Skills Drills

-Announcement Regarding 2017 Skills Drill-

Until further notice, scheduling of Skills Drills for 2017 will be delayed until after the MCRC meeting on January 23rd, 2017. CSEMS, in conference with medical direction, will be using this time to evaluate the objectives and policies of the Skills Drill Program and the direction it will go in 2017. The CSEMS Council’s intention is to continue to provide agency directed Skills Drill services, including administrative support, testing materials, and on-site drills if needed, for the remainder of 2017 as soon as possible. New information will be posted to this page when available. In the meantime, please direct Skills Drill related questions to Jeremy Green at jgreen@vaems.org.

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Skills Drills

Advanced Life Support (ALS) providers in the CSEMS Council region are required to successfully complete skills proficiency evaluations (skills drills) during prescribed time periods at the direction of their affiliated agencies and Operational Medical Directors. The Council offers skills drills at varying locations within the region throughout the year as a service to regional agencies that do not conduct in‐house skills drills.

Registration

Registration for skills drills is required. EMS providers who do not register for a skills drill may not be permitted to attend the drill if the drill is full.  Register for skills drills below under “Upcoming Drills.”

Procedure

CSEMS Council skills drills are conducted in accordance with the following guidelines:

  • All providers will be required to fill out paperwork at each skills drill session listing all regional EMS agencies with which they hold affiliation
  • All providers will take a written examination based on the current CSEMS Council Prehospital Standard Patient Treatment Protocols.
  • All providers will perform three (3) BLS and/or ALS skills at a skill testing station. The schedule for skill testing and check sheets can be found below under “Downloads.”
  • The Council will report written and practical assessment results to the provider’s affiliated agencies within seven (7) days of the skills drill.

EMS agencies utilizing CSEMS Council skills drills are responsible to review skills drill assessments for affiliated EMS providers and make determinations relative to the provider’s authorization to practice as an EMS provider. Such determination should be made under the direction of the agency Operational Medical Director (OMD).

Skills drill reports provided to EMS agencies will objectively document the provider’s performance on written and practical assessments. The agency and the OMD are responsible to set criteria that define minimum competency for continued practice, in good standing, as an EMS provider. If a CSEMS regional preceptor is suspended from practicing for any reason, the CSEMS Council must be notified immediately.

The CSEMS Council will offer skills drill at various sites throughout the region during the year.

Notes

1 Enhanced, Advanced EMT, Intermediate and Paramedic.

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For additional information on ALS skills drills, Jeremy Green (jgreen@vaems.org).

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