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December 12, 2018

Idaho Emergency Responder Updates

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Updated guidance to clarify the minimum PPE levels EMS personnel and first responders should use to keep safe when responding to patients with suspected Ebola. Read more....

Who this is for: Operators of air medical transport (AMT) services that are considering transport of patients with Ebola virus disease (EVD) and healthcare providers who will be onboard. This guidance applies to AMT flights of any duration and using any type of aircraft. Read more.....

Click here for the latest updates on preparation activities by the Idaho Division of Public Health and Idaho's seven public health districts. 

CDC Ebola Safety Training Travel Grants
International Society for Infectious Diseases
Deadline: Open until funds are depleted

The International Society for Infectious Diseases is offering travel grants to individuals attending the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Ebola safety training courses being held in Anniston, Alabama.  Licensed clinicians that have been admitted to the class and have plans to deploy to West Africa are eligible. Grants will be accepted on a rolling basis and distributed until funds are depleted. For more information and to apply for funds, visit the grant page linked above.

The CDC has developed a series of videos to step you through the process for correctly putting on and taking off Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The videos let you select the type of respirator you will use, along with a gown or coverall option. Click here to watch.

Idaho public health agencies support the revised CDC guidance for monitoring people with potential Ebola virus exposure, which includes volunteer healthcare workers returning from West Africa. Click here for current guidelines. 

Idaho EMS Responders

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (ASPR) are continuously updating and improving recommendations for EMS responders and systems. The goal is to help all EMS responders prepare to:

  • Detect,
  • Protect, and
  • Respond.
As part of an integrated healthcare network, communicating and collaborating with local and regional providers and emergency preparedness managers will help ensure the appropriate responses for all incidents. 

The information below is from the CDC and updates automatically when content is updated. Similar information that is comprehensive and easy to navigate is available from ASPR and is available here. Both are excellent resources for valuable information and resources you can use to ensure you and your agency are prepared. You may also find the following links helpful:

EMS checklist for Ebola preparedness

CDC information for healthcare workers and settings