The Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters in Norfolk is working to obtain pediatric trauma center status in expectation of being able to receive and manage severely injured pediatric patients. The preparation has been underway for over a year but several barriers have delayed formal trauma center designation. Planning and preparation continues but an original January 1, 2014 implementation date has been postponed. "Our current trauma triage plan has not changed," says trauma program director Ann Kuhn, MD, "and when we are ready to receive trauma via our EMS partners we will work through the TEMS structure to ensure an organized changeover."
The new HRMMRS 2013 WMD Antidote Kit Familiarization Course is now on-line! This course replaces the previous course and reflect the significant changes that were made to the WMD Antidote Kits in May 2013. The new course presentation is 10 minutes in length. Students must review all of the materials posted in the Course Presentation/Student Materials section. Questions from these materials will appear on the final examination.
The Tidewater EMS Council announced selection of two individuals for TEMS grant funding to attend the EMS World Expo in Las Vegas September 9-13 which includes the Mobile Integrated Healthcare Summit. The recipients are Robin A. Price and Raymond E. Willet.
The Virginia Cardiac Technician program began with the graduation of 24 Virginia Beach rescue squad volunteers in 1973. The program, known as the Emergency Coronary Care Program (ECCP), was created by two local physicians before there was a state-level ALS program for emergency medical services.
The Tidewater Emergency Medical Services (TEMS) Council, Inc., recognized members of its EMS community who were nominated for exemplifying exceptional service and dedication at the council's annual regional awards program and picnic held July 13, 2013, at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk, Va. Ten EMS providers and agencies received trophies, service ribbons and certificates during the event. One high school senior received a $1000 scholarship for college or accredited advanced life support training.