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Tidewater EMS Council

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At any moment, an individual may suffer a sudden, life-threatening illness or traumatic injury requiring immediate medical attention. More than one in every six people in the Tidewater Emergency Medical Services (EMS) region will summon an emergency ambulance this year. The ambulance response is provided from a local level, triggered by a call to 9-1-1. The professional volunteer and career emerge

At any moment, an individual may suffer a sudden, life-threatening illness or traumatic injury requiring immediate medical attention. More than one in every six people in the Tidewater Emergency Medical Services (EMS) region will summon an emergency ambulance this year. The ambulance response is provided from a local level, triggered by a call to 9-1-1. The professional volunteer and career emerge

Operating as usual

The TEMS Board also includes members who represent organizations related to TEMS' mission and are committed to serving t...
10/27/2022

The TEMS Board also includes members who represent organizations related to TEMS' mission and are committed to serving the communities of our region:
Donna Marchant-Roof, Allied Health
Traci Richards, Behavioral Health
W. Travis Kirby, PA-C, EVMS
Brian Phillips, Special Operations
Janice E. McKay, Tidewater ENA
Thank you for participating - your contributions are appreciated!

Our most recent Quarterly Training Education Experience was held yesterday - see below to learn more about the sessions ...
10/21/2022

Our most recent Quarterly Training Education Experience was held yesterday - see below to learn more about the sessions and topics covered and 'Save the Date' for the Winter QTEE (January 26th).

The Oct 20 QTEE was very well attended and kicked off with Mindy Seigh, LVAD Coordinator, talking about left ventricle assist devices. She gave a lecture that shared the different types, what to look for with connections and lights, trouble-shooting tips, best practices and who to call when you need help… which is 757-388-2831 option 5 to reach a VAD coordinator 24/7. Then she had a hands on portion of class where the participants were able to change batteries, silence alarms, and practice handling them.

Then Dr. Dylan Woolum, EMS Fellow, covered dialysis emergencies. Some of the takeaways was a better understanding of hyperkalemia, common complications of dialysis, high incidence of sepsis, whole blood use, value of CPAP for ESRD and direct fingertip pressure controls most dialysis shunt bleeds.

Travis Karicofe kicked us off after lunch with a trauma based lecture that was dynamic and leaving people wanting more! Participants walked away with more information about the use of AAJT’s, evidencd based change, critical thinking, junctional tourniquets and stopping the bleed is the most important part of hemorrhaging patients.

The day wrapped up with Dr. Joseph Lang talking about difficult airways! Providers learned how to line up the airway for the most success when intubating, giving only room air oxygen to neonates, techniques for identifying landmarks for crics, and always have a secondary airway plan in case the first one doesn’t work.

TEMS sponsored QTEE has NO FEE for participants, requires NO PREREQUISITES and CEU's ARE PROVIDED -- All EMS Providers are Invited to Attend this Training

Next QTEE session is January 26, 2023 - Learn more: TidewaterEMS.org/QTEE

The Tidewater Emergency Medical Services Council, Inc. was incorporated in 1974 as a non-profit organization for the pur...
10/20/2022

The Tidewater Emergency Medical Services Council, Inc. was incorporated in 1974 as a non-profit organization for the purpose of developing and implementing an efficient and effective regional EMS delivery system. The council integrates and coordinates resources to ensure rapid response and expert patient care, as well as coordination between more than 60 local EMS agencies and 15 hospitals and disaster medical preparedness.

