Regional Updates

AHA Updated Interim Guidance on Card Extensions During COVID-19: April 1, 2020

UPDATED: Interim Guidance on Card Extensions during COVID-19 Outbreak CPR & Emergency Cardiovascular Care March 31, 2020 Purpose: To provide additional flexibility for providers, AHA Instructors, and Instructor candidates during the COVID-19 pandemic. NOTE: This guidance on card extensions supersedes the guidance outlined in the March 13, 2020, document, “Interim Guidance on Extensions for AHA […]

VCU Requests EMS Discontinue All Nebulizer, BiPAP & CPAP Before Entering ED

CSEMS CISM and Peer Support for First Responders in the Time of COVID-19

You are normal people experiencing common reactions to unprecedented events During this time of the COVID-19, citizens are asked to stay at home and keep their distance from others to prevent contracting this highly contagious disease. However, in spite of these dangers, first responders are always on call, ready to answer every single emergency call […]

COVID-19 Provider Update and Q&A with Dr. Brand and CSEMS: Thursday, April 2 at 7pm

During these video conferences, Dr. Brand and CSEMS Leadership will provide an update on the regional response to COVID-19, and will offer an opportunity for providers to ask questions about the weeks ahead. _________________________________________________________________ Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 7:00 – 8:00pm CSEMS COVID-19 Provider Update and Q&A with Dr. BrandThu, Apr 2, 2020 7:00 […]

Governor Northam Issues Statewide Stay at Home Order – March 30, 2020

Commonwealth of Virginia Office of Governor Ralph S. Northam FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE · March 30, 2020 Office of the Governor Northam Issues Statewide Stay at Home Order RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today issued a statewide Stay at Home order to protect the health and safety of Virginians and mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus, […]

VDH, OEMS Hiring Program Coordinator – Located at CSEMS: Deadline April 14, 2020

ADDITIONAL DETAILED POSITION INFORMATION AND APPLY ONLINE HERE APPLICATION DEADLINE APRIL 14, 2020 Job Description The Virginia Department of Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) is currently seeking potential candidates for the Program Coordinator position, which will be located in the Central Shenandoah EMS Council (CSEMS) office. This position serves as a Technical Resource Specialist for […]

Seeking Volunteers to Make Homemade Masks – Help Conserve Precious Reserves of N-95 Masks

We appreciate your interest in helping during this unprecedented time. Unfortunately we’re at that point in this pandemic, that homemade masks are being made to supplement the national shortage of N95 masks and to replace the desperation use of bandanas and scarves. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not suggest cloth material […]

Drug Box Decontamination Process Released

Please review the documents at the link below. We have developed a drug box decontamination process in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Providers should be familiar with the process and will be required to sign a statement that this process has been strictly followed when exchanging drug boxes. Provider Checklist/Flowchart Provider Certification Statement Combined Checklist and […]

Local Fire & EMS Seeking PPE Donations – Masks, Non-latex Gloves, Disposable Gowns for COVID-19

Do You Have Unused PPE to Donate to Your Local Fire & EMS Agencies? As you may have seen through state and federal press conferences, there remains to be a shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) throughout the nation for Emergency Services and Healthcare Workers in light of the Coronavirus COVID-19. EMS Seeking Local Donations […]

Honeybaked Ham Offers 30% Off to Regional Emergency Services & Healthcare Workers

A letter from Rod and Karen Little and the Honey Baked Team Dear Valued Community Partner, In recognition of the service provided by our local EMERGENCY RESPONSE, LAW ENFORCEMENT, AND HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS, Honey Baked Ham of Harrisonburg is pleased to extend a 30% discount on all hams and turkeys for these hard working people. Honey […]

Cleaning EMS Transport Vehicles after Treatment of Patient with Potential or Confirmed COVID-19

CDC Guidelines Cleaning EMS Transport Vehicles The following are general guidelines from the CDC for cleaning or maintaining EMS transport vehicles and equipment after transporting a PUI: Vehicle Rear Doors Should Remain Open While Cleaning After transporting the patient, leave the rear doors of the transport vehicle open to allow for sufficient air changes to […]

COVID-19 Protocol Update – March 25, 2020: Flowchart Added

We have added a quick reference flowchart breaking down step by step guidance for provider and patient safety, patient assessment and care, and decontamination and containment when caring for a patient with potential COVID-19 infection. Download a hi-res PDF file HERE. Keep in mind this protocol and flowchart may regularly change as we learn and […]

COVID-19 Protocol Update – 3.22.2020

Effective immediately, do not use Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) on suspected COVID-19 Patients. Please review the protocol link regularly for the most up-to-date treatment guidance.

CSEMS Pearson VUE Testing Facility Temporarily Reopened with Increased Hours: Begins Monday, March 23, 2020

CSEMS has Temporarily Reopened our Pearson VUE Testing Facility. After further discussions with the Virginia Office of EMS, we recognize the the limitations of testing throughout Virginia due to precautions with COVID-19, and the potential increased demand for providers in the near future. As such, CSEMS will temporarily re-open our Pearson VUE testing facility with […]

CSEMS Releases COVID-19 Protocol – Thursday, March 19, 2020: Monitor for Updates

CSEMS releases Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Protocol to be utilized for immediate use. Purpose: To provide guidance for the treatment and transportation of patients with confirmed or suspected exposure to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) while mitigating the risk to providers and other patients. All patients with shortness of breath, cough, or fever should prompt appropriate […]

Drug Box Alert: Expiration Date Extensions on Specific Lot Numbers; March 6, 2020

Scope of Impact: All regional drug boxes; specific medication lot numbers Provider Levels: EMT AEMT Intermediate Paramedic Mitigating drug shortages, the FDA has approved expiration date extensions for specific lot numbers deemed safe. Details: Certain drugs are experiencing continuing shortages in the United States. As such, you may find expired drugs in the regional drug […]

2020 Regional EMS Awards Program – Nomination Deadline Extended: June 1

The Central Shenandoah EMS Council is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Regional EMS Awards program. This regional recognition program honors the exceptional contributions of EMS providers in the Central Shenandoah Valley make to their communities. This regional program consists of 12 categories and one scholarship. Nomination Submission Deadline has been Extended: Award nominations must be […]

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