LifePak 12-Lead Transmission and Downloads

  Transmitting 12-lead EKG’s to the hospital Released 6/24/19 Gently connect the USB cable from the LifePak to the EMR. Press TRANSMIT on the LifePak and operate as normal with a HOSPITAL as the site.  Then select SEND. Make note of the Lifepak’s serial number. You will need that...

Station Traffic Signal Pre-Empt Button

Please remember to use the station traffic signal pre-empt button every time that you leave the station in emergency mode.  Controlling the traffic with traffic lights is much safer that requesting them to stop with your lights and sirens.  But always proceed with caution  and ensure that everyone stops...

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...