EMS Ebola Update

Information related to EMS response to Ebola is changing constantly this link will provide EMS Providers with the latest Ebola information.  It is imperative that providers protect themselves from this virus while treating any  potential Ebola patient

 signs and symptoms 

  • Fever
  • Severe headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Weakness
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal (stomach) pain
  • Unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising)




All Midstate Hospitals have plans to handle these patients it is critical that we give the hospitals a early notification and prepare to follow receiving hospital instructions (alternate entrance, etc.)


EMS Guidelines from the CDC have been mailed to all Midstate Agencies, if they are not posted ask your EMS Director. 


Original and Re-Certification EMT class starting December 1, course will test May 21 and will meet Monday and Wednesday evenings 630-10PM.  This course will include college breaks.  Register on line at midstateems.org or call Bill at 738-8351

Identification of Stroke in the Field: Nov 12,2014





14 Foery Drive Utica NY

After years of leasing office and classroom space, the EMS Programs of Faxton St. Luke’s and the Midstate Regional ems Offices finally have a home. Our “new” location offers 2 large classrooms a conference room storage and lab space. A 60 car parking lot will eliminate the problems we have faced at the Burrstone Road location.

The Faxton St. Luke’s Course Sponsorship, The EMS Program Agency and the Midstate REMSCO will move in on Wednesday and Thursday Nov 5 and 6, during the move we will have limited phone and email service, any urgent messages should be to Resource (624-6287) they will forward to the appropriate person.

Email address, Phone and fax numbers will remain unchanged all Regional meetings and DOH certification exams will take place at Foery Drive after November 10, 2014.

Our new mailing address:

Faxton St. Luke’s EMS Midstate EMS Region

14 Foery Drive 14 Foery Drive

Utica NY 13501 Utica NY 13501

Directions to EMS, 14 Foery Drive, Utica, NY

From 2377 Genesee St. (corner of Genesee and Beverly Place), Utica:
travel east onto Beverly Place, bear right onto Fairview Drive, and continue right (dead end) onto Foery Drive.  Arrive at brick building.

Biological Terrorism Training

This course will introduce emergency services personnel to the CDC threat classification system and the potential biological agents that may be employed during a terrorist incident. This course discusses the historical usage of bio-agents, provides a biological agent overview, and provides information on CDC recommended PPE, routes of transmission, incubation periods, signs and symptoms, treatment, potential production equipment, and recognizing and responding to a potential Incident suggestions. While terrorism related, the core fundamentals discussed during the class are the same for a naturally occurring outbreak.

Designed for All Emergency Responders (an EMS background is beneficial but not required) Course length 4 hours

Homeland Security Training Center in Oriskany.

Date: November 20, 2014

Time: 6:30pm

Instructor: David Sayles

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Checklist for Ebola Preparedness

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), in addition to other federal, state, and local partners, aim to increase understanding of Ebola and encourage U.S.-based EMS agencies and systems to prepare for managing patients with Ebola and other infectious diseases. Every EMS agency and system, including those that provide non-emergency and/or inter-facility transport, should ensure that their personnel can detect a person under investigation (PUI) for Ebola, protect themselves so they can safely care for the patient, and respond in a coordinated fashion. Many of the signs and symptoms of Ebola are non-specific and similar to those of other common infectious diseases such as malaria, which is commonly seen in West Africa. Transmission of Ebola can be prevented by using appropriate infection control measures.
This checklist is intended to enhance collective preparedness and response by highlighting key areas for EMS personnel to review in preparation for encountering and providing medical care to a person with Ebola. The checklist provides practical and specific suggestions to ensure the agency is able to help its personnel detect possible Ebola cases, protect those personnel, and respond appropriately.
Now is the time to prepare, as it is possible that individuals infected with Ebola virus in West Africa may travel to the U.S., develop signs or symptoms of Ebola , and seek medical care from EMS personnel.
EMS agencies, in conjunction with their medical directors, should review infection control policies and procedures and incorporate plans for administrative, environmental, and communication measures.
The checklist format is not intended to set forth mandatory requirements or establish national standards. It is a list of activities that can help each agency prepare. Each agency is different and should adapt this document to meet its specific needs. In this checklist, EMS personnel refers to all persons, paid and volunteer who provide pre-hospital emergency medical services and have the potential for direct contact exposure (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with an Ebola patient’s blood or body fluids, contaminated medical supplies and equipment, or contaminated environmental surfaces.
This detailed checklist for EMS is part of a suite of HHS checklists. This guidance is only for EMS agencies and systems; the CDC’s Interim guidance for EMS includes information for individual providers and for 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points.
CDC is available 24/7 for consultation by calling the CDC Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 770-488-7100 or via email at eocreport@cdc.gov. Midstate EMS Agency Directors have received the checklist


The Newport Fire Department is hosting an Original and Refresher Basic Emergency Medical Technician Course starting tonight.  The class meets 6;30 PM Tuesday and Thursday evenings and occasional Saturdays.  The certification exam is March 19, 2015.  Registration has been removed from the web site late registration will be accepted tonight at the Fire Station

Crouse: 5th Annual Fall EMS Teaching Day


Respiratory Virus Update


Phyllis D. Ellis, FACHE
Director of Health


Dear Community Partners,
The rare respiratory virus known as Enterovirus D68, or EV-D68, is part of the family of viruses that
includes the common cold and continues to cause severe respiratory illness in hundreds of children across
about a dozen states. The virus likely spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs,
sneezes, or touches contaminated surfaces, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
There are confirmed laboratory cases of Enterovirus D68 in Central New York and the Oneida County
Health Department and the county’s hospitals are prepared to respond if the virus presents in Oneida County.
There are no vaccines for preventing EV-D68, however, there are ways to help reduce the risk of infection.
You can help protect yourself and those you serve from respiratory illnesses by following these steps:
 Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds;
 Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
 Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick;
 Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick; and
 Stay out of crowds, and home from work or school, if you feel ill.
Most children infected with this virus will appear to have a cold, with runny nose, sneezing and cough, which
will resolve itself with rest and symptom management. There are not any antiviral medications available to
treat the virus. Some children, especially those with asthma and other health problems, are at higher risk of
complications and may need to be hospitalized to receive intensive treatment of the symptoms. Since those
with asthma are higher risk for respiratory illnesses, they should regularly take prescribed medicines and
maintain control of their illness during this time, with their health care provider. They should also take
advantage of influenza vaccine since children and adults with asthma have a difficult time with respiratory
The Oneida County Health Department has formed an internal response team to monitor guidance from the
New York State Department of Health and the CDC to coordinate a response with external partners.
Surveillance activities are ongoing to identify potential outbreaks. Schools should treat this the same way
they treat flu in regards to absenteeism policies.
For additional Information, please view the CDC link www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/ev68.


The Oriskany Fire Department is hosting a EMS Intranasal Naloxone use class Thursday September 17 at 7PM at the Oriskany Fire Station.  Questions contact Oriskany Unit 4 Jeff Midlam