- News and Updates
- 2015 Protocols Officially Released 9/15/15
- The National Continued Competency Program
- Licensing and Scope of Practice Transitions
- Upcoming Meetings
- Vermont's Emergency Medical Services System
- Ebola Protocol and Guidance
- Contact Us
Proposed changes to the EMS Rules
- The department is beginning a rule-making process to revise the EMS rules. Prior to the formal procedure, we welcome your comments on the proposed rules. Submit comments by September 30, 2015 to AHS.VDHVTEMS@vermont.gov
2015 Protocols Officially Released (9/15/15)
New Vermont Critical Care Paramedic Endorsement (9/15/15)
Updated Mandatory Reporting Guidance for EMS Providers
- As you know, the ability of EMS providers to see the scene and suspect abuse is a critical component of our child protection system. In many cases, no one else will see what you are able to see on a scene. This is one of the most important duties that we have as EMS providers.
Please review the memo from the Department for Children and Families carefully, and send any questions to the contact listed in the document. We will incorporate these changes into the upcoming protocol revision, but note that these requirements should be followed by EMS providers now.
Vermont EMS Conference
- Registration for the conference is now open. The dates are Thursday thru Sunday, October 22 thru 25 (main conference) and Monday - Tuesday, October 26 - 27 (post-conference workshops).
- Click here to register.
- OnCall for Vermont is the hub for health-focused volunteering, training and response in Vermont.
Building upon our state’s rich history of volunteerism and neighbors helping neighbors in times of need, this new portal provides Vermonters with a simple and easy path to becoming a health volunteer.
Effective July 1, 2015 all Vermont EMS personnel with licenses due to expire in 2016 or later will see a very different and dynamic way to select and document their continuing education. To learn more, go to the National Continued Competency Program page.
- Editions of the Vermont EMS newsletter are available on the Links page.
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.
For more information: Contact us to reach Dr. Wolfson
Changes to EMS Online Course Access
- CentreLearn is becoming LearnEMS with a new look and feel but with all of the same high-quality educational offerings..
- 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 information or support contact Donna Jacob.
Intranasal Naloxone Guidance
- 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
- Designation as a HEART Safe Community is based upon meeting 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 becoming a HEART Safe Community, your town, city officials and citizens will be recognized for its committment to making this critical effort the chain of survival.
Applications and information can be found in the Documents section.
Transporting (Ambulance) Services
- Important reminder to all Transporting (Ambulance) Services to use drop forms when transferring patients to ED care unless you submit the entire SIREN chart prior to leaving the hospital.
Valid Licensing Required
- 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.
Scope of Practice Transitioning
- 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.
- Transition Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) can be found in the Personnel Licensing section.
If you are planning to attend a meeting, please RSVP to email@example.com 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
Click here (if utilizing WebEx for video)
Access code 734 141 663
If joining by computer (video), password is VTEMS1
|EMS Advisory Committee||
During the EMS Conference in October
|108 Cherry, Room 201||n/a||
Conference Room 3128070
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Ambulance and First Responder Services (updated June 19, 2015)
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.
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.
Email: Vermont EMS
Phone: 802-863-7310; 1-800-244-0911 (toll free in Vermont only)