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Maximizing the Role of Emergency Medical Services in COVID-19 Response.
Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2021 Dec 20 [Online ahead of print]DM

Abstract

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention define 6 intervals of a pandemic: (1) investigation of cases, (2) recognition of the increased potential for ongoing transmission, (3) initiation of a pandemic wave, (4) acceleration of a pandemic wave, (5) deceleration of a pandemic wave, and (6) preparation for future pandemic waves. Each of these stages has 8 domains. Following China's coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak announcement, Israel's National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Organization immediately began working in conjunction with the Ministry of Health (MOH) to address the threat of the COVID-19 outbreak. This article will describe how a national EMS organization acted according to these pandemic intervals and domains. In the initial stages, EMS managed a checkpoint in the international airport voluntarily testing people for febrile symptoms. Calls to the dispatch centers that aroused the suspicion of COVID-19 resulted in EMS transport to the hospital with protective gear. During the period of first exposure, the scope of the medical emergency number was increased to include questions concerning coronavirus, telemedicine, and home sampling by protected EMS workers. In the contagion stages, epidemiological tests were conducted by the MOH, and EMS began operating dedicated telephone triage, mass drive-through sampling, and finally, administration of vaccinations.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Community Division, Magen David Adom, Or-Yehuda, Israel.Department of Emergency Medicine, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel. Faculty of Medicine, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.Department of Internal Medicine, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel. Faculty of Medicine, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.Community Division, Magen David Adom, Or-Yehuda, Israel. Department of Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

34924090

Citation

Sonkin, Roman, et al. "Maximizing the Role of Emergency Medical Services in COVID-19 Response." Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 2021, pp. 1-7.
Sonkin R, Alpert EA, Katz DE, et al. Maximizing the Role of Emergency Medical Services in COVID-19 Response. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2021.
Sonkin, R., Alpert, E. A., Katz, D. E., & Jaffe, E. (2021). Maximizing the Role of Emergency Medical Services in COVID-19 Response. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1017/dmp.2021.359
Sonkin R, et al. Maximizing the Role of Emergency Medical Services in COVID-19 Response. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2021 Dec 20;1-7. PubMed PMID: 34924090.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Maximizing the Role of Emergency Medical Services in COVID-19 Response. AU - Sonkin,Roman, AU - Alpert,Evan Avraham, AU - Katz,David E, AU - Jaffe,Eli, Y1 - 2021/12/20/ PY - 2021/12/21/pubmed PY - 2021/12/21/medline PY - 2021/12/20/entrez KW - COVID-19 KW - centers for disease control KW - emergency medical services KW - pandemics SP - 1 EP - 7 JF - Disaster medicine and public health preparedness JO - Disaster Med Public Health Prep N2 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention define 6 intervals of a pandemic: (1) investigation of cases, (2) recognition of the increased potential for ongoing transmission, (3) initiation of a pandemic wave, (4) acceleration of a pandemic wave, (5) deceleration of a pandemic wave, and (6) preparation for future pandemic waves. Each of these stages has 8 domains. Following China's coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak announcement, Israel's National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Organization immediately began working in conjunction with the Ministry of Health (MOH) to address the threat of the COVID-19 outbreak. This article will describe how a national EMS organization acted according to these pandemic intervals and domains. In the initial stages, EMS managed a checkpoint in the international airport voluntarily testing people for febrile symptoms. Calls to the dispatch centers that aroused the suspicion of COVID-19 resulted in EMS transport to the hospital with protective gear. During the period of first exposure, the scope of the medical emergency number was increased to include questions concerning coronavirus, telemedicine, and home sampling by protected EMS workers. In the contagion stages, epidemiological tests were conducted by the MOH, and EMS began operating dedicated telephone triage, mass drive-through sampling, and finally, administration of vaccinations. SN - 1938-744X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/34924090/Maximizing_the_Role_of_Emergency_Medical_Services_in_COVID_19_Response_ L2 - https://www.cambridge.org/core/product/identifier/S1935789321003591/type/journal_article DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -
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