- Each Ambulance now has 1 No-Contact Thermometer - In First In Bag
- Start with Thermometer Off
- Put thermometer an inch from patients forehead, and pull trigger. You’ll hear 1 immediate beep when starts, 2nd beep 1-2 seconds later. You’ll then have a reading
- Record your reading. Readings will be in Celcius. You can press and hold the BELL button 5 seconds and will change to Farienheit if necessary
- If over 38°C or 100.4°F
- Staff Stay Home
- Treat as suspect COVID-19
In conditions where ventilation with a bag valve mask (BVM) is warranted, providers may utilize passive oxygenation in lieu of BVM ventilation.
From the Chief:
Due to updated information from the state with long term care facilities see the below change in PPE policy. Any questions please let any of the Chiefs know
All patient contacts use a N-95, if not suspected COVID can reuse the mask for the shift. If suspected COVID it goes into the trash!
All facilities COVID is to be suspected and full PPE is to be used on ALL calls. These facilities include HDC, Country Arch, Rolling Hills, Edna Mahan Correctional and Mountain View Correctional Facility.
South Branch Emergency Services will NOT be instituting the Triage to Home waivers. Follow normal treatment protocols and/or RMA/AMA.
NJ PBA has opened their screening process for COVID-19 to include EMS. If you are symptomatic, visit https://njpba.adlabscovidtest.com/
Obtain Clean Probe Cover
Insert clean probe cover and unit will turn on
When you see screen show probe & ear you are ready
Insert probe into ear, press silver button & wait for beep
Probe will display temperature
Dispose of probe cover by pressing down on black release
The New Jersey Department of Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) is vested in ensuring the public health, safety, and welfare of the citizens and visitors of New Jersey. Included is the need to safeguard and ensure the mental health and wellness of the Emergency Medical Services clinicians that respond to the calls for help across New Jersey.
This particularly holds true during this pandemic for which New Jersey sits at the epicenter. It is because of this that OEMS would like to stress the importance of mental wellness. If you or someone you know is struggling during this difficult time, please don't stand silent. Help is available 24/7.
You're Not Alone | Help is a Call Away
One of each size M, L, XL, XXL, and XXXL Tyvek Suit have been added to all ambulances. These are on the action wall in the small cabinet next to the Captains Chair. These do not have feet, gloves, or hoods on them, but will provide enhanced protection in the event of an exposure. These are only to be used if absolutely necessary. We are still following our normal COVID protocols.
Further, a set of 3 gowns have been added to the rear left EXTERIOR compartment on each ambulance as well. This is in the event the driver of the ambulance needs to accompany the primary EMT in to the hospital on a COVID call and has doffed their gown at the scene as they should.
As always, stay safe and well! If you have any questions on either of these, please reach out to the Chiefs.
On behalf of Freeholder Director Shaun Van Doren, please see the attached media release announcing a joint Hunterdon & Somerset Counties COVID-19 testing site at Raritan Valley Community College. The site will open on Thursday, April 16th and will be by appointment only. Individuals wishing to participate in the testing must also have a valid doctor’s script for a test. Additional details about the new site can be found within the media release which is attached.
COVID-19 Reference Page. All information should be considered For Your Use Only and not to be shared publicly.