PEMS Hosts Dementia Train-the Trainer for EMS Classes

PEMS is hosting Train-the Trainer Sessions for EMS providers in helping to deal with dementia patients.  Dementia training for first responders and APS workers provides tangible benefits to both parties.

People with Alzheimer’s may present as uncooperative, disruptive, and combative when they have difficulty communicating and understanding what is happening.

First responders may not know how to work with people in these situations — leading to more confusion.

Education of the disease and training in de-escalation tactics can often effectively address the situation and ensure the safety of individuals with dementia as well as the safety of the first responders and APS workers.

These in-person Train-the Trainer sessions will be hosted at the PEMS Office.  

When   Thursday, September 7th, 9:00am-12noon 

Thursday, September 7th, 1:00pm-4:00pm 

Friday, September 8th, 9:00am-12noon 

Solumedrol Shortage in PEMS Medication Kits

ALL PEMS Region EMS Providers - During the week of June 19, 2023, it was brought to light that there may be shortages of Solumedrol which may affect the medication inventory of the PEMS’ medication kits.  If this takes place, it will be noted on the exterior of the medication kit and Dexamethasone will be used as a temporary substitute when Soulumedrols is not available.  This has been approved by Dr. Louka, Dr. Dodd, Dr. Justis, and reviewed by the Pharmacy Committee representative Tanya Claiborne.

The pharmaocology page for Dexamethasone has been updated in the PEMS Protocol App.  The pharmacology page is available for download by clicking the link below: 

  Dexamethasone - Click to Download

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Volunteers Needed for Remote Area Medical Clinic

Volunteers are needed for the Remote Area Medical Clininc being held on September 16-17 2023 at Westmoreland High School 141 Opal Lane  Montross, VA 22520.  Medical, dental, and vision providers and assistants, as well as non-medical personnel are asked to volunteer for the clinic. Volunteers need to register at or call 865-579-1530.

Remote Area Medical —  RAM® — a major nonprofit provider of pop-up clinics delivering free, quality, dental, vision and medical care to underserved and uninsured individuals — is coming fall of 2023. Services available at the RAM clinic include dental cleanings, dental fillings, dental extractions, dental x-rays, eye exams, glaucoma testing, eyeglass prescriptions, eyeglasses made on-site, women’s health exams, general medical exams, and vaccines.
All RAM services are free and no ID is required.   

2023 VOL Montross VA

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