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West Virginia Office of EMS News

Showing the last 180 days of news items.Monday, January 22, 2018

WV HAN Advisory 143 Widespread Influenza Activity and Severity in WV FINAL 01182018

Influenza activity has increased significantly in the United States in recent weeks. West Virginia is characterized as having widespread activity. This influenza season is notable for the sheer volume of ill cases that has caused stress to health systems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a Health Advisory (https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00409.asp) that warned of a high-severity influenza A (H3N2) season and resulting clinical implications. As of January 6, 2018, 20 pediatric influenza deaths were reported nationally, none in West Virginia. For Further Information Click the Title Above.

Friday, January 19, 2018

AuroMedics Pharma LLC Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Levofloxacin in 5% Dextrose 250mg/50mL

AuroMedics Pharma LLC is voluntarily recalling one lot of Levofloxacin in 5% Dextrose Injection 250mg/50mL in a Single-Use flexible container NDC 55150-243-46, Lot CLF160003, Expiry date May 2018, to the hospital level. The product has been found to contain visible particulate matter tentatively identified as mold. This problem was discovered as a result of a product complaint in which the contents of one flexible bag was found to contain white particulate matter.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., updates on some ongoing shortages related to IV fluids

Earlier this month, we updated on the FDA’s efforts to mitigate ongoing IV saline shortages that resulted from, or were worsened by, the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. We also provided some additional updates related to our continued efforts to help the island fully recover from this disaster. For more click the title above.

First Responder Network Authority Update – January 16, 2018

First Responder Network Authority Weekly Update to the State and Territory Single Points of Contact (SPOC) – January 16, 2018

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

EMTALA and Disasters

This fact sheet addresses several frequently asked questions regarding the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) and disasters and provides links to resources for more information, but is not intended to be used as regulatory guidance or in place of communications with or guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) who oversee EMTALA compliance. To read or download the fact sheet, click on the title above.

First Responder Network Authority Update – January 8, 2018

First Responder Network Authority Weekly Update to the State and Territory Single Points of Contact (SPOC) for January 8, 2018. To read the update, click on the title above.

Monday, January 08, 2018

Rebecca Ann Rosier Mar 1, 1956 - Dec 23, 2017 (Age 61)

Rebecca was born on March 1, 1956 and passed away on Saturday, December 23, 2017. For more information, click on the title above.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Ambulance Parking at CAMC Memorial

Ambulance Parking at CAMC Memorial

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Subcommittee of the Volunteer Fire Departments and Emergency Medical Services at the West Virginia Legislature to hold Listening Sessions

The Subcommittee of the Volunteer Fire Departments and Emergency Medical Services at the West Virginia Legislature will be holding a series of listening sessions.Members have been invited to hear concerns and potential solutions from citizens and volunteers in your area related to the challenges facing VFD and EMS. For dates, places and time, click on the title above.

Suspected Scam Calls

It has come to the attention of the WV OEMS that calls are being made from a 558 number requesting funds for EMS agencies. These calls are not coming from WV OEMS. These are suspected scam calls. Please do not send any money to the individual on the call or provide any personal/financial information. If you receive such a call, please let OEMS know. Thank you for your assistance and cooperation.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

First Responder Network Authority Weekly Update – December 11, 2017

First Responder Network Authority Weekly Update to the State and Territory Single Points of Contact (SPOC) – December 11, 2017 . For more information, click the title above.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

First Responder Network Authority Weekly Update December 4, 2017

First Responder Network Authority Weekly Update to the State and Territory Single Points of Contact (SPOC) – December 4, 2017. For more information click on the title above.

Friday, December 01, 2017

McKinley To Host Public Forum on Opioid Crisis

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E., (WV-1) announced a public forum on efforts to combat the opioid epidemic on Monday, October 4th in Morgantown. The House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing with the federal agencies charged with overseeing efforts to combat the opioid crisis. McKinley is seeking to recreate this discussion for local residents. This event will be open to the public. For more information, please click on the title above.

NREMT To Retire EMT-Intermediate/99 (1/99) program

On November 14, 2017, the NREMT Board of Directors approved a motion to retire the EMT-Intermediate/99 (1/99) program effective December 31, 2019. No further testing at this level will be provided by the NREMT after this date. This will include all re-testing. EMS education programs are strongly encouraged not to offer the 1/99 curriculum after January 2019. For more information, click on the title above.

Monday, November 27, 2017

First Responder Network Authority Weekly Update 11272017

First Responder Network Authority Weekly Update 11272017. For more information, click on the title above.

Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (EMSAC) December 12, 2017

The regularly scheduled statutory meeting of the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (EMSAC) will be held on December 12, 2017 at 1:30 PM at the Medical Coordination Center, 89 Richard D. Minnich Drive, Sutton, WV 26601. For more information, click on the title above

Monday, November 20, 2017

Resilience Retreat December 8-10, 2017

An intensive introduction to the science of mind-body and cognitive conditioning through mindfulness meditation. Experiential practice through guided meditations and mindful movement are supported with discussions on scientific research to support resiliency. This training begins the challenging journey that can transform our capacity for working within a trauma filled landscape with resilience, and for meeting those in deep suffering & crisis with greater skill, humanity & desired strategic outcomes. A trauma informed training that resources participants for greater resiliency of mind, heart and body. Brought to you through a community partnership between West Virginia University School of Public Health, Marshall University School of Psychology, the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department and the Mindful Badge Initiative. For more information, click on the title above.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

First Responder Network Authority Weekly Update to the State and Territory Single Points of Contact (SPOC) – November 13, 2017

First Responder Network Authority Weekly Update to the State and Territory Single Points of Contact (SPOC) – November 13, 2017 To read the weekly update, click on the title above.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

FENTANYL

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: 1) Fentanyl can be present in a variety of forms (e.g., powder, tablets, capsules, solutions, and rocks). 2) Inhalation of airborne powder is MOST LIKELY to lead to harmful effects, but is less likely to occur than skin contact. 3) Incidental skin contact may occur during daily activities but is not expected to lead to harmful effects if the contaminated skin is promptly washed off with water. 4) Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is effective in protecting you from exposure. 5) Slow breathing or no breathing, drowsiness or unresponsiveness, and constricted or pinpoint pupils are the specific signs consistent with fentanyl intoxication. 6) Naloxone is an effective medication that rapidly reverses the effects of fentanyl. For more information and to download the "Final STANDARD size of Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responds" document, click on the title above.

COMING THIS FALL: The SAFECOM Nationwide Survey

The SAFECOM Nationwide Survey is a data gathering effort that will equip government officials and emergency responders with critical information to make decisions about future emergency communications policies, funding, and programs. The data collected will depict the capabilities necessary for establishing operable, interoperable, and continuity of communications. Both SAFECOM and the DHS Office of Emergency Communications encourage organizations with emergency communications responsibilities for federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments to participate in the survey and help shape the future of emergency communications. The survey is expected to be released in Fall 2017. Updates will be posted to the SAFECOM website.

Interim Legislative Session Schedule

Interim Legislative Session Schedule:Nov 12-14 Fire/EMS committee meeting Tuesday, Nov 14, 1-3pm in House Gov Org Dec 3-5 Jan 7-9

Friday, November 03, 2017

First Responder Network Authority Weekly Update to the State and Territory Single Points of Contact (SPOC) – October 30, 2017

First Responder Network Authority Weekly Update to the State and Territory Single Points of Contact (SPOC) – October 30, 2017

Military and First Responders Night Friday, November 10th

My name is Carly Slater and I am the Assistant Director of Marketing in the WVU Athletics department. Matt Wells gave me your contact information because our Women’s Basketball team is hosting a Military and First Responders Night at our game on Friday, November 10th vs. Central Connecticut State at 7:00 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum. In honor of Veterans Day being the day after, we will be giving all active or retired military and first responders free admission to this game. All they need to do is show a valid ID at our ticket office.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

WVU Football Tickets available for First Responders

the Iowa State game has been set for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff on Nov. 4 (graphic attached). Discounted tickets are still available for First Responders and their families and can be purchased by www.WVUGame.com/promo and entering the promo code THANKS to select the desired game and follow the steps to purchase tickets.

Medical Command Committee will be held on Friday, November 3, 2017 at 1:00 PM

The meeting of the Medical Command Committee will be held on Friday, November 3, 2017 at 1:00 PM immediately following the MPCC meeting.

Medical Policy Care Committee (MPCC) will be held on Friday, November 3, 2017

The meeting of the Medical Policy Care Committee (MPCC) will be held on Friday, November 3, 2017 at 9:00 AM at the Medical Coordination Center, 89 Richard D. Minnich Drive, Sutton, WV 26601.

First Responder Network Authority Weekly Update October 23, 2017

First Responder Network Authority Weekly Update to the State and Territory Single Points of Contact (SPOC) – October 16, 2017 To see more click the title above.

Friday, October 20, 2017

First Responder Network Authority Weekly Update

First Responder Network Authority Weekly Update to the State and Territory Single Points of Contact (SPOC) – October 16, 2017 To see more click the title above.

Pharmacists Do Much More

Pharmacists do much more than dispense medicine. They are an important part of reducing risk for heart disease and stroke in the community. Pharmacists can help people manage conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol by helping patients take their medicines as directed, monitor their blood pressure, and encourage healthy habits. This October is American Pharmacists Month, a chance to learn about the many ways pharmacists can support patients and health care professionals. Visit CDC’s Pharmacy Resources to learn more about pharmacists’ role in team-based care.

FEMA Released Refreshed National Incident Management System (NIMS)

Today (Tuesday, October 17, 2017 ), FEMA released the refreshed National Incident Management System (NIMS) to ensure that the guidance reflects the collective expertise of the whole community. NIMS applies to all incidents, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity. For more information click on the title above.

