OEMS has issued an emergency change to Protocol 7.3.
There has been an update to MOLST/DNR Protocol 7.3. Due to COVID-19, verbal direction is accepted, a signature in not required.
A waiver has been issued is to alleviate hospital emergency department overcrowding and reduce the spread of infectious disease due to COVID-19, by allowing EMS to bring patients in impending childbirth, or with pregnancy complications, by ambulance directly to a labor and delivery department, or other alternate site designated by the hospital on its grounds for such patients, instead of to the hospital’s emergency department.
Steward Health Care announced Carney Hospital will be transformed into the nation’s first dedicated care center for patients with Coronavirus starting Tuesday. This conversion will include negative pressure patient wards, enhanced isolation protocols, and an increased supply of personal protective equipment. This new way of treating and mitigating the spread of the virus is new for all of us. As the hospital releases information, we will too.
In an urgent response to the Coronavirus threat, the state medical board voted Monday to let licensed physicians treat more patients online, made it easier for both licensed physicians and registered nurses to practice at multiple hospitals, and vowed to speed up the licensing of medical school graduates. This will provide surge staffing in order to bolster staffing.
On Tuesday, Governor Baker announced that in order to increase the availability of EMS services throughout the Commonwealth, the number of staff required in an ambulance shall be reduced from two EMTs to one. Recognizing that EMS is key to the overall healthcare infrastructure and required during a healthcare crisis, this will waive the current (2) EMT requirements of staffing. DPH and OEMS have taken the TH-FAS proposed staffing models introduced last year to assist in their decisions. Once OEMS releases guidelines we will share how this will operate.
Effective March 23rd, all early education centers and family childcare providers will be closed.
As a result, emergency procedures have been issued to set forth a process for opening Exempt
Emergency Child Care Programs.
The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) also issued emergency procedures to set forth a process for opening Exempt Emergency Child Care Programs during the COVID-19 outbreak to provide priority access for families of emergency personnel, medical staff, and others critical to confronting COVID-19.
Families who work to maintain the health, safety, and welfare of all Commonwealth citizens will receive priority access to emergency childcare programs. Vulnerable children will also receive priority access.
These emergency childcare programs will be the only ones allowed to operate during this state of emergency and EEC is working to ensure there is sufficient access to emergency child care programs in every region.
Providers impacted by these closures will continue to receive childcare subsidy payments from the state in order to ensure that programs will be able to re-open once the crisis is over.