EMS Sleep Health Study

The EMS Sleep Health Study Who? Daniel Patterson, PhD, NRP from the University of Pittsburgh Department of Emergency Medicine is leading a research study that seeks to examine the impact of a sleep health and fatigue education and training program tailored to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) clinicians. This research study has financial support from the…

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Critical Care Decontamination System (CCDS) for N95 Respirators

Prehospital Use of the Critical Care Decontamination System (CCDS) for N95 Respirators Download as PDF PURPOSE: Use of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic response is at unprecedented levels. In order to slow usage rates and maintain supply chain stability, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized an Emergency Use Authorization…

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On-Demand | Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Mental Health & Wellness During the COVID-19 Pandemic Webinar

Recorded May 18, 2020 at 14:00 ET | Free |  Now On-Demand

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for healthcare workers and first responders. As this pandemic enters its third month, our employees and those leading EMS agencies are hitting a critical level of physical and emotional fatigue. While many parts of the country are starting the process of “opening back up”, we still have a very long way to go before we return to any semblance of how things looked prior to this Coronavirus outbreak.

Join AAA HR & Operations Consultant, Scott Moore and licensed Psychologist, Dr. Lau Morrison for this important webinar program. Dr. Morrison is a former EMT who currently works for the Los Angeles County, Department of Mental Health working with children who are considered high risk for severe mental health issues. In her private practice, Dr. Morrison works with EMTs and Paramedics who are struggling with PTSD and other mental health and wellness issues. Dr. Morrison and Scott will be discussing many of the challenges that faced EMS personnel in the early days of the COVID-19 response and the challenges that lie ahead in the coming months. This program will provide attendees with strategies that EMS professionals and leaders can employ to provide the greatest support to all who are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Savvik: COVID-19 Survey

Savvik Buying Group is trying to find out what your services are still needing in the way of COVID related items.  They have created a quick, 4 question survey to assist.  As an incentive, Savvik will be selecting five entries who will win a $500.00 gift certificate from 5.11 tactical.          …

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2020 National EMS Moment of Silence Announcement

The National EMS Memorial Bike Ride (NEMSMBR), the National EMS Memorial Foundation (NEMSMF), and the National EMS Memorial Service (NEMSMS) announce the 2020 National EMS Moment of Silence and ask for broad participation.

The National EMS Moment of Silence will be observed on Saturday, May 16, 2020. It will begin at 1800 (6:00 PM) Eastern Daylight Time with a live-streamed reading of the names of the 24 Honorees originally planned for the 2020 Service, followed by an acknowledgement of those continuing to serve today and will culminate in a national moment of silence in a salute to all.

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Compliant Hazard Pay Practices

MEMBER ADVISORY Recently there have been several states where legislative efforts have been filed or legislation passed related to the provision of Hazard Pay for front line healthcare and public safety workers.  In addition, there are suggestions that the next federal stimulus package may include provisions for hazard pay for those responding to this pandemic….

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COVID-19 Continuity of Operations Checklist

Download as PDF As you begin the process of returning employees to their usual on-campus workspace, be sure to consider all angles and implications of a returning workforce. It can be helpful to create a Re-Entry Task Force as part of this process. Including representatives from all areas of your business ensures needs, concerns, and…

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COVID-19 Literature and Research Resources for EMS

COVID-19 Literature and Research Resources for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Download PDF This document provides an overview of information sources available to EMS personnel for peer-reviewed, scientific research articles, and other sources related to COVID-19. The Federal Healthcare Resilience Task Force (HRTF) is leading the development of a comprehensive strategy for the U.S. healthcare system…

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Innovative 9-1-1 Call Handling for COVID-19

REDIRECTING 911 CALLS FOR INFORMATION & LOW ACUITY MEDICAL COMPLAINTS Download as a PDF Federal Healthcare Resilience Task Force EMS/Prehospital Team: As the COVID 19 pandemic continues to evolve, Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs)/Emergency  Communications Centers (ECC) may need to revise procedures and redirect resources for handling  incoming calls for COVID-19 Information and Low Acuity…

