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West Virginia Office of EMS News

Showing the last 180 days of news items.Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Obituary for David Lee Hart

David Lee Hart, 58 of Princeton died suddenly on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, while working his shift as a dispatcher for Princeton Rescue Squad. Born in Waterbury, CT June 7, 1958 he was the son of the late Edward Lucien and Betty Perugini Hart. He had been a resident of Princeton for the past 30 years moving here from Beckley. For more information click on the title above.

Obituary for Jeremy Eugene Barnett

Jeremy Eugene Barnett, 37, of Evans, WV, passed away May 7, 2017, in St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, following a sudden illness. For more information click on the title above.

Obituary for Zachary Feltner

Zachary Tyler Feltner; AKA Bubby, 509, Twin Nephew, Big Daddy, Horse, Cowboy, Diesel, Big Mother Trucker, and Zooacky, age 31, of Beckley, formerly of Lookout answered his final call by the profession of faith in his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and went home to be with the Lord on February 10, 2017. For more information click on the title above.

Obituary for Charles Vachel McMahan

Charles Vachel McMahan, 39, of New Matamoras, OH passed away as the result of an automobile accident on December 17, 2016. For more information click on the title above.

In Memory of Rebecca "Becky" Lynn Moore

LAST CALL FOR PARAMEDIC REBECCA MOORE (Becky) Medic 503 Medic 3 Becky has dedicated over 26 years of her life working in EMS. She has been a paramedic for the last 8 years. During those years Becky has come in contact with many people who's lives have changed for the good. Not only did she serve with the Roane County Emergency Squad and the Doddridge County Emergency Squad, but also served on Wood County Rescue. She served as Medical Examiner for multiple counties across the state, and was also a RESA 5 and RESA 7 instructor. Becky has taught many people throughout her years, and created wonderful TMT's. Becky will be truly missed by all. For more information, click on the title above

EMS Week

A special message from Melissa Raynes, Director of the Office of Emergency Medical Services. Please click the title above.

West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Office of Emergency Medical Services EMS for Children 5th Annual Emergency Medical Services for Children Pediatric Symposium

The WV Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program is having its 5th Annual EMSC Pediatric Symposium on June 28, 2017 at the WV RETI Training Center in Flatwoods, WV. This will be a one-time offering, and registration will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Funding for this symposium was provided by the Hospital Preparedness Program grant. I have attached a brochure that outlines the speakers and topics. This Symposium is being provided at no-cost. For more information, click on the title above.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit

Below please find a link to “The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit” recently released by DOJ’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). The toolkit contains strategies and resources to help law enforcement, fire and emergency medical service organizations mitigate the potentially negative effects of exposure to vicarious trauma. https://vtt.ovc.ojp.gov/ .

HEALTH ADVISORY #135 Mosquito-Borne Disease Season

Mosquito-borne diseases occur annually in West Virginia beginning in early spring and peaking in August and September, coinciding with mosquito activity. Arboviral infections, particularly La Crosse encephalitis (LAC) and West Nile virus (WNV), are endemic mosquito-borne diseases identified in West Virginia. In 2016, eight LAC cases and one WNV case were reported in West Virginia. Persons with severe arboviral infections will often have symptoms of encephalitis. Please be vigilant in identifying such cases, and ensure that all hospitalized patients with encephalitis undergo appropriate arboviral disease testing during mosquito season. For more information or to download the the full advisory, click on the title above

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

EMS Week May 21-27 and Recognition

This year EMS week is May 21-27, with the theme: Always in Service. “EMS professionals provide service and compassion to their communities every minute of every day, and that’s what this year’s theme pays tribute to,” says American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) President Dr. Rebecca Parker. EMS week is part of the ongoing annual campaign – EMS Strong – presented by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) in partnership with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT). The campaign is designed to strengthen the profession on a national level and expand and celebrate National EMS week. In honor of all that you do every day, the EMS Advisory Council and OEMS requested that a subcommittee revive the awards program from years ago and nominations are now being taken. To see more click on the title above.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Medical Policy Care Committee (MPCC) Meeting Friday, April 21, 2017

The regularly scheduled statutory meeting of the Medical Policy Care Committee (MPCC) will be held on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 9:00 AM at the Medical Coordination Center, 89 Richard D. Minnich Drive, Sutton, WV 26601.

Friday, April 07, 2017

WVOEMS Web Server Move

I am pleased to announce that, after an extended period of development and testing, Monday April 10, the WVOEMS web system will be moving to a new web server. This server has more storage space, more processing power and an updated underlying operating system which should result in greater speed and a more dependable web service. To accomplish this move it will be necessary for the WVOEMS web system to be out of service for a short period. This move is scheduled to begin 9 AM Monday April 10 and end by 10 AM on the same day. Except for this one hour outage, the only change in the structure and function of the current web system that should be apparent to any user will be increase responsiveness and more reliable service. If you have any question, please contact Robert Dozier at 304-356-4482 or Robert.L.Dozier@wv.gov.

