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

April 2020

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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


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


  • 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.
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