking contamination and exposure of our providers, our ambulances, and the hospital and their staff.  Hopefully, this is obvious and self-explanatory.  The physicians and hospital staff do not need...

Virginia Beach EMS: Improving Cardiac Care

Earlier in 2015, Virginia Beach EMS was recognized by the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS program.  The care our patients receive is our number one priority.  That’s why we’re proud to be among the agencies and hospitals recognized by the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program for our excellence in...

Department of EMS Recognized for Excellence

The Virginia Beach Department of EMS was named as an Agency of Excellence during the Governor’s EMS Awards Program last weekend.  This status is the culmination of an inspection by the Virginia Office of EMS that assessed eight critical program areas, including Leadership/Management and Clinical Performance.  Within these areas...

2015 AHA Updates

Every five years the American Hearth Association has updated their guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency cardiovascular care and these are now out for 2015.  The staff at EMS Training has been reviewing not only the updated guidelines but also has been reviewing the underlying science and research.  Appropriate changes...

Motorola APX Radio Upgrade, Rollout and Use Information

Video Guides: Motorola APX6000 Introduction Motorola APX6000 Talkgroup/Channel Select Motorola APX6000 Zone Switching Motorola APX6000 Radio ID Location and Battery Removal It’s here….physical radio upgrades will begin shortly and continue over the next several months. All current City identified radios (mobiles and portables) will be replaced across the public...

Changes to SLH Pharmacy Access

Per the Sentara Leigh Hospital pharmacy, an Aphone was installed by the entrance door to their pharmacy.  Everyone used to be able to enter freely, but EMS providers and other visitors will have to be buzzed in by a pharmacy staff member. Information/directions will be posted when it becomes...