WELCOME TO THE COUNTY OF EL DORADO EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES AGENCY
The mission of the County of El Dorado Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Agency is to ensure that the EMS system delivers the highest possible quality of prehospital emergency medical care to victims of illness and injury in the County of El Dorado.
The El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Public Health Division will begin conducting low-cost community flu vaccination clinics on September 23, 2015, with additional clinics offered through mid-November. Seasonal influenza vaccine will be available in nasal mist and flu shot forms at the clinics.
"Everyone six months of age or older should get a flu vaccine each year for the best protection against the flu," said Lynnan Svensson, Supervising Public Health Nurse with the Public Health Division. "It is especially important to vaccinate high-risk people, such as children under age five, people 65 years and older, pregnant women and people with chronic diseases like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease. It is also critical for health care workers and people taking care of high-risk persons to be immunized." In addition to the flu vaccine, the newly recommended pneumococcal vaccine for seniors called PCV 13 (which protects against pneumonia), will also be available at the flu clinics for those who medically qualify.
The cost per vaccine is $10, but no one will be denied service due to inability to pay; cash or check accepted. Parents should bring their child's immunization records. Updated information on the community flu clinics will be posted to www.edcgov.us/publichealth and on the County Flu Hotline at (530) 621-6188.
Click here for a flyer of the flu clinic locations, dates and times.
West Slope Community Flu Clinic Dates and Locations:
- October 7, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Pioneer Park, 6740 Fairplay, Somerset.
- October 15, 2015, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Diamond Springs Fire Station 49, 501 Main Street, in the conference room, Diamond Springs.
- October 20, 2015, from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. at the Community Church, 6361 Pony Express Trail, in the Evergreen Room, Pollock Pines.
- October 28, 2015, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Community Church, 5061 Sciaroni Road, Grizzly Flats.
- October 29, 2015, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, in the Organ Room, Placerville.
- November 3, 2015, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Georgetown Fire Station 61, 6281 Main Street, Georgetown.
- November 10, 2015, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Fire Station 85, 1050 Wilson Boulevard, El Dorado Hills.
- November 14, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Divide Wellness Center, 6065 Highway 193, Georgetown.
- November 17, 2015, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Cameron Park Fire Station 89, 3200 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park.
- November 17, 2015, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Garden Valley Fire Station 51, 4860 Marshall Road, Garden Valley.
- November 19, 2015, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, in the Organ Room, Placerville.
South Lake Tahoe Community Flu Clinic Dates and Locations:
- September 23, September 30, October 14, & October 28, 2015, from to 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Senior Center, 3050 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe.
- October 14, October 28, 2015, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Bijou School, 3501 Spruce Avenue, in the Teacher's Lounge, South Lake Tahoe.
- November 4, 2015, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the South Lake Tahoe Airport, 1901 Airport Road, South Lake Tahoe.
El Dorado County 2015 CQI Plan Approved by EMS Authority.
Click here to view the Plan.
Ebola Virus Information
Effective September 3, 2015, The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recommends stopping the active monitoring of travelers from Liberia. CDPH will continue to notify local health departments of travelers arriving from Liberia; however, active monitoring is not required. Current active or direct monitoring of travelers from Liberia can be stopped effective September 3, 2015 at 12:00 PM PST.
Please see the attached updated CDPH guidance, "Planning for and Management of Travelers from Ebola-Affected Countries for Local Health Departments" (revised September 3, 2015), for information.
Note: Recommendations for active monitoring of returning travelers from other Ebola-affected countries (Sierra Leone and Guinea at this time) are unchanged.
The Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA), along with representatives from the Emergency Medical Directors' Association of California (EMDAC) and representatives from the Emergency Medical Services Administrators' Association of California (EMSAAC) have been working together to develop draft Procedures and Protocols for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Personnel for the Contact, Treatment, and Transport of Potential Ebola Virus Disease (Ebola) Patients. The document is based on information currently available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and CalOSHA, along with local policies and procedures developed by emergency medical services agencies.
