COVID-19 Bulletin 13: Personnel Exposures All employees must keep six feet between yourself and others as much as possible. Cloth face coverings do not substitute for social distancing. This document, when combined with COVID-19 Bulletin 7A, is intended to provide for the protection of public safety personnel, and reduce the need for quarantining such personnel. […]
UPDATE: COVID-19 Bulletin 7A Mask Use by Public Safety Personnel and Others Based on guidance from the CDC and others, public safety should implement the following: Anyone who is transported or even briefly placed in any public safety vehicle (cruisers, ambulances, etc.) will be given either a cloth face covering or a surgical mask and directed to […]
The Ohio Fire Chiefs’ State Emergency Response System and Ohio Division of EMS personnel are working to track first responder staffing issues throughout Ohio. Please consider completing this simple survey at least weekly by 10:00 AM each Wednesday. More frequent completion is preferred, especially if you have staffing shortages from pre COVID-19 levels. We would […]
We have been working to develop guidance for our region regarding CPR during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Last week, the American Heart Association along with seven other medical societies issued Interim Guidance, and as it recommends, we used their expert guidance and modified it for our region. These materials focus on reducing provider exposure, while prioritizing […]
Stress can be intense during a pandemic. Fear about the safety and wellbeing for yourself, your coworkers, your family and friends, or those you serve can cause you to experience new or increased stress reactions.You can mitigate those reactions and increase your wellbeing and effectiveness on the job by picking a few of the following […]
This policy provides general guidelines to assist in minimizing the risk of employees contracting and/or spreading communicable diseases.
The Federal Healthcare Resilience Task Force recently published two documents to support EMS workers responding during COVID-19. Linked below, these documents can also be helpful to responders from other fields: Managing Patient and Family Distress Associated with COVID-19: Tips for EMS Personnel Mitigate Absenteeism by Protecting EMS Clinicians’ Psychological Health and Well-being During the COVID-19 Pandemic […]
On Friday, March, 27, 2020 Governor DeWine signed Amended Substitute House Bill 197 (HB 197) which includes many provisions intended to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This Bill includes relief to certificate holders whose certificates expire during the state of emergency declared by the Governor through Executive Order 2020-01D, issued March 9, 2020.
The Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of EMS has recently received inquiries regarding the management of waste following the treatment of a patient with suspected or known COVID-19 infection. The current CDC recommendations state that the management of laundry, food service utensils, and medical waste should also be performed in accordance with routine procedures.
Several weeks ago, PWW and other industry groups asked CMS for relief from signature rules because of the impracticability of obtaining Assignment of Benefits (AOB) signatures from suspected or actual COVID-19 patients. Now, CMS has officially acknowledged that due to CDC Guidelines, it is improper to ask suspected or known COVID patients to handle styluses, […]