Per State Office of Emergency Medical Services, and our medical director Steven Vetrano, DO, all responders MUST wear an N95 or greater for ALL patient interactions for entire time you are with patient.
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.
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.
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