Thank you Board members from the following jurisdictions:
-- Vernie Francis, City of Franklin
-- Pat Humphries, Isle of Wight County
-- Clayton Gaskins, Southampton County
-- Keith Johnson, City of Suffolk

Thank you to those who have stepped up to financially support the Whole Blood Initiative! This is a major program for TE...
10/18/2022

Thank you to those who have stepped up to financially support the Whole Blood Initiative! This is a major program for TEMS which is a non-profit organization and community engagement is vital to maintain, sustain and expand this program across the ten jurisdictions in the Tidewater EMS Council region.
Please consider contributing to this life-saving initiative and sharing the opportunity with others in your network of connections. Individuals, businesses and healthcare organizations all have a role to play in supporting the Whole Blood Initiative.
Learn more and Donate: Donate.TidewaterEMS.org

LAST CALL TO REGISTER TO ATTEND: Quarterly Training Education Experience is Thu, October 20th -- Classes include: LVAD f...
10/17/2022

LAST CALL TO REGISTER TO ATTEND: Quarterly Training Education Experience is Thu, October 20th -- Classes include: LVAD for EMS, Dialysis Emergencies, Hemorrhage Control Update and Airway Nightmares
Location: Delta Hotels - 7245 Woodlake Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23320
No Cost - No Prerequisites - CEU's Provided
All EMS Providers are invited to attend!
Learn more and sign up: TidewaterEMS.org/qtee

Did You Know . . . . Each Year 1.9 Million People Die Worldwide Due To Uncontrolled Bleeding Which Has Made Blood-Loss T...
10/14/2022

Did You Know . . . . Each Year 1.9 Million People Die Worldwide Due To Uncontrolled Bleeding Which Has Made Blood-Loss The Leading Cause Of Preventable Death From Injury. On October 4th, EMS agencies in the Tidewater region began carrying cold-stored whole blood for treating patients with major blood loss on their way to a hospital. The program was rolled out in Virginia Beach and will expand to other localities as we progress through the campaign. This initiative will positively affect the lives of many citizens throughout the greater Hampton Roads area.
Help us change the outcome for the region: Donate.TidewaterEMS.org

The directors of the Tidewater EMS Council, Inc. are nominated by the various jurisdictions and organizations represente...
10/13/2022

The directors of the Tidewater EMS Council, Inc. are nominated by the various jurisdictions and organizations represented on the Council, and elected by the board. The TEMS Board Members representing the Eastern Shore are:

Charles Ray Pruitt, Director of Accomack County Department of Public Safety
and
Terri Christman, Interim Chief Director of Northampton County Department of EMS.

Thank you for your contributions to the TEMS Board!

The Whole Blood Initiative (WBI) was featured in a story by The Virginian-Pilot Online. Read about this impactful new li...
10/12/2022

The Whole Blood Initiative (WBI) was featured in a story by The Virginian-Pilot Online. Read about this impactful new lifesaving program which began in our region earlier this month at https://buff.ly/3rQ4ahu
Learn more and Support the WBI at Donate.TidewaterEMS.org
Virginia Beach EMS

This year’s theme is “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape" and the focus is to educate everyone about simple but important...
10/12/2022

This year’s theme is “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape" and the focus is to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe from home fires. Today’s homes burn faster than ever. You may have as little as two minutes (or even less time) to safely escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Your ability to get out of a home during a fire depends on early warning from smoke alarms and advance planning.
Learn more: https://buff.ly/2GHNFdP

SIGN UP TODAY! Quarterly Training Education Experience is Thu, October 20th -- Classes include: LVAD for EMS, Dialysis E...
10/11/2022

SIGN UP TODAY! Quarterly Training Education Experience is Thu, October 20th -- Classes include: LVAD for EMS, Dialysis Emergencies, Hemorrhage Control Update and Airway Nightmares
Location: Delta Hotels - 7245 Woodlake Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23320
No Cost - No Prerequisites - CEU's Provided
All EMS Providers are invited to attend!
Learn more and sign up: TidewaterEMS.org/qtee

Tidewater EMS Council will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, October 11th.
10/10/2022

Tidewater EMS Council will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, October 11th.

In August and September, we shared the bios of our Board Officers and now begin a series this month to recognize all of ...
10/06/2022

In August and September, we shared the bios of our Board Officers and now begin a series this month to recognize all of our current Board Members. The TEMS Board is composed of representatives from the cities and counties in the region and affiliated healthcare agencies. The contributions of all members to the successful ex*****on of the TEMS mission are valued and much appreciated.


