EMS Safety –
During recent inspections by the ambulance compliance inspectors, several shortcomings have been identified which need attention. With the influenza season fast approaching, along with the threat of other viral pandemics that we see today, please remind your providers to have an appropriate multi-purpose disinfectant on their vehicles at all times. A cleaning and disinfecting procedure is also required of providers, and is essential to ensure EMS Responder safety as well as that of the patients that are treated and transported daily.
The CDC link below will provide more specific disinfectant information for first responders.
This is also an appropriate time to ensure that EMS providers understand the necessity of Personal Protective Equipment (P.P.E.) as well as having documented education in donning and doffing P.P.E. The transmission potential of an infectious disease is reduced with the use of P.P.E. only if used correctly. The use of PPE does not replace basic hygiene measures, hand washing is still essential to prevent transmission of infection.
CDC Donnig and Doffing of PPE Printable Chart
This link below is for Hospital Infection Control http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/environmental-infection-control-in-hospitals.html