Emergency Department/Trauma

Parent Issue

Comments Due Sept. 3 on Proposed Changes to Regulations Affecting Paramedics

The Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) has proposed changes to regulations governing the standards, policies, and procedures for paramedic training, scope of practice, licensure, and discipline. The modified text, as well as the Notice of Proposed Regulations, Initial Statement of Reasons, and other regulatory documents are available for review on EMSA’s website.

CDPH Releases California Health Advisory Update on Ebola

On July 18, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released a California Health Advisory Update on Ebola — one day after the World Health Organization declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo to be a public health emergency of international concern.

9/11 First Responder Will Speak at CHA Disaster Preparedness Conference

For the first time, CHA’s Disaster Planning for California Hospitals conference will take place on Sept. 11. To honor those who gave everything they had — and those who continue to put their lives at risk — CHA has invited a Ground Zero 9/11 first responder, Glen Klein, to help us remember how that day has shaped our world.

State Deactivates Medical and Health Coordination Center

On July 1, the California Department of Public Health and the Emergency Medical Services Authority deactivated the Medical and Health Coordination Center, which was activated in response to the April 2019 measles outbreak. Local health jurisdictions are no longer required to submit weekly situation reports and cost tracking related to the outbreak. Instead, they should follow the defined response protocols in the Public Health and Medical Emergency Operations Manual.

Agenda Set for 2019 Disaster Planning Conference

California may experience any number of disasters in the coming years — from fires to flooding, and more. The agenda for this year’s Disaster Planning for California Hospitals Conference, to be held Sept. 10-11 in Pasadena, reflects the diverse skill sets required of our responders. Covering topics such as lessons learned from active shooter events, integrating business continuity and emergency preparedness, creating resiliency across the continuum of care, and earthquake early warning systems, the event is not to be missed.

EMSA Announces Stroke, STEMI Regulations Will Take Effect July 1

The Emergency Medical Services Agency (EMSA) has released final regulations related to stroke critical care systems and ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) critical care systems. The regulations establish standard requirements for each type of system. CHA worked with members of its Emergency Medical Services/Trauma Committee to provide feedback to EMSA on these regulations, and is pleased to see them finalized. The regulations will take effect July 1.

EMSC Regulations Will Take Effect July 1

New regulations from the Emergency Medical Services Agency (EMSA) establish standardized best practices for emergency medical services for children programs. CHA and member hospitals worked closely with EMSA’s Emergency Medical Services for Children Committee to produce regulations to provide quality care for children needing emergency services, and is pleased to see the regulation finalized. It will take effect July 1.