Welcome: Randi Blymyer Joins PEMS Staff!


The Peninsulas EMS Council, Inc. is pleased  to announce the addition of Randi Blymer, RN, CEN to its staff.  Ms. Blymyer will become the region’s new EMS Field Coordinator – Clinical Care, replacing recently promoted Captain Bradley Beam, of the Williamsburg Fire Department.   A Gloucester County native, Ms. Blymyer’s parents were both involved in EMS and Randi grew up surrounded by it.  A Virginia-licensed Registered Nurse, and Certified Emergency Nurse, Randi is an Acting Charge Nurse and the EMS Liaison for the Riverside Walter Reed Hospital Emergency Department where she has worked for four years.  She has over ten years of EMS experience, working with the Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue, where she still runs rescue and also oversees the Junior program.  
Randi’s experience as both a practicing field provider and emergency department nurse will provide the Council with unique insight.  In her role, she will be responsible for managing the region’s day-to-day clinical care issues including the development, implementation and coordination of the regional medical direction and Regional Medical Treatment Protocols, Policies and Procedures. You may contact Randi at 804-693-6234 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Training Opportunity:  Yale University School of Medicine Pediatric Triage Study

Northern Virginia EMS Council, Fairfax County Fire & Rescue and Yale University School of Medicine - New Haven Hospital are conducting a research project on how the use of video games can be incorporated into EMS training. 

If you are interested in participating in this research, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of Fairfax County Fire & Rescue.


Study Title: Computer-Based Simulation: Pediatric Disaster Triage Training For Emergency Medical Services Providers
Principal Investigator: Mark Cicero
Funding Source: AHRQ

You are invited to participate in educational research being conducted at Yale University School of Medicine. They are trying to 1) improve pediatric disaster triage education and 2) compare live simulations to educational video games.

As part of your prehospital care training and/or ongoing education, you are being asked to participate in a pediatric disaster triage course. If you agree to participate in this study, we would like to collect information about how you learn this set of knowledge and skills. If you consent, during the course, your performance on computerized triage scenarios will be recorded. Your name will not be used in the video or electronic record of your disaster triage performance. A standardized identification code will be assigned for use on all evaluations. This ID will consist of the first two letters of your first name, the first two letters of your last name, your two digit birth month, and your two digit birth year (e.g. MACI0875).

Your individual performance will NOT be shared with your peers, supervisors, or any person outside the research team. Your consent to participate in simulations will not impact your participation in the learning. The researchers at Yale will critique 1) their teaching strategies 2) your improvement throughout the course. This project is funded by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and has been approved by the Yale University Human Investigation Committee (the Committee that reviews, approves and monitors human subject research). Participation in this research poses no harm to you the participant.

You are free to choose not to participate and if you do become a subject you are free to withdraw from this study at any time during its course. If you choose not to participate or if you withdraw it will not harm your relationship with your own institution.

The participant is asked to play an online video game for 15 minutes a week over the course of 13 weeks. The web based video game can be accessed on a computer, tablet or smartphone. There is no cost to the participant.

Benefits of Study Participation:
1. Personal Benefits:
a. Education in pediatric disaster triage and management
b. Continuing medical education certificate (VAOEMS CEU approval pending, estimated to be 4 hours of Category 2)
2. Societal Benefits:
a. Improved ability of our prehospital care community to care for children in disasters

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