Gates and Barrier Arm Best Practices

Please remember that the gates/arms are designed to let ONE vehicle pass through before the gate closes. Never try to follow a vehicle through the gate without reentering the code or waiting for it to close and reopen. Click here for more information:  Gate arm info

Cable Median Barrier Information

Please click the link below for information on the cable median barrier system installed along 264.  it includes information on how to work around crashes when they involve the cables and a video link with more information on the system and how it works.   Cable median barrier

Holidays are Stressful!

The holidays can be a stressful enough time for many people—so much to do with little time to get it done, longer nights, colder temperatures, tempting food that derails your diet, family, shopping, work deadlines, crowds and traffic, budgets—it can feel overwhelming! EMS calls might add additional stress during...

Patients in Handcuffs

Researched and written by Capt. M. Brown We commonly associate drug overdose calls with opiates with good reason. However there are other illicit drugs found in Virginia Beach.  When paired with the heat of summer stretching into November, some drugs can be seen as a different medical condition. Flakka...

Virginia Beach Medically Friendly Shelter

In 2009, the City of Virginia Beach added Medically Friendly Sheltering (MFS) to our city shelter plan.  EMS was identified as the lead agency and began the daunting task of identifying sites, writing contracts, obtaining equipment, identifying staffing, and drawing up plans to operate an MFS. Medically Friendly Shelters...

New “Hospital Number” Format

If you have transported to Sentara Leigh recently, you may have noticed that the patient sticker number is 14 digits with no dashes.  Some of you have been creative in trying to validate your records!  🙂 The Sentara system is altering their registration process and programs and this includes...

Mission: Lifeline STEMI Accelerator II Project Information

The Tidewater Region participated in the AHA Mission: Lifeline STEMI Accelerator II project.  While the project and study are officially over now, the connections, data sharing and best practices continue on in our region to give our patients the best care possible.  We continue to discuss cases, share information...

How to Elite: Post, Transfer, Save

The AIC for the case is responsible for having a fully complete (no less than 98%) patient report/refusal/cancelled calls posted within 12 hours of the call per VAOEMS regulations.  We strongly advocate for no later than end of shift and prefer as soon as the call ends.  There are...