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incident reportingAt the meeting of the Southwest Virginia Medical Direction Committee, the issue of incidents between EMS provider and hospital staff related to Hospital Diversion was discussed.  Local facilities have also expressed the desire to ensure positive working relationships with EMS agencies.  The Council has developed a quick reporting tool to help us address issues as they arise.  Upon submission, council staff will begin working to address and resolve these issues.  Likewise, we are working to implement a debriefing process to work through such incidents expeditiously to ensure good collaboration.  The form can be addressed by clicking this link or from the Quick Menu at www.southwest.vaems.org.

New plan and protocol updates have been approved by the Southwest Virginia EMS Council Board of Directors. Regional Hospital Diversion and Restocking plans and documents were approved at the June 27, 2019, meeting of the Board of Directors. Regional EMS plans (including the MCI, Strategic EMS, Stroke Triage, and Trauma Triage plans) are reviewed and revised as needed annually. The most recent versions of these plans and protocols, along with our most recent annual report, are posted to our website and available for download.  To review or download plans, please click on this link.  You may also review our most recent Annual Report under the "About Us" menu tab from our website.

RSAFnaloxoneThe Virginia Office of EMS has opened a special grant opportunity for EMS agencies.

Nasal Naloxone for EMS Agencies is a NO COST grant opportunity for licensed EMS agencies to receive Nasal Naloxone between November 26, 2018 and March 29, 2019. All licensed EMS agencies are eligible to apply for Nasal Naloxone regardless of prior funding status. Eligible applicants may apply through E-GIFT to have the Naloxone shipped at NO COST to their agency. 

For more information, please see the OEMS website

Dear EMS Providers,

Today, the Southwest Virginia EMS Council received multiple communications from members of the EMS community regarding hospital diversion declarations in our region.  While hospital diversions are intended to address temporary periods when a hospital’s resources are overwhelmed, we know that the incidence of diversion has increased and creates a strain on the EMS system.  Such declarations also create hostility between prehospital and hospital employees.

We want to affirm regional EMS policies regarding hospital diversion and direct EMS agencies and providers to adhere to provisions of the regional Ambulance Diversion Policy.  When adjacent facilities declare diversion, it is permissible for EMS agencies to disregard those declarations, especially when increased travel time places communities and citizens at risk.  If you encounter issues, direct those to our office.  We will not tolerate aggressive or rude treatment of EMS providers following this policy and will deal swiftly with these incidents.

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