By: Peter Florio, Equipment Officer, 2013-2014
One of the more common medical instruments you may encounter is an Epi-pen. These are epinephrine shots most commonly prescribed to those at risk of a severe allergic reaction. While normally carried by EMS, they are not currently carried with us, as a certain certification is needed which we do not have, but are working toward. VCEMS has been working with Baldwin for several years to obtain this certification, and we are nearing our goal. We hope to be able to begin carrying Epi-pens within the next year.
We’ve also been talking about designing a logo unique to VCEMS, something like you might see between different police or fire departments. These could be sewn onto future uniforms, jackets and jump bags. Our patch is still in the early stages, so feel free to email any of the officers with designs or ideas.
Lastly, while not technically something new, cold and flu season is upon us once again. Remember to take extra precautions in the next couple of months. Wash your hands frequently, bundle up outside and get plenty of rest (or…as much as college students can, anyway).