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The most recent advisories from OEMS were released regarding CPR and ACLS card expiration extensions and the lift of the suspension on field and clinical internships for EMS programs.

Find them here along with all the other COVID documents in one place.

IFT Protocol Change released 4/16/20 regarding transport ventilators Click HERE for a printable version that will fit in your protocol books.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, OEMS is releasing the attached document:

  • An emergency Statewide Treatment Protocol change to the inter-facility transfer (IFT) ventilation protocol, allowing for use of bag-valve-mask ventilation for transport of a ventilator dependent patient, if a transport ventilator is not available due to the COVID-19 emergency.  If appropriate, the BVM should have a HEPA filter attached.
  • The 20 minute transition and observation requirement (to wait for stability on the transport vent) for stable patients has been removed for the duration of the emergency

The intent of this change is both to allow transport of such patients if not enough transport ventilators are available but transport is necessary, and to allow ambulance services to lend their ventilators to hospital as needed and desired.  Ambulance services need to begin working through implementation issues and training needs before putting these changes in place. Please work with your affiliate hospital medical director and ensure all your EMS personnel are appropriately trained on the use of this Protocol, prior to implementing.

This emergency protocol applies to all patients.  This protocol will only be in effect through the Governor’s declared State of Emergency.

FAQ and PPE Guidance for Nursing Home Responses were issued by OEMS  on 4/6/2020

Comprehensive PPE Guidance for EMS released April 4, 2020.

Temporary EMT CertificationIn accordance with the Commissioner of Public Health’s April 3, 2020 order maximizing health care provider availability, to respond to Governor Baker’s declared State of Emergency, the Department is issuing temporary EMT certification, upon request, to applicants who either:

  • Currently hold EMT certification/licensure, at any level) in another state, which has not been revoked, suspended, surrendered or are otherwise not in good standing in another state; OR
  • Previously held Massachusetts EMT certification, but it has expired within the last 10 years (at any level). This does not include certifications that have been revoked, suspended or surrendered

The COVID-19 Information Hub by the All Hazards Consortium includes regularly updated information from vetted sources and is endorsed by the US Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.  

Excellent Guidance on who should wear what PPE released 3/22/20.

OEMS released this guidance (3/14/2020) based on the latest CDC recommendations. The also released several waivers to address staffing and training needs. Follow this link and scroll about half way down the page.

Massachusetts continues to prepare for the potential outbreak of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, that originated in Wuhan, Hubei, China. The risk of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth is low; in contrast, the risk of flu is high.

Our Department of Public Health staff have been in constant contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local partners, and launched a site that includes extensive information and is a “source of truth” at: mass.gov/2019coronavirus. The site includes resources and fact sheets translated in multiple languages that can be printed and shared.

These simple precautions will help prevent the spread of the flu and other respiratory illnesses:

  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, using a tissue or the inside of your elbow
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and warm water frequently and use hand sanitizer
  • If you have a fever or feel sick, stay home and call your healthcare provider
  • Get the flu vaccine – it is not too late! Find more information on the flu and where to get a flu vaccine here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/what-should-i-know-about-flu

Please stay informed by visiting both the MDPH and CDC websites. Agencies are encouraged to review your own Continuation of Operations Plans. To prepare for potential community spread of COVID-19, please think about your own personal preparedness and visit our preparedness website to learn more about developing a preparedness plan for you and your family

Here is a great, simple procedure sheet for EMS to follow if  you have a patient presenting with respiratory symptoms and a fever. Thank you to UMass for sharing!

Here is the CDC screening tool for 2019-nCoV