South Plains Emergency Medical Services
Saving Lives in the South Plains
CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 INFORMATION
With the every changing information pertaining to COVID-19, below are the links to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and to the Public Health Emergency (PHE) sites
Below are handouts from the CDC website:
Contact the Lubbock Health Department if your service needs Covid-19 Vaccinations.
EMS Provider CoVID-19 Protocols are an addendum within the Protocols
All EMS personnel need to follow CDC guidelines to self-monitor themselves for fever by taking their temperature twice a day and remain alert for respiratory symptom (cough, shortness of breath, sore throat). The CDC link for this guideline is https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-risk-assesment-hcp.html.
Our facilities need the confidence that our pre-hospital personnel are monitored as closely as their hospital staff. This will help with unnecessary screening of EMS personnel causing delays and the use of hospital employees.
Effective immediately, every EMS service in our region & all SPEMS services outside our region need to begin a self-monitoring program of their staff. This assessment should be at least the minimum of what is listed on the attached tool. The first assessment should be made prior to getting into the ambulance or responding vehicle. It's every person's duty to perform this assessment and the EMS Director's responsibility to ensure it is done. If more than one person is on duty, the assessment should be done by the buddy system.