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REVISED: DOH COVID-19 Interim Guidance to Fire Services

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This message below was disseminated yesterday, April 6th.  Today we received an update and the revised document can be found below.

PURPOSE

This guidance was developed for New York State fire service agencies to mitigate potential exposure of firefighting personnel to COVID-19.  This guidance is meant to assist fire service agencies in developing procedures applicable to their individual circumstances.  Additional guidance for consideration may be found at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home.

Download REVISED DOH_COVID19_Interim Guidance to Fire Services Agencies

CME Webinar

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John MacMillan invites you to attend a Webex event.

This event requires registration. After you register, you’ll receive a confirmation email message with instructions on how to join the event.

CME Webinar

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 6:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)

Host: John MacMillan (john.macmillan@health.ny.gov)
Event number (access code): 612 503 297
Registration password: This event does not require a password for registration

Register

Need help? Go to http://help.webex.com

AHA Provider and Instructor Card Extensions

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Many providers and instructors have certifications in American Heart Association courses.  Please see excerpts below regarding AHA Instructor and Provider Card Extensions.  The full statement may be downloaded at the bottom of this message.

Purpose: To provide additional flexibility for providers, AHA Instructors, and Instructor candidates during
the COVID-19 pandemic. NOTE: This guidance on card extensions supersedes the guidance outlined in the
March 13, 2020, document, “Interim Guidance on Extensions for AHA Instructor & Provider Cards during
COVID-19 Outbreak.”

For AHA Provider Cards expiring beginning in March 2020:
• AHA Provider Cards will be valid for 120 days beyond their recommended renewal date.
• Management of this extension, and any record-keeping, will be the responsibility of the Training
Center.

For Instructor Cards expiring beginning in March 2020:
• AHA Instructor cards will be valid for 120 days beyond their recommended renewal date.
• Instructor candidates will also have 10 months from the completion of their Instructor course to
complete monitoring.
• Management of this extension, and any record-keeping, will be the responsibility of the Training
Center.

Download the AHA COVID19 Statement_Card Extensions_Update 33120

DOH COVID-19: Interim Guidance to Fire Services

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PURPOSE

This guidance was developed for New York State fire service agencies to mitigate potential exposure of firefighting personnel to COVID-19.  This guidance is meant to assist fire service agencies in developing procedures applicable to their individual circumstances.  Additional guidance for consideration may be found at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home.

DOWNLOAD DOH_COVID19_Interim Guidance to Fire Services Agencies

Health Advisory: COVID-19 Cases in Nursing Homes and Adult Care Facilities that involves EMS

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Temperature checks are required for their administration, staff, visitors and EMS personnel. Anyone entering the nursing home or adult care facility is subject to COVID 19 screening as outlined in the guidance document linked below.

Please share with local and regional EMS as this guidance affects them when dropping off or picking up a patient at one of these facilities.

Compliance with this directive is not optional. It is required.

These facilities contain our most at risk population and we all, including but not limited to EMS, need to do our part to prevent spread inside these facilities as much as possible.

https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/03/acfguidance.pdf

Daniel J. Clayton, BS, EMT-P

Chief, Operations Section

Bureau of Emergency Medical Services

 

New York State Department of Health

875 Central Avenue

Albany, NY 12206

State Mobilization Request: Attention All Ambulance Services

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The DOH is directing program agencies to forward this request to all ambulance services. This request is to determine availability of ambulance resources for three days to assist with interfacility transport operations beginning on 04/07/2020.

Reply to the survey is requested by noon on 04/06/2020.

https://apps.health.ny.gov/pubpal/builder/EMSMobilizationAgency

Thanks,

Steven P. Dziura Jr.

Deputy Director

New York State Department of Health

Bureau of Emergency Medical Services & Trauma Systems

875 Central Avenue
Albany, New York 12206

Kaleida Mask Mandate and Pre-Arrival Notification

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All EMS providers must wear masks upon entry to any Kaleida facility.   Masks should be available at each EMS entrance. If no masks are available, please ask staff for a mask for each EMS crewmember and patient(s).

For pre-arrival notification of a STABLE patient, please do not call the medical direction line.  The general ED number should be utilized.  If medical direction is needed, please utilize the med line.

For any questions or for more information please contact me or visit http://www.kaleidahealth.org/ems

Thanks,

Joshua J. Lynch, DO, FACEP

Corporate Emergency Services Liasion

Kaleida Health

Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

University at Buffalo| Jacobs School of Medicine

NYS EMS Agency Leadership Conference Call Info

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This weekly meeting is to update New York State EMS Agency leadership on the current events related to EMS and COVID19

15:00 Today: Friday, April 3

UPDATE: Due to the large number of participants expected, Prior to the meeting starting, please submit questions via the below survey:

https://apps.health.ny.gov/pubpal/builder/survey/nys-covid-19-response-ems-agency

During the meeting, please use the Q&A box located in the Webex platform for questions or comments.

Please remember not to put your phone on hold while on the call.

Please remember to shut off your computer microphone and speakers if you are calling in by phone to avoid echo. 

Please feel free to share this invitation with other EMS agency leadership.

We do ask that agency leadership then after the call share the information with their agency providers.

 

Call on Congress to Support EMS Providers in CORONA VIRUS LEGISLATION

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Subject: CALL ON CONGRESS TO SUPPORT EMS PROVIDERS IN CORONA VIRUS LEGISLATION

NYS EMS Leaders,

The U.S. Congress is in the process of drafting additional legislation to help the nation cope with the Corona Virus pandemic.  None of the bills passed thus far have provided direct funding relief or protection for our nation’s EMTs and Paramedics.

NAEMT is activating a grassroots campaign to call upon Congress to provide direct assistance to EMS.

It only takes a few minutes for you to send letters to New York’s Senators and members of Congress to ask them to include direct funding for EMS in the next Corona Virus funding bill.  The campaign can be accessed through the NAEMT website at: http://www.naemt.org/advocacy/online-legislative-service#/.

The link above will allow you to send e-mails to our elected representatives.  It will take less than 1 minute.

Thank you for all that you are doing to keep your community safe in this difficult time.

Be Safe,

Steve Kroll, NAEMT Advocacy Coordinator for New York State (steven.kroll@delmarems.org)

Travis Howe, NAEMT Assistant Advocacy Coordinator for New York State (thowe@mountainlakesems.org)