Patient signature no longer required for transports

A patient’s signature is no longer required when transporting a patient.  This includes patients less than 14 years of age.  It is still required to collect a signature for a refusal of evaluation, treatment, or transport, as it is today.  AIC signature is required by VaOEMS for all reports....

Blood glucose values required for certain primary or secondary impressions

When one of the primary or secondary impression listed below is selected for your patient, it is expected that a blood glucose check will be performed. CV- Hypotension CV- Hypovolemia (not trauma) Endocrine- Hypoglyucemia Endocrine- Hyperglycemia Endocrine- Hyperkalemia Endocrine- Disorder not otherwise listed Environmental- Heat exhaustion Environmental- Heatstroke/sunstroke Environmental-...

Documenting patients taken to triage/ED bypass location

Most of our patients are transported to the emergency department (ED) at a hospital where they are transferred to a bed.  Mothers in labor are taken directly to the hospital’s Labor & Delivery (L&D) department.  Certain cardiac patients may be taken directly to the catheterization laboratory (Cath Lab) for immediate...

Attention to detail: Hospital “sticker number”

Please ensure you obtain and enter the “sticker number” for your patient and accurately enter it into Elite.  Sentara identified hundreds of recent cases where the number was inaccurate or obviously wrong (e.g. 88888888-8888).  Entering all eight’s when you are unable to obtain a number must be the exception,...

Documentation of Procedures/Meds by VBPD, Bystanders, Patient

The old reporting software had a multi-select box for various procedures and items that may have been performed prior to EMS arrival.  Elite has a more streamlined way for these items to appear in line with your other procedures and medications for better documentation.  It allows for the time and...

Remove filters when downloading CAD or Transferring reports

A recent Elite update added filters to the CAD and Transfer Download screens.  These filters include your unit call sign and vehicle number you enter on the Elite Dashboard, such as below: When download CAD, those values are automatically populated onto the CAD download screen as filters. Because of our...

Elite EKG Update and Problems Sending 12-Leads

Dear Fellow Members, First, I know some of you experienced issues sending 12-leads to the hospital.  It probably looked fine in your truck and you were probably surprised when the charge nurse said they didn’t receive it.  I thought it was working fine as recently as last week.  Yeah....

VBEMS Elite Runform v5.2 Release

Dear Fellow Members, Thank you all for your continued patience and support of the ongoing Elite rollout.  Since we went live on 10/1, over 3,300 reports have been submitted.  And of those reports, 167 reports have a validation score less than 98%.  It means that, by in large, Elite...

Elite Public Beta Release 1

Well, here it is. Yes, Elite is going live on 10/1. If you haven’t already, follow the directions in this article to sign in and get started.  You can sign in from any computer. Thank you for all of the members who spent their time testing Elite and providing invaluable...