When preparing for and responding to patients with confirmed or possible Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), close coordination and effective communications are important among PSAPs, the EMS system, healthcare facilities, and the public health system.
Click here to review the CDC's Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 911 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for COVID-19 in the United States that provides information on:
- Recommendations for PSAPs
- Modified Caller Queries
- Recommendations for EMS Clinicians and Medical First Responders
- Patient Assessment
- Recommended Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Precautions for Aerosol-Generating Procedures
- EMS Transport of a PUI or Patient with Confirmed COVID-19 to a Healthcare Facility (including interfacility transport)
- Documentation of Patient Care
- Cleaning EMS Transport Vehicles after Transporting a PUI or Patient with Confirmed COVID-19
- Follow-up and/or Reporting Measures by EMS Clinicians After Caring for a PUI or Patient with Confirmed COVID-19
- EMS Employer Responsibilities
Free on-dmand webinar! What EMS and 9-1-1 Need to Know About COVID-19 Webinar
As the COVID-19 novel coronoavirus outbreak grows, it's essential fto keep up with the latest. On February 24 NHTSA's Office of EMS provided an overview of current knowledge and efforts as part of its EMS Focus webinar series. Joining OEMS Director Jon Krohmer, MD, were Capt. Lisa Delaney, MS, associate director for emergency preparedness and response for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and Jonathan Greene, deputy assistant secretary and director of emergency management and medical operations for HHS' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). They outlined what we know about the outbreak, its impact, and what to expect moving forward.
Click here to view the webinar and here to download the slide deck.