Nomination Period is STILL OPEN for 2017 PEMS Region EMS Awards!

It is time again to recognize excellence in those within our regional Emergency Medical Services community who stand out for their vision, their leadership, and their performance.

The Peninsulas EMS Council, Inc. is actively seeking the nominations of your top performers for the 2017 Peninsulas Region EMS Awards. We believe that you know best who in each category is deserving of recognition, and we look forward to receiving your timely nominations so they may be suitably honored by their peers.

Winners in each category will be recognized at the 2017 “Celebrate EMS Day” at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg on 27 May, 2017 and will be nominated for the Governor's EMS Awards that will be announced at the 2017 EMS Symposium in November.

Awards include:
Excellence in EMS Outstanding EMS Administrator
Outstanding EMS Agency Outstanding Prehospital Provider
EMS Physician with Outstanding Contribution to EMS Nurse with Outstanding Contribution to EMS
Outstanding Prehospital Educator Outstanding Contribution to EMS for Children
Outstanding Telecommunications Dispatcher Outstanding Contribution to EMS Health and Safety
Outstanding Contribution to EMS by a High School Senior EMS Call of the Year
Outstanding Contribution to EMS Emergency Preparedness & Response  

Administrators and trainers, please post the 2017 Awards Program Flyer in the public areas of your stations, training and administrative areas.  Please help us to make each of your personnel aware of this opportunity to recognize our own.

Please act now!  Make sure that your providers and peers are recognized by taking five minutes to complete a nomination!

If you have any questions or desire further information, please contact us at 804-693-6234 or email your questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Training Opportunity: Hampton Roads Trauma Symposium

21 April, 2017, Williamsburg DoubleTree by Hilton, Williamsburg, VA

This year's focus:  Complex Patterns in Trauma

Speakers this year include:

Complex Injury Patterns in Trauma:
Lessons from Combat

Eric Elster, MD, FACS, CAPT, MC, USN
• Approaches to the initial resuscitation.
• Multidisciplinary approach to complex injuries.

What to do When it All Goes Bad in
Disaster Management

J. Bracken Burns, DO, FACOS
• Understand all types of disasters.
• Be able to explain surge capacity and capability.

Critical Care in the Polytrauma Patient
Beth Broering, MSN, RN, CEN, CCRN,
Stefan W. Leichtle, MD

• Identify life threatening critical care issues.
• Treatment of multiple critical care problems.

Management of Trauma in Patients
Exposed to Ionizing Radiation

Nicholas Dainiak, MD, FACS
• Understand role of antimicrobial prophylaxis/
treatment and hematopoietic cytokines.
• Distinguish radiation exposure from
contamination by radiation.

The Trauma Patient’s Perspective
Brian Boyle
• Discuss patient's perspective of event & recovery.
• Understand impact to the patient and family.

Stabilization and Prioritization of Polytrauma
Frank Y. Yang, MD, FACS
• Identify initial stabilization issues.
• Preparing patient for transport to trauma center.

Treatment of the Hypothermic Trauma Patient
Brian Lenczewski, MD
• Identify complications of patient.
• Discuss prioritization and treatment of patient.

“Water, Water Everywhere…”
Stephen Skinner, MD

• Outline pathophysiology of drowning and
near drowning.
• Highlight treatment priorities and prognosis.

Ultrasound Skill Station
Anjeza Cipi, MD
• Identify normal Extended FAST (E-FAST) views.
• Identify abnormal findings on E-FAST and more.

Call 757-594-6385 for more information.

We Are PEMS!

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Recall Alert: Physio-Control LIFEPAK 1000 Defibrillator

Physio-Control Inc. Recalls LIFEPAK 1000 Defibrillator Due to an Electrical Issue Which May Cause the Device to Shut Down Unexpectedly

The LIFEPAK 1000 Defibrillator has been recalled due to an electrical issue, which may cause the device to shut down unexpectedly. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall. Use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death. To learn more about this recall, please visit:

Recalled Product:

  • The LIFEPAK 1000 defibrillator
  • Affected Product Part Numbers: 320371500XX
  • Serial Numbers: There are 133,330 affected serial numbers.
  • Distribution Dates: June 30, 2006 to December 23, 2016
  • Manufacturing Dates: June 30, 2006 to December 20, 2016  
  • Devices Recalled in the U.S.: 50,046 nationwide

Recall posted 03-21-17

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Town Hall Meetings to Discuss the Future of Intermediate-99


town hall meetingThe Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services will be hosting Town Hall meetings to discuss the future of the Intermediate-99 certification level in Virginia.  These Town Meetings are designed to provide background information on the Intermediate certification level and the costs associated with maintaining this certification level once the National Registry of EMT’s ceases to offer a valid, legally defensible assessment examination.

The Town Hall meetings will also provide information on alternatives to maintaining an Intermediate certification level in the Commonwealth.

Virginia EMS Providers, agency leadership and constituent groups are strongly encouraged to attend one of these Town Hall meetings in order to obtain factual information on the Intermediate-99 certification level.  There will be an opportunity for those present to ask questions and provide their feedback to state officials, medical directors and members of the EMS Advisory Board.

March 21, 2017 – 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Rappahannock Community College
52 Campus Drive
Warsaw, Virginia 22572
Lecture Hall (This meeting will be simulcast to the Kilmarnock Center.)

March 21, 2017 – 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Rappahannock Community College
Kilmarnock Center
Kilmarnock, Virginia 22482
Room 102

March 31, 2017 – 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Holiday Inn – Tanglewood
Roanoke, Virginia
In conjunction with the VAVRS Spring Board of Governors meeting
Room and Start Time TBA

Town Hall meetings will also be scheduled for Wytheville, Virginia and Harrisonburg, Virginia.  Please check the OEMS web site for exact locations, dates and times – TBA.

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