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New plan and protocol updates have been approved by the Southwest Virginia EMS Council Board of Directors at their March 17, 2022, meeting.Regional protocols updates for Cardiac Arrest—Asystole, Cardiac Arrest—Pulseless Electrical Activity, Cardiac Arrest—V-Fib Pulseless V-Tach, Medical—Tachycardia, and Medical—Respiratory Distress-Asthma-COPD have been posted. In addition, changes to the regional Hospital Diversion plan are available for download.
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. Protocol updates are available from our mobile app and for download from our website.

The Southwest Virginia EMS Council Board of Directors will meet on March 17, 2022, beginning at 6:30pm. The meeting will be held at the Council office located at 506 Piedmont Avenue, Bristol, VA, 24201. Public attendance is welcome.

Members of the public will be able to address the Board at their convenience during the time designated on the agenda.

Southwest Va. EMS Council is an authorized training site for NAEMT and is allowed to teach PHTLS and Community Paramedic courses. If you are interested in any of our upcoming training classes offered, please contact Josh Wilkinson, our next offered NAEMT course please visit the Training Calendar.

2022 courses confirmed

PHTLS Hybrid January 22, 2022

PHTLS Hybrid March 13, 2022 limited seats

TBA Community Paramedic 

Bristol Regional Trauma Center will transition to a Level III Trauma Center on February 1.  Below are some important details we want to share with you about this change. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our office or the Ballad Health EMS Liaison at any time to discuss this process and any questions you may have. Specific details are provided below by clicking the "Read More" link.

OEMS recently announced that in conjunction with Virginia’s EMS System, the Western Virginia EMS Council recently partnered with ESO to build a comprehensive, statewide network to better collect and track healthcare and public safety data from EMS agencies, fire departments and hospitals.

This will allow the system to really lean into data across the entire patient journey – from 911 call to hospital disposition – to help improve patient care and patient outcomes at a statewide level. Additionally, we’ll have greater insight into first responder well-being so we can provide ongoing support to this critical workforce. Bottom line, we’ll be able to leverage analytics to see data-driven trends that will help us make the most informed decisions when it comes to keeping Virginians healthy and safe.

For more information, click below:

https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/emergency-medical-services/2021/03/11/eso-to-provide-software-and-services-to-virginia-ems-agencies-fire-departments-and-hospitals/

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