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...

Stop the Bleed Training

“Stop the bleed” is a nationwide campaign to empower individuals to act quick and save lives. Bystanders can take simple steps to keep the injured person alive until medical care is available. Here are the actions you can take to save a life: Compress – Find where the bleeding...

New: Gear Accountability Logs

Knowing how our gear moves around is at least half the battle For the second time in the past year, one of our members went looking for an IV box and a drug box that were supposed to be in secure storage, and found them missing.  Notifications were made,...

Reaching our STEMI quality management goals

It’s a team sport The evidence is clear:  EMS can make a difference in STEMI cases.  We accomplish this by being fast, efficient, and effective at the following: Identifying STEMIs Notifying the hospital that we have a STEMI patient Treating the patient as we move toward a STEMI Receiving...

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...

2/14/18-Epinephrine Prefilled Syringe Shortage

EMT-Intermediates and Paramedics:  SUMMARY Some local pharmacies have started to substitute the 1:10,000 epinephrine prefilled syringes with a kit containing: ·         a 30 mL vial (1mg/mL) of epinephrine ·         eight 10mL syringes ·         10 mL vials of NS ·         a warning sticker ·         an instruction sticker advising you to...