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Announcements

November 3, 2020, the Commissioner of Public Health has issued an Order, under her authority pursuant to M.G.L. c. 94C, § 7(g) and 105 CMR 700.003(H) of the Drug Control Program (DCP) regulations, to temporarily enlarge the pool of authorized vaccinators to include all paramedics working in conjunction with their ambulance services (not only those working for Department-approved mobile integrated health (MIH) and community EMS programs (CEMS)) for administration of flu vaccine only, to those age 3 and older. Her Order also extends this temporary authorization to medical students and nursing students.

Ambulance services and the paramedics who are authorized under this Order may administer vaccine in accordance the Order, the DCP guidance under this Order, as well as the Special Protocol issued today for this limited-period flu vaccine administration authority only. (Note that MIH and CEMS paramedics are authorized by 105 CMR 700.003(A)(4) to administer flu and other vaccines as determined by the Department to persons 18 and older, and they do so in accordance with their MIH or CEMS program’s medical director’s protocols for such vaccine administration. For MIH and CEMS paramedics, this Order applies to enable them to now administer flu vaccine to persons 3 years and older.)

Click here to view the Special Protocol

 

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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http://www.mass.gov/dph/oems

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.

Dear EMS Colleagues,

To clarify confusion over application of the standards of Advisory 20-05-01, Partial Lifting of In-Person EMS Course and Psychomotor Exam Suspension, and in keeping with the current guidance from the Governor and the DPH Commissioner, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, OEMS is releasing this updated document:

  • Advisory 20-05-01, Partial Lifting of In-Person EMS Course and Psychomotor Exam Suspensions. This Advisory now makes clear that its required safety parameters for EMS training programs apply not only to accredited EMT training institutions, but to non-accredited training providers as well. It makes clear that it applies to continuing education courses as well as initial training programs.  For Department-accredited EMT training institutions and providers of continuing education, as well as for the context of the certification psychomotor exam, this Advisory constitutes the sector-specific protocols that must also be met.

The Department of Public Health is working to limit the spread of COVID-19, and to keep EMS personnel safe from unnecessary risk of transmission.

All EMS initial and continuing education didactic content must be delivered online, either via distributive or VILT delivery. If hands-on skills are required for the course, they may take place in person; however, strict distancing procedures must be followed, including limits on the number of students in a classroom, requirement that all attendees wear surgical masks, and equipment is appropriately decontaminated, as documented in the attached Advisory.

Remember that in order to support students and assist with recertification, both the National Registry of EMTs and MA OEMS have modified the recertification requirements for 2021 expiration, so that all recertification requirements can be completed using online education (distributive).

Thank you, and please be safe.

Scott Cluett

OEMS Director

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.

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.

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

Milford Regional Medical Center