Thursday, May 10, 2018

Open Contractor Position

SLV RETAC is seeking a part-time independent contractor to serve as Regional Medical Direction Program Coordinator beginning June 15, 2018.  This is a one-year contract, renewable annually at the satisfaction of both parties, as long as program funding continues to be available. Program funding has been stable for several years and is not anticipated to change in the near future.
Submit cover letter and resume to by May 20, 2018.

  • Contractor must have solid organizational, writing, and computer skills, including but not limited to Word, Google suites, and teleconferencing platforms.
  • Estimated time to complete contract tasks is 8-12 hours/week on average, but will depend partially upon skill level.
  • Annual pay is $16,800, paid in quarterly installments at the end of each quarter.
  • Contractor provides own computer and work space.
  • Registered nurse or EMT with experience in the use of Image Trend for EMS quality improvement preferred.  
  • Provide administrative support for the Regional Medical Director
  • Facilitate, take minutes, and attend 2-4 meetings per quarter
  • Produce training certificates for regional EMS agencies
  • Assist the Regional Medical Director as needed to implement a regional EMS continuous quality improvement program.
  • Facilitate the implementation of a collaborative training program that will allow EMS agencies to share training activities remotely, using Zoom, Go to Meeting, or another similar online platform.
  • Maintain training and Regional Medical Direction pages on the RETAC website
  • Coordinate planning of the annual RETAC Training Day
  • Provide technical support to update existing EMS protocols as directed by the Regional Medical Director in hyperlinked Word/PDF forms
  • Make updated protocols available via website and phone app. (App is already developed and the developer is available to provide guidance.)
  • Complete quarterly progress reports

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Stay tuned... RMD Coordinator Contractor position

Our Regional Medical Direction Program Coordinator Linda Smith will be leaving the SLV RETAC at the end of this year's contract period. We will be looking for an enthusiastic and qualified replacement. Stay tuned for more information coming soon.

Friday, April 27, 2018

What's going on in SLV RETAC?

Feeling out of the loop? There are a couple of ways you can get back in the know about what is happening in our RETAC. You can follow our Facebook page. Or, if you weren't able to make it to a a recent meeting, go to our Minutes page and see what you missed.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Count down to Training Day

Hope to see you all at this year's SLV Training Day!
Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018
Time: 9am-2pm
Location: Monte Vista Ambulance Base

Sessions will include OB, Pediatrics, Airway for adults and peds, and Infectious Disease Prevention for EMS.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Mark your calendars now for 2018 Training Day

The 2017 SLV Training Day will be May 12, 2018. We will have 4 rotating training sessions, including OB. If you are involved with any other groups that may be planning meetings or events around that time, please keep this date as open as possible to help prevent scheduling difficulties for those who would like to participate in Training Day. Thank you!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017


No July RMD Meeting
We will NOT have a Regional Medical Direction Meeting in July. 

CQI Request
Prior to our September meeting, we will be compiling regional CQI baseline data on Room Air Sat. Directors have received an instructional email on how to collect the data. Contact Linda at or call 719-937-3143 if you have questions. 

At the September meeting, we will distributing one new/current hard copy protocol book per agency, for those of you who may have some books that have not been regularly updated. If you have noted any errors in the protocols, now would be a good time to get them addressed, so please contact Linda. 

As a reminder, the most recently distributed protocols are available via the phone app. Remember to update your app when prompted, so that you are not looking at old protocols on your phone. Or, you can go to the RETAC website and download them ( Please notify Linda if you have any trouble with the downloads.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Hydrate for Health Fairs
It is health fair season and many Emergency Medical Services personnel volunteer to help draw blood around the San Luis Valley. Based on years of participating in health fairs, we want to make some suggestions to make your experience a good one.

The most important thing you can do is DRINK WATER. First thing in the morning many people are somewhat dehydrated. Plenty of water ensures that your veins will be as easy as possible to find.  If you are instructed to fast, avoid juice or cream and sugar with your coffee, but continue to drink water.  It makes a big difference.

The second thing you can do is to apply pressure after the needle is withdrawn.  When you are told to hold the gauze in place until a bandage is applied, hold it firmly.  Even after that, apply pressure for a few more minutes.  Bruising is caused when blood leaks under the skin.  The longer you apply pressure, the less likely you are to have bruising.

Follow these tips and you’ll make our jobs easier and your visit more pleasant.  And remember to thank the volunteers who make our health fairs possible.
 Jon Montano
SLV RETAC Coordinator