COVID-19 Town Halls

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NAEMSP Town Hall: Mental Wellbeing in the COVID-19 Era

Thursday, May 28
1:00 pm ET/12:00 pm CT/11:00 am MT/10:00 am PT

Register nowJoin NAEMSP in the fifth installment of our COVID Town Hall Series as we discuss the critical concept of provider mental wellbeing in the COVID-19 era. 

  • What free resources can providers/agencies take advantage of?
  • How is the mental wellbeing response evolving as our response to COVID19 transitions from acute to long term?
  • What are some example programs that exist to support provider mental health? 

These and other specific lessons for EMS will be highlighted by mental wellbeing specialists and advocates! You won't want to miss pearls from:

  • Ann Marie Farina, AAS, BA. Ann Marie Farina is a mental health advocate and educator with deep ties to the first responder field. From 2014 to 2020 she ran The Code Green Campaign, a first responder oriented non-profit organization focused on mental wellness in the workplace. Between 2003 and 2016, Ann Marie worked as a paramedic and an EMS educator, primarily in Alaska and Washington. Ann Marie holds a Bachelor's in Psychology from Central Washington University along with an Associates of Applied Science in Paramedicine from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
  • Elizabeth Donnelly, PhD, MSW, MPH, NREMT. Dr. Elizabeth A. Donnelly is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Windsor. She holds Masters degrees in Social Work and Public Health from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in Social Work from Florida State University. Dr. Donnelly's primary research interest in workforce health issues, with a focus on mental health, in paramedicine. She has authored 16 peer-reviewed articles and 14-peer reviewed abstracts related to first responders. Dr. Donnelly has maintained certification as an NREMT since 1999 and has worked on the front line in both ALS and BLS capacities. Dr. Donnelly is a Fellow of the Academy of Emergency Medical Services.
  • Lauren Maloney, MD, NRP, FP-C, NCEE. Dr. Lauren Maloney is an EMS Fellow at Stony Brook University Hospital, an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Stony Brook University, the Associate Medical Director for the SBU Paramedic Program, and faculty for the SBU Institute for Engineering-Driven Medicine. She completed the Paramedic Program at SBU in 2009, received her Bachelor's of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering from SBU in 2012, graduated with a Doctorate of Medicine with Distinction in Medical Education from the SBU School of Medicine in 2016, and completed an Emergency Medicine Residency as a Chief Resident at SBUH in 2019. 
  • Chief Randy Mellow. As Chief of Peterborough County/City Paramedics, Randy brings over 30 years' experience in Emergency Services. Prior to assuming his current position, Randy progressed through various roles in Paramedic Quality Assurance, Human Resources and Deputy Chief of Paramedics. Randy is a graduate of St. Clair College Windsor and was awarded the Alumni of Distinction as a graduate of the Ambulance and Emergency Care Program. He holds a Master's Certificate in Municipal Leadership and has achieved accreditation as a Certified Municipal Manager Level III (CMM III) with EMS Executive and Emergency Management Professional Designation. Randy currently promotes the priorities of Canadian Paramedic leadership by serving as the President of The Paramedic Chiefs of Canada and as a member of the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment - Public Safety Steering Committee. Randy is a contributing member of the Ontario Paramedic Chiefs Association and the Global Paramedic Leadership Alliance. He also serves as the Canadian representative on the JEMS International Editorial Board.

Town Hall Recordings

NAEMSP Town Hall: Emerging Critical Care Concepts in the Management of COVID-19 5/14/20

Click here to download the recording of the the session - Access Password: 9k$66D=0

Panel:

  • Jacob B. Keeperman, M.D., EMT, FAEMS, Department of Anesthesiology, Division of Critical Care Medicine; Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of EMS, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
  • Amjad Musleh, M.D., Department of Anesthesiology, Division of Critical Care Medicine; Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of EMS, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
  • Christopher Palmer, M.D., EMT, Department of Anesthesiology, Division of Critical Care Medicine; Department of Emergency Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

NAEMSP Town Hall: Chapter Insights Surrounding COVID-19 4/30/20

Click here to download the recording of the the session - Access Password: 2l#0Do82

Moderator: NAEMSP President David K. Tan, MD, EMT-T, FAAEM, FAEMS
Participants:

  • Josef Schenker, MD, FAEMS: NAEMSP New York Chapter President
  • Joslyn Joseph, DO, EMT: NAEMSP New Jersey Chapter President
  • Jeff Williams, MD, FAEMS: NAEMSP North Carolina Chapter President
  • Joseph Zalkin: NAEMSP North Carolina Chapter Executive Director
  • Jeff Jarvis, MD, EMT-P, FAEMS: NAEMSP Texas Chapter President
Key take-aways
  • Crisis Standards of Care should be crafted before a crisis occurs.
  • State chapters should be a resource to government officials when it comes to addressing clinical aspects of public policy.
  • Including non-NAEMSP members in chapter-sponsored advocacy activities and educational efforts can demonstrate value to stakeholders and provide an avenue to recruit new members.
  • The COVID crisis has revealed the utility of telehealth in medical control applications in addition to mobile integrated healthcare. 
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NAEMSP Town Hall: EMS Legal Issues Regarding COVID-19 4/16/20

Click here to download recording of session -  Access Password: H0#84+48

NAEMSP President, Dr. David K. Tan, spoke with our guests, attorneys Matthew Streger and Margaret Keavney.

Key take-aways:

  • Be sure to consider local or state waivers of existing law when crafting Crisis Standards of Care
  • If allowing crews to not transport suspected COVID patients who are well-appearing with acceptable vital signs, perhaps in a shared decision-making model, consider crafting an “acknowledgement form” that includes patient education rather than a “refusal form” since the patient is not really “refusing” your care or transport
  • CMS has issued temporary regulatory waivers to include expanding the list of allowable destinations for ambulance transport during the Public Health Emergency (PHE) for the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Police departments and dispatch agencies are generally not considered a “covered entity” and, therefore, are not required to comply with the HIPAA Privacy Rule
  • COVID status may be reported to a law enforcement official to prevent or lessen a serious and/or imminent threat to the health or safety of an individual or to the public
  • The Ryan White Act was expanded to include COVID-19 reporting

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NAEMSP Town Hall Meeting - Protecting Your Providers: Seattle’s COVID-19 Experience 

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Moderator: NAEMSP President David K. Tan, MD, EMT-T, FAAEM, FAEMS
Participants:
  • Thomas Rea, MD, MPH, is the Medical Program Director for King County EMS and a Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington. 
  • Michael Sayre, MD, is the Medical Director for Seattle Fire Department and a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Washington. 
Key take-aways:
  • PPE works!  Greater risk to EMS may actually be off-duty or if not practicing social distancing and basic infection control procedures while at work. 
  • At this time, PPE is a limited resource, so agencies must risk stratify its use to conserve appropriately until supplies become stable.
  • The “Scout” procedure is an added layer of screening to augment the EMD/Dispatch pre-screen as well as another avenue to conserve PPE
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