Supplemental Training offered at VAVRS Events

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Below is a listing of supplemental training offered primarly at VAVRS Training Events such as Rescue College. Most of the following courses are offered by a 3rd party or vendor. For additional information on our Training Program, email or call the VAVRS State Office at 804-749-8191 or 1-800-833-0602.

Please note that for all classes sponsored or taught by the VAVRS there is a $100.00 non member fee; additionally if you register for a class and do not attend a no show fee will be charged.
 
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Advanced Cardiac Life Support – ACLS
The AHA Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support course is totally redesigned for healthcare providers who either direct or participate in the resuscitation of a patient, whether in or out of hospital. Through the ACLS course, providers will enhance their skills in the treatment of the adult victim of a cardiac arrest or other cardiopulmonary emergencies. ACLS emphasizes the importance of basic life support CPR to patient survival; the integration of effective basic life support with advanced cardiovascular life support interventions; and the importance of effective team interaction and communication during resuscitation. ACLS is based on simulated clinical scenarios that encourage active, hands-on participation through learning stations where students will practice essential skills individually, as part of a team and as team leader. Realistic simulations reinforce the following key concepts: proficiency in basic life support care, recognizing and initiating early management of pre-arrest conditions; managing cardiac arrest, identifying and treating ischemic chest pain and acute coronary syndromes, recognizing other life-threatening clinical situations (such as stroke) and providing initial care, ACLS algorithms, and effective resuscitation team dynamics. ACLS is appropriate for paramedics, pediatricians, house staff, physicians, respiratory therapists.
Advanced Medical Life Support - AMLS

This AMLS course is designed for all levels of healthcare providers. AMLS is the first course that offers a "think-outside-the-box" method of assessing and managing a patient in medical crisis. It emphasizes using scene size up, interactive group discussion on potential treatment strategies, history, and probabilities in diagnosing a patient's medical problem. AMLS implements an initial assessment-based approach that progresses to a diagnostic-based approach to develop a treatment plan for a specific medical condition. This 16 hour, two-day program consists of interactive lectures, teaching and evaluation stations. The interactive/case based lectures include the following topics: Patient Assessment, Airway Management, , Assessment of the Shock Patient, Dyspnea/ Respiratory Failure, Chest Pain, altered Mental Status, and Abdominal Pain. Teaching stations follow the associated lectures each day.

Assisting Individuals in Crisis and Group Crisis Intervention
This 3-day course combines ALL of the content of ICISF’s Assisting Individuals in Crisis & Group Crisis Intervention courses.  Crisis Intervention is NOT psychotherapy; rather, it is a specialized acute emergency mental health intervention which requires specialized training. As physical first aid is to surgery, crisis intervention is to psychotherapy. Thus, crisis intervention is sometimes called “emotional first aid”. Designed to present the core elements of a comprehensive, systematic and multi-component crisis intervention curriculum, this course will prepare participants to understand a wide range of crisis intervention services for both the individual and for groups. Fundamentals of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) will be outlined and participants will leave with the knowledge and tools to provide several group crisis interventions, specifically demobilizations, defusings and the Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD). The need for appropriate follow-up services and referrals when necessary will also be discussed.
This course is designed for anyone in the fields of Business & Industry Crisis Intervention, Disaster Response, Education, Emergency Services, Employee Assistance, Healthcare, Homeland Security, Mental Health, Military, Spiritual Care, and Traumatic Stress.
 
Program Highlights
Psychological crisis and psychological crisis intervention
Resistance, resiliency, recovery continuum
Critical incident stress management
Evidence-based practice
Basic crisis communication techniques
Common psychological and behavioral crisis reactions
Putative and empirically-derived mechanisms
SAFER-Revised model
Suicide intervention
Relevant research findings
Large group crisis interventions
Small group crisis interventions
Adverse outcome associated with crisis intervention
Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD)
 
Completion of “Assisting Individuals in Crisis” & “Group Crisis Intervention” and receipt of a certificate indicating full attendance (27 Contact Hours) qualifies as two CORE classes in ICISF’s Certificate of Specialized Training Program.
 
 
Basic Trauma Life Support - BTLS
National course
Defensive Tactics
8 hour Defensive Tactics Class8
Program taught by 3rd party
class as of 6/2017 only offered at Rescue College
Drone Operations for First Responders
Drone Operations for First Responders
Emergency Service Strategic Planning
EMS and Forensic Evidence

As EMS providers we find ourselves in situations that require observation and that "BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU DISTURB SIGN." This program will present "food for thought", relating to the potential or actual crime scene. Learn how you can do the best for your patient, their family, the medical examiner and for those investigating these events.

Geriatric Education of Emergency Medical Services – GEMS

The GEMS course is designed to address all of the special needs of the older population, including the geriatric objectives within the National Standard Curricula for EMS and for the National Registry Refresher course. The program provides basic knowledge and skills necessary to: describe the four aspects of the GEMS Diamond (geriatric, environmental, medical, social); discuss and describe the physical and social aspects of aging, independence and ageism; principles and strategies for communicating effectively with the elderly; principles for various trauma and medical emergencies; end of life care, hospice and palliative care program; assessment for abuse, documentation and reporting and who is at risk; EMS and community responsibilities for the quality of life in our older population.

