ALERT: TEMS awards nominations due by midnight, tonight. Submit nominations at www.tidewaterems.org/awards
Feature article: The Virginia Healthcare Alerting and Status System (VHASS) has been updated so users can select from which hospitals in the region they wish receive closure and diversion alerts. More here...
May is National Stroke Awareness Month. What can you do? More info below in News.
CISM Team Meeting, Mon May 01 @ 6:00 pm at TEMS
EMS PI Conference Call, Thu May 04 @12:00 noon
Patient & Provider Safety PI Sub-Committee, Thu May 11 @ 3:30 pm at TEMS
Trauma PI Sub-Committee, Thu May 11 @ 5:00 pm at TEMS
2nd Annual Pediatric Trauma Conference, May 11, Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, Norfolk Info and Register (scroll down to see this conference)
Eastern Shore Stroke Update - May 15 at 8:30 am, Eastern Shore Regional Fire Training Center in Melfa and 1:30 pm, Northampton County EMS Office in Machipongo. 1 hr EMS CE. Presented by the Eastern Shore EMS Council and the Riverside Shore Memorial Stroke Team. Questions?
ICS 300 and 400 Courses at TEMS in Chesapeake (free)
Advanced Stroke Life Support - June 24 in Charlottesville. More info...
June 4 is EMS Family Day at the Ballpark - Free ballgame, free food and drinks, concourse game for the kids, door prizes and more. Harbor Park, Norfolk. Tides versus Rochester Red Wings. Regional EMS awards presentation at 12:20 pm. Game time 1:05 pm. More info and register yourself and immediate family members at www.tidewaterems.org/funday.
Sodium Bicarb and D50 shortage - Due to a national shortage, several facilities are having trouble acquiring sodium bicarbonate 50 mEq prefilled syringes and D50W prefilled syringes required for stocking the TEMS red medication boxes. If pharmacies are unable to restock either item there should be a sticker on the top of the red box indicating if a reduced number or none of these are stocked in the box.
From the Virginia Office of EMS:
Road closure: Sentara Virginia Beach General - In preparation for the construction starting this summer at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, Facilities Lane, the road behind the hospital, will be closed from May through at least July. More info...
Peninsulas EMS Council offers "Celebrate EMS Day" on May 27 at Busch Gardens - includes an all you can eat picnic lunch and the 2017 PEMS regional awards ceremony in the Black Forest! Discount tickets and the picnic buffet vouchers are available here. (Current pass holders must still register in order to get their free meal voucher.)
Opportunity for national involvement - Applications are now being accepted to join the 25-member National EMS Advisory Council (NEMSAC). The council advises and consults with the Department of Transportation and the Federal Interagency Committee on EMS (FICEMS) on matters related to EMS. More info...
May is National Stroke Awareness Month - Most strokes are preventable. And a large percentage of the ones that happen are treatable with the right care, right away. It's a matter of knowing what to do, taking action and spreading the word. More info...
May 21-27, 2017 is National EMS Week - Plan locally for activities that thank, unite and inspire EMS providers as well as promote and celebrate the EMS system. More information on the campaign is available at EMSSTRONG.org. This year's theme: Always in Service.Tidewater EMS Council, 1104 Madison Plaza, Chesapeake, VA 23320 757 963-0632 Toll Free 844-757-TEMS (8367)