Download EMS Special Memo 20-003.1: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Management
The California EMS Authority (EMSA) is providing an update on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) guidance following today's new announcements by Governor Gavin Newsom:
EMS Licensing, Certification and Training Requirements
The Governor's Executive Order dated March 30, 2020, allows EMSA to suspend statutory and regulatory requirements for EMS Personnel to ensure the continued operation of emergency medical systems during the COVID-19 outbreak. EMSA Director Dr. Dave Duncan has adopted a policy regarding EMS licensure, certification, and training to implement the Executive Order.
Today, Governor Newsom also launched a major new initiative to expand California’s health care workforce and recruit health care professionals to address the COVID-19 surge. Health care professionals with an active license, public health professionals, medical retirees, medical and nursing students, or members of medical disaster response teams in California are all encouraged to join the new California Health Corps.
Interested medical and health care professionals are encouraged to visit healthcorps.ca.gov for more information and to register for the California Health Corps.
Other EMS-related guidance can be found on EMSA’s COVID-19 Resource Portal at https://emsa.ca.gov/covid19/.
EMS Treatment Guidelines
Over the last year, Coastal Valleys EMS Agency (CVEMSA) has worked in collaboration with a representative group of EMS system partners to revise many of the EMS system treatment guidelines. This comprehensive review and revision process included moving existing guidelines into the current CVEMSA format and merging multiple treatment guidelines where appropriate to avoid redundant or conflicting instructions. In addition to improving and updating existing treatment guidelines, a number of new medications were added to local paramedic scope of practice. The revised guidelines expand treatment modalities for treating pain with opioid alternatives and offer new options for patients in need of sedation. Trauma care is improved with the implementation of the first prehospital medication available for severe hemorrhage. Basic Life Support agencies will have access to the latest updates to EMT scope of practice available under state regulation.
Organization of the protocols now includes a “procedure guidelines” section intended to improve access to skill-specific instructions and educational notes. As with the most recent revisions to CVEMSA treatment guidelines, BLS and ALS care for both adult and pediatric patients have been merged into a single document for improved clarity and to support continuity of care. Each treatment or procedure guideline includes a cross-reference table showing linkages to related guidelines.
The review and comment period for development and adoption of the attached treatment and procedure guidelines has been initiated. Please review carefully and submit comments. This public comment period will close December 16th, 2019.
Link to 2019 Draft Policies
A draft of these guidelines is attached. Please forward comments via fax or email to:
Advanced Life Support Coordinator
Coastal Valleys EMS Agency
195 Concourse Blvd., Suite B
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
EMS Administrative Policies
The review and comment period for development and adoption of the following administrative guidelines has been initiated. Please review carefully and submit comments. This public comment period will close December 16, 2019.
2012 Flight Paramedic Accreditation
Coastal Valleys EMS Agency has created a new tier to our current Paramedic Accreditation to include Flight Paramedic Accreditation.
A revised process for flight paramedic accreditation has been developed to recognize the unique needs air ambulance providers and personnel have when working in a multi-jurisdictional capacity.
The policy removes some ground accreditation requirements from the flight paramedic accreditation process and adds local training requirements.
CVEMSA processes flight paramedic accreditation through the Image Trend License Management System (LMS) module.
CVEMSA accredited paramedics currently working as flight personnel for an air ambulance provider agency have been grandfathered to flight paramedic accreditation status at no charge. New flight paramedics who wish to work both for air and ground transport (or air rescue) will need to apply for and complete both accreditation processes to receive both Paramedic and Flight Paramedic Accreditation.
4007 EMS Aircraft
Utilization of EMS Aircraft is vital in our EMS system. Policy 4007 has been condensed and revised to reflect current industry standards. The policy now requires all aircraft entering Sonoma or Mendocino County to status with the LEMSA-authorized dispatch center. Air resources shall remain en-route to an incident until an on-scene evaluation is conducted by highest level of medical personnel at scene and determines appropriate transport.
Link to Aircraft Public Comment Policies
Please forward comments via fax or email to:
Jen Banks, EMS Coordinator
Coastal Valleys EMS Agency
Please see the file linked here for Mendocino County RFP Addendum No.6; General RFP Clarification to All Vendors and Potential Proposers.
Any questions or concerns regarding the linked document should be directed to:
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Please see the document linked here for: Vendor Inquiries/Mendocino County Responses an Addendum to Mendocino County RFP 56-17. Related files including a new shapefile are located on the Mendocino County website at: https://www.mendocinocounty.org/Home/Components/RFP/RFP/1510/181
Any and all questions regarding the information contained in this posting or the documents posted on the Mendocino County website should be directed to:
Janelle Rau, Deputy Chief Executive Officer
County of Mendocino
Mendocino EMS Request For Proposal
The RFP and all previously issued addenda can be found at https://www.mendocinocounty.org/Home/Components/RFP/RFP/1510/181
Please be advised that acknowledgment of this addendum and all addenda is required in the proposal.