Local & Surrounding Areas Heat Advisory In Effect – 11am to 9pm

HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 9 PM EDT THIS EVENING The National Weather Service in Baltimore MD/Washington has issued a Heat Advisory that is in effect for the central Shenandoah Valley and portions of eastern West Virginia and western Maryland from 11 AM through 9 PM EDT. HEAT INDEX VALUES…Around […]

VDH “Make the Call” – Mental Health and Wellness Campaign

If you are a first responder in need of help, please make the call. www.vdh.virginia.gov/makethecall This job is difficult and stressful. Some days are amazing, leaving you with a smile on your face. Some days are not. It is those days when the job is not amazing that you may take on the greatest burden. […]

Augusta Health ED Construction Update

      August 18, 2017 Dear Providers, On Monday, August 21, there is work scheduled to begin in the parking drive lane outside the ED to dig a trench and install a new sanitary line. The work will take place in (7) phases beginning at the intersection of the Medical Center Circle ring road. […]

Augusta Health: Letter to EMS/Fire Regarding Renovation

      June 29, 2017 Dear Providers, I am sure that you have already heard that the Emergency Department at Augusta Health has been planning for an expansion of our department followed by a renovation of our current space for the past year.  We have already begun the internal work that has to be […]

National EMS Safety Council Survey

In 2013, the National EMS Culture of Safety Strategy was published. The development of this document was funded by a NHTSA project grant to bring together the EMS stakeholder community to identify what constitutes a safe environment for EMS patients and practitioners; the challenges to achieving a safe EMS environment; and a strategy to overcome […]

Physio-Control Inc. Recalls LIFEPAK 1000’s

Physio-Control Inc. Recalls LIFEPAK 1000 Defibrillator Due to an Electrical Issue Which May Cause the Device to Shut Down Unexpectedly The FDA has identified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall. Use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death. Recalled Product: The LIFEPAK 1000 defibrillator Affected Product Part […]

URGENT – Medical Device Correction for Philips HeartStart MRx Monitor

Philips has identified the possibility of abnormal device behaviors on the HeartStart MRx Monitor/Defibrillator. Under exceptionally rare circumstances, the device may exhibit the following behaviors: If the pins that connect the battery to the device have become damaged or full of debris, it could result in a poor electrical connection. The device may not power […]

Alert: FDA banned powdered gloves December 19, 2016

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday issued a final rule banning powdered medical gloves beginning on 19 January 2017. FDA proposed the ban in March, citing mounting evidence that such gloves posed serious risks to patients, including airway and wound inflammation, post-surgical adhesions and allergic reactions. This is only the second time […]

EMS Provider Health, Safety and Welfare

So, why focus on EMS provider wellness?  First and foremost, healthy providers, make better providers!  Central Shenandoah EMS Council cares about the EMS providers in our region. EMS providers work in a very challenging environment in which providers face a multitude of inherent risks to themselves, their patients, their families and the public. The risk […]