This Recommended Policy and Procedures for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Personnel for the Contact, Management, and Transport of Potential Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Patients document will be revised as new information and guidance is available. Please continue to check EMSA's website for further drafts.
Additional Ebola Resources:
1. El Dorado County Ebola Information
2. California Department of Public Health
3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
4. Department of Industrial Relations
5. Considerations for Safe EMS transport of Ebola patients - Nebraska Biocontainment Group
6. CDC Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs)
7. Top Questions on Ebola: Simple Answers Developed by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
8. Emergency Medical Services Administrators' Association of California
9. Q&A's about the Transport of Pediatric Patients (<18 years of age) Under Investigation or with Confirmed Ebola
New EMS Agency office location
The El Dorado County EMS Agency has relocated. Our new location and mailing address are:
2900 Fair Lane Court
Placerville, CA 95667
Please update your address listing accordingly. Our email and phone numbers will remain the same. Our new location is below the El Dorado County Library and accessed from the rear of the building, through the loading dock. Click here for more information.
PAC, CQI, and MAC Meetings
Now that the EMS Agency has relocated, we will be utilizing the Health and Human Services Agency's Sierra Conference Room for PAC, CQI, MAC and ePCR meetings. The Sierra Conference Room is located at:
3057 Briw Road, Suite B
Placerville, CA 95667
Please click here for a map!
The EMS Agency is excited to announce that the Paramedic Accreditation Training & Skills (PATS) web database program is up and running! The database is designed to facilitate the tracking of skills required for accreditation and re-certification of Paramedics. Please click on the PATS link (on the left hand side of the Home Page) to begin tracking your skills and training today! Please contact the EMS Agency with any questions or concerns you may have regarding this new program.
Paramedic Application Informational Videos
The EMS Authority (EMSA) is proud to present its new Paramedic Application Informational Videos. All too often paramedic initial and renewal applications are returned for simple and preventable mistakes. In an effort to help paramedics avoid licensure delays, the staff at EMSA has put together videos for reducing simple errors on the paramedic applications, these videos offer tips on identifying common mistakes and how to avoid them. The videos run between 4-6 minutes creating a quick and informative aide. Click on the following link to access the video:
Policies/Procedures/Protocols Effective July 1st, 2015
Summary of EDCEMSA Policy Changes effective July 1, 2015
Ground Critical Care Transports
Chest Pain/Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS)
Narrow Complex Tachycardia
Wide Complex Tachycardia
Apparent Life Threatening Event (ALE)
Needle Chest Decompression
Gastric Tube Insertion
Intranasal Medication Administration
Routine Medical Care
Do Not Resuscitate (DNR)
Management of Pre-Existing Medical Interventions
Exposure Determination, Treatment and Reporting
ALS Unit Minimum Equipment Inventories
Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Learning Points
Click here to view the "Spring 2013 CQI Learning Points"
Click here to view the "Winter 2013 CQI Learning Points"
Click here to view the "Fall 2012 CQI Learning Points"
Click here to view the "Summer 2012 CQI Learning Points"
Click here to view the "Winter 2012 CQI Learning Points"
Click here to view the "Summer 2011 CQI Learning Points"
The Change From "A-B-C" to "C-A-B"
The newest development in the 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC is a change in the basic life support (BLS) sequence of steps from "A-B-C" (Airway, Breathing, Chest compressions) to "C-A-B" (Chest compressions, Airway, Breathing) for adults and pediatric patients (children and infants, excluding newly borns). Although the experts agreed that it is important to reduce time to first chest compressions, they were aware that a change in something as established as the A-B-C sequence would require re-education of everyone who has ever learned CPR. Click here for more information.
Click here to review the "Highlights of the 2010 America Heart Association Guidelines for CPR and ECC"
Your Healthcare Expertise Makes the Difference
All healthcare professionals are needed to volunteer for public service in the event of a significant disaster or a public health emergency. You can make a difference during times of disaster by helping people, animals and your community. For more information, click here.
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