Attached is a new policy statement intended to help clarify the EMT-CC transition to sun setting the level of certification. It reflects the conclusions of the EMT-CC TAG and the actions of the SEMSCO as background. We are hoping that it will help the EMS community understand how this transition will proceed. Please understand that it is the first communication and as programs are developed and more information is available, it will be updated or superseded.

Download BEMSTS Policy 17-07 EMT CC Transition

On another note, we have been asked to share resources information on Candida Auris (C Auris) to the EMS community. As you may know, Candida auris (C. auris) is an emerging multidrug-resistant yeast. It has been reported that C. auris has caused severe illness in hospitalized patients. Infections caused by C. auris often do not respond to commonly used antifungal drugs, making them difficult to treat. Also, C. auris can persist on surfaces in healthcare environments, including ambulances and spread between patients and staff in the healthcare setting. Patients who have a long stay in an intensive care unit, have serious medical conditions, and who have previously received antibiotics or antifungal medications, appear to be at highest risk of infection. These are also the types of patients that are being transferred by EMS agencies.

There is a lot of useful information on the Department’s website at the following URL:
https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/c_auris/providers/

Sincerely,

Lee Burns
Director
Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems
Office of Primary Care and Health Systems Management

New York State Department of Health
875 Central Avenue
Albany, NY 12206