Group Crisis Intervention
16 hour course
Designed to present the core elements of a comprehensive, systematic and multi-component crisis intervention curriculum, the Group Crisis Intervention course will prepare participants to understand a wide range of crisis intervention services. Fundamentals of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) will be outlined and    participants will leave with the knowledge and tools to provide several group crisis   interventions, specifically demobilizations, defusing and the Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD). The need for appropriate follow-up services and referrals when   necessary will also be discussed.
This course is designed for anyone in the fields of Business & Industry Crisis  Intervention, Disaster Response, Education, Emergency Services, Employee Assistance, Healthcare, Homeland Security, Mental Health, Military, Spiritual Care, and Traumatic Stress.
Program Highlights
·        Relevant research findings                   · Relevant recommendations for practice
·        Incident assessment                             · Strategic intervention planning
·        “Resistance, resilience, recovery” continuum
·        Large group crisis interventions            · Small group crisis interventions
·        Adverse outcome associated with crisis intervention
·        Reducing risks
 
Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) Completion of “Group Crisis Intervention” and receipt of a certificate indicating full attendance (14 Contact Hours) qualifies as a class in ICISF’s Certificate of Specialized Training Program.

Course is facilitated by VAVRS through Patricia Copeland - National Certification is issued by ICISF = certificate of specialized training program
 
 
 
HealthNet Aeromedical Presents Airway
Managing Vol. & Small Combo Rescue Squads & FDs
Multi-Lead for Medics/12 Lead ECU
National Registry Update
National Registry will present an overview of the test writing process, including organizational changes, the recruitment of item writers and reviews, NCP requiremnts and Replica

No certification given - informational event only - no CEU's
Pediatric Advanced Life Support – PALS
The goal of the PALS course is to provide the student with: Information needed to recognize infants and children at risk for cardiopulmonary arrest, information and strategies needed to prevent cardiopulmonary arrest in infants and children and the cognitive and psychomotor skills needed to resuscitate and stabilize infants and children in respiratory failure, shock or cardiopulmonary arrest. PALS is based on simulated clinical scenarios that encourage active, hands-on participation through learning stations where students will practice essential skills individually, as part of a team, and as a team leader. Realistic simulations reinforce the following key concepts: proficiency in basic life support care, recognizing and initiating early management of pre-arrest conditions, managing cardiac arrest, recognizing other life-threatening clinical situations (such as respiratory distress) and providing initial care, PALS algorithms, and effective resuscitation team dynamics. PALS is appropriate for paramedics, pediatricians, house staff, physicians, respiratory therapists.
Prehospital Trauma Life Support – PHTLS
Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) courses are nationally recognized continuing education programs for prehospital emergency health care professionals that bring the care of the trauma patient into a single focus.
PHTLS courses provide a prehospital trauma care philosophy, stressing the need to treat the multisystem trauma patient as a unique entity with specific needs. This may require an approach to the trauma patient that varies from traditional treatment modalities.
PHTLS courses are based on the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), a course for physicians developed by the American College of Surgeons-Committee on Trauma. More importantly, PHTLS courses follow the principles of care of trauma patients as developed by the Committee on Trauma. 
Public Safety Response to Terrorism Course - VDEM

This course will allow you to identify and implement the appropriate initial response tactics to ensure the safety and security of other

responders and civilians during a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, or Explosive (CBRNE) event. Additionally you will be able to identify appropriate initial evidentiary concepts during a CBRNE event. The participant will understand the Concept of Operations (CONOPS) of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management response during a CBRNE event.

Revive-Narcan Training
Sports Injury/Sports Medicine for EMS Providers

If you do standbys at local athletic events, this program is designed for you! This course will discuss common sports injuries and treatment. Explore this dynamic world with Mr. Mike Goforth, the Sports Medicine specialist at Virginia Tech.

Stabilization University
taught by MidAltantic at Rescue College
Suicide Awareness: An Introduction For Crisis Responders
The ability to recognize and effectively intervene with suicidal individuals is one of the most challenging aspects of crisis intervention. This course is recommended for those without   formal mental health training. The course is designed to increase awareness of suicide, and equip participants with information and basic skills to respond to a   person considering suicide.  Discussions, demonstrations, and scenarios will be used to facilitate learning. This is an introductory level course. 
 Program Highlights:           
 · Overview of suicide  · Crisis intervention and suicide prevention ·  Preventative and Protective Factors  · Risk and Recognition  
  - Strategies for Responding to those considering suicide         ·  Referral Skills and Resources
 
Completion of “Suicide Awareness: An Introduction for Crisis Responders” and receipt of a certificate indicating full attendance          (7 Contact Hours) qualifies as a class in ICISF’s Certificate of Specialized Training Program.
 

**facilitate class only**
Tactical Medic Course

The Tactical Medic Course is a "hands-on" program developed by the military for those individuals needing special tactics and training in trauma care when unique environmental conditions prolonged transport times, or other special situations exist. This course will cover CASEVAC, BEDEVAC, equipment selection and team health. There will be both classroom and scenario training including tourniquets, advanced airway techniques, thoracic and abdominal trauma and needle decompression as well as many other useful techniques.

The Effective Rescue Squad and Fire Department Leader
Vehicle Rescue Instructor
Volunteer Retention and Recruitment for the Emergency Services
Wildnerness First Aid/Emergency Care
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