CHESAPEAKE, NORFOLK, VIRGINIA BEACH Members:
John W. McNulty, III, Chesapeake
Darren Padilla, Chesapeake
James Reynolds, Chesapeake

Michael Brooks, Norfolk
Robert G. Burton, Norfolk
John DiBacco, Norfolk

Edward M. Brazle, Virginia Beach
Christopher I. Jacobs, JD, Virginia Beach
Stewart W. Martin, MD, Virginia Beach
Daniel A. Norville, Virginia Beach
Jim Wood, Virginia Beach
Jim Redick, At-Large

10/04/2022
TEMS Program Update WBI Begins in Va Beach 10.4.22

The Whole Blood Initiative program is now active -- starting today Virginia Beach EMS will be equipped to respond to the need for whole blood transfusions for critical injuries in field. This is a major milestone and just the first deployment step for this program in our region -- expansion will proceed as quickly as funding allows.
You can help your community with financial support - visit Donate.TidewaterEMS.org to learn more about the Whole Blood Initiative and to donate to this impactful program.

The first unit of whole blood is on the street in Virginia Beach! While this is another major milestone, there are many ...
10/04/2022

The first unit of whole blood is on the street in Virginia Beach! While this is another major milestone, there are many more to work toward as we expand this initiative across the region! Our goal is simple: To improve trauma care and reduce mortality!!
Learn more and support the Whole Blood Initiative: Donate.TidewaterEMS.org
Virginia Beach EMS

10/04/2022
TEMS WBI First Whole Blood Delivery to TEMS 10.4.22

Today the first units of Whole Blood were received by TEMS from The Blood Connection to supply the Whole Blood Initiative start in Virginia Beach. This is an exciting milestone for this new life-saving program in our region. Learn more about the initiative and how you can participate in it's success: Donate.TidewaterEMS.org

REMINDER: It's time to register to attend one of the largest EMS training events in the country, the 2022 Virginia EMS S...
10/03/2022

REMINDER: It's time to register to attend one of the largest EMS training events in the country, the 2022 Virginia EMS Symposium -- Nov 9-13, 2022 in Norfolk, VA.
Offering more than 300 courses and 13 course tracks to help fulfill your continuing education needs. These courses are also applicable for nurses and physicians.
This year only - the Virginia Office of EMS is reducing the price of registration by nearly 50% off - to only $100!
Learn more and register online: https://buff.ly/3bqjaOb
Registration closes October 7, 2022.

REGISTRATION OPEN NOW! Next TEMS sponsored Quarterly Training Education Experience is Thu, October 20th -- Classes inclu...
09/30/2022

REGISTRATION OPEN NOW! Next TEMS sponsored Quarterly Training Education Experience is Thu, October 20th -- Classes include: LVAD for EMS, Dialysis Emergencies, Hemorrhage Control Update and Airway Nightmares
Location: Delta Hotels - 7245 Woodlake Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23320
No Cost - No Prerequisites - CEU's Provided
All EMS Providers are invited to attend!
Learn more and sign up today: TidewaterEMS.org/qtee

Prepare now for the wind, rain and flooding we are expecting in our  region over the next few days.
09/29/2022

Prepare now for the wind, rain and flooding we are expecting in our region over the next few days.

New TEMS Time Podcast Episode:Whole Blood Initiative to begin in Virginia BeachListen Now on Apple Podcast, Google Play ...
09/29/2022

New TEMS Time Podcast Episode:
Whole Blood Initiative to begin in Virginia Beach
Listen Now on Apple Podcast, Google Play and Spotify or via link on the WBI Campaign webpage: Donate.TidewaterEMS.org

The Whole Blood Initiative is an advanced care program to provide whole blood to trauma patients in the field. Joining us again to talk about this important life saving initiative and how it's all going to work are David Long/TEMS Executive Director, Chief Ed Brazle/VBEMS and Dr. Michael Martyak/Assistant Professor of Surgery EVMS.

