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Medication Shortage: Epinephrine 1:10000

Medication Shortage: Epinephrine 1:10000 altPharmacies in the PEMS region are reducing the number of 1mg/10mL preloaded syringes in the PEMS Regional Medication Kits from 8 to 6 units due to a shortage that is expected to last for 4 - 5 months.  Medication Kits whose inventories are affected by this shortage will be indicated by an index card in the clear pouch on the outside of each...
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Job Opportunity: Williamsburg Fire Department Firefighter/Medic

Williamsburg Fire Department LogoThe City of Williamsburg is seeking motivated candidates for the position of Firefighter/Medic.   Candidates must possess a valid Virginia driver’s license, high school diploma (or equivalent) and must be eighteen (18) years of age or older. Certifications Preferred: EMT-P, EMT-I, EMT-B and/or Tidewater Regional Fire Academy or equivalent.   Click here for further information  
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Job Opportunity - Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program Coordinator

TCC LogoTidewater Community College is seeking applications for the position of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program Coordinator.  Review of applications will begin on 4 June and will continue until the position is filled.    Go to https://jobs.tcc.edu/postings/1405 for further information and application procedures.
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Medication Box Sharps Precautions

cartoon needlestickPEMS has received several reports (with supporting pictures!) of unsecured sharps being left in medication boxes by field providers following their use on a patient.    Unsecured sharps represent a significant hazard to pharmacy personnel who work diligently to keep our medication box system stocked and ready.  Unsecured sharps also delay getting a medication box back in service as the pharmacy personnel  are not generally authorized to...
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Second Annual EMS Day at Busch Gardens Registration Open!

Appreciation Day-BG 15 v4Registration is now open!  Join us for a day in the park, including an all you can eat picnic lunch and the 2015 Regional Awards Ceremony in the Black Forest!   Discount tickets and the picnic buffet vouchers are available at www.peninsulas.vaems.org for you and your family members.  Adult tickets are $41.00 and child tickets are $36.00.  (Current pass holders must still register in order to get...
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Order Your 2015 Protocols!

It took longer than we anticipated, but the 2015 PEMS Regional Patient Care Protocols, Policies and Procedures are now available for order.Order Form   To order your printed copies, download the Order Form here, or go to the protocols section of the PEMS website by clicking HERE.   Prices are: Large Format (with tabs and binder) - $86.65 Small Format (with tabs and binder) - $51.77 Revisions Only (either size) - $28.35    
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Job Opportunity: Medical Transport

MTIMedical Transport LLC, Virginia’s largest CAAS accredited EMS agency, has immediate full-time and flexible positions available in the Hampton Roads area.   Please apply to www.medicaltransportllc.com.   They are looking for the following:   EMT/Basic EMT/Intermediate EMT/Paramedic EMT/Paramedic Critical Care Drivers Ambulance Prep Techs Mechanics
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Pharmacy Update - Vasopressin, Narcan & Lasix

pharmacyIn light of several long-term medication shortages, providers should be aware of the following changes to the medications carried in the PEMS medication kits:   vasopressin Vasopressin is no longer being manufactured in a shelf-stable variety.  Since refrigeration in the field is not possible and since we have an alternative that is already addressed in PEMS protocols, Vasopressin will no longer be carried in the PEMS Medication Kits.         narcanThe...
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Infectious Diseases Section Added to Website

We have added a dedicated infectious diseases information section to our website. The section includes a direct link to the CDC Health Alert Network asEbola well as links to official Ebola, enterovirus and pandemic flu information. See the "Infectious Diseases" link on our menu to the left. EMS Providers are reminded to be sure to ask patients with fever about recent travel. With a fever...
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PEMS Paramedic given NAEMT Educator Award

DSN 2279cMelissa Doak, a veteran emergency medical services (EMS) provider for over 30 years, has been awarded the 2014 National EMS Award of Excellence for Educator of the Year from the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT). This award recognizes more than 20 years spent passionately educating EMS providers throughout Virginia, across the United States and around the world.
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