This page is intended to provide our community with information about Whitemarsh Community Ambulance Association's (WCAA) response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our crews are following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) for the personal protective equipment (PPE) we use on every patient encounter.
All equipment that is in contact with a patient (e.g., stretcher, cardiac monitor, blood pressure cuff) is thoroughly cleaned between every patient encounter. The patient compartments of our ambulances are sanitized regularly using a "fogging" method.
We receive regular updates from the Montgomery County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and Department of Public Safety (DPS). This includes situation reports and protocol updates. This information is disseminated to our crews during regular all-staff conference calls. We are also in regular contact with other area ambulance squad chiefs through the Montgomery County Ambulance Association.
In order to protect first responder families, our crews are wearing street clothing into work, changing into their uniforms for their shift and then leaving their uniforms to be washed at the station and not brought back to their homes or around their families. WCAA had to purchase a new washer and dryer in order to keep up with the demand.
While we don't want to keep friends away, we have insituted a new policy of no visitors at the station. This includes off-duty personnel. Only on-duty personnel may be at the station.
Crews are able to take their temperature at the beginning and end of each shift as “self monitoring” for COVID-19
In accordance with our updated protocols, a patient will be asked to wear a surgical mask. Our crew will also be wearing additional personal protective equipment that may include a mask, face shield, goggles, gloves, and a gown.
To limit potential exposure to the novel coronavirus, some personnel who would normally be in close proximity to the patient will stay at a distance or outside.
Since aerosolization poses the highest risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus, the updated state EMS protocols discourage treatments such as nebulizers that could potentially lead to aerosolization. We have been working closely with our medical director to ensure our crews are fully trained on the updated protocols.
We deeply appreciate the donation of PPE for our personnel by ECRI Institute. In addition to their donation, ECRI has developed a free COVID-19 resource center to help hospitals, ambulatory care, and aging care facilities protect healthcare workers, residents, and patients.
WCAA has reached out to our local industries for donations of personal protective equipment (PPE). In addition, we have applied for grants/financial aid to help out with the growing costs of PPE. We're concerned this won't be enough. Please consider helping us in one of the following ways:
WCAA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that relies on the generous support of its residents. Any contribution above your annual subscription fee is considered a tax deductible donation. These contributions enable WCAA to provide rapid and reliable high quality advanced life support to you and your loved ones in the most serious of situations. In addition to general donations, we cheerfully accept donations for specific projects, in honor of individuals, and in memory of loved ones. Please call
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The official registration and financial information of Whitemarsh Community Ambulance Association may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1- 800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.
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