Local Protocol Program

Instructor Workshops Scheduled

The Central Shenandoah EMS Council will be conducting instructor workshops for the BLS Local Protocol Program. EMS providers interested in becoming a BLS Local Protocol Program instructor must be a released EMT with local protocol training for one year prior to instructor workshop or be a released ALS provider, successfully complete the current release of the BLS Local Protocol Program curriculum, be endorsed by an EMS agency, and demonstrate instructor potential be passing skill and cognitive examinations.

Instructor workshops are scheduled for the month of March. Click one of the events below for more information and registration.

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Program Overview

The Central Shenandoah EMS Council Local Protocol Program provides instruction to EMS providers in the region on specific local protocols that differ from the Virginia EMS Education Standards (VEMSES) and the National EMS Education Standards for the Emergency Medical Responder and Emergency Medical Technician levels. Modules of the curriculum include cardiac arrest management, 12-lead ECG acquisition, King LT airway, use of glucagon and trauma triage. Additionally, the program provides an annotated review of the all sections of the protocols, including patient assessment, adult and pediatric dysrhythmia management, medical and trauma protocols, procedure guides, drug formulary entries and field references. The goal of the program is to have BLS providers who can provide advanced interventions for sick and injured patients in the Central Shenandoah EMS region.

Students attending a Local Protocol program shall be certified as Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Emergency Medical Responder (EMR). Students will complete the various sections of the program as outlined in the “Student Enrollment Requirements” section of this manual.

The first part of the local protocol program is presented on the CSEMS Learning Hub. Students must score 80% or better on the evaluation conducted on the Learning Hub in order to participate in instructor-led skill training and examination. Course completion is awarded to participants who complete the course satisfactorily.

Regional EMT level providers are required to complete all of the modules of the local protocol training program before being released to practice as an attendant-in-charge.

Annual provider renewal/update is required. A provider may complete a standard local protocol course or may complete a renewal/update course. Renewing providers must complete the update on the CSEMS learning management system and complete competency verification on the minimum required skills at an instructor-led skills competency session. The annual renewal/update is required during the calendar year. However, updates may contain time-sensitive education/training, such a protocol updates, to be completed by a specific deadline.

Local training is the responsibility of each EMS agency in the CSEMS Council region and should be provided by the local instructor.

The local protocol courses consist of both an on-line and a classroom component. The on-line program is on the Council’s Learning Hub.  The CSEMS Learning Hub website: http://education.csems.org.

Registering for and Completing a BLS Local Protocol Program

BLS Local Protocol programs, both initial certification and annual renewal versions, are conducted on the CSEMS Learning Hub and during instructor-led skill training. To complete the online education component, follow the instructions below.

  1. Access the CSEMS Learning Hub at http://education.csems.org.
  2. Create an account (If you already have an account on the Learning Hub, skip to step 3).
    • Click this link if you are new to the CSEMS Learning Hub and you need to create an account:  http://education.csems.org/login/signup.php
    • Your account request will be manually approved by CSEMS. Please allow one business day for approval. You MUST be a Virginia EMS provider affiliated with a CSEMS EMS agency with the Virginia Office of EMS to be approved.
  3. Log into the CSEMS Learning Hub.
  4. From the home page, click on “My Courses”
  5. Locate the course you are required to take and click the link to start the course.
    • If you are a new Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) and this is your first time taking the BLS Local Protocol Program, you should select course LP-172.1
    • If you are an existing Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) and you are looking to take this year’s updated BLS Local Protocol Program, you should select course LP-174.1
    • If you are a new Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and this is your first time taking the BLS Local Protocol Program, you should select course LP-171.1
    • If you are an existing Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and you are looking to take this year’s updated BLS Local Protocol Program, you should select course LP-173.1

Once the online education component is completed, you will attend instructor-led skill training and testing sessions. In order to attend a skill session, you must provide a completion certificate to the instructor. After successfully completing the online education, you be given instructions to print the completion certificate.

Following successful completion of skill training and testing, your instructor will report completion to the Council.

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