In this episode we are continuing our discussion about the Tidewater EMS Council's new Whole Blood Initiative (WBI) which is currently in the 'roll out' phase with the first city in our region to take on this project being Virginia Beach.

A key reason that Virginia Beach was selected as the first jurisdiction for the WBI is the presence of Sentara Virginia Beach General, a Level 3 Trauma Center, in their district. Additionally the high level of services and instruction already in place in their delivery system and that their service area is comprised of urban, suburban and rural communities make Virginia Beach an excellent locality in which to begin the WBI program.

Interested in learning more about the Whole Blood Initiative and how you can support this life saving program? Visit our Campaign webpage: Donate.TidewaterEMS.org

THANK YOU to all who participated in yesterday's Blood Drive to support the Whole Blood Initiative -- Giving Blood to th...
09/28/2022

THANK YOU to all who participated in yesterday's Blood Drive to support the Whole Blood Initiative -- Giving Blood to the regional blood supply is vital to the program and your donations are greatly appreciated. Not only did members of the EMS and Rescue community turn out but also members of the public who heard about the drive on local media or were asked by a friend to contribute.
It's the beginning of a great partnership with The Blood Connection and we look forward to their team returning for our next drive in January.
Donate.TidewaterEMS.org

Today's Blood Drive is Underway - Join Us!Support the Whole Blood Initiative by Giving Blood Today at the TEMS Office in...
09/27/2022

Today's Blood Drive is Underway - Join Us!
Support the Whole Blood Initiative by Giving Blood Today at the TEMS Office in Chesapeake. Appointments available - Walk-ins welcome
Sign Up: https://buff.ly/3wQsP8s
More Info: Donate.TidewaterEMS.org

Join us TODAY to GIVE BLOOD in support of the Whole Blood Initiative!11am-7 pm at the Tidewater EMS Council Office (1104...
09/27/2022

Join us TODAY to GIVE BLOOD in support of the Whole Blood Initiative!
11am-7 pm at the Tidewater EMS Council Office (1104 Madison Plaza, Suite 101,
Chesapeake, VA) Appointments Still Available: https://buff.ly/3wQsP8s
Learn more about the program: https://buff.ly/3R8AEyv

It's not too late! Make an appointment to GIVE BLOOD tomorrow at the TEMS office in Chesapeake to support the launch of ...
09/26/2022

It's not too late! Make an appointment to GIVE BLOOD tomorrow at the TEMS office in Chesapeake to support the launch of the Whole Blood Initiative in Hampton Roads. https://buff.ly/3wQsP8s

Thank you to 13News Now - WVEC,  WTKR News 3 and WAVY TV 10 for coming  and sharing the news about the new lifesaving Wh...
09/23/2022

Thank you to 13News Now - WVEC, WTKR News 3 and WAVY TV 10 for coming and sharing the news about the new lifesaving Whole Blood Initiative (WBI) that TEMS is sponsoring in our region. You can learn more about the program at Donate.TidewaterEMS.com and also click the link to make an appointment at the first WBI Blood Drive on Tuesday, September 27th.

09/23/2022
TEMS WBI Training 9.23.22 (Facebook Post)

It's coming and we are getting ready! This week members of Virginia Beach EMS received training to transfuse whole blood in the field. Starting in October 2022, EMS agencies in the Tidewater region will carry cold-stored whole blood for treating patients with major blood loss on their way to a hospital. We will start the Whole Blood Initiative rollout in Virginia Beach and expand to other localities as we progress through the campaign.
TEMS is excited to bring this program to the Tidewater Region and you can sign up today to GIVE BLOOD to support this life-saving initiative at the first TEMS sponsored Blood Drive on September 27th.
https://buff.ly/3wQsP8s

