COVID-19: Maryland EMS Update
 
By Field Supervisor Stacey Holden
February 28, 2020
 

Due to the recent outbreak of a novel (new) coronavirus named COVID-19, MIEMSS urges prehospital EMS clinicians to take the following actions:

1. Ask patients about recent travel, particularly those with fever and acute respiratory illness

2. Don appropriate PPE when patients meet the following Person Under Investigation (PUI) criteria

PPE Recommendations: If patient meets PUI criteria, clinicians should don gloves, gowns, eye protection, and fit-tested N-95 level or higher respirators. A surgical mask, NOT an N-95, should be placed on the patient.

3. If a patient meets PUI criteria, EMS clinicians should transport to the appropriate receiving hospital, ensuring that they contact the
hospital via EMRC before initiating transport, utilizing the term “PUI” when requesting a med channel for consult.


Closest appropriate facility for patients meeting PUI criteria is Johns Hopkins- Main Campus at 1800 Orleans Street Baltimore, MD.

Please see attachments for PUI criteria & unit decontamination information.

 
Attachments:
Attachment COVID-19 article (Version 3.0).pdf  (445k)
Attachment COVID-19 Poster Version 3.0.pdf  (488k)