WELCOME TO THE COUNTY OF EL DORADO EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES AGENCY
The mission of the County of El Dorado Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Agency is to ensure that the EMS system delivers the highest possible quality of prehospital emergency medical care to victims of illness and injury in the County of El Dorado.
El Dorado County 2016 Quality Improvement Plan Approved by EMS Authority.
Click here to view the Plan
Zika Virus Information
April 8, 2016
CDC has issued guidance on "Preventing Transmission of Zika Virus in Labor and Delivery Settings" CDPH endorses the CDC guidance, as well as their recommendation for the use of standard precautions.
March 25, 2016
CDC has issued new guidance and information to prevent Zika virus transmission and health effects:
1) Updated interim guidance for healthcare professionals for counseling patients about pregnancy planning and the timing of pregnancy after possible exposure to Zika virus; and
2) Updated interim guidance for preventing sexual transmission with information about how long men and women should consider using condoms or not having sex.
CDPH endorses the new CDC guidance and recommends its use throughout California.
February 10, 2016, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) activated the JEOCuser43@cdph.ca.gov mailbox to capture and address questions regarding the Zika virus. The Medical and Health Coordination Center (MHCC) has been activated at Duty Officer Level Status.
All inquiries regarding the Zika virus should be directed to the JEOCuser43@cdph.ca.gov mailbox. For after-hours communication, please contact the CDPH Duty Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 916-328-3605.
February 5, 2016, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released two new interim guidelines on Zika: one for the prevention of sexual transmission, and another for healthcare providers caring for pregnant women and women of reproductive age. These new guidelines update the original guidance issued on January 22, 2016.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is issuing this Health Advisory summarizing the key elements in the CDC documents. The Health Advisory can be found on the CDPH website at the link below.
CDPH encourages healthcare providers to review the CDC guidelines that can be found at the links below.
Ebola Virus Information
As of January 4, 2016
State Ebola Information Line
1-855-421-5921 (Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
California has established this hotline for the public to call with questions about Ebola.
Current status: On December 29, 2015, WHO declared Guinea free of Ebola virus transmission after 42 days (two incubation periods) had passed since the last Ebola patient tested negative. The same day, CDC changed the country classification for Guinea to a country with “former widespread transmission and current, established control measures”. As a result, the CDC has modified the enhanced Ebola port-of-entry screening for travelers coming to the United States from Guinea.
Travelers entering the United States from Guinea will continue to enter through one of the designated U.S. airports conducting enhanced entry screening. However, CDC no longer recommends active monitoring for travelers arriving in the United States from Guinea.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has revised the procedure for monitoring returning travelers, in accordance with the CDC recommendations, and no longer requires active monitoring of travelers from Guinea.
Effective January 4, 2016, CDPH recommends the monitoring of newly arriving travelers from Guinea be stopped. Monitoring of travelers from Guinea who are already in California can also be stopped unless the Local Health Department (LHD) decides to continue the full 21-day monitoring. CDPH will continue to notify LHDs of travelers from Guinea arriving in their jurisdictions during business hours for informational purposes.
CDPH highly recommends that healthcare and emergency medical service providers maintain awareness of travel-related infectious diseases and screen for travel history on all patients, especially those with fever, rash, and/or acute respiratory symptoms
This updated CDPH guidance provides LHDs with important elements of an Ebola preparedness plan, changes in notifications and monitoring of travelers from Guinea, and outlines the responsibilities of CDPH and the Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) in assisting the LHDs.
CDPH recommends that local health departments (LHDs) maintain a plan and operational readiness for the management of travelers should there be an emerging or novel infectious disease outbreak or epidemic anywhere in the world as was developed during the response to Ebola in West Africa.
The California Department of Public Health Ebola virus information page offers instrucions for reporting of suspected Ebola patients, laboratory testing, specimen handling and related topics.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updates and detailed information about Ebola, including prevention tips, how to identify symptoms and other guidance.
