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EMS Resources for This Winter's Respiratory Virus Surge

Posted: Dec. 22, 2022

Resources to help the fire and emergency medical services (EMS) deal with increased demand for services and ensure effective infection prevention and control measures.

While the 2 dominant co-circulating viruses currently straining healthcare systems are respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and influenza (flu), COVID-19 cases are on the rise, too.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned that healthcare systems will likely continue to be stretched this winter. The primary concerns EMS providers will face are a hospital surge with increased demand for EMS and ensuring effective infection prevention and control measures are in place.

Dealing with the surge and demand

EMS providers should consider revisiting the 2021 article series by EMS1, Ambulances Held Hostage, which discusses all aspects of how EMS systems are impacted by hospital bed delays and strategies for reducing ambulance offload times.

Ensuring effective infection prevention

To address infection prevention and control measures, much of the guidance developed during the COVID-19 pandemic will be applicable to the surge in these other respiratory viruses. Resources for guidance on disinfection and personal protective equipment (PPE) for EMS providers include:

This article is based on content in the
Dec. 22, 2022 InfoGram.

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