We are partnering with The Blood Connection to supply whole blood for this program which is due to begin in Virginia Bea...
09/22/2022

We are partnering with The Blood Connection to supply whole blood for this program which is due to begin in Virginia Beach in early October. The first Blood Drive to contribute to the whole blood inventory needed will be held on Tuesday, September 27th at the Tidewater EMS Council office in Chesapeake. You can support the Whole Blood Initiative (WBI) today by signing up to GIVE BLOOD:
https://buff.ly/3wQsP8s
Interested in learning more about the WBI? Donate.TidewaterEMS.org

Visit the TEMS YouTube Channel to see videos which highlight some of the EMS resources available in our region https://b...
09/21/2022

Visit the TEMS YouTube Channel to see videos which highlight some of the EMS resources available in our region https://buff.ly/3kwo2TX
Preparedness begins at home and the Tidewater EMS Council was established as a non-profit organization for the purpose of developing and implementing an efficient and effective regional EMS delivery system for Southeastern Virginia and Virginia's Eastern Shore. Since 1974, it has been TEMS' mission to facilitate regional cooperation, planning and coordination of resources to ensure rapid response and expert patient care between more than 60 local EMS agencies and 15 area hospitals.

09/20/2022
TEMS WBI Give Blood to Support WBI

Don't miss the chance to GIVE BLOOD on Tuesday, September 27th - appointments available from 11am-7pm. Your contribution to the blood supply for the Whole Blood Initiative is vital for the program's success - sign up today and share this opportunity with those in your network who are looking to make an impact in our community. Learn more: Donate.TidewaterEMS.org

In an emergency medical situation, an extra minute, or even second, can mean the difference between life and death. Quic...
09/16/2022

In an emergency medical situation, an extra minute, or even second, can mean the difference between life and death. Quick transfusion of blood products by first responders is often required, before the patient even reaches the hospital. The need for blood products is great, and that is why the Tidewater EMS Council (TEMS) is partnering with The Blood Connection (TBC), a local non-profit community blood center, to host a blood drive later this month.
TBC and TEMS have a goal of collecting 100 units of usable blood products on September 27. If reached, that will be 300 lives potentially impacted by donors in the Tidewater region, as one blood donation can be used for up to three patients. The blood drive will take place at 1104 Madison Plaza in Chesapeake from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Potential donors can make an appointment by clicking this link: https://buff.ly/3eLGtDK.
Appointments are strongly encouraged, but walk-ups are also welcome.
For every blood donor, The Blood Connection will donate $20 to TEMS.
Support the TEMS Whole Blood Initiative by signing up today to GIVE BLOOD on September 27th!

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1104 Madison Plaza
Chesapeake, VA
23320

General information

Contact Information . . . Tidewater EMS Council, Inc. 1104 Madison Plaza Ste 101 Chesapeake, VA 23320 Telephone: 757 963-0632 Fax: 757 963-2325 E-Mail: [email protected] Office hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm except holidays

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Tuesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
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We may be a touch bias, but we think we are pretty lucky to be part of an amazing EMS system that always provides top notch care to our communities. Thank you Virginia Beach EMS for being a part of this new program through Tidewater EMS Council.
Today was the start of the Whole Blood Initiative in Virginia Beach! Thanks to our partnership with the Tidewater EMS Council, we are now able to offer whole blood treatments to those patients in need.

Thank you to everyone for helping us put this together. VB Rescue - EMS is proud to be on the cutting edge of paramedicine!

Today, Tidewater EMS Council and Virginia Beach EMS take delivery of their first whole blood shipment. This is great news for the Virgina Beach area!

Every minute matters! LifeFlow is excited to partner with these and other innovative agencies who are carrying .

A shout out to Tidewater EMS Council & Virginia Beach EMS for implementing a prehospital whole blood program. Early transfusion in hemorrhagic shock patients reduces mortality. https://www.wtkr.com/news/virginia-beach-ems-crews-are-being-trained-to-use-whole-blood

, the Whole Blood Initiative is coming to Virginia Beach!

