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Announcements

Did you receive some KN95 masks at your service and have a concern about their clinical use? Here is some guidance from the FDA released on 4/3/2020.

The US Food and Drug Administration on Friday changed its position on a sought-after type of respirator from China, the KN95.

In response to continued respirator shortages, the FDA issued new guidance, authorizing KN95 respirators if certain criteria are met, including evidence demonstrating that the respirator is authentic.
The move comes after conflicting government guidance caused confusion over how these masks should be used and whether they could be imported into the US.

The FDA did not include these masks on its initial guidance for emergency use issued last month, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the KN95 masks are "expected to be suitable alternatives" to the N95 masks during the coronavirus pandemic when supplies are short.

Note that during a time of N95 shortages and lack of ability to fit test a wearer should still Fit check. This is a check that should be carried out by the employee/wearer of the device each time that they put it on, even if this occurs several times per day. Although not a formal requirement like fit testing, a fit check is good practice that gives an indication that the respirator is positioned correctly.

Click here for a list of all the OEMS/MDPH documents released for EMS in one place or follow the links below.

Check here for patient flow and PPE doffing procedures at Region II receving facilities. Most procdures are very similar but it is better to know the differences ahead of time.

Nashoba Valley Medical Center (an other Steward Facilities)

Heywood Hospital

 

Health Care Professional VolunteersTo support ongoing COVID-19 emergency response efforts, the Baker-Polito Administration has partnered with the Massachusetts Medical Society to match volunteers with our communities and health care providers based on skillsets and need. There is an immediate need for respiratory therapists and public health nurses, and the administration is asking health care professionals interested in volunteering to sign up at MAResponds.org.

Cyber-criminals are jumping on the coronavirus scare. I guess we should expect it by now. There are threats to healthcare and citizen's so be mindful.

READ the information bulletin from the Commonwealth Fusion Center.

Notice: Updated Statewide Treatment Protocols and Advisory 20-01-27 Required Medication List, Effective April 1, 2020

The MA Department of Public Health’s (Department’s) Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) has issued the updated Statewide Treatment Protocols v. 2020.1, which will become effective April 1, 2020.

Stryker announced today that the company is launching a voluntary field action on specific units of the LIFEPAK 15 monitor/defibrillators.

The company is notifying a population of LIFEPAK 15 customers of an issue that may cause their devices to fail to deliver a defibrillation shock after the “Shock” button on the keypad is pressed. This is a result of oxidation that may have formed over time within the “Shock” button.

In an effort to increase communications with ALL of our stakeholders, CMEMSC is publishing a newletter. Click to get your copy of the Region II Responder. Want to be on the email list? Click HERE to send a quick email request and you won't miss an issue. We are also always looking for information that is timely and relevant to all EMS professionals so feel free to share your ideas with us.

On December 12, 2019, the State EMS Medical Director issued an Emergency Release of Protocol 2.20 Home Hemodialysis Disconnect.  Read the memo from OEMS here.  Download STP 2.20 here.