Friday, October 13, 2017

WV SIRN NEWSLETTER - AUGUST 2017

To download the WV SIRN NEWSLETTER - AUGUST 2017 click on the title above.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

EMS Conference OEMS update

To follow up from the EMS Conference OEMS update, please see the following links: 1) https://www.ems.gov/pdf/ems-data/Provider-Resources/812361_Beyond-EMS-DataCollections.pdf 2) https://www.ems.gov/newsletter/september2017/september2017EMSUpdate.html . The first link is the paper I referenced, “Beyond EMS Data”. The second link is to the video that was referenced that would not play. (click on the picture of the video and it will go to YouTube to play) Click on the title above to get active link or copy web address into your browser.

Friday, October 06, 2017

Medical Policy Care Committee (MPCC) and Medical Command (Medcom) October 20, 2017 Meetings Canceled for

The Medical Policy Care Committee (MPCC) and Medical Command (Medcom) meetings have been canceled for October 20, 2017. The meeting of the Medical Policy Care Committee (MPCC) will now be held on Friday, November 3, 2017 at 9:00 AM at the Medical Coordination Center, 89 Richard D. Minnich Drive, Sutton, WV 26601. The meeting of the Medical Command Committee will be held on Friday, November 3, 2017 at 1:00 PM immediately following the MPCC meeting.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Medical Policy Care Committee meeting October 20, 2017 Canceled

Due to unavoidable scheduling conflicts, the Medical Policy Care Committee meeting has been canceled for October 20, 2017. The meeting of the Medical Policy Care Committee (MPCC) will now be held on Friday, November 3, 2017 at 9:00 AM at the Medical Coordination Center, 89 Richard D. Minnich Drive, Sutton, WV 26601.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Ambulance Parking at CAMC Memorial

Effective immediately – CAMC Memorial now has four (4) permanently assigned, non-emergency “AMBULANCE PARKING ONLY” spots at the front entrance of the main lobby to the Heart and Vascular Center. These four parking spots are marked with signage for “ambulance parking only” and security will heavily monitor these spots. Any non-ambulance vehicles will be towed. These 4 spots are directly in front of the main entrance to the Heart and Vascular Center (HVC) lobby, with access via 33rd Street. If you are bringing a patient into CAMC Memorial for an appointment, procedure, direct admission to a floor, or picking up a patient for discharge – please use this area to park your ambulance, load and unload your patient, and bring the patient in and out via the HVC main lobby. This is for non-emergent patients only. Please do not bring an ED patient or critical patient through the HVC lobby. If these 4 spots are full, please use the ED ambulance bay as always. You can easily see all 4 spots from 33rd street before making the turn into the HVC circle, so you won’t have to circle through if they are full – just proceed on to the ED entrance. For more information, click on the title above.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

EMS for Children Advisory Committee Meeting will be held September 13, 2017

EMS for Children Advisory Committee Meeting will be held September 13, 2017 from 10:00 – 2:00 at the RETI Training Center in Flatwoods

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

2017 WV Statewide Interoperable Radio Network Conference (SIRN)

2017 WV Statewide Interoperable Radio Network Conference (SIRN) September 24 – 28, 2017 Camp Dawson - Kingwood, WV. For more information click on the title above.

Friday, August 18, 2017

WVNPA Conference October 12 & 13

Attend the WVNPA Conference - October 12 & 13, Volunteer WV is sponsoring the Volunteer Management Track (taught by Volunteer Maryland), for information, course descriptions and registration, go to https://wvnpa.org/2017-wv-nonprofit-leadership-summit/

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (EMSAC) September 12, 2017

The regularly scheduled statutory meeting of the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (EMSAC) will be held on September 12, 2017 at 1:30 PM at the Medical Coordination Center, 89 Richard D. Minnich Drive, Sutton, WV 26601. EMSAC For more information, click the total above.

Monday, August 14, 2017

WV HAN Advisory 139 Increase in New HIV Infections Reported in West Virginia 08102017

The Bureau for Public Health is investigating an increase in newly diagnosed human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases in the State among persons at high risk for infection. In addition to syphilis (reported among several of the cases), this at-risk population remains at high risk for hepatitis B and C infection. For more information, click the title above.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Increase in Reported cases of Cyclospora cayetanensis Infection, United States, Summer 2017

Healthcare providers should consider a diagnosis of cyclosporiasis in patients with prolonged or remitting-relapsing diarrheal illness. Testing for Cyclospora is not routinely done in most U.S. laboratories, even when stool is tested for parasites. Healthcare providers must specifically order testing for Cyclospora, whether testing is requested by ova and parasite (O&P) examination, by molecular methods, or by a gastrointestinal pathogen panel test. Cyclosporiasis is a nationally notifiable disease; healthcare providers should report suspect and confirmed cases of infection to public health authorities. For more information, click on the title above.

WVU Discounted Tickets for First Responders

We are happy to able to offer another special ticket opportunity to First Responders for the upcoming football season. The First Responder Appreciation games are the Delaware St. game on Sat., Sept. 16 at Noon and the Iowa St. game on Sat. Nov. 4, time TBD . To purchase the $30 ticket for one or both games, first responders and their families can visitwww.WVUGame.com/promo and enter the promo code THANKS to select the desired game and follow the steps to purchase tickets.

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