ASPR TRACIE Launches EMS Infectious Disease Playbook
June 27, 2017
Courtesy of HHS
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response’s (ASPR) Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) has launched the EMS Infectious Disease Playbook developed to address occupational exposure to a potentially infectious patient.
The EMS Infectious Disease Playbook helps answers the following questions: What information should call takers relay to responders before they arrive on scene? How should responders react if they unexpectedly encounter a patient they suspect has an infectious disease? Where can medical directors find information to incorporate in standard operating procedures?
ASPR TRACIE incorporated existing official guidance and best practice information into this one-stop resource that can guide the transport of patients known or suspected of having an infectious disease. The Playbook begins with a dispatch and responder actions section outlining general principles and considerations. This section also features two algorithms to support decision-making: a dispatch screening algorithm and an on-scene assessment algorithm.