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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.