Drug Shortage Alert - Magnesuium Sulfate
*** DRUG SHORTAGE/DRUG CHANGE ALERT ***
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.
2014 Regional EMS Council Award for Excellence in EMS
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