2017 Protocols CoverOne of PEMS primary responsibilities to our regional EMS system is the development, publication and maintenance of a consistent set of patient care guidelines for all prehospital providers in the PEMS region.  These protocols are under a constant state of revision, with a new version published in the spring of each year.  While many people and committees are involved in this process, the Protocols, Policies & Procedures Committee carries out most of the research and development to keep our protocols current and relevant.  They provide a draft recommendation to the Medical Advisory Committee who approves new and changed protocols before publication. 

  Click here to download the 2020 version of the Patient Care Protocols, Policies, & Procedures with the 03-02-20 Update. This is a full-color, 8 1/2 x 11 inch version of the protocols for individuals and agencies desiring to print their own protocols. 

  Click here to download just the change package for the 2020 version of the Patient Care Protocols, Policies & Procedures.

NOTE: If you choose to do just the change packet or did the 2020 change packet, you must also download the 2020 Update Packet.

   Click here to download the PEMS 2020 Update 1 Packet.

If you have a need for an earlier version of the patient care protocols, contact PEMS at 804-693-6234.


Click here to download the PEMS COVID-19 Viral Respiratory Pathogen Exposure Reduction Procedure (4-08-20)  

  Click here to download the COVID-19 Tiered EMS Response Protocol

Contact PEMS at 804-693-6234 for questions or clarification.

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Protocol tests for the 2020 PEMS Protocols, Policies, & Procedures are available through agency Operational Medical Directors (OMDs). Please contact your OMD to receive a current protocol test.

OMDs- please download a PEMS Protocol Test Authorization letter here. Sign and return to PEMS via fax or emal attachment to receive the current version of the test.

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PEMS Protocols Available by Smartphone App Now!

For a long time now, providers throughout the PEMS region have been asking for a smartphone app with the PEMS Regional Patient Care Protocols, Policies & Procedures. 

In 2017, the Gloucester Rotary Club, Gloucester, VA learned of this need and agreed to sponsor a protocol app.  Through their generosity, every EMS provider, agency administrator and hospital staff member can download an app with the current version of the PEMS protocols free of charge! (2018 Protocols will update on 1 March.)

Providers will have the protocols with them on scene when they need them, rather than sitting under the bench seat outside on the truck or back in the office.  They will have them where they can read them in the dark with poor lighting and in the rain.  They will have them with them in the classroom and during drills and exercises.

Anyone involved in our regional EMS system can download the app at the following links for either iOS or Android.

iOS: https://www.acidremap.com/customAppDownload.php?bundleID=PPPPEMSPatientCareProtocols&platform=iOS

Android: https://www.acidremap.com/customAppDownload.php?bundleID=PPPPEMSPatientCareProtocols&platform=android

You may also find them by searching for PEMS Protocols on the iOS or Android application stores or by linking with our application contractor at:  https://www.acidremap.com and following the links for PEMS from there.

A website is available with the current protocols for desktop and laptop systems at:  https://www.acidremap.com/sites/PeninsulasEMS/

Again, there is no charge to the provider for the app.  Updates to the application or the protocols will take place automatically if connected to Wi/Fi, so you will never have to wonder if you have the most recent version.

In the near future we will be adding other functions to the app like MCI Position Checklists, regional EMS planning documents, resource contacts, and text notifications of critical information such as ED closures, medication shortages, etc.

Thanks again to the Gloucester Rotary Club for supporting this important project.   It wouldn't have happened without you!

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