Virginia Beach EMS is part of the Tidewater EMS (TEMS) regional council and follows the TEMS protocols.
While the TEMS protocols serve as the basis for the care we provide to our patients, the individual departmental Operational Medical Directors (OMDs) may, at their discretion, make changes to the protocols for their providers. An example of this is Rapid Sequence Induction (RSI). Even though it is included in the regional TEMS protocols, only a couple of OMDs allow their providers to utilize this protocol and perform this skill. Virginia Beach EMS is one such agency.
Virginia Beach EMS Prehospital Skills Delineation for Affiliated Providers
The Virginia Beach EMS OMD, Dr Stewart Martin, has specified local customizations to regional skills delineations. For example, TEMS protocols anticipate that EMTs will be authorized to apply CPAP, but Virginia Beach restricts the application of CPAP to higher-certified providers. The VBEMS Prehospital Skills Delineation for Affiliated Providers indicates what patient care can be performed by each provider certification level:
Virginia Beach EMS Supplementary Protocols
The following supplementary protocols were developed to provide department-specific guidance for Virginia Beach EMS providers:
- VBEMS LUCAS Supplementary Protocol
- VBEMS Ultrasound Supplementary Protocol
- CPR-Induced Consciousness Supplementary Protocol
For questions or comments related to protocols and patient care, contact Brigade Chief Owens .