Live and Virtual Showcase Featuring Laerdal Medical – Friday, September 25: 10am-5:30pm

Featuring Laerdal MedicalFriday, September 25, 2020, 10:00am-5:30pm — Sign up Now! (Choose an appointment at the bottom of this page) Registration DEADLINE:Friday, September 18! CSEMS provides a central location for vendors to demonstrate EMS equipment and their capabilities. We want to connect agencies with the latest equipment and resources available. Our goal is to provide […]

Blue Ridge Poison Control – Provides Magnets, Stickers and Keychain Tags for Agencies to Distribute to Public

Agencies are encouraged to stop by the CSEMS office and pick up poison control informational magnets, stickers and keychain tags donated by Blue Ridge Poison Control (BRPC) for agencies to distribute to the public. We encourage public and patient education on the dangers of poison and to be prepared to call in case of emergency. […]

Urgent Reminder: Expired Drug Box Exchanges During Pharmacy Hours – NOT Weekends

Urgent Reminder Expired Drug Box Exchanges – Monday through Thursday ONLY This is an urgent reminder that due to the risk of running out of drug boxes available for exchange, expired drug box exchanges must be made during regular hospital pharmacy operating hours, Monday through Thursday. Pharmacies are closed and cannot accept expired boxes on […]

Augusta Health ED Linen Exchange – Different Colors, Process Remains the Same

Augusta Health is in the process of outsourcing the processing and cleaning of all the linens. EMS agencies may see some different color sheets but the process of exchanging sheets will not change. Agencies are asked to return the linens to the normal soiled hampers no matter how soiled they may be to the ED. […]

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 […]

FDA Advises Consumers Not to Use Hand Sanitizer Products Manufactured by Eskbiochem

[6/19/2020] FDA advises consumers not to use any hand sanitizer manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico, due to the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol), a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested. FDA has identified the following products manufactured by Eskbiochem: All-Clean Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-002-01) Esk Biochem […]