Response Protocol Best Practices During COVID-19

Response protocols differ between jurisdictions and also differ dependant on the nature of the call.  There are best practices that are recommended by the OPFFA and can be included in updated response protocols.

 

These are consistent with recommended best practices and guidance from the IAFF.

  • Properly don your full PPE when responding to confirmed COVID-19 or symptomatic COVID-19 patients.
    • This includes
    • N95 mask
    • Gown
    • Gloves
    • Eye protection Goggles or face shield
  • When possible use the following guidelines to assess patient
    • Maintain a 2 meter space while conducting patient assessment
    • Minimize patient contact in poorly ventilated and confined areas 
    • Minimize the number of personnel providing patient care to only those required for the treatment
  • If possible and if tolerated, a surgical mask can be placed on the patient (even over a nasal cannula) to isolate the patient
  • The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has information, What Healthcare Personnel ShOuld Know about Caring for Patients with Confirmed or Possible COVID-19 Infection.  CLICK HERE FOR THE WEB SITE

 

At the conclusion of your call ensure you follow proper protocols for 

  • Doffing your PPE
  • Disposal of PPE
  • Decontamination of medical equipment
  • Decontamination of clothing
  • Decontamination of apparatus