Emergency Medical Services Administrators' Association of California

Emergency Medical Services Administrators' Association of California

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ebola2Confirmation that two health care workers who treated an Ebola patient in a Dallas hospital have now contracted the disease has triggered a rigorous review of infectious disease protocols and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). All health care providers including EMS personnel are encouraged to review and practice the proper use of PPE with special attention to the safe donning and doffing of gowns, gloves, masks/respirators, and eye protection. While Ebola is known to be spread by direct contact with bodily fluids, on October 20th CDC published an updated Guidance for Health Care Workers on PPE for Ebola.

Additional guidance by CDC on PPE use is available at:  CDC on Personal Protective Equipment

EagleshamJohn Eaglesham has been appointed Director of the Santa Barbara County EMS Agency. He will oversee the administrative activities of the EMS Agency and Public Health Emergency Preparedness program. John has worked for the County of Santa Barbara for the past 9 years, and brings a wealth of experience to EMS having worked in an executive management position for a nationwide ambulance firm and serving two years as Chairman of the Board of the California Ambulance Association. EMSAAC welcomes John to its Board of Directors!
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Ebola1A patient identified as the first reported case of Ebola in the U.S. has died in a Dallas hospital. Thomas Eric Duncan was a Liberian who traveled from Liberia to Texas in late September. Two health care workers who treated Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital have also tested positive for the disease. The World Health Organization now reports the outbreak has resulted in over 4,400 deaths to date.

The Centers for Disease Control has published a CDC Interim Guidance for EMS Systems. CDC has also released an EMS Checklist for Ebola Preparedness to assist EMS providers prepare their staff.

The California EMS Authority has also published Ebola Guidance for EMS and Public Safety personnel at: California EMS Authority Guidance for Ebola

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LapollaNancy Lapolla has taken her managing skills to San Mateo County EMS Agency. Nancy is a veteran EMS Administrator with many years experience guiding the development of quality EMS systems in Santa Barbara County. She is also a Past President of EMSAAC and currently chairs EMSAAC's active Disaster Committee. Nancy started with San Mateo EMS on September 8th. EMSAAC wishes her well in her new post.

CCLHO

logo-bodyEMSAAC's Disaster Committee and a committee from the California Conference of Local Health Officers (CCLHO) are working together to gather best practices from local health departments and EMS agencies related to the Medical Health Operational Area Coordinator (MHOAC) program. CCHLO and EMSAAC will be requesting EMS agencies and Local Health Departments to share copies of their MHOAC plan, or sections of emergency plans that document how the MHOAC program goes from day-to-day operations to MHOAC activation for any or all of the 17 MHOAC functions. The RDMHS will be contacting the MHOAC programs in each region regarding this project. The findings will be shared only with the EMSAAC and CCLHO Disaster committees. These committees will then use the information to develop a MHOAC Plan template and tool kit.

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Kern logoKern County has requested a hearing by the State Commission on EMS to appeal a decision by the EMS Authority regarding EMS exclusive operating areas in Kern. The basis for the appeal is EMSA's denial of Kern's determination of EOAs, grandfathering status for successor providers, and exclusivity for interfacility transfers. Under California's Health & Safety Code, the Commission may hear appeals from Local EMS Agencies regarding decisions by the Authority related to their local EMS Plan. In the absence of approved procedures for an appeal process to the Commission, Kern has also proposed a format for the hearing to EMSA.

UPDATE: The EMS Commission met on September 17th and appointed a sub-committee to make recommendations on a proposed appeals procedure to the full Commission at their next meeting in early December. Kern County's appeal will be deferred until the Commission adopts an appeals procedure.

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Mike DaytonMike Dayton has been selected as EMS Manager for San Francisco EMS. As part of the Department of Emergency Management, Mike will oversee administrative activities for the EMS Division. He previously served as Undersecretary of the California Emergency Management Agency under Governor Jerry Brown. Born and raised in California's Central Valley, Mike worked at the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security since its inception in March of 2003. After the formation of Cal EMA, he served as the agency’s first Chief of Staff and Deputy Secretary until his promotion to Undersecretary. He also served briefly as Acting Secretary for the agency which is now the Governor's Office of Emergency Services. EMSAAC welcomes Mike to his new job!

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DaveMagninoDavid Magnino has been appointed Acting EMS Administrator for Sacramento County, replacing Bruce Wagner. He has over 20 years of EMS program management experience in California. David retired from the California Highway Patrol in December 2012 where his assignments included serving as EMS Coordinator for Air Operations and Director of the Paramedic Program. Prior to joining Sacramento County EMS in December 2013, Dave was also Project Lead for the California EMS Authority's Health Information Exchange Project that included a first-ever statewide summit on HIE held in November 2013. EMSAAC welcomes Dave to his newest assignment!

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JTello-EvansJessica Tello-Evans has now been appointed EMS Administrator for Solano County. Ms. Tello-Evens had been serving as Solano's Interim EMS Administrator since February, when she replaced Ted Selby who was selected to direct the County's Public Health clinics. She will continue to work closely with Mike Modrich who serves as the Agency's EMS Operations Manager. EMSAAC welcomes Jessica to the Board of Directors!

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