COVID-19 Testing for First Responders

From the Federal Healthcare Resilience Task Force’s EMS / Prehospital Team on July  2. COVID-19 Testing for First Responders Product (EMS42) Purpose This document provides a brief overview of COVID-19 testing to inform decision-making for first responders including emergency medical service (EMS), Fire & Rescue, Law Enforcement and 911 telecommunicators. Developed By The Federal Healthcare Resilience Task Force (HRTF) is leading the development of a comprehensive strategy for the U.S. healthcare system to facilitate resiliency and responsiveness to the threats posed by COVID-19. The Task Force’s EMS/Pre-Hospital Team is comprised of public and private-sector EMS and 911 experts from a wide variety of agencies and focuses on responding to the needs of the pre-hospital community. This team is composed of subject matter experts from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS), National 911 Program, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and non-federal partners representing stakeholder groups. Through collaboration with experts in related fields, the team develops practical resources for field providers, supervisors, administrators, medical directors, and associations to better respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. (more…)

Study | Nationwide EMS Calls Have Dropped 26%, Attended Deaths Doubled

From the University at Buffalo News Center Since early March and the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S., 911 calls for emergency medical services have dropped by 26.1 % compared to the past two years, a new study led by a University at Buffalo researcher has found. But the study also found that EMS-attended deaths have doubled, indicating that when EMS calls were made, they often involved a far more serious emergency. Study Details Effect of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID‐19) Pandemic on the United States Emergency Medical Services System: A Preliminary Report E. Brooke Lerner PhD Craig D. Newgard MD, MPH N. Clay Mann PhD, MS, MBA

COVID-19 Contact Tracing Card Template

The American Ambulance Association recommends that you begin closely tracking all visitors to your facilities in order to facilitate COVID-19 contact tracing in the future, if needed. In addition to a sign-in log, you may wish to present all visitors with a business card listing contact information for your infection control officer. These cards make it easy for visitors to get in touch if they develop symptoms soon after entering your building. Moore EMS Consulting kindly developed these templates for your use: Contact Tracing Card Template Front Contact Tracing Card Template Back  ...

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6/25 | CMS Open Door Forum | Documentation Requirement Lookup Service

From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Special Open Door Forum:  Medicare Documentation Requirement Lookup Service Thursday, June 25, 2020 | 2:00-3:00 pm Eastern Time Conference Call Only The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Center for Program Integrity will host a series of Special Open Door Forum (SODF) calls to educate the public about a new initiative underway to develop a Medicare Fee for Service (FFS) Documentation Requirement Lookup Service prototype. Also, to allow physicians, suppliers, IT and Electronic Health Record (EHR) Developers and Vendors, and/or all other interested parties to provide feedback to CMS and inform how interested parties can get involved or track the progress of this initiative. CMS is collaborating with ongoing industry efforts to streamline workflow access to coverage requirements, starting with developing a prototype Medicare FFS Documentation Requirement Lookup Service and is participating in two workgroups to promote development of standards that will support the Lookup Service. One workgroup is a private sector initiative hosted by Health Level Seven (HL7), the Da Vinci project. The second workgroup is The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR) at Scale Taskforce (FAST). By working with HL7, ONC, (more…)

CISA: Emergency Services Sector Active Shooter Guide

The FBI designated 28 shootings in 2019 as active shooter incidents. The 28 incidents resulted in 247 casualties, 97 people killed, and 150 people wounded, excluding the shooters. No community appears immune from these potential incidents; therefore, it is important for every community to develop an Active Shooter Program. The purpose of this guide is to provide emergency services personnel with the basic building blocks for developing an Active Shooter Program with communities. This guide highlights resources and planning considerations, which will enhance emergency services organizations’ ability to develop or improve community planning and preparedness for active shooter incidents. For more information, email the Emergency Services Sector-Specific Agency at essteam@cisa.dhs.gov....