Additional Ebola Resources:
1. El Dorado County Ebola Information
2. Department of Industrial Relations
3. Considerations for Safe EMS transport of Ebola patients - Nebraska Biocontainment Group
4. CDC Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs)
5. Top Questions on Ebola: Simple Answers Developed by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
6. Emergency Medical Services Administrators' Association of California
7. Q&A's about the Transport of Pediatric Patients (<18 years of age) Under Investigation or with Confirmed Ebola
New EMS Agency office location
The El Dorado County EMS Agency has relocated. Our new location and mailing address are:
2900 Fair Lane Court
Placerville, CA 95667
Please update your address listing accordingly. Our email and phone numbers will remain the same. Our new location is below the El Dorado County Library and accessed from the rear of the building, through the loading dock. Click here for more information.
PAC, CQI, and MAC Meetings
Now that the EMS Agency has relocated, we will be utilizing the Health and Human Services Agency's Sierra Conference Room for PAC, CQI, MAC and ePCR meetings. The Sierra Conference Room is located at:
3057 Briw Road, Suite B
Placerville, CA 95667
Please click here for a map!
The EMS Agency is excited to announce that the Paramedic Accreditation Training & Skills (PATS) web database program is up and running! The database is designed to facilitate the tracking of skills required for accreditation and re-certification of Paramedics. Please click on the PATS link (on the left hand side of the Home Page) to begin tracking your skills and training today! Please contact the EMS Agency with any questions or concerns you may have regarding this new program.
Paramedic Application Informational Videos
The EMS Authority (EMSA) is proud to present its new Paramedic Application Informational Videos. All too often paramedic initial and renewal applications are returned for simple and preventable mistakes. In an effort to help paramedics avoid licensure delays, the staff at EMSA has put together videos for reducing simple errors on the paramedic applications, these videos offer tips on identifying common mistakes and how to avoid them. The videos run between 4-6 minutes creating a quick and informative aide. Click on the following link to access the video:
Policies/Procedures/Protocols Effective July 1st, 2016
Summary of EDCEMSA Policy Changes effective July 1, 2016
Severly Agitated Patient
Sepsis - Adult
King Airway Device
Needle Chest Decompression
Automated External Defibrillation (AED)
Verification of Advanced Airway Placement
Refusal of Care and/or Transportation
Physician at Scene
Highest Medical Authority on Scene of a Medical Emergency
Inter-County EMT-Paramedic Response and Transport
Patients Under a 5150 Hold
Management of Taser/Stun Device Patients
Guidelines for Interfacility Transfer of 5150 Patients
Safely Surrendered Babies
Nerve Agent Exposure
Reporting of Suspected Abuse
Air Ambulance Minimum Equipment Inventory
BLS Medication Administration
2016 Prehospital Formulary
Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Learning Points
Click here to view the November 2016 CQI Learning Ponts
Click here to view the October 2016 CQI Learning Points
Click here to view the "Spring 2013 CQI Learning Points"
Click here to view the "Winter 2013 CQI Learning Points"
Click here to view the "Fall 2012 CQI Learning Points"
Click here to view the "Summer 2012 CQI Learning Points"
Click here to view the "Winter 2012 CQI Learning Points"
Click here to view the "Summer 2011 CQI Learning Points"
The Change From "A-B-C" to "C-A-B"
The newest development in the 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC is a change in the basic life support (BLS) sequence of steps from "A-B-C" (Airway, Breathing, Chest compressions) to "C-A-B" (Chest compressions, Airway, Breathing) for adults and pediatric patients (children and infants, excluding newly borns). Although the experts agreed that it is important to reduce time to first chest compressions, they were aware that a change in something as established as the A-B-C sequence would require re-education of everyone who has ever learned CPR. Click here for more information.
Click here to review the "Highlights of the 2010 America Heart Association Guidelines for CPR and ECC"
Your Healthcare Expertise Makes the Difference
All healthcare professionals are needed to volunteer for public service in the event of a significant disaster or a public health emergency. You can make a difference during times of disaster by helping people, animals and your community. For more information, click here.
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