PEMS Medication Box Acquisition

PEMS drug box 2014On 9/4/2018, PEMS issued the last PEMS medication box available from the June 2014 RSAF Grant. 

Agencies in need of a PEMS medication box will follow the procedures outlined in the PEMS Medication Box Plan section VI, Medication Box Acquisition located on the PEMS website.  Designated Emergency Response “911” Agencies (DERA) and Non-DERA will be charged based on the current pricing from the manufacturer. When purchasing 1 or more boxes for use, agencies will be required to purchase 1 additional box to place in the regional pharmacy exchange system to support the 1 for 1 exchange program.

We will no longer be able to provide boxes for training purposes.  You will now need to pay the additional cost for the cost of the purchase of new boxes as well as the training medications. (Posted 09-05-18).

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Protocol Changes (2)

Two Protocol changes will go into effect today (29 June 2018) at 1400. Both are emergent clinical changes. Change 1 was directly developed and approved by the Stroke Task Force. Per PEMS Policies, both Change 1 and 2 have been reviewed and approved by the Medical Advisory Committee, the Chair of the Policies, Procedures, and Protocols Committee, and by the PEMS Executive Director.

Change 1 is located in the Administrative Policies: Stroke Field Triage.

  • The Stroke Task Force has extended the window for transport of RACE positive patients from 6 to 24 hours.  This change affected the "Stroke Field Triage" and the "Stroke/TIA Protocol".

Change 2 is to the "Medical: Hypotension/Shock (Non-Trauma)" Protocol and Pharmacology Section.

  • In response to a potential shortage of Dopamine, EMS providers may receive Norepinephrine (Levophed) in the PEMS Regional Drug Box.  This change affected the "Hypotension/Shock (Non-Trauma)" Protocol and Norepinephrine (Levophed) has been added to the Pharmacology Section.

PEMS website links to protocol files have been updated.

Agencies with printed protocols be sure to download, print, and insert change pages.

All users of the protocol app will update automatically when connected to Wi-Fi.

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