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COVID-19 – EMS Considerations

Let’s start by saying that I am not an expert. But, specific guidance from the CDC for managing these patients is available, but I feel like the dispersal of this information is critical to front line EMS providers.

Important Links

Viral Filters/Airway Management

Viral Filter on BVM

Filters on Inhalation and Exhalation Port of Ventilator

Filter After Flow-Sensor

Update: Hamilton does not specifically recommend a viral filter between the flow sensor and the patient:

  • For passive humidification, use a bacteria HME/HMEF filter between the proximal flow sensor and the patient to protect the airway against contamination. Be aware of changes in anatomical dead space and airway resistance. 
  • Contamination of the flow sensor tube connectors is avoided due to permanent rinse flow through the flow sensor tubing towards the patient

Non-Vented BiPAP/CPAP Mask Without “Flap”

Donning and Doffing PPE

Now for the podcast!

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