COVID-19 Coronavirus Precautions
Things to Know when requesting EMS
The current outbreak of the COVID-19 virus requires the public to be vigilant and take appropriate actions to reduce the spread of the virus. When requesting EMS services through 911 or local dispatchers, please advise the call taker if you are experiencing fever, cough, shortness of breath, or have traveled to areas where the coronavirus was known to present. This will provide EMS personnel the time to prepare to treat you as expediently as possible while minimizing the risk for responding EMS personnel allowing them to put on appropriate personal protective equipment.
What will EMS PRoviders Wear?
It will not be uncommon to see EMS providers wearing masks, goggles, gloves, and/or gowns if they are clinically indicated. This does not mean that COVID-19 is present, as there are many other reasons such protective equipment is necessary.
As a PATIENT, How will I be treated?
During the cold and Flu season, patients are commonly asked to wear a surgical mask to cover the mouth and nose during sneezing or coughing. Wearing the mask helps reduce the spread of germs from these activities. Other treatments will be provided as necessary. EMS providers will work with hospitals to ascertain the best course of action for each patient.
The best way to minimize the risk of contracting any cold or virus is to practice good hygiene. Hand washing, surface decontamination, and staying home when your are sick remains the best way to combat colds and viruses. Staying away from large crowds and practicing social distancing, such as a six foot spacing between people, are the best way to limit the spread of viruses such as COVID-19. Following the recommendations of the RI Department of Health and CDC will help minimize the risk and allow the continuation of daily activities.
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