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MA OEMS announcement on 04/03/2020

Below is the most recent update from the MA DPH regarding our states EMS operations.

“The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) continues to work with state, federal and local partners on the outbreak of novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2, and we continue to appreciate the essential role you have in responding to this evolving situation. 

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, OEMS is releasing the (following updates):

-An emergency protocol change to the MOLST procedure, allowing for witnessed and documented verbal consent to take the place of an actual signature on a patent’s MOLST form. 
-An emergency waiver to allow ambulances to bring impending childbirth parents and patients with pregnancy complications directly to the labor and delivery unit, or other appropriate department or site on the hospital grounds, instead of to the emergency department.

For the emergency protocol change, ambulance services need to begin working through implementation issues and training needs before putting these changes in place. Please work with your affiliate hospital medical director and ensure all your EMS personnel are appropriately trained on the use of this Protocol, prior to implementing.

This emergency protocol applies to all patients. This protocol, like the related emergency waiver of the EMS System regulation, will only be in effect through the Governor’s declared State of Emergency.”

Emergency Statewide Treatment Protocol Update (03/20/2020)

Massachusetts Office of Emergency Medical Services released an addendum to the Emergency Statewide Treatment Protocol. Click the images below to expand and review.

MA OEMS announcement on 03/19/2020

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, OEMS is releasing the following:

“EMT Recertification and CPR/ACLS Credential Extensions: The Department has updated all necessary Administrative Requirements to extend the expiration date for EMS personnel whose certification expires in 2020 to June 30, 2020, paralleling the extensions announced by the National Registry of EMTs, and to similarly extend the expiration dates of those EMS personnel holding CPR/ACLS credentials expiring during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Continuing Education Limits on Distributive Education: The Department has updated Administrative Requirement 2-212, to allow EMS personnel with certifications expiring in 2020 to complete all their remaining continuing education through distributive education.

Emergency Waiver: The Department is issuing a waiver to sections of 105 CMR 170.305 to reduce required staffing of each ambulance to one EMT and/or one Paramedic, depending on level of ambulance, with a driver who is a first responder, as defined in MGL c. 111, section 111C and 105 CMR 171.000 (excluding lifeguards).”

Commonwealth CPR continues to monitor the most recent update from State, Federal, and local partners. If you have any questions about these changes please reach out to the MA-OEMS at (617) 753-7300. We would like to end by thanking all of our states first responders for continuing to fill their essential roles in our communities.