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Crisis Mode – Building Resilience in Healthcare Workers

Employee Infographics These infographics contain simple and practical suggestions that people can use to cope while in crisis mode. Ariadne Labs recognizes that leaders play an important role during this stressful time. Ariadne Labs has created a supplement to this infographic with strategies for leaders and managers. This offers suggestions for leaders to facilitate the…

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EMS Update: Sustaining Mental Health during COVID-19

NORA Public Safety Sector Council Meeting – EMS Sustainability Update Sustaining Mental Health during COVID-19 Thursday April 30th, 2020 – 11:00am-11:30am EDT The NORA Public Safety Sector Council, is hosting an EMS Sustainability Update at 11:00 EDT on Thursday April 30, 2020 via Zoom. The topic is Sustaining Mental Health during COVID-19. The attachment includes the agenda…

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Healthcare Resilience Task Force: Three New Documents Released

The Prehospital [911 and Emergency Medical Services (EMS)] Team of the Healthcare Resilience Task Force has released three more informational documents. The first contains guidance for emergency communications stakeholders on available funding in the CARES Act. The second is a summary document on the status of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) education pipeline during a…

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Healthcare Resilience Task Force: Six New Documents Released

Healthcare Resilience Task Force: Six New Documents Released The Prehospital [911 and Emergency Medical Services (EMS)] Team of the Healthcare Resilience Task Force has released six (6) more documents (attached).  They cover topics including crisis standards of care, PPE, and the behavioral health of 911 and EMS first responders. These documents will also be posted…

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CMS Relaxes Physician Certification Statement Signature Requirements During Public Health Emergency for COVID-19

CMS Relaxes Physician Certification Statement Signature Requirements During Public Health Emergency for COVID-19  By Kathy Lester, J.D., M.P.H.   The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released guidance that recognizes the difficulty ambulance service providers and suppliers may have during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) in obtaining a physician certification statement (PCS) signed…

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Healthcare Resilience Task Force: Three New Documents Released

Healthcare Resilience Task Force: Three New Documents Released Documents developed by the Prehospital [911 and Emergency Medical Services (EMS)] Team of the Healthcare Resilience Task Force. Managing Patient and Family Distress Associated with COVID-19 Intended to provide care instructions for the psychological challenges associated with real or perceived exposure to COVID-19. This document includes practices…

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Financial Relief for Personnel

Financial Relief for Personnel Download as a PDF Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) • Emergency Paid Family & Medical Leave • Emergency Paid Sick Leave Tax Assistance Options • Extension of 2019 Tax Filing Deadline • $1,200 checks to each individual making $75,000 or less and a sliding scale (downwards) for people making between…

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FFCRA EMS Emergency Paid Leave Toolkit

FFCRA EMS Emergency Paid Leave Toolkit This toolkit is intended for use by EMS organizations to facilitate the implementation and management of the emergency paid leave provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The individual forms included in the toolkit are templated, and members are encouraged to add their own logo. FFCRA EMS…

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NYT: Disposable N95 Masks Can Be Decontaminated

Disposable N95 Masks Can Be Decontaminated, Researchers Confirm The National Institutes of Health released research showing N95 masks can be used more than once using certain decontamination methods to prevent infection from the coronavirus, a claim that has been proven from previous research but never specifically for COVID-19. The researchers found that using vaporized hydrogen…

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CMS Office Hours on COVID-19

CMS Office Hours on COVID-19 You are invited to CMS “Office Hours” on COVID-19, today, Thursday, April 16th from 5:00 – 6:00 PM Eastern, the next in a series of opportunities for hospitals, health systems, and providers to ask questions of agency officials regarding CMS’s temporary actions that empower local hospitals and healthcare systems to:…

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