Hear from your peers about critical topics arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Access upcoming Town Hall registration and past Town Hall recordings here. Topics include:
NAEMSP COVID-19 Town Hall Recordings and Resource Documents
NAEMSP COVID-19 News
COVID-19 Tools and Resources
Wellness | Quick Links
- The Effect of Hospital Overcrowding on EMS
- Navigating Current Recommendations and Practice in the COVID-19 Era
- COVID-19 and Public Health Intersection in EMS
- Economic Impact of COVID-19
- Urban EMS Considerations in the COVID-19 Era
- EMS Education Considerations in the COVID-19 Era
- Air Ambulance Transport during COVID-19 (originally named HEMS Considerations in the COVID-19 Era)
- Quality Improvement in EMS in the COVID-19 Era
- Rural and Tribal EMS Considerations in the COVID-19 Era
- Mental Wellbeing in the COVID-19 Era
- Emerging Critical Care Concepts in the Management of COVID-19
- Chapter Insights Surrounding COVID-19
- EMS Legal Issues Regarding COVID-19
- Protecting Your Providers: Seattle’s COVID-19 Experience
NAEMSP COVID-19 News
NAEMSP Joins Statement Supporting Vaccine Mandates for EMS Clinicians and Other EMS Providers
Emergency medicine is more than just a ride to the hospital, it is a system of coordinated response and emergency medical care, involving multiple people and agencies. With the current surge in COVID-19 and the highly contagious Delta variant causing a national emergency medical crisis, six of the country’s top associations in the space of emergency medicine services join in the following statement regarding COVID-19 vaccine mandates. Read the full statement.
NAEMSP partnership with ACEP's COVID Emergency Care Team Community
In parternship with ACEP, NAEMSP is part of a grant funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in support of the Frontline National Partnership to Control and Prevent Infectious Disease Threats. As part of this initiative, ACEP has set up a communication hub open to all NAEMSP members. Register for EM Care Team's COVID-19 Communication Hub. Our goal is to provide a protected environment for sharing lessons learned, asking questions and interacting with peers in order to most effectively protect yourselves and care for your patients.
NAEMSP Statement on Prioritizing EMS Professionals’ Access to COVID-19 Vaccine
NAEMSP strongly encourages state and local governments creating COVID-19 vaccination plans to follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines which recommend that eligible EMS individuals be included in the highest priority group for COVID-19 vaccination. Read the full statement.
In this highly dynamic and fluid situation, protocols may be revised as new information and guidelines become available. While we will do our best to keep samples updated, it is advisable to double check with the primary authority for the latest versions. Click a topic below for sample protocols.
COVID-19 Tools and Resources
Educating patients on their risk factors, treatment options, and the timing of when they need to start treatment can help keep them out of the hospital. Use these handouts, posters, talking points, and social media messages to help educate your patients about:
- Who is at increased risk for severe illness from COVID
- The availability of COVID treatments
- The importance of getting treated early
VIDEO: Stay Up to Date on Vaccines
Staying up to date on vaccines protects yourself, your family, your patients, and your community. The third NIOSH IPA video in the series on vaccines encourages EMS personnel to stay up to date on vaccines and receive COVID-19 boosters. For more resources from the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Emergency Medicine, visit their COVID-19 Resources for EMS & Fire First Responders and Clinicians page or download this one-pager with relevant information.
COVID-19 Reporting Tool
EMS and its public safety colleagues continue to serve at the frontlines in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Resource procurement and distribution of personal protective equipment and staffing shortages continue to challenge EMS leaders. It is vital that local, State and Federal officials have the information they need to help address these issues.
The NHTSA Office of EMS, with support from the team at the NEMSIS Technical Assistance Center, has designed a reporting tool to allow for a consistent, real-time method of reporting PPE supply status and personnel shortages. Your participation in the EMS COVID Resource Reporting Tool provides objective evidence to ensure your local agency's resource status is understood by State and National EMS leadership, and that your resource needs are being prioritized.
While this information will be available to State and Federal Officials, this reporting tool does not supersede coordination with local and state emergency management, public health, or healthcare coalitions. Organizations should still follow local and state procedures for reporting information and requesting supplies or other additional resource needs.
NHTSA is asking agencies to take a few minutes each week, preferably on Monday mornings, to complete the online form. You can find the form, as well as a video and other information explaining how the information is used and how to complete the form, here.
For questions regarding this process, please contact [email protected].
COVID-19 Resources on EMS.gov
The NHTSA Office of EMS, along with its Federal partners on the FEMA/HHS Healthcare Resiliency Task Force EMS/Prehospital Team, continue to support the development and revision of guidance documents and other resources to aid local 911 and EMS systems responding to COVID-19. These documents, along with many other resources, are available on the EMS.gov COVID-19 resource page.
Recent additions include resources on COVID-19 testing for first responders and on the impact of the coronavirus on field trauma triage. You can also find links to the latest guidance from the U.S. Centers of Disease Control.
VIDEO: COVID-19 Safety Stand Down Follow Up
AAEMS WEBINAR: Lessons from the Field: Asian Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Response to COVID-19
View the webinar.
If you would like a copy of the speakers' slides, you can download them here. (download link expires on Fri, 26 Jun 2020).
VIDEO: The new pandemic threat: People may die because they’re not calling 911
A new video from the American Heart Association: if you or a loved one experiences heart attack or stroke symptoms, call 911 immediately. It's your best chance of surviving or saving a life.
NAEMSP NY Chapter Statement on Crisis Standards of Care for Cardiac Arrest During the COVID-19 Pandemic 4/9/20
Read the statement.
NAEMSP Podcast: Lesson's Learned from Seattle, Washington
CDC EMS guidance is also updated to reflect the use of face masks as an alternative. Respirators are recommended to be reserved for aerosol-generating procedures.
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Tips for EMS professionals to reduce stress
We all know we need to take care of ourselves before we can best take care of others. Read these tips from the COVID-19 Physcological Wellness Guide: EMS Providers.
VIDEO: Strategies for EMS to address sleep health / fatigue during the COVID-19 Pandemic
This brief video from the University of Pittsburg Department of Emergency Medicine EMS Shift Work Project is intended to highlight a few evidence-based strategies for improving sleep health and intended for EMS clinicians and other first responders who must work extended shifts, extra shifts, or overtime during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Webinar: Emotional Coping Toolkit for Healthcare Workers
View the webinar.
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American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)
American Association of Medical Colleges
Centers for Disease Control
EMS World Webinars
Global Medical Response
Update: PPE Challenges: Important Information for the first responder community
North Carolina Office of EMS
Oregon Office of EMS
Seattle/King County EMS Resources
Society of Critical Care Medicine
University of Pittsburgh Department of Emergency Medicine
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
World Health Organization
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