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Announcements

Dear EMS Colleagues,

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) continues to work with state, federal and local partners on the outbreak of novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2, and we continue to appreciate the essential role you have in responding to this evolving situation. 

In response to the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, OEMS is releasing an update to Emergency Statewide Treatment Protocol 1.2. The Protocol (view HERE), now titled,  1.2 Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Safety Precautions for All Patients, has been broadened to make clear that its requirements now apply to all patients, who are to be treated as suspect for COVID-19, and not limited to patients known to have COVID-19 or COVID-19-like symptoms.

For the latest information, visit the DPH 2019 Novel Coronavirus website which is updated frequently: www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus

Thank you, and please be safe.

Dr. Jon Burstein

State EMS Medical Director

Office of Emergency Medical Services

Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

67 Forest Street

Marlborough MA 01752

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On October 23, 2020, OEMS issued Advisory 20-10-01 establishing requirements for Ambulance Service Location workplace safety.  This advisory is in effect through the duration of the Governor's declared state of emergency.  Read the advisory HERE.

EMS and public safety jobs are stressful enough without the threat of a global pandemic. If you find things are getting overwhleming, don't hesitate to reach out for some help. The On-site Academy has been helping front line workers stay on the front lines for years. This group of professional and volunteers are amazing and they really care. You matter-You count! They are here to serve those who serve others.

Please read the following reminder from the state OEMS Director about ventilator use during the COVID pandemic.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) continues to work with state, federal and local partners on the outbreak of novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2, and we continue to appreciate the essential role you have in responding to this evolving situation. 

On June 4, 2020 CMEMSC had the priveledge of partnering with Technocopia and the Worcester Face Shield Project to pick up critical PPE supplies for our EMS agenices. Read the press release HERE. ANd if you missed the 5pm news that night, watch recording HERE.

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.

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.

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.

Beginning December 2, 2019, there is a new direct-to-CT pathway specifically for trauma patients transported to UMass University.  This is designed to get patients who have falls on anticoagulants to CT quickly, but only applies to patients who are otherwise uncomplicated.  Read the memo from UMass-Memorial Medical Center here.  

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