Mercury Public Affairs Update

AAA has teamed up with Mercury Public Affairs to run a robust public affairs campaign to complement our already established lobbying efforts. We are making sure our concerns as frontline EMS responders are heard, by targeting 27 key Senators and Representatives to Congress around the nation.  We are asking them to be the champions we need in Congress and to make sure all of our emergency first responders have the resources they need. The campaign has been a great success. Major media outlets have picked up our stories, our digital campaign is having higher than industry average conversion rates, and our patch through calls, which have had extremely high percentages of people willing to speak Congressional offices, have been able to provide a steady drumbeat for our issues where it matters. These  metrics, coupled with the positive feedback we have received from Congressional offices show that notonly do we have the right message, but also that our emergency first responders are being recognized for the work they do during this national health crisis. It is also helping to build legislative momentum. We will update you on the campaign as we move forward, but wanted to take some time to share...

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Gowns | Merrow Forloh Reusable

AAA Professional Standards Committee Chair Bill Mergendahl has offered to coordinate a bulk order of Merrow Forloh reusable gowns. Although each gown is pricey ($40/pp), they are made of extremely high-quality ripstop material and can be washed 100 times, making them comparable to a $0.40 disposable.  Additionally, they can be sprayed with standard outdoor gear water repellant and be good for another 100 washes.  One size fits all. These gowns are American made in Fall River, Massachusetts, which avoids a number of the quality assurance problems many member organizations have experienced with imports. The goal is to pull together a group order of 10,000 pieces for delivery in 3–4 weeks. Pro EMS will coordinate splitting the payments between providers. Please see the attached brochure, then contact wmerg@proems.com if you would like to participate.

Personal Protective Equipment Supply for Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Personal Protective Equipment Supply for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Document Developed by the Healthcare Resilience Task Force Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Prehospital Team.  Download PDF Current Situation Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies, including N-95 respirators and gowns, are in short supply due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These shortages are anticipated to resolve over time as additional sources are identified and manufacturing capacity is expanded. In the interim, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agencies that are unable to meet their PPE requirements through regular distribution channels are advised to submit requests for PPE supplies through their local and/or state emergency management officials, which are then submitted to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for sourcing and allocation. Background Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, health care providers are exhausting PPE supplies faster than they can be sourced. EMS agencies are part of the critical infrastructure sector and are strongly considered in the decision-making process to allocate supplies. Actions Taken to Address Supply Issues The Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) has been activated to provide PPE supplies to states for distribution to healthcare agencies. Supplies are being allocated to states on a pro-rata basis for distribution by the state. Initial distributions from the SNS were limited....

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FEMA Advisory | Supply Chain Stabilization

The following information was delivered by FEMA via email on April 9. Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Supply Chain Stabilization  The Supply Chain Task Force continues executing a strategy maximizing the availability of critical protective and lifesaving resources through FEMA for a whole-of-America response. Efforts to date have focused on reducing the medical supply chain capacity gap to both satisfy and relieve demand pressure on medical supply capacity. The task force is applying a four-prong approach of Preservation, Acceleration, Expansion and Allocation to rapidly increase supply today and expand domestic production of critical resources to increase supply long-term. The preservation line of effort focuses on providing federal guidance to responders and the non-medical sector, such as public service (police, fire, EMT), energy distribution and the food industry on how to preserve supplies when possible, to reduce impact on the medical supply chain. The  acceleration  line of effort provides direct results to help meet the demand for personal protective equipment PPE through the industry to allow responders to get supplies they need as fast as possible. The  expansion  line of effort is charged with generating capacity with both traditional and non-traditional manufacturers, such as adding machinery or by re-tooling assembly lines to produce new products. (more…)

EMS Granted Access to the Amazon COVID-19 Store!

Thank you to the thousands of EMS and fire professionals who joined our social media campaign to encourage Amazon Business to admit mobile healthcare providers into their new COVID-19 Store. In response to the collective voices of our profession, Amazon has updated their policy! Effective April 6, EMS and Fire will begin to be onboarded into the limited-access marketplace. To participate: Ensure your agency has established an Amazon Business account.  Request access to the COVID-19 Store. When you complete the form, select “OTHER” as organization type until/unless EMS becomes available as an option. When entering your company name, please make it clear that you are an ambulance service or fire department (no abbreviations). Wait patiently for up to 10 days to receive confirmation of access as each enrollment request is individually reviewed by Amazon staff. If you have questions, experience excessive delay, or need assistance, please contact Amazon support. The store is a new venture, and the virtual shelves are in the process of being stocked. However, Amazon has assured us that they have tens of millions of units of PPE and supplies on rush order. We encourage you to set up your agency account and check back frequently for (more…)

NHTSA | PPE Challenges: Important Information for the First Responder Community

From NHTSA’s Office of EMS on March 25 via email. PPE Challenges: Important Information for the First Responder Community We are all aware of the challenges of obtaining personal protective equipment (PPE) during this pandemic. We hope this information will help address concerns and clarify the replenishment request process. The current shortage applies to all health care disciplines – the challenges you are experiencing are being felt by your peers. As a nation, we are working very hard to address the challenges through ramped up production and distribution as resources become available. First Responders are recognized as a high priority component of the nation’s critical infrastructure. Decisions regarding PPE allocation are based on specific and identified need and are being prioritized based on those needs. It may be helpful to reinforce to the first responder community the process for submitting your requests for resupply. It is critical that requests are submitted through the proper process. Process: Continue to submit your request for replenishment of PPE through your normal distribution supply chain. While the supply remains limited, filling those orders will be challenging and you may not receive your entire requested order. To request supplies from state or federal resources (eg: (more…)

CDC Conference Call: Optimization Strategies for Healthcare Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Crisis Standards of Care and COVID-19: What EMS Needs to Know Webinar from EMS Focus Wed, Mar 25, 2020, 2:00 PM EDT Presenters from the Center for Disease Control will provide a COVID-19 update and discuss strategies for healthcare facilities to optimize personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies such as eye protection, isolation gowns, facemasks, and N95 respirators. Webinar Link: Click Here Dial In: US: +1 669 254 5252 or +1 646 828 7666  ...

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