Thank you to the dozens of AAA member ambulance services who answered the call to serve in New York City’s time of need. This Facebook video from fellow member FDNY shows the final deployed medics heading home. Thank you to the many member organizations who answered the call to serve in the New York and New Jersey #COVID19 response. Your service will not be forgotten! #SupportEMS #AlwaysOpen #NotJustaRide Posted by American Ambulance Association on Thursday, May 28, 2020
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 1, 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 Lekshmi Kumar, MD, MPH, FACEP, Associate Professor, Section of Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine; Medical Director, Grady EMS Bill Salmeron, Chief, New Orleans EMS Q & A and Discussion Sign up to receive the latest news from the Office of EMS, including webinars, newsletters and industry updates. Contact Us 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20590 firstname.lastname@example.org...
FEMA released “COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season” to help emergency managers and public health officials best prepare for disasters, while continuing to respond to and recover from COVID-19. The guide provides actions emergency managers and public officials can take to prepare for response and recovery operations during ongoing COVID-19 response efforts. Specifically, the guidance: Describes anticipated challenges to disaster operations posed by COVID-19. Highlights planning considerations for emergency managers based on current challenges. Outlines how FEMA plans to adapt response and recovery operations. Creates a shared understanding of expectations between FEMA and emergency managers. Includes guidance, checklists and resources to support emergency managers’ response and recovery planning. Private sector and non-governmental organizations can use the guidance to gain an understanding of the government’s posture, planning and readiness efforts. To expand awareness and understanding of the guidance, FEMA’s National Preparedness Directorate is conducting four webinars. The webinars will allow emergency managers an opportunity to discuss how the guidance can assist jurisdictions review and modify their plans given the constraints and limitations of the ongoing pandemic. To register, please click on the link for the preferred webinar from the list below: Webinar 1: FEMA Adobe Connect 2 – (more…)
2020 Hurricane Season During COVID-19 Are you prepared for the 2020 hurricane season while the world is also responding to COVID-19? CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health is joining the CDC EPIC Team Wednesday, May 27, at 1 p.m. EST. CDC experts will discuss possible health risks that could come from hurricanes combined with COVID-19; planning for the 2020 hurricane season while adhering to guidance on social distancing; and how community leaders, nonprofit organizations, and public health professionals can effectively communicate messages. Closed captioning will be available. Click here to learn more about this webinar, including continuing education options. More information on this webinar, previous EPIC webinars, and continuing education can be found on the EPIC Webinar website. Webinar Information When: May 27, 2020 at 1 p.m. ET Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1614675517 Or iPhone one-tap: US: +16692545252,1614675517# or +16468287666,1614675517# Or Telephone: Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 669 254 5252 or +1 646 828 7666 Webinar ID: 161 467 5517 International numbers available: https://www.zoomgov.com/u/aedA7dyLM2
ADVISORY MEMORANDUM ON IDENTIFICATION OF ESSENTIAL CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKERS DURING COVID-19 RESPONSE As the Nation comes together to slow the spread of COVID-19, on March 16th the President issued updated Coronavirus Guidance for America that highlighted the importance of the critical infrastructure workforce. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) executes the Secretary of Homeland Security’s authorities to secure critical infrastructure. Consistent with these authorities, CISA has developed, in collaboration with other federal agencies, State and local governments, and the private sector, an “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce” advisory list. This list is intended to help State, local, tribal and territorial officials as they work to protect their communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security. Decisions informed by this list should also take into consideration additional public health considerations based on the specific COVID-19-related concerns of particular jurisdictions. This list is advisory in nature. It is not, nor should it be considered, a federal directive or standard. Additionally, this advisory list is not intended to be the exclusive list of critical infrastructure sectors, workers, and functions that should continue during the COVID-19 response across all jurisdictions. Individual jurisdictions should...
#AmericaStrong coverage from ABC shares the story of a medic returning home after 42 days of deployment to New York to respond to COVID-19.
BOSTON (CBS) — Fifty ambulances traveled from Worcester’s UMass Medical Center to Boston’s Fenway Park Wednesday in a show of appreciation for paramedics, EMTs and 911 dispatchers. It’s all part of a local celebration of National EMS Week. Continue reading on Boston’s WBZ4►
A parade of more than 50 ambulances, representing more than 20,000 paramedics, EMTs, and 911 dispatchers, traveled from UMass Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts to the warning track inside Fenway Park on Wednesday, May 20. The Boston Red Sox, Mayor Marty Walsh, state officials, and healthcare professionals joined the Massachusetts Ambulance Association, the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts, and municipal ambulance providers in celebrating these front line heroes during National EMS Week. Once inside the park, the EMS professionals were greeted by video tributes from dignitaries and celebrities and a select number of live speakers following safe social distancing guidelines. The event takes on even greater significance this year because of the unprecedented response to the COVID-19 crisis from EMS professionals and their colleagues across the state’s medical community. The Commonwealth’s EMS professionals have been crucial in responding to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Massachusetts has been among the nation’s hardest-hit states, experiencing the third most deaths and fourth-most cases of the novel coronavirus. During the current public health crisis, EMS professionals have helped manage testing and treatment for homebound patients and provided supplemental support for hospitals and neighborhood health centers, in addition to its duties in responding to daily emergencies. (more…)
Today, the General Accountability Office released a report showing widespread and persistent infection control deficiencies in nursing homes. Download a copy of the report►
Pafford Medical Services Hope, Arkansas Facebook | Twitter Meet Pafford Medical Services Founded in 1967, Pafford Medical Services continues to provide over 80 communities with the latest, most sophisticated level of pre-hospital care. As a family-owned and operated company, Pafford serves communities across Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. With over 1200 members of Team Pafford, over 180 ambulances, 3 medical fixed-wing aircraft, 3 rotor-wing aircraft, 2 communications centers, and our corporate billing office, Pafford is staffed 24/7. It is Pafford’s mission to provide its communities, healthcare partners, and facilities they serve with the highest standards of mobile healthcare. While providing communities with proper 911 ambulance coverage, the company has become known nationwide for its Special Response Taskforce which assists during national disasters. As the company evolves to cater to the citizens it serves, Pafford took notice of the needs of industries and businesses during the global pandemic and now operates OnSite Healthcare Services in order to safeguard workforces as the world resumes operation amidst COVID-19. Another pillar of the company’s mission is its promise as a contributive community partner by providing educational resources, medical equipment, and scholarships along with medical standby for special events. Pafford (more…)