As COVID-19 Case Counts rise…remain vigilant!

EMS Providers – Hospital staff need your help to keep everyone safe! Please remember the following when bringing patients to hospitals for continued care: All patients and EMS crew members must have a mask on upon entry into the ED. All visitors must go through Emergency entrance (triage/waiting room) for proper temperature screening and masking. Only two […]

CSEMS 2020 Regional EMS Award Winners – Presented LIVE on Facebook

Congratulations to all of CSEMS 2020 Regional EMS Award Winners – Presented LIVE on Facebook! As most plans and events in 2020 have required some creative adaptation due to COVID-19, this year’s award presentations were much different than ones in the past. Throughout the week of Monday, August 10, 2020 – Wednesday, August 12, 2020 our […]

HIPAA Misconceptions Create Patient Care Barrier for EMS at Hospitals – Importance of Bidirectional Communication

EMS providers commonly report information barriers at hospitals and other healthcare providers refusing to provide patient information due to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) concerns. Healthcare and emergency service providers are at a clear disadvantage without access to this information and HIPAA is making efforts to promote bidirectional data exchange between EMS and […]

City of Waynesboro Emergency Communications Center Adds Text-2-911 Feature

The City of Waynesboro Emergency Communications Center has added the capability of receiving 911 Emergency Calls by Text. The City of Waynesboro Emergency Communications Center has added the capability of receiving 911 Emergency Calls by Text. Commonly referred to as Text-2-911, this technology allows anyone with a text capable cell phone to text 911 to […]

New Protocols Released for Preview – Implementation scheduled for Fall 2020

We are proud to introduce the brand new CSEMS Regional Protocols for preview. This preview period is an opportunity for providers to become familiar with the protocols before they are implemented this fall. Educational support will be provided before implementation, and is being developed over the next few months. This document is not just a […]

Virginia Office of EMS Welcomes Brandon Havens, as the Central Shenandoah EMS Technical Resource Specialist

You may have seen a new name and face pop up in your virtual meetings as he has wasted no time diving into regional projects. It is with great pleasure that we introduce to you our newest Virginia Office of EMS staff member at the CSEMS office, Brandon Havens, effective June 10. Brandon is the […]

T-Mobile – Connecting Heroes: FREE Unlimited Service for First Responder Agencies

Keeping our First Responder Agencies Connected T-Mobile is providing first responder agencies with the FREE nationwide 5G access they need, helping these frontline heroes at the most critical times. T-Mobile is Pledging $7.7B Over the Next 10 Years We know first responder agencies face tough budget decisions, but they shouldn’t have to decide between critical […]

OEMS White Paper on Alternate Destinations

Late last week, the Virginia Office of EMS sent a White Paper regarding use of alternate destinations via email to licensed EMS agencies. This paper has been posted on our COVID-19 Resource page under Agency and Provider Resources. While we are working on regional surge plans at the Central Shenandoah EMS Council, we also know […]

COVID-19: Understand and Identify Burnout and Secondary Traumatic Stress

Responding to disasters can be both rewarding and stressful. Knowing that you have stress and coping with it as you respond will help you stay well, and this will allow you to keep helping those who are affected. Sources of stress for emergency responders may include witnessing human suffering, risk of personal harm, intense workloads, […]

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 […]