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    EMS Pandemic Influenza Guidelines for Statewide Adoption

    Introduction and Background How the document was developed
    Pandemic Influenza--Overview

    Section 1: EMS Planning

    Plans and Operational Procedures
    Leadership and Authority
    Training and Exercising
    A Systems Approach
    Public and Media Communications

    Section 2: The Role of EMS in Influenza Surveillance and Mitigation

    Statewide Tracking, Community Mitigation

    Section 3: Maintaining Continuity of EMS Operations During an Influenza Pandemic

    Workforce Augmentation
    Disruption of Equipment Supplies and Services
    Interoperable Communications

    Section 4: Legal Authority

    Deviation from Established Procedures
    Scope of Practice, Other Legal Issues

    Section 5: Clinical Standards and Treatment Protocols

    EMS Medical Direction
    Modification of Treatment and Triage Protocols
    Rapid Distribution of New Protocols
    Just-in-Time Training
    Fatality Management
    EMS Treat and Release

    Section 6: EMS Workforce Protection

    Protection of EMS and 9-1-1 Workforce and Families
    Infection Control and Decontamination
    Vaccines and Anti-Virals for EMS Personnel
    Isolation and Quarantine Considerations
    Support for EMS Personnel and Their Families.

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    Re: NHTSA - EMS Pandemic Plan

    "....An influenza pandemic is expected to have substantial impact on the healthcare system with large increases in demand for healthcare services. EMS will be treating influenza-infected patients and will be at risk of repeated exposures. To support continued work in a high-exposure setting and to help lessen the risk of EMS workers transmitting influenza to other patients and EMS family members, their protection must be given high priority

    The prospect of absenteeism due to illness, quarantine, fear, or death reinforces the need to develop plans to proactively protect and support the workforce and their families before and during an influenza pandemic.

    The vulnerability of the healthcare workforce was apparent when both Hong Kong and Toronto dealt with SARS. Transmission of SARS appeared to result primarily from direct patient contact or contact with large respiratory droplets in the close vicinity of an infected person. Despite apparent limited modes of transmission, SARS has been known to spread extensively among HCWs [health care workers] in various settings. For example, among 138 cases of secondary and tertiary spread in Hong Kong, 85 (62%) occurred among HCWs; among 144 cases in Toronto, 73 (51%) were HCWs. SARS infection of HCWs might be related to increased contact with respiratory secretions, contact with patients during a more contagious phase of critical illness, contact with particular patients at increased likelihood of spreading SARS (i.e., super spreaders), or exposure to aerosol-generating patient-care procedures.70..."


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      Re: NHTSA - EMS Pandemic Plan

      EMS Pandemic Influenza Guidelines for Statewide Adoption_entire_GUIDE.pdf


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        Re: NHTSA - EMS Pandemic Plan

        Toronto EMS faced shortages of N-95 respirators during the SARS outbreak, and as a result is looking into stockpiling three months worth of medical supplies to prepare for pandemic influenza, according to Best Practices in Emergency Services.