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Anticipated PPE Shortage Notification

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Below, please find a letter from NYS Health Commissioner Howard Zucker MD addressed to healthcare facility CEOs regarding possible shortages of PPE during 2019-nCoV

In addition to the letter, please find links to the Department of Health’s webpage on the subject of the 2019-nCoV and the Bureau of EMS Policy 20-02.  Both will be updated as necessary.  Please check these links regularly.

Download Potential PPE Shortage Letter

https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/

https://www.health.ny.gov/professionals/ems/pdf/20-02.pdf

 

NYS DOH EMS Policy Statement: Wuhan Coronavirus

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Please see the attached Policy Statement 20-01 NYS DOH EMS Policy Statement Wuhan Coronavirus V-2.0 released on 01.30.20.

Download 20-02 NYS DOH EMS Policy Statement Wuhan Coronavirus V2.0 – 01.29.20

NOTICE: THIS IS A RAPIDLY EVOLVING SITUATION.

PLEASE CHECK BACK DAILY FOR ANY UPDATES TO THIS POLICY.

VERSION 2.0 UPDATED 01.30.2020 

Purpose:

 This document is designed to provide Emergency Medical Services (EMS) practitioners, agencies and systems with interim guidance regarding the outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that began in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China on December 2019.

This guidance should be considered for the development of response plans and is not intended to supersede any infectious disease response plan that has been developed and approved by local, State or Federal authorities legally charged to do so. This guidance does not constitute a response protocol but serves as a reference for general considerations and the protection of responders.

EMS agencies are encouraged to adopt policies and procedures regarding response and treatment of all patients with communicable diseases. EMS agencies should assure that all personnel are provided with information regarding the outbreak of 2019-nCoV and any necessary personal protective equipment (PPE), such as N95 respirators, including guidelines for the use of such PPE.

For updates and additional information regarding this 2019-nCoV outbreak, please visit the following web pages:

For questions regarding information in this advisory or information you’ve received about this outbreak from other sources, please contact the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems.

Additional updates will be provided as more information about the virus is released. 

 

NYS Protocol Update: Action Needed from EMS Officers!

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On behalf of the NYS Bureau of EMS and Trauma Systems, the UBMD EMS Division has been asked to communicate information concerning the recent protocol update:

  1. Thank you to all who completed the protocol update by the 12/31/2019 deadline.
  2. The NYS Bureau of EMS is tracking each service’s compliance with the update and is now requesting all EMS services (BLS FR, Ambulance, and ALS FR) to submit an affirmation of compliance on or before Friday, January 17, 2019https://apps.health.ny.gov/pubpal/builder/ProtocolCompliance
  3. If an agency feels it needs an extension, they will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  There are elements necessary to apply for the extension.  The extension process is detailed in the letter which can be downloaded below.

Download Protocol Communication from the Bureau of EMS