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Note: 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.
NAEMSP Town Halls
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:
- 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
New 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].
New 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 UpAAEMS 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.
Marriott Community Caregiver Rate
Marriott International have established a “Community Caregiver Rate” and expedited booking process for healthcare and relief professionals and those supporting them, offering a place to stay in close proximity to hospitals and government buildings as they aid in COVID-19 response efforts. This rate will be available from March 26, 2020 through June 30, 2020 at participating hotels. Learn more.
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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Open Access Resource – NEW from PEC!
Prehospital Emergency Care: Vol 24, No 1
Taylor & Francis
The purpose of this study was to examine the attitudes and behaviors of emergency medical technicians and paramedics when faced with the decision to care for patients with suspected Ebola Virus Disease and to illicit suggestions for improvement of infectious disease preparednes
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.
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
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
World Health Organization
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