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Welcome to Memorial Hospital of Carbondale's regional site for EMS and Emergency Preparedness professionals. Here you will find EMS treatment protocols, updates, training, an event calendar, forms, and other information relevant to regional EMS and disaster preparedness.  ​

December 22
National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians extends date for Provisional Certifications
 Brad Robinson  

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the difficulty of running the Paramedic psychomotor skill stations, the NREMT has been issuing provsional certifications through December 31, 2020.  The provisional certification is allowing Paramedics to become temproarily registered with only the cognitive testing, because in-person skill stations have been mostly postponed or closed due to the pandemic.  Because of the fall spike in C…Read More

December 15
HHS/ASPR COVID-19 Vaccine Development Presentation
 Brad Robinson  

​The link below is from a live Zoom webinar that aired on December 7, 2020.  The portion of the video between 11:35 - 21:18 is a presentation on the development of the versions of the COVID-19 vaccine specific to each manufacturer.  The portion between 11:35 - 21:18 is presented by Dr. Kenneth A. Scheppke, the EMS Medical Director for the state of Florida.  We found the presentation very informative on …Read More

December 7
CDC Amends Quarantine Recommendations
 Brad Robinson  

​The CDC has added 7 day and 10 day options for asymptomatic exposures to COVID-19.  The 7 day option is for asymptomatic exposures with access to testing.  The 10 day option is for asymptomatic exposures with no testing.  The full CDC recommendations can be found in the link below.

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November 30
IDPH Experiencing License Printing Delays
 Brad Robinson  

​IDPH released a memo explaining they are experiencing a printing delay on EMS licenses.  This has been an ongoing issuer for two weeks and remains unresolved.  The attached memo explains how to verify your license online.  Also, if you have any questions,. feel free to contact the EMS Office.

IDPH EMS Printing delays 11.30.2020.pdf
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November 17
Change in the SIREMS COVID-19 Protocol
 Brad Robinson  

​Dr. Haake has added the ability to administer high-flow oxygen by non-rebreather mask, if the patient cannot maintain/achieve an oxygen saturation of 90% with a nasal cannula.  The updated protocol is linked below.  Contact the EMS Office with any questions.


October 11
IDPH EMS Assistance Grant Application Period OPEN
 Brad Robinson  

​IDPH EMS Assistance Grant applications are now being accepted through EGrAMS.  The deadline for grant submission is end of business on November 13, 2020.  Details are linked below.  Feel free to contact the EMS Office with any questions.

Memo EMS Assistance Fund Grant Announcement FY21 v2.pdf

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October 8
Updated SIREMS Protocols Addressing Patient Assessment
 Brad Robinson  

​Dr. Haake has updated protocols A-10 and EE-27 to better address the necessity for an advanced level assessment before downgrading to BLS level care for transport to the hospital.  If you are working an an ALS or ILS ambulance, the highest level EMS provider must assess the patient to determine if BLS care is appropriate.  And, that advanced level assessment must be documented on the patient care report.  Both pr…Read More

September 25
New SIREMS No Smoking Policy
 Brad Robinson  

​Because there continues to be issuesw with smoking in ambulances, Dr. Haake has implemented a system policy against smoking in and around SIREMS ambulances and non-transport vehicles.  Please contact the EMS Offices with any questions.


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September 25
Modified Ambulance Access to SIH Cancer Center
 Brad Robinson  

Due to construction, the normal ambulance entrance in the rear of the building has been closed.  The new temporary access point for ambulance crews is the front entrance.  Please refer to the attcahed map for clarification.  Feel free to contact the EMS Office with questions.

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July 16
Updated COVID-19 EMS Guidance from CDC, July 15, 2020
 Brad Robinson  

Updated July 15, 2020

Summary of Key Changes for the EMS Guidance:

Below are changes to the guidance as of July 15, 2020:

  • Reorganized recommendations into 2 sections:
    • Recommended infection prevention and control (IPC) practices for routine activities during the pandemic.
    • Recommended IPC practices when caring for a pa…Read More
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