Ebola Resource Center- updated 10/17/14 - 12:30p.m.
On August 6, 2014 members of the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared Ebola a public health emergency of international concern. To date, the United States has only had isolated cases of the virus. In response to the intensifying pandemic in the West African countries of Guina, Liberia and Siera Leone, and the fact that we have had isolated cases in the U.S., the Old Dominion EMS Alliance has established this Ebola Information Portal to quickly link EMS providers and EMS agencies with information and tools to help prepare for potentially infected patients.
Current ODEMSA Initiatives:
(1) A team led by our Regional Medical Director, Dr. Allen Yee and the Metro-Richmond Fire Chiefs, is preparing ebola specific regional guidelines. The team is comprised of experts from EMS, Fire, Hospital Administrators, Hazardous Materials Specialists and Educators. We expect their work to be done within a few days. A video with instruction will accompany the guidelines. ODEMSA will disseminate the information as soon as it's available.
(2) The Office of EMS has requested each Regional Council reach out to the agencies in their respective region to determine agency PPE inventory, and potential areas of need. ODEMSA will do this in the form of a survey. Your agency leadership should be prepared to answer these questions in the next few days.
(3) Because this is a fluid situation, ODEMSA recommends providers strictly follow CDC recomendations, unless you are told otherwise by your agency Operational Medical Director (OMD).
Please click on "read more" to monitor updated information and links.
Governor McAuliffe's FY2015 Saving Plan
Statement Issued by Gary Brown, Director Virginia Office of EMS
Gary Brown, Director of the VA Office of EMS released a statement clarifying the impact to Emergency Medical Services in the Commonwealth regarding the recent announcement of Governor McAuliffe's FY2015 Savings Plan. Statement Regarding Governor's Savings Plan and EMS 10-16-14
EMS LinenNOTICE - EMS Linen is now PURPLE !!
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.
2014 Regional EMS Council Award for Excellence in EMS
TO SEE THE FULL LIST OF OUR AWARD WINNERS - Click Here
October 21, 2014 (19:00 - 23:00)
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October 28, 2014 (15:00 - 17:00)