|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
Please see attachments for PUI criteria & unit decontamination information.