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July 27, 2016

Two Decades of FDNY EMS

Change in any organization is never easy and introducing new members into an already-established “family” can be met with angst on both sides (television series, such as The Brady Bunch, thrive on that concept). Change often is preceded by worries and gossip about what’s going to […]
March 1, 2016

An Inside Look at How Ebola was Stopped in its Tracks in New York City

When Haz-Tac EMS Paramedic Winsley Julien first got the call on October 23, 2014, that a patient in Hamilton Heights very likely had Ebola, the 15-year EMS veteran  said he started to get a little nervous. “I took a deep breath, but then I knew we […]
March 1, 2016

Step by Step: Donning and Doffing Procedures Utilized by FDNY Personnel

Reviewing the proper procedure for donning and doffing  infectious control ensembles is always a top priority for patient care providers. But, as the Department prepared for the potential spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), the need to ensure health and safety of members could be […]
March 1, 2016

EMS Leader: Scene Management at New York City’s First Confirmed Case of Ebola

In October 2014, while operating as car 523, I was assigned to a multi-dwelling residence in Upper Manhattan, along with a Haz-Tac BLS, an ALS, one Conditions Officer and a Haz-Tac Officer. On arrival, I received a phone call from FDNY EMS Operations personnel, stating that […]
March 1, 2016

One on One: Dr. Dario Gonzalez on Being Dispatched to West Africa During Ebola Outbreak

I recently had the honor of conducting the first One on One interview for our new FDNY Pro Podcast with a colleague of mine. As our Office of Medical Affairs (OMA) physician, long-time FDNY employee Dr. Dario Gonzalez is responsible for medical protocols, training, field response […]
March 1, 2016

Preparing for Success: The What Ifs

Before anything else, preparation is the key to success. –Alexander Graham Bell, Inventor On October 23, 2014, local health officials identified the first case of Ebola in New York City. A physician working for Doctors Without Borders had returned from Guinea, where he had been treating […]
March 1, 2016

Safety First: Avoiding the Spread of Communicable Disease Starts with Personal Safety

The best and safest strategy for treating a patient suspected of having any communicable disease, but particularly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), is: Assure early identification of the infected patient. Assure proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Assure proper cleaning and decontamination. Patient Identification In New […]
March 1, 2016

Tiered Response: Preparing for Novelty

First responders are expected to have emergency response plans in place and periodically test these plans through exercises to ensure that the procedures work. But after years of preparedness, what happens when they are faced with an event that goes beyond specific plans? Are first responders […]