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...

Chest Pain and Aspirin-It is Really Important!

While looking at cases with a primary provider impression of  “CV-Chest pain (cardiac, angina, non-STEMI)” and the three “CV-Chest Pain (STEMI) of xxxxx” versions, it is noted that many of these patients are not receiving aspirin by EMS. Review Aspirin is not administered for pain relief in the presence...

VBEMS wins 2018 Mission: Lifeline Gold Plus Award!

On May 11, 2018, Virginia Beach EMS received the American Heart Association 2018 Mission: Lifeline GOLD PLUS EMS Recognition Award at the Virginia Heart Attack Coalition (VHAC) State Meeting in Chesterfield, Virginia.   Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition recognizes EMS systems for their role in providing timely treatment for heart attack...

2017 VBEMS Naloxone Administration

In November 2016, the Commonwealth of Virginia declared a public health emergency related to opiate use and abuse.  While 2016 saw a significant increase in suspected opiate overdoses, the rise did not appear to continue in 2017 based on EMS reporting and documentation.  Our annual statistics graphic can also...

2017 Santa on the Air Program

Santa On The Air is dedicated to the memory of EMT-B William “Bill” Laws, a true Santa Claus to so many! During the holiday season, some children become especially concerned if EMS, Police, or Fire are dispatched. Santa On The Air began in 2004. For more information on the...

VBEMS Dedicates New Building

For the very first time in the history of the Virginia Beach Emergency Medical Services (VBEMS), the headquarters and training center are together under one roof. On Nov. 18th, EMS held a dedication ceremony to commemorate this important milestone at 4160 Virginia Beach Blvd., with tours of the facility...

CHKD is a Pediatric Trauma Center on October 2, 2017

On October 2, 2017, CHKD will begin accepting trauma patients directly from the field.  They have been receiving transfer patients and some minor trauma patients for some time. This means that patients under the age of 15 who meet any trauma center transport criteria will be transported directly to...

A dashboard warning light came on! What now?

Dashboard warning indicators on modern vehicles comes in two varieties:  YELLOW and RED.  Just like with traffic signal lights, yellow is used to signal Caution, and red is used to signal STOP. The most common YELLOW dashboard indicator is the Check Engine Light.  Common variations of the Check Engine...