We're excited to partner with our friends at the Tidewater EMS Council to soon begin offering whole blood treatments in the field to eligible patients. This is a landmark achievement for our community and we're excited to see this program make a difference.

Learn more about the Whole Blood Initiative and our partnership with TEMS: https://www.13newsnow.com/article/news/local/mycity/virginia-beach/virginia-beach-ems-iv-blood-trauma/291-f678bf81-473e-4c4b-aefb-949ba987aecd

EMS delivery of Whole Blood to patients SAVES LIVES!!! What a progressive step for the Tidewater area!!! Don't worry, Eastern Shore agencies aren't being left out. Once the program is a success in the "big cities", it will be available here too.

THANK YOU Tidewater EMS Council for always looking for ways to enhance patient care.

Also, CONGRATULATIONS to Virginia Beach EMS for being the first to offer this program.
Don't forget to sign up for the Tidewater EMS Council blood drive on Tues., Sept. 27!

This blood drive will directly support the Whole Blood Initiative, a joint project led by TEMS and VB Rescue - EMS!

Visit donate.tidewaterems.org to learn more and reserve your spot!

It's fitting that we get to recognize these amazing VB Rescue members during EMS Week!

Congratulations to our four VB Rescue members who received awards from the Tidewater EMS Council at the annual TEMS Expo!

Our members received the following awards...

Volunteer EMT Evan Old — Outstanding Contribution to EMS by a High School Senior
Cpt. Chris West — Outstanding Contribution to EMS Health and Safety
Senior Paramedic David Keeler — Innovation Excellence in EMS
Senior Paramedic Jamie Styron — Outstanding Contribution to EMS Emergency Preparedness and Response

Pictured below are Evan, Cpt. West, Jamie, Deputy Chief Joey Hundley, who accepted David's award on his behalf and Brigade Chief Rob Gramkowski.

Great work y'all! Each of you are valuable members of the VB Rescue team and we're honored to have you represent us!
In recognition of National EMS Week, Mayor Duman and members of City Council provided this proclamation recognizing the members of Suffolk Fire & Rescue for their outstanding service to our citizens. Chief Barakey and Lieutenant Stinnette accepted the proclamation on behalf of the members of SFR! Tidewater EMS Council City of Suffolk, VA - Municipal Government
Congratulations to telecommunicator Joe Ware for receiving the Tidewater EMS Council Regional EMS Award for his Outstanding Contribution to EMS Telecommunication. We are so proud of you for always going above and beyond the call of duty! Congrats, Joe. Well-deserved. Go .
What a great way to start EMS week!

Congratulations to our LifeCare Hampton Roads Team on their 2022 Regional Award for Outstanding EMS Agency by the Tidewater EMS Council!

Thank you to all of our amazing providers and leaders in our Hampton Roads region. This award is a testament to the hard work and dedication that you have shown throughout your community. We are proud to have each of you as a part of our family.
Still accepting walk-in registration. There is a Casino Night social event tomorrow after classes and Saturday eveining has the TEMS Regional EMS Awards dinner!!
And TEMS celebrate those on the tip of the spear answering the 9-1-1 call!! Though some have, many are still not recognized as public safety personnel!! Much work to do...
This morning, CFD responded into the City for an overturned vehicle on EB 58 just west of the City line. Because of SFR and CFD’s excellent working relationship with automatic and mutual aid, this incident was handled with excellent care and ex*****on. Chesapeake Fire Department Tidewater EMS Council
Career Opportunity with EVHC / Tidewater EMS Council
Last week, several of our members attended continuing education and training through the Tidewater EMS Council. Our members attend these trainings to ensure we continue to provide high-quality care for our community and stay up-to-date on our medicine, policies and skills. A big thank you to TEMS for hosting.
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