Elite – Crew Member Documentation

Please remember to include all personnel present on an incident in the Elite patient care report. While this is not a new requirement, it is perhaps more important now than ever before. Should a crew need to be contacted for follow-up regarding a patient they treated this is the...

COVID-19 safety update

While performing some of our new processes, we’ve identified the following opportunities for improvement:   Don’t send more providers than necessary into the 6-foot proximity of the patient.  Unless you’re working a code or pre-code, it usually only takes one provider to perform initial examinations and treatments. Keep interns...

COVID-19 safety update

We recommend a new routine for the end of your shift:   Put your duty uniform in a clean plastic bag Shower Change into a clean set of street clothes When you get home, transfer your duty uniform directly from the bag into your washing machine and immediately process...

Don’t forget to clean your Toughbook

As we use the ToughBooks in the field don’t forget they, too, need to be cleaned frequently. You may use any non-bleach wet sanitizing wipes to clean the computers. Remember, don’t immerse them in water and avoid using sprays directly onto the devices. If you don’t have a pre-wet...

Department-issued bleach spray at hospitals

Beginning tomorrow, the EMS Department will be providing spray bottles of diluted household bleach solution at the following hospitals for EMS use:   Virginia Beach General Princess Anne Independence Leigh   You may use the solution to clean ambulances and gear after transporting a patient with a communicable disease...

PPE and COVID-19 in Elite

To aid in screening of patients with symptoms related to and/or similarly consistent with COVID-19 we have added a screening worksheet into Elite. Attached is information on this along with info on documenting PPE usage (which was mentioned in previous releases also). COVID-19 and PPE

Elite Documentation Guidance

Here is additional information related to proper documentation for suspected and/or confirmed COVID-19 patients. This information is based on CDC documentation recommendations in an effort to produce the most consistent data across all sources. COVID19_Documentation_03132020

PPE infographic. Don’t skimp & don’t waste

Clarification:  The guidance in the below infographic only applies to encounters with patients who are specifically concerning for COVID-19 per CDC screening guidelines (fever, cough, shortness of breath PLUS recent travel to a hot spot or recent exposure to a known COVID-19 patient).   Remember:  We do not currently...