*|MC_PREVIEW_TEXT|*COVID-19: Expanding scope of practice; Pandemic metrics
July 10, 2020 | View as webpage
Dear EMS1 Member,

This week, the HHS launched free COVID-19 testing to address surges in Florida, Louisiana and Texas. Thousands waited 2-3 hours to get tested at the Bert Ogden Arena in Edinburg, Texas, which closed early after administering 5,000 tests in a single day.

In this newsletter, find resources for tracking key metrics related to the pandemic to anticipate volume, and learn how Alameda County, California, lessened the burden on local hospitals and nursing facilities by expanding their scope of practice.

Plus: A policy that provides guidance on timely reporting of work-related occupational illness.

Stay safe,

Kerri Hatt
Editor-in-Chief, EMS1

Proactively expanding the EMT and paramedic scope of practice
By Jim Morrissey 
Some agencies have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by implementing concepts that have been discussed for years
Evidence-based pandemic leadership
By Mike Taigman 
Tracking COVID-19 cases, PPE supply and ambulance turnaround times to inform EMS response
The future of EMS staffing post-pandemic
By Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson, Inside EMS 
Our co-hosts discuss the effect of falling call volumes on EMS staffing levels and how agencies can prepare for the future
Utilizing community paramedicine and streamlining operations during COVID-19
By Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson, Inside EMS 
In this episode, our co-hosts speak with Will Dunn, clinical manager of Eagle County Paramedics, who shares how his agency is handling operations during the COVID-19 pandemic
Free COVID-19 Policies, Courses and Training Tools for Individuals and Agencies.
Work-Related Illness and Injury Reporting
The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance regarding timely reporting of work-related conditions such as a physical injury or an occupational illness
COVID-19 for EMS and Fire Personnel
In this course, examine how COVID-19 spreads, how to find the most up-to-date information, as well as best practices to protect yourself while on the job
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