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Drug Shortage Alert - Magnesuium Sulfate


Due to the nationwide shortage of Magnesium Sulfate 1 gm/2 mL vials, the ODEMSA Pharmacy Committee and Regional Medical Director have decided to make the following changes to the ODEMSA drug kit until the shortage is resolved. These changes will take effect as pharmacies restock drug kits.


 Immediate: Magnesium Sulfate 1 gm/2 mL will be decreased to TWO (2) vials in the ODEMSA Drug Kits.


 If shortage continues: As Magnesium Sulfate vials become unavailable, the medication box will contain ONE (1) premixed bag containing 2 gm magnesium sulfate in 50 mL normal saline.


As with all shortages or medication changes, the Pharmacists will apply the Medication Alert Sticker to the outside of the ODEMSA Drug Kit, notifying the provider/agency of the change.


 Thank you in advance for the work you do and your attention to detail. If you have any further questions, please contact the ODEMSA Office at (804) 560-3300.



SRMC New ER Line

Southside Regional Medical Center - New Phone Number for EMS Reports

Wanted to make EVERYONE aware of a change in communicating to SRMC ER from the field. We now have a dedicated telephone line to our ER for patient reports. The NEW number is 804-765-5625. If you use the HEAR radio, please continue to do that. You can start using this new number on Friday July 25, 2014. Please disregard any other numbers you may have for calling in reports after Friday July 25, 2014.

The old number was going directly to the charge nurse. This process was creating issues where if the charge nurse was registering a patient and the charge nurse received a call from EMS, the charge nurse was not able to take a report at that time or may not have been able to answer the call.



ODEMSA Announces Regional Award Winners

               We are pleased and very proud to announce the winners of our 2014 Regional Award Program.  The winners were honored at the ODEMSA Regional EMS Picnic and Awards Ceremony that was held at Pocahontas State Park  July 12, 2014.


               It was certainly inspiring to see so many amazing individuals and agencies, that are dedicated to providing the highest level of care in their communities, at the awards gathering.  "Winners are recognized, by their peers, for their exceptional contributions made to the Virginia EMS system.   The awards are a small token of appreciation for all that they do to enhance prehospital patient care in the region", commented ODEMSA Executive Director Heidi Hooker, during the ceremony.   ODEMSA is proud to honor our EMS practitioners throughout our region for providing the highest quality prehospital care.   We ask that you start thinking about your choices for the 2015 Awards Ceremonies.

robert trimmer - 2014


2014 Regional EMS Council Award for Excellence in EMS

Robert Trimmer

Chesterfield County Fire and EMS
King's Dominion








ODEMSA Offices Have Moved

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            THE ODEMSA OFFICE HAS MOVED !  The Old Dominion EMS Alliance is now located at 1421 Johnston-Willis Drive.  This is a change from our previous address of 1463.  For those that are familiar with our old location, the new location is in the same parking lot, but different building. 
            We're excited about our new location, which offers a larger classroom/meeting room, more storage, additional office space for ODEMSA staff and coming soon - an ambulance simulator !   In addition, the office is divided, into an administrative wing and a meeting/education wing, which will allow for better service to our EMS community. 
            Come by and see us !!  We still have a few boxes to open and we're still trying to figure out the best way to organize a few things, but we are open for business and would love to take a few minutes to show you around. 
      welcome mat      How can you reach us ??  If you haven't already, please change our address in your systems immediately.  The new address is:  1421 Johnston-Willis Drive, Richmond, VA 23235.   You may begin sending mail to the new address upon receipt of this notice.  All phone numbers remain the same.   All emails and other forms of communication are unchanged. 
            We remain grateful to HCA Hospitals, specifically the Johnston-Willis campus for their generous donation of our new office space.  We also extend our thanks to Forest View Volunteer Rescue Squad who allowed us to use their building during our construction phase.  The temporary move to Forest View VRS was a good practice of the ODEMSA Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP).   If you have questions you may contact ODEMSA Executive Director, Heidi M. Hooker at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Upcoming Events

STEMI Steering Committee
September 04, 2014 (08:00 - 10:00)
Stroke Steering Committee
September 04, 2014 (10:00 - 12:00)
Consolidated Testing - Colonial Heights Tech
September 04, 2014 (18:00 - 19:00)
Mass Casualty (MCI) Committee
September 05, 2014 (11:00 - 13:00)
CEU Metro Richmond (PD15) South
September 09, 2014 (19:00 - 23:00)
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General Information and Mission Statement

The Old Dominion EMS Alliance is one of 11 Regional EMS Councils established within the Code of Virginia, Section 32.1-111.11 to coordinate EMS. Created in 1980, ODEMSA is charged by law "with the development and implementation of an efficient and effective regional emergency medical services delivery system" to include the regional coordination of emergency medical disaster planning and response. It is a corporation under Virginia law and is classified by the Internal Revenue Service as a non-profit group under IRS Code 501 (c) (3). Mission Statement: The Old Dominion Emergency Medical Services Alliance, an integral part of Virginia's Comprehensive Emergency Medical Services System, serves to assess, identify, coordinate, plan and implement an efficient and effective regional EMS delivery system within Planning Districts 13, 14, 15 and 19, in partnership with the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services and the Virginia Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board.


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