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...

Updates to VBEMS LifePak’s

Dear Fellow Members, This past week all VBEMS LifePak’s were serviced by our vendor, Physio-Control.  This included verification of all telemetry data and shock energies.  Various settings were changed, such as the default cycle time on NIBP (now 5 minutes) and the display order of Events.  New labels were affixed...

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,...

Patient Report Deadlines and When To Do One

In case there are any questions about when patient/case reports are due and who might be responsible for it, here is a little reminder. Per State regulations, your report is due within 12 hours. (12VAC5‐31‐1140) This means it must be posted and complete within 12 hours. We strongly recommend...

Adding an Addendum to a patient care report

Once a report is locked (72 hours after being posted), it may not be edited or altered.  Additional information may be added to a locked report by adding an Addendum. (Remember that patient reports must be fully and accurately complete within 12 hours of the case per state regulation)...

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...