KEMSA has been working closely with national, state, and local partners to navigate guidance and resources for the COVID-19 response. Below are resources, documents, and links that may be useful to your agency. Please remember things change quickly and all treatment guidelines and/or protocols would need to be approved at your local level. We will continue to add resources here instead of sending out emails for every resource added.
NAEMT letter to Congressional leadership requesting CMS to reimburse all ground ambulance providers for performing protocol-driven treatments in place (TIP) without transport during the COVID-19 pandemic response. (5/4/20)
N95 Resources - Usage/Re-Use
CMS & COVID-19
Helping Our Own
This is a stressful time for first responders. If you know of someone who needs help or would like more information about helping your own, please reach out to KEMSA's peer support society for resources.
KEMSA Peer Support Society
Mental Health Resources:
Pinnacle Webinar Series - Combatting Cumulative Stress: Caring for Caregivers and Learning the Art of Self-Care
NAEMT Free CE Webinar, Best Practices in EMS Triage and Transport Destinations - During and After the Pandemic
Action Needed: Funding for EMS - Take Action Today!
4/23/20 - While EMS agencies have received some relief through the passage of the CARES Act, the needs of our EMS agencies and personnel serving on the frontlines of this pandemic war were not adequately addressed through the CARES Act legislation. All EMS systems, whether they are public, private or a combination of both, are struggling.
Please ask Congress to provide direct funding relief for EMS in Phase 4 COVID-19 legislation to ensure that we can safely continue to serve our communities! It takes less than a minute!
TAKE ACTION HERE. It only takes a few moments.
Advocacy - Kansas
Advocacy - National
CARES Act Grant/Stimulus Updates
From EMS Services:
The documents below can include, but aren't limited to: COVID -19 specific protocols, policies, COOP plans, and more that might be helpful to others. If you would like to share your items, please send them to Mary Napier.
*Disclaimer: Each agency must verify the practices listed comply with current recommendations from KDHE. Remember things are changing rapidly.
Consulting resource for services or health departments:
Reno County EMS Documents (3/27/20)
Butler County EMS Documents
Sedgwick County EMS Documents
Midwest Medical in Wichita and Scott City are available for assistance with transports.