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Software Enables EMS Agency Collaboration Despite COVID-19

Contact: Holly Taylor, Co-Owner / Client Services June 22, 2020 Phone: 888-364-9995 Email: holly@ninthbrain.com, info@ninthbrain.com   SOFTWARE ENABLES EMS AGENCY COLLABORATION DESPITE COVID-19 Frankenmuth, MI – Ninth Brain Suite, LLC, has launched two new communication tools within their Management Software focused on connecting first responders and healthcare leaders both globally and locally. As a response to COVID-19, the demand for communication software within the EMS industry is high. This current landscape has challenged the way first responders work and communicate, which drove Ninth Brain to develop two new innovative, adaptable solutions. “In talking with clients and being involved with the associations of EMS, we realized there wasn’t a great way to share experiences and important information collaboratively. We wanted to help bring EMS Agencies together. Ninth Brain is all about providing tools to streamline operations to help these heroes do their job.” said Holly Taylor, a co-owner of Ninth Brain. NBS COMMUNITY Ninth Brain’s new NBS Community tool is exclusive to healthcare leaders and allows for open dialogue between Ninth Brain’s 200+ clients in the healthcare space. Ninth Brain has a large base of U.S. clients, but also services clients as far away as Australia. First responders can connect to (more…)

WEBINAR: Patient Care and Operations | Monday, June 15

Our partners at the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response are hosting a COVID-19 Clinical Rounds webinar next week. See below for more information and links to register. And be sure to access the latest COVID-19 information for EMS at the updated COVID-19 Resources for EMS. EMS: Patient Care and Operations Monday, June 15, 2020 12:00 PM EDT / 9:00 AM PDT Webinar Agenda Welcome and Introductions Jon R. Krohmer, MD, FACEP, FAEMS, Director, Office of EMS, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Patient Care and Operations Kristi L. Koenig, MD, FACEP, FIFEM, FAEMS, Medical Director, Emergency Medical Services, County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency; Professor Emerita of Emergency Medicine & Public Health, University of California, Irvine Will Smith, MD, Paramedic, FAEMS, Medical Director, Grant Teton National Park, Teton County Search and Rescue, Jackson Hole Fire/EMS, USFS-BTNF; Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Washington School of Medicine; Emergency Medicine, St. John’s Health, Jackson, WY; Colonel, MC, US Army Reserve – 62A, Emergency Medicine Q & A and Discussion Sign up to receive the latest news from the Office of EMS, including webinars, newsletters and industry updates....

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WEBINAR: EMS Response to COVID-19 and Protests | Monday, June 8

Our partners at the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response are hosting a COVID-19 Clinical Rounds webinar next week. See below for more information and links to register. And be sure to access the latest COVID-19 information for EMS at the updated COVID-19 Resources for EMS. EMS Response to COVID-19 and Protests Monday, June 8, 2020 12:00 PM EDT / 9:00 AM PDT Webinar Agenda Welcome and Introductions Richard C. Hunt, MD, FACEP, HHS/ASPR National Healthcare Preparedness Programs EMS Response to COVID-19 and Protests Jeffrey D. Ho, MD, Chief EMS Medical Director, Hennepin EMS & Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Michael R. Sayre, MD, Medical Director, Seattle Fire Department & Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Washington Q & A and Discussion   Sign up to receive the latest news from the Office of EMS, including webinars, newsletters and industry updates....

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On Demand Presentation: Emergency Medical Services and 911

Healthcare Resilience Task Force: EMS/911 May 29, 2020 Dr. Jon Krohmer, NHTSA, HRTF EMS/Pre-hospital Team Lead Kate Elkins, NHTSA, HRTF EMS/Pre-hospital Deputy Team Lead 911, the universal number to call for emergency help nationwide, is a proven, life-saving service to the public. NHTSA’s Office of EMS oversees the National 911 Program, which envisions an emergency response system that best serves the public, providing immediate help in all emergency situations. This presentation covered the current Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Environment, Impacts and Next Steps for EMS in regards to COVID-19, and EMS and Fire Impacts on Community Lifelines.    

EMS by the Numbers: Impact of COVID-19

May 21, 2020 Presentation by N. Clay Mann PhD, MS, MBA NEMSIS Technical Assistance Center This document is provided by NHTSA in an effort to help State EMS Officials track particular EMS activations occurring during the COVID‐19 pandemic. This document will be updated periodically to provide current information regarding temporal variations in the type and characteristics of EMS activations occurring in the U.S. during the COVID‐19 outbreak. Please contact the NEMSIS Technical Assistance Center for updates to this document. Contact N. Clay Mann at clay.mann@hsc.utah.edu.