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The second thing you can do is to apply pressure after the needle is withdrawn.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

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

NEMSIS Training May 18

NEMSIS-3 training will be held at on May 18th, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Monte Vista Ambulance Base. It will be followed by the RMD meeting at 4:30 pm and the RETAC meeting at 6:00 p.m.