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BGMC Entrance Procedure Change

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Beginning today (March 31) at Noon – the key pad at the Buffalo General Medical Center’s ambulance bay will no longer be active.

All arriving crews should utilize the intercom located directly next to the key pad and security will open the door.

Notice from BGMC will be provided once the key pad is active again.

WREMAC Credentialing

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The Western Regional Emergency Medical Advisory Committee (WREMAC) has extended this year’s reporting date for annual skills.  Normally, skills are reported by June 30 each year.  This year’s reporting date has been extended to September 30, 2020.

Until such time when it is safe to do so, agencies should not be conducting WREMAC annual skills sessions.

Weekly NYS DOH COVID Update for EMS Agency Leadership

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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.

UPDATE: Due to the large number of participants expected, we are asking that participants please submit questions prior to the meeting 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.

When it’s time, join the Webex event here.
Host: Ryan Greenberg (ryan.greenberg@health.ny.gov)
Event number (access code): 617 371 990
Event password: COVID19
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 3:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Join event
Join the audio conference only
To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the event, or call the number below and enter the access code.
1-518-549-0500 Local
1-844-633-8697 US Toll Free
Toll-free dialing restrictions

Pandemic Triage Protocol and Patient Handout

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Please find downloadable documents:

  1. EMS Viral Pandemic Triage Protocol
  2. Patients Not Transported by EMS patient handout

This EMS protocol has been approved by the New York State Commissioner of Health and should be implemented in all regions.

Download EMS Viral Pandemic Triage Protocol (APPROVED FINAL 03.22.20)

Download Handout Patients Not Transported By EMS (APPROVED FINAL 03.22.20)

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

NYS COVID Policies

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The NYS Bureau of EMS and Trauma Systems currently has 3 policy statements to aid in COVID preparedness/responses.  The 3 policies are as follows:

  • 20-02 COVID-19 EMS Practitioner Guidance
  • 20-03 COVID-19 County Emergency Manager, County EMS Coordinator, and PSAP Guidance
  • 20-05 COVID-19 Response to Respiratory Emergencies (just released)

These policies can change frequently.  It is important to visit the Bureau’s policy page routinely to ensure you have the most up-to-date version of each policy.

https://www.health.ny.gov/professionals/ems/policy/policy.htm

COVID 19 Conference Calls Today

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We would like to clarify the notices we sent regarding today’s conference calls.

The call at 11AM is with Erie County Emergency Services regarding Erie County COVID-19 Operations

The call at 3PM is with the NYS Bureau of EMS and Trauma Systems

The calls are not the same and EMS leaders have been invited to join both calls.