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EMS Compass

EMS Compass Initiative

EMS Compass––is an initiative funded by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of EMS and led by the National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials (NASEMSO).  The EMS Compass initiative will engage a wide range of EMS stakeholders to develop performance measures that are relevant to EMS agencies, regulators, and patients. The measures will be based on the latest version of the National EMS Information System (NEMSIS) version data and will allow local and state EMS agencies to use their own data meaningfully.


2015 Regional EMS Awards

regional award
Do you know someone who is an exemplary EMS provider, outstanding EMS administrator, dedicated emergency nurse or physician?   We're looking for the best of the best and we need your help!  Take a few moments to reflect on the many successes of your organization.  Are there people you should be recognizing?  We think there are!  Your mission is to find and nominate someone for a 2015 Regional EMS Award! 

Click "read more" below to download the Award Application.




Pediatric Weights and Tapes

tapeIt's 3 AM and your stress level is through the roof. Just a few minutes ago you were ripped from a deep sleep by the tones going off for a child seizing. During the 5 minute response, you try to remember what you can about pediatric seizures, Versed drug dosages (was it 0.1 mg/KG?), and normal vital signs. On arrival, you meet a frantic mother who waves you into the living room, where you find a 2 year old male in status epilepticus. You start your assessment, and you ask the mother how much the patient weighs. She’s so frantic, she can’t even get out a number, much less anything close to his weight. It’s been a while since you’ve had a pediatric patient. What was that formula for estimating the child’s weight based on age?   Your stress level is rising as you try to convert your estimation of 30 pounds into kilograms.



Toxi Tuesday - FLAKKA

FLAKKA – A New Twist on an Old Favorite

A new street drug has emerged in Florida. This new drug, called “FLAKKA” (AKA gravel, flocka), is a new compound made by altering the chemical structure of bath salts. This drug is a norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitor that causes euphoria and increased motor activity at lower doses. At higher doses, FLAKKA causes psychomotor agitation and excited delirium.




Atypical Presentations After Heroin Use


Virginia Department of Health has released a health alert notifying providers in the Richmond-metro area of patients with atypical presentation of heroin use.   Patients were reported as presenting with a sympathomimetic reaction instead of the usual CNS depression. 


"The six patients who were identified in this cluster presented with symptoms immediately after heroin use, including chest pain, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, nausea, and vomiting. Because of the severity of illness, some of these patients have required treatment in a cardiac intensive care unit. Additional clinical features of these patients were tachycardia, tremor, diaphoresis, hypokalemia, elevated lactate, elevated troponin, and rhabdomyolysis. These patients generally have not required treatment with naloxone."

See the full health alert here.

Upcoming Events

Consolidated Testing - Colonial Heights
July 02, 2015 (18:00 - 22:00)
CEU Crater (PD19) North
July 08, 2015 (19:00 - 23:00)
Air Medical Committee
July 14, 2015 (11:00 - 12:00)
Professional Development Committee
July 14, 2015 (13:00 - 15:00)
CEU Metro Richmond (PD15) South
July 14, 2015 (19:00 - 23:00)
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General Information and Mission Statement

The Old Dominion EMS Alliance is one of 11 Regional EMS Councils established within the Code of Virginia, Section 32.1-111.11 to coordinate EMS. Created in 1980, ODEMSA is charged by law "with the development and implementation of an efficient and effective regional emergency medical services delivery system" to include the regional coordination of emergency medical disaster planning and response. It is a corporation under Virginia law and is classified by the Internal Revenue Service as a non-profit group under IRS Code 501 (c) (3). Mission Statement: The Old Dominion Emergency Medical Services Alliance, an integral part of Virginia's Comprehensive Emergency Medical Services System, serves to assess, identify, coordinate, plan and implement an efficient and effective regional EMS delivery system within Planning Districts 13, 14, 15 and 19, in partnership with the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services and the Virginia Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board.


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