Advancing the EMS profession

COVID-19 Recommendations from the Field


One thing we had to make sure and do was place a bacterial/viral filter with our ambu bags throughout our ED and on the ambulance trucks. Otherwise the exhaled patient air will be dispersed into the room.

Sarah Ellis RN, BSN, Clinical Supervisor Emergency Department, Spencer Hospital

Testing Results & Transport

#1. Having adequate testing kits available & the turn around time to get test results. In rural Western Colorado the virus is not prevalent as in metro areas of Colorado BUT we feel our time is coming. So as the saying goes “ an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. We need to be proactive instead of reactive. In rural areas the time factor needs to be shorter in potential cases.  

#2. In our EMS District we have two ambulances set aside to handle any respiratory pages. The ambulances are fully sealed inside and every piece of equipment is wrapped in protective covers. We also have designated drivers already scheduled to transport these patients. We have our dispatch operators full briefed on how to activate our CORVID-19 protocols. This will allow us to handle other 911 calls more efficiently.  Finally we have our EMT-I and Paramedics to determine the need to activate our respiratory ambulances for transporting these patients.  Just hope and pray that we won’t overwhelm our EMS district. 

North Fork EMS:  serving Hotchkiss, Paonia, & Crawford Colorado communities.