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The MDPH/ OEMS has identified several issues regarding certain pediatric BVM devices and ordering configurations, which in some cases will prevent EMS personnel from providing appropriate treatment to patients, and do not meet the requirements of Administrative Requirement (AR) 5-401. Please see the attached Memorandum, highlighting the problems identified to date, and strongly urge you to check and ensure all your bag-valve masks devices are stocked with the appropriate sized masks in all ambulances.

Read the full MEMO Here

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OEMS issued the Statewide Treatment Protocols v. 2022.1 (2022 STPs), as well as the updated Administrative Requirements (ARs) 5-401 BLS Equipment List and 5-402 ALS Equipment List, and the updated Required Medications on Ambulances, now as AR 5-400.  The updates to the ARs and medication lists reflect current practices and conform to the 2022 STPs.

Timeline for implementation: Ambulance services have until June 1, 2022, to be equipped in accordance with the ARs, and to train their EMS personnel in the updates to the Statewide Treatment Protocols. As soon as services have completed this transition, they may begin providing care in accordance with the new STPs and equip and stock their ambulances in accordance with the updated ARs 5-400, 5-401 and 5-402, but in all cases must conform to these ARs and the 2022 STPs by no later than June 1, 2022.

The 5 MA Regional Councils are working together on training materials to facilitate this. Services may also create their own training. Any training should have an exam to measure comprehension.

You can find these documents on the OEMS website, at the following links:

Statewide Treatment Protocols v. 2022.1 

Memo and Change Chart for 2022 STPs      

Updated AR 5-400        

Updated AR 5-401             

Updated AR 5-402

The state issued updated Comprehensive Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Guidance on 01/21/2022.

The most recent COVID-related memorandums from OEMS and MDPH can be found HERE.


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MDPH shared updated isolation guidance for healthcare personnel. The updated isolation guidance applies to healthcare settings as defined by the CDC.  The updated guidance reduces the amount of time healthcare personnel must isolate due to testing positive for COVID-19 under a set of conditions as described in the updated guidance.   Please see the attached document or the below link for details: https://www.mass.gov/doc/isolation-and-quarantine-guidance-for-health-care-personnel/download

Thank you for your continued care of your patients, staff, and communities during this unprecedented time. 

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services (Department), has identified several concerning issues in the field regarding defibrillator pad incompatibility, with pads not being used in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. This results in the inability to deliver therapy across all age and weight ranges and has particularly been a problem for pediatric use. Please see the attached Memorandum, highlighting the problems. This issue has been noted during ambulance inspections and cited as a deficiency. CLICK HERE

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