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Statewide D50W Drug Relief Offered

While the information contained in this news article was current and accurate when we posted it, it may not necessarily represent current WVOEMS policy or procedure. If you have any questions, please contact our office at 304-558-3956.

Posted: Friday, April 05, 2013 12:36 PM

Due to the nationwide shortage / unavailability of D50W, the following relief is offered to
all licensed West Virginia EMS agencies.

Protocols affected are the following:

4604 Diabetic Emergencies

  • Agencies with D50W may continue to use the medication as directed by protocol until their stock is depleted.
  • Agencies without D50W may use the modified protocol utilizing D5W.
  • No formal/permanent change to State Protocols wi ll occur at this time in anticipation of future D50W availability.
  • This relief/directive will be effective starting 4/5/2013 and will continue for 90 days until 7/5/2013. If D50 is still unavailable, this directive will be reviewed and renewed.
  • ALS vehicle equipment list will temporarily change the D50W requirement on class "C" ACLS vehicles to be optional with no required quantity for the 90 day extension.
  • A MEMO outlining these changes will be forwarded to all Medical Command Facilities outlining these protocol treatment options.

WVOEMS wishes to thank David O. Wright IVID, for providing the revised protocol.

The attached document has the complete memorandum.

File attachment

temporary protocol change 4604 diabetic emergencies.pdf

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