EMS Strong – the 2015 EMS Week Celebration is May 17 through 23!Annual EMS Awards:
Emergency medical services systems across the country will be celebrating EMS Week from Sunday, May 17 through 23, and Vermont is no exception. EMS Week is an opportunity for agencies, districts and hospitals to highlight the importance of EMS in our communities and to thank EMS providers for their dedication and service. To that end, the Vermont Department of Health will be hosting a VT EMS Day on the State House lawn on Tuesday, May 19 from 9:00AM until 2:00PM. The rain date will be Thursday, May 21. At this event, we will be joined by Vermont dignitaries in presenting annual awards for First Responder Service of the Year, Ambulance Service of the Year, BLS Provider of the Year, ALS Provider of the Year, and EMS Educator of the Year. We hope you will take the time to nominate one of your peers for this high-profile recognition. Information about these awards, including how to nominate someone, is attached. Please note, the deadline for awardnominations is Friday, May 1.Details on how to nominate
- 2015 DRAFT Protocol Changes - We are updating the Vermont Statewide Emergency Medical Services Protocols. These DRAFT protocols include the most recent changes from the CDC regarding Ebola, evidence-based pediatric EMS protocols that Vermont has been developing with all the other New England states under the PEGASUS project, and other changes made under careful review with all of the Vermont District Medical Advisors. A running list of changes by protocol is also available. Please feel free to review and submit any comments you may have to VTEMS by March 25, 2015. We will then work towards publication of the final updated Vermont Statewide Emergency Medical Services Protocols version with accompanying educational materials.
- January 2015 Newsletter - This and previous editions of the Vermont EMS newsletter are now available on the Links page.
- Vermont EMS Conference - The 25th EMS Conference was held October 14-18, 2014 in Killington.Thank you to all those who attended and offered feedback. As part of the celebration, photos were pulled from around the state and set to music by Forest Weyen of Bennington Rescue. Click here to enjoy the slide show.
- Rapid Sequence Intubation: The Vermont Statewide Emergency Medical Services Protocol, Rapid Sequence Intubation (RSI) 7.1 states as a prerequisite that, “this procedure is only to be used by paramedics who are trained and credentialed to perform RSI with oversight by local Medical Control and agency participation in an RSI educational and CQI program approved by Vermont EMS. Either 2 RSI paramedics or 1 RSI paramedic and 1 RSI assistant must be present.”
- The Vermont EMS Rapid Sequence Intubation Course Manual outlines the RSI education and CQI program requirements. This manual outlines the minimal educational content for both RSI paramedics and RSI assistants and can also be used as a student manual.
- Please note that instructors will need to build their own teaching materials based on this course manual’s content. There are many published commercial products available to at least partially suit these needs.
- As a reminder, an RSI program requires the direct involvement of the District Medical Advisor (DMA) and the approval of the Department of Health. Instruction/delivery of this educational material is under the medical oversight of the DMA.
- If your service and DMA opt to add the RSI program, you are required to notify the Department of Health in writing prior to field implementation.
If questions, please contact Dr. Wolfson.
- Vermont EMS Online Courses: As part of development efforts to enhance the user experience, CentreLearn is becoming LearnEMS with a new look and feel but with all of the same high-quality educational offerings. Link here to LearnEMS.
- The user interface has changed and become easier to use, more intuitive, and has more ability for training officers to monitor training records (and with no loss of current functions). All of your training records are safe and will be transferred to the new system, and all of the courses that are currently available, including EMS and Fire CE, OSHA and VT EMS Protocol Education, will still be available in the new system. (A link to LearnEMS is also found on the Links, Alerts, Recalls page.)
- For additional information or for assistance in accessing your CentreLearn account, contact Jessica Freire in the EMS Office.
- Enhancement of EMR scope of practice to include use of intranasal naloxone for suspected opioid overdose with severe respiratory depression. Vermont EMS deems this enhancement appropriate in response to widespread public access to Naloxone for this purpose.
- EMR use of Naloxone
Memo from VT State EMS Medical Director Daniel Wolfson, MD to Vermont EMRs and VT District Medical Advisors outlining the education component
- EMR Intranasal Naloxone
As with past protocol education, the presentation can also be found on LearnEMS under the title 'EMR Intranasal Naloxone.'
