Steve Lieberman has announced he is resigning from San Luis Obispo County EMS, effective November 14th. In early December, Steve will become Fire Chief/Executive Officer for the Five Cities Fire Authority in south San Luis Obispo County. In addition to his nearly 3 years with SLO EMS Agency, Steve's resume includes previous experience in the fire service, work in the wireless communications industry, and serving as Mayor and Councilmember on the Grover Beach City Council. His wonderful sense of humor has provided comic relief for many of our quarterly Board meetings. We all wish Steve well as he transitions to the next chapter of his professional life.
EMSAAC has launched a new feature for Ebola-related news, information and resources. This page is intended as a resource for EMS managers, supervisors and responders to guide critical thinking and strategic activities in response to the Ebola threat. To access this content, go the the navigation bar at the top of our homepage and click on "Ebola".
Confirmation that two health care workers who treated an Ebola patient in a Dallas hospital 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
A 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 later tested positive for the disease, but were successfully treated. The World Health Organization now reports the outbreak has resulted in over 4,900 deaths as of October 23rd.
The California EMS Authority has also published Ebola Guidance for EMS and Public Safety personnel at: California EMS Authority Guidance for Ebola