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Upcoming Events

2021 Infection Control Update

The Office of EMS is pleased to announce that we are currently featuring a 2021 Infection Control Update course which has 17 different course dates/timeslots scheduled through mid-September.  The next scheduled 2021 Infection Control Update class is Monday evening from 7PM to 8:30PM featuring Bob Page as the educator.

Virtual Instructor-Led Training, or VILT, is an online classroom where the student and instructor are in different locations and communicate entirely through the cloud. Through this simulated learning experience, students have the benefit of a hands-on learning experience that improves knowledge retention. This new training modality affords Virginia EMS providers the educational content they are seeking from the comfort of their home, office or while on vacation in Vanuatu.

We encourage you to share this information with your providers so they are aware of this new opportunity.  The registration links can be found at:  https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/emergency-medical-services/education-certification/provider-resources/virtual-instructor-led-training/

Stay safe and continue to monitor COVID-19 related updates at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/emergency-medical-services/coronavirus-2019-covid-19/.

About Virginia's Provider Health & Safety Initiative

With an increase in struck by/near miss incidents, line of duty deaths (LODD), and health issues with EMS providers, the state EMS Advisory Board recognized a need to focus on provider health and safety. As a result of this initiative, the Provider Health and Safety Committee was formed. The committee has members representing various aspects of fire and EMS. The organizations represented include:

Regional EMS Councils
Medevac
Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads
Virginia Professional Firefighter
CISM Team Representative
Virginia Association of Governmental EMS Administrators
Virginia Department of Fire Programs
Transportation Specialist
Safety Specialist
Mental Health Clinician

These groups, along with other invitees, will focus on various topics related to provider health and safety. The committee has many goals which include developing life safety initiative for EMS providers, promoting the use of critical incident stress management and mental health preparedness activities, supporting training programs on health and well-being, and providing research and supporting documentation on provider health and safety issues, as well as many other topics.

If you have any information or suggestions you would like to share with the committee, please contact Karen Owens, Emergency Operations Manager, at Karen.Owens@vdh.virginia.gov.

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