- HEART Safe Community Vermont - Based on recognizing all communities w ho meet specific criteria that help increase the potential for saving the lives of individuals who have sudden cardiac arrest through the use of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and increased public access to defibrillation. By tecoming a HEART Safe Community, your town, city officials and citizens will be recognized for taking the time and making the effort to become an invaluable link in the chain of survival. Applications and information contained in the Documents section.
- Instructions on transitioning any existing Vermont EMS license to the new scope of practice can now be found in the Personnel Licensing section. Just locate the document that best fits your situation.
- Still have questions about transitioning? A list of Transition (Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) can also now be found in the Personnel Licensing section.
- Note to all Transporting (Ambulance) Services: This is an Important reminder to use drop forms when transferring patients to ED care unless you submit the entire SIREN chart prior to leaving the hospital.
Ebola Protocol and Guidance for EMS Personnel - Identify Patients, Protect Yourselves, Respond Safely
- Guidance Memo to all EMS Providers and Services - Key actions for EMS providers and services to take now (updated Feb 12, 2015)
- Ebola Virus Disease Protocol - updated Feb 12, 2015
- LearnEMS Education - is entitled Vermont EMS Ebola Virus Disease Education (VTEVD) and is included in all protocol folders within LearnEMS. For those unable to access LearnEMS, simply use all of the elements listed below.
- Interim Plans for Monitoring Healthcare Workers with Potential Ebola Virus Exposure
- Disinfectants to Use Against the Ebola Virus - A list of registered disinfectants for use against the Ebola virus on hard, non-porous surfaces.
- Ebola Virus Disease Education (Powerpoint)
- Ebola Education Session - Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Demonstration (YouTube)
- Vermont EMS PPE (Tyvek™ and Hood) Donning and Doffing Checklist
for Suspected Patient’s with Ebola- MODIFIED 11/5/14 Checklist has been modified to reflect CDC's guidelines and include equipment that will be shipped to all Vermont-based transporting services on Monday, November 10. Checklist is to be used by Vermont EMS in conjunction with the Vermont EMS Ebola Virus Disease Protocol.
To practice in Vermont, an EMS provider must hold a valid Vermont EMS certification (now referred to as a license). To renew your Vermont EMS license with a valid NREMT certification, locate and print off the appropriate recertification paperwork on the Documents page based on your level of Vermont licensure. Complete the recertification application, include a copy of your National Registry card, and submit to Vermont EMS.
Service administrators - Please review your rosters and be sure that your providers have valid Vermont credentials.
Contact Vermont EMS with questions or concerns.
Please RSVP to a particular meeting by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with:
- your name
- your agency
- which meeting you would like to attend
- whether you will be attending in person or via internet (helps us plan room size)
Meetings typically will be offered as Web-Ex (electronic) meetings as well as available for personal attendance. Information on connecting electronically and via telephone will be shared to all who RSVP to a particular meeting.
|Location at 108 Cherry Street||Web-Ex Int-ernet -Link||Audio Conferencing Information|
EMS District Leadership
1st Thurs of every month at 1100 hrs
April 8, '15 from 1-3 p.m. in Room 2A
July 15, '15 from 1-3 p.m. in Room 2A
Click here (if utilizing WebEx for video)
Access code 734 141 663
If joining by computer (video), password is VTEMS1
|EMS Advisory Committee||
|108 Cherry, Room 201||n/a||
Conference Room 3128070
Previous meeting minutes (click link)
Ambulance and First Responder Services (updated 2014 Oct 28)
Vermont’s Emergency Medical Services System (EMS) is composed of approximately 180 licensed First Response and Ambulance services staffed by 3,000 certified EMS providers. These pre-hospital emergency care providers include First Responders/Emergency Care Attendants, EMT Basics, EMT Intermediates and Paramedics. The majority of our EMS providers are volunteers.
The Vermont Office of EMS and Injury Prevention is the state office responsible for EMS regulation and system development. The EMS Office licenses EMS organizations, provides ambulance inspections, administers certification exams for EMS providers and is active in system development and injury prevention programs.
Email: Vermont EMS
Phone: 802-863-7310; 1-800-244-0911 (toll free in Vermont only)