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News archive: May

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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.

EMS Week

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

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

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.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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

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/ .

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.

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