COVID-19 Vaccine Interest Survey

The Virginia Office of EMS is trying to determine Virginia EMS providers’ perspective on receiving an FDA approved COVID-19 vaccine and is investigating vaccine hesitancy. This survey will take approximately 1 to 5 minutes to complete and is completely anonymous.

To take the anonymous survey, please visit: https://redcap.vdh.virginia.gov/redcap/surveys/?s=97LTLHMT9R. Thank you in advance for your participation.

Maintaining & Achieving Your Healthy Weight

With the arrival of the holiday season comes delicious meals, sweets, excess calories, and the potential for unwanted weight gain. Maintaining your healthy weight is vital to feeling and operating at your best. The key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight isn’t about short-term dietary changes. It’s about a lifestyle that includes healthy eating, regular physical activity, and balancing the calories you consume with the calories your body uses. Click here to check out this month’s Health and Safety Infographic for tips about managing and achieving your healthy weight!

Click here to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website to learn more about maintaining and achieving a healthy weight.

Digital Certification Cards

The Office of EMS is pleased to introduce digital certification cards to EMS providers, EMS physicians and EMS agency leadership. Remember the days when you had to carry your printed certificate around and hope not to lose it? Those days are gone!

Digital certificates make keeping your certification with you easier than ever. The certificates are easy to pull up from a cell phone or computer. Providers can now download their certification card directly to their devices and keep it with them in digital format wherever they go! Digital certificates also make it a snap for an employer or organization to check and verify your certification levels.

Digital certification cards will be available beginning October 27, 2020. Accessing a digital version of your certification card is as easy as logging into the Virginia EMS Portal. If you printed or saved/stored your digital certification card on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, you will need to revisit the Virginia EMS Portal and download a new copy. There was an error in programming which malformed the data in your QR code used for recording continuing education credit.

A fact sheet on digital certification cards can be found by clicking this link.

Why transition to digital certification?

  1. EMS providers lose their certification cards, frequently! With digital certification cards providers never have to worry about replacement cards because providers will always have access to the digital certification for the duration of their certification period.
  2. Saving taxpayer money! Certification card stock, the cost of envelopes and postage, manpower to print, fold and stuff cards all cost money! Money which could be better spent on new technology resources, increased funding for the Rescue Squad Assistance Fund, and other benefits to the EMS system as a whole.
  3. Instead of faxing or mailing copies of your certification card to your employer or anyone requesting proof of your training, just e-mail them your Virginia EMS Certification card. It’s fast and easy!
  4. Be on the cutting edge and go green! Save our valuable natural resources whenever possible.

Concerned about Safety and Security?

Verify any Virginia EMS certification quickly on the Office of EMS website. This website allows for a search by a certificate number, first and last name and/or agency. If you are an employer and your employee has given you his or her Virginia EMS certification, or even just the certification number, you can use it to search for the certificate to validate that it’s valid as well as see when it expires.

This tool makes compliance and HR record keeping a breeze. Just go to the Virginia Office of EMS Digital Certification Verification web page and search for the certificate number you are trying to verify.

Once you’ve had a digital certification card, you’ll have a hard time going back to “the way we used to do it.”

Please see the online training for this new module for how to access digital certification cards.

 

COVID-19 Transmission Risks, Infection Prevention & Control

The Virginia Department of Health’s Office of EMS is proud to present Dr. Brooke Rossheim, MD, MPH, a Public Health Physician Specialist on the Virginia Department of Health’s COVID-19 Testing Team guidance for COVID-19 Transmission Risks, Infection Prevention & Control for licensed Virginia EMS agencies.  This asynchronous training program is not eligible for continuing education credit.

View the training here: COVID-19 Transmission Risks, Infection Prevention & Control 

Earthquake Preparedness

Are you ready when things start to shake? International ShakeOut Day is always the third Thursday of October (this year: October 15, 2020). While COVID-19 has brought uncertainties and challenges, one thing is for sure: emergencies and disasters are still happening. Planning for emergencies such as earthquakes allows us to understand the steps necessary to prepare for the potential impacts. The more prepared you are before an earthquake, the more resilient you will be after an earthquake.

Great ShakeOut earthquake drills are an opportunity to practice how to be safer during earthquakes: “Drop, Cover and Hold On”. They also encourage you, your community, your school or your organization to update emergency plans and supplies, and to secure your space in order to prevent damage and injuries.

For more information and to register to participate in the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill on October 15, 2020, visit:

https://www.shakeout.org/register/

https://www.ready.gov/earthquakes