The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in the Virginia Department of Health has issued a new report from the Virginia Violent Death Reporting System: Women and Suicide in Virginia.
This report explores characteristics of women’s suicide in Virginia for the ten year period between 2003 and 2012. Among women, the greatest suicide risk it to white and middle aged women, a population with substance abuse and mental health problems who are likely to be receiving mental health treatment at the time of their suicide. Women suicide decedents use poisons to end their lives in high proportions, often with the very drugs that were prescribed to address their mental health and medical concerns. These data suggest needs related to health and mental health for women that move beyond medication to address underlying challenges that arise over the life course.
Currently physicians in our area have prescribed the ZOll LIFEVEST to numerous individuals in our local area. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the Zoll Lifevest, a patient's life may depend on it. Below is a poster and EMS pocket card you can download. There is also a video link below to review. Plase let us know if you have any questions.
Lifevest EMS Pocket Card
Lifevest EMS poster
Please read the important announcement concerning drug box signature changes. BREMS Drug Box Signature Changes
2015 Pharmacy Exchange Instructions
IMPORTANT TO READ..... Budget Information for EMS from OEMS Director Gary Brown