Meeting Wednesday November 5, 2014 7:00pm
Local 2507 Union Office 4709 30th Street Suite 300 Long Island City, NY 11101
Jeffrey M. Drazen, M.D., Rupa Kanapathipillai, M.B., B.S., M.P.H., D.T.M.&H., Edward W. Campion, M.D., Eric J. Rubin, M.D., Ph.D., Scott M. Hammer, M.D., Stephen Morrissey, Ph.D., and Lindsey R. Baden, M.D.
October 27, 2014 I DOI: 10.1056/NEJMe1413139
The governors of a number of states, including New York and New Jersey, recently imposed 21-day quarantines on health care workers returning to the United States from regions of the world where they may have cared for patients with Ebola virus disease. We understand their motivation for this policy - to protect the citizens of their states from contracting this often-fatal illness. This approach, however, is not scientifically based, is unfair and unwise, and will impede essential efforts to stop these awful outbreaks of Ebola disease at their source, which is the only satisfactory goal. The governors' action is like driving a carpet tack with a sledgehammer: it gets the job done but overall is more destructive than beneficial.
Update October 24, 2014
To FDNY Members
It has been confirmed that the patient transported to Bellevue Hospital on Thursday has Ebola. Our Members were properly protected and safe procedures were followed. Safety is paramount and should be your highest priority if you encounter a suspected Ebola patient or someone who has Ebola.
Remember, Ebola can only be spread by directly touching an infected person's skin, blood or body fluids. It is not spread through the air or simply by being near someone who is infected. People only become contagious after they begin to have symptoms, such as fever.
Cleaning and Decontamination of Ebola on Surfaces
Guidance for Workers and Employers in Non-Healthcare/Non-Laboratory Settings
Workers tasked with cleaning surfaces that may be contaminated with Ebola virus, the virus that cause Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EFH), must be protected from exposure. Employers are responsible for ensuring that workers are protected from exposure to Ebola and that workers are not exposed to harmful levels of chemicals used for cleaning and disinfection.
Guidelines for cleaning and disinfection
Use appropriate protective equipment
October 24, 2014
City Of New York – Fire Department
FDNY Bureau of Emergency Medical Service FDOC
To FDNY Members:
Earlier today, EMS HAZTAC transported a suspected case to Bellevue Hospital; there was no breach in their PPE; HAZMAT did appropriate decon and we have just been informed that the blood test results from the NYC DOH are presumptively positive. As there was no breach in PPE, our members do not require quarantine.
Fire Department of New York
October 23, 2014
Message from Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro
To FDNY Members,
We have all been following Ebola in the news with great interest. I wanted to share with you what our department has done to prepare so that we may serve our city while protecting our workers.
To date there have been no confirmed Ebola cases in New York City. Earlier today, EMS HAZ TAC did transport a suspected case to Bellevue Hospital; there was no breach in their PPE; and we are awaiting blood test results from the NYC Department of Health (DOH.)
The current Ebola outbreak is concentrated in only three West African countries: Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Ebola can only be spread by directly touching an infected person's skin, blood or body fluids. It is not spread through the air or simply by being near someone who is infected. People only become contagious after they begin to have symptoms, such as fever. The only persons who have become infected in the United States have been nurses who cared for a very ill patient who subsequently died. That patient's family and other casual contacts did not develop Ebola, demonstrating that this is a difficult virus to catch and that the main risk in the United States is to health care workers including our first responders (EMS and Firefighters).
Message from Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro
Effective Immediately, and in accordance with new guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the following new protocols are in ·effect for response to suspected Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) cases:
1.1 To establish procedures for response to and mitigation of suspected Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) assignments, while minimizing provider exposure.
2.1 This order applies to all FDNY EMS providers (EMTs, Paramedics and Officers) and Voluntary Hospital ambulance personnel who provide prehospital emergency medical treatment in the New York City 911 system.
3.1 Dispatch - based on current Department policies and procedures, a Telephone Triage Algorithm to help identify suspected EVD patients has been put into effect.
3.2 Response - when a Fever I Travel (FT) call type has been identified, Emergency Medical Dispatch shall assign the following resources:
NOTE: The Citywide Radio Dispatcher shall notify the closest Deputy Chief of active Fever/Travel call types.
3 .3 On scene – Haz Tac members shall maintain body substance isolation and don their appropriate PPE prior to making patient contact.
Division Coordinators are denoted by an (*) and may be reached by cell phone or by asking for them by their Division listed below. If you have difficulty contacting the On Call member, notify the union office at (718) 371-0310.
|Emilio Martinez||Division 1 Coordinator - 646-662-9057|
|Eddie Mendez||Division 1 Coordinator - 917-215-8617|
|Alan Cooke||Division 3 Coordinator - 646-236-0538|
|Mike Greco||Division 4 Coordinator - 917-691-4693|
|Keisha Brockington||Division 5 Coordinator - 646-662-0065|