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General Membership

Meeting Wednesday November 5, 2014 7:00pm

Local 2507 Union Office 4709 30th Street Suite 300 Long Island City, NY 11101

Flu shots will be available for members

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New England Journal of Medicine
Editorial

Ebola and Quarantine

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.

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Update October 24, 2014

Message from Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro

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.

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Update #2
OSHA fact Sheet

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

  • Immediately clean and disinfect any visible surface contamination from blood, urine, feces, vomit, or other body fluids that may contain Ebola virus.
  • Isolate areas of suspected Ebola virus contamination until decontamination is completed to minimize exposure to individuals not performing the work.
  • Cover spills with absorbent material (e.g., paper towels), then pour disinfectant on to saturate the area, and allow bleach to soak into spills for at least 30 minutes before cleaning to allow it to kill any virus or other infectious agents that may be present.
  • Treat any visible contamination or bulk spill matter with a suitable disinfectant (see section titled Disinfectants for Ebola virus below) before cleaning up and removing bulk material.
  • Ensure adequate ventilation in areas where workers are using disinfectants, including by opening windows and doors, or using mechanical ventilation equipment.
  • In some cases, the use of chemical disinfectants may require an employer to train workers about how to protect themselves against chemical hazards and comply with OSHA’s Hazard Communication, 29 CFR 1910.1200, and other standards.

Use appropriate protective equipment

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Update #1

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.

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UPDATE #3

Fire Department of New York
October 23, 2014
Message from Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro

UPDATE ON EBOLA

 

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).

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Message from Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro

NEW EBOLA RESPONSE PROTOCOL

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:

  • Only HAZ TAC personnel in approved PPE will treat and transport suspected Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) patients. This includes any suspected EVD .case - regardless of patient status (stable/unstable).
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BUREAU OF EMS
EMS OPERATIONS ORDER 2014-186A
October 21, 2014

RESPONSE AND OPERATIONS FOR SUSPECTED EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE (EVD) REVISED

1. PURPOSE

1.1 To establish procedures for response to and mitigation of suspected Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) assignments, while minimizing provider exposure.

2. SCOPE

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. PROCEDURE

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:

  • (1) Haz-Tac BLS (dedicated) or Haz-Tac I Rescue ALS (non-dedicated), based on call type.
  • (1) EMS Haz-Tac Officer.

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.

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Click to Download Updated Ebola Virus Directives
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Member outreach to join CBTU “ Coalition of Black Trade Unionist – NYC”

CBTU is an independent voice of Black workers within the Trade Union movement, challenging labor to be more relevant to the needs of black and poor workers. 

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