Monday, April 03, 2017

2018 Draft Federal Vehicle Standards

The Federal Vehicle Standards comment collection period for Light-Duty Vehicles ONLY including sedans, police use vehicles, light trucks including cab chassis and vocational trucks, wheelchair vans, and ambulances will be open April 4, 2017 through May 18, 2017. For more information click on the title above.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

NASEMSO Releases Guidance on Safe Transport of Children by EMS

March 24, 2017 (Falls Church, Va.) The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) announces the release of Safe Transport of Children by EMS: Interim Guidance. The guidance is a result of the work of NASEMSO’s Safe Transport of Children Ad Hoc Committee, which is focused on establishing evidence-based standards for safely transporting children by ground ambulance. For more information, click on the title above.

WV Baseball Millitary & First Responders Appreciation Night

This year’s Military Appreciation game is Sunday, April 9 at 1:00 p.m. at Monongalia County Ballpark. To purchase $4 tickets in advance all active military, first responders, veterans and families can go to WVUGAME.com/promo and enter the promo code THANKS to receive the ticket.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Emergency Medical Services Advisory Committee (EMSAC) March 21, 2017

The regularly scheduled statutory meeting of the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Committee (EMSAC) will be held on March 21, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the Medical Coordination Center, 89 Richard D. Minnich Drive, Sutton, WV 26601. Committee meetings beginning at 9am. Same agenda as 3/14.

Friday, February 24, 2017

WV HAN Advisory 132 Influenza Assoicated Outbreaks In Schools 02242017 FINAL

Influenza activity is currently high in the United States, and West Virginia (WV) is reporting widespread influenza activity. The predominant strain circulating in WV is influenza A (H3N2), but approximately a third of respiratory specimens have tested positive for influenza B this season. Flu activity has been moderate so far, with severity indicators within the range of what has been seen during previous seasons during which influenza A (H3N2) viruses have predominated. Thirty-six (36) influenza outbreaks have been reported since January 2017 with about a third being reported from school settings. For more information or to download WV HAN Advisory 132, click on the title above.

Thursday, February 02, 2017

S.T.A.B.L.E February 27 2017

The S.T.A.B.L.E. Program is one of the most widely distributed and implemented neonatal education programs focused exclusively on post-resuscitation/pre-transport stabilization care of sick infants. It was developed to meet the needs of health care providers who deliver stabilization care to infants. The program's acronym is a mnemonic referring to the six assessment and care modules, which are Sugar, Temperature, Airway, Blood Pressure, Lab work, and Emotional Support. The S.T.A.B.L.E. program is approved for both EMS and nursing continuing education credit. For more information, dates, directions and CE instructions, click on the title above

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

HEALTH ADVISORY 131

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health was notified of an incident involving a food handler diagnosed with hepatitis A infection who worked in two restaurants during the infectious period between November 20, 2016 and December 11, 2016. The two restaurants are located in Tucker County, West Virginia (Canaan Valley area). Post exposure prophylaxis was given to the other co-workers/food handlers. In early January 2017, a second case of hepatitis A was identified in West Virginia. This particular case reported eating at one of the restaurants during the food handler’s infectious period. The purpose of this alert is to raise awareness and ask for immediate reporting of hepatitis A cases to the local health department. For contact information on local health departments, please visit http://www.dhhr.wv.gov/localhealth/pages/map.aspx. For more information or to download WV HAN Advisory 131, click on the title above.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

National Human Trafficking Awareness

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month and today, January 11, is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. This day has been designated by Presidential Proclamation since 2010. It does happen in WV. The National Human Trafficking Hotline has had 221 calls related to human trafficking and 65 cases of human trafficking reported in WV alone. For more information, click on the title above.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

4th Annual EMS for Children (EMSC) Pediatric Symposium

The 4th Annual EMS for Children (EMSC) Pediatric Symposium will be February 24, 2017 at the RETI Training Center 89 Richard D. Minnich Drive Flatwoods, WV. For more information, click on the title above.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Medical Policy Care Committee (MPCC) January 20, 2017

The regularly scheduled statutory meeting of the Medical Policy Care Committee (MPCC) will be held on January 20, 2017 at 9:00 AM at the Medical Coordination Center, 89 Richard D. Minnich Drive, Sutton, WV 26601.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Change in TSN Field Office Structure

Beginning January 1, 2017, WV EMS TSN, Inc. will transition to a Northern and Southern field office model. Due to a decrease in funding, we have found it necessary to make these changes. For more information click on the title above

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Help Create a Bold New Agenda for the Future of EMS

Help Create a Bold New Agenda for the Future of EMS

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Health Advisory #128 Novel Opiates

THIS IS AN OFFICIAL WEST VIRGINIA HEALTH ALERT NUMBER WV000128-12-13-2016 Distributed via the WV Health Alert Network – December 13, 2016

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

The regularly scheduled statutory meeting of the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council

The regularly scheduled statutory meeting of the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council will be held on December 20, 2016 at 10:00 AM at the Medical Coordination Center, 89 Richard D. Minnich Drive, Sutton, WV 26601.

Monday, December 05, 2016

WVU Basketball Tickets available for First Responders

I wanted to touch base and let you know we are happy to able to offer another special ticket opportunity to First Responders for the WVU Men’s and Women’s Basketball seasons.

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