COVID-19 ED Guidance for EMS

Hospital Systems in Region Require EMS to Wear PPE While in the Hospital ED

While the most recent PEMS protocols advise EMS providers to wear N95, eye protection and gloves with all patient contacts, all three hospital systems in the region have recently expanded their PPE requirements for all EMS providers whenever they are in their Emergency Departments for any reason.

Riverside Health System (Riverside Regional Medical Center, Riverside Doctors Hospital of Williamsburg, Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, and Riverside Tappahannock Hospital) are now requiring EMS providers to wear masks while in their Emergency Departments.

Bon Secours Mary Immaculate and Rappahannock General Hospital are requiring EMS providers to wear masks while in their Emergency Departments.

Sentara Careplex is requiring EMS providers to wear masks and eye protection while in the Emergency Department.

Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center has split into two Emergency Departments.  On the HOT SIDE Emergency Department for suspected COVID-19 patients, they require EMS providers to wear N95, eye protection, gloves and gowns. On the COLD SIDE Emergency Department for non COVID-19 patients, they allow EMS providers to use their own judgement but recommend they wear masks.

In all 3 hospital systems in the PEMS region, EMS providers should be wearing N95, eye protection, gloves and gowns when bringing in suspected COVID-19 patients. Patients should wear surgical masks.

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