- 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.
- 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.'
- Version 1.4, 3/17/14 of Vermont Statewide Emergency Medical Services Protocols: A number of corrections were required to the previous version of the protocols. An excel spreadsheet has been included, explaining the required changes. A PDF extract of changed pages includes the reverse page if applicable, to assist with double-sided printing.
- 2014 Annual VT Healthcare and EMS Disaster Preparedness Conference at Killington Grand Resport: save the dates of October 14-19, 2014 (including 2 pre-conference days). We are working booking keynotes and a call for speakers is open! For more information, see here.
- July 2014 Edition of the VT EMS Newsletter is Available: VDH is proud to present a newly designed newsletter that will be published quarterly. Any feedback or suggestions are always welcome. Click on the Newsletter tab at the bottom right or click the link.
- NREMT Recertification: nearly half of all VT EMS personnel are facing a March 31, 2014 renewal date for their NREMT certification (…including some key EMS staff!). Please check your cards and file your recert as early as possible. Those with NREMT certifications must maintain them in order to remained licensed. As a reminder, VT EMS licenses expire three months after the NREMT credential (June 30, 2014) so again, we ask that you file paperwork as early as possible. Contact us with any questions, check out the Personnel Licensing tab on the right or the NREMT at http://www.nremt.org/
- Protocol Implementation and Transitions to New Scope of Practice Model:a reminder that protocol education must be completed by 3/31/14 by all services. Any services with questions/concerns should contact us as soon as possible. Overall, we continue to receive positive feedback on both the protocol education and the implementation.
- These protocols are written for the new Scope of Practice Model levels (EMR, EMT, AEMT and Paramedic), which include skills, medications and other interventions not allowed at the previous National Standard Curriculum levels (FR-ECA, EMT-B, EMT-I and EMT-Paramedic).
- When an entire agency has completed training on these protocols, they may begin to use these new protocols regardless of the transition status of their personnel. All agencies must begin to use these protocols no later than 2359 hrs on March 31, 2014.
- From April 1, 2014 forward, these are the only statewide EMS protocols and must be followed by all providers, regardless of transition status. However, EMS providers who have not completed the appropriate transition course are ONLY authorized to function within the scope of their previous scope of practice (FR-ECA, EMT-B, EMT-I and EMT-Paramedic). Appendix 3 contains the scope of practice matrix which lists the skills that each provider level, both old and new, can perform.
- 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.
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||n/a||
Click here (if utilizing WebEx for video)
Access code 734 141 663
If joining by computer (video), password is VTEMS1
|EMS Advisory Committee||
May 14th 1300-1500 hrs
|108 Cherry, Room 201||n/a||
Conference Room 3128070
Previous meeting minutes (click link)
Ambulance and First Responder Services (updated 2014 Jan 13)
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)