First Responders

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Emergency Medical Services

Emergency medical services (EMS) play a vital role in responding to requests for assistance, triaging patients, and providing emergency medical treatment and transport for ill persons. Unlike patient care in the controlled environment of a healthcare facility, care and transports by EMS present unique challenges because of the nature of the setting, enclosed space during transport, frequent need for rapid medical decision-making, interventions with limited information, and a varying range of patient acuity and jurisdictional healthcare resources.

Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 911 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for COVID-19 in the United States (link is external)
EMS Frequently Asked Questions
COVID-19 Assessment And Transport
COVID-19 Field Triage
EMS Response to COVID-19
Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) EMS Response - see video on EMS page