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APEMS Seeks Office Manager

 

Atlantic Partners EMS is seeking a qualified individual to work as a full-time Office Manager for the Bangor Office. 

Position Description:The Office Manager is responsible for management of the daily office operations for the Bangor office of Atlantic Partners EMS.  This Office Manager will be responsible for various administrative duties, including phone answering, scheduling, filing, paperwork processing, word processing, and project management as well as support work for the organization and with member agencies.

This is a full-time, 40-hour per week, hourly wage position, with the wage being determined by the Executive Director each year. Hours are 8:00am – 4:30pm Monday – Friday.

Minimum Qualifications: 1)  High School Diploma or equivalent required.             2)  Computer literacy and good interpersonal communication skills required.

Application: There is no formal application for the position. Instead, submit a cover letter along with a complete resume of experience and education, and the names and contact information of three professional references to:

  Atlantic Partners EMS    Office Manager Search Committee  354 Hogan Rd. Bangor, ME    04401

 Applications can be submitted either electronically, regular mail, or hand delivered.  Applications will be accepted until 5:00pm on Friday, December 26th. Questions about the position can be directed to Rick Petrie, 877-0936, or [email protected].

 

 

Doffing PPE post exposure to a potential Emerging Infectious Disease (EID) patient

1. There is no need for a HAZMAT-type decon when doffing PPE post-exposure.

 A. Your Hospital should provide a means to safely doff  PPE, including showers.  There have been no recommendations to date that call for a HAZMAT decon level type of procedure for ebola.  Methodical, stepwise, monitored doffing is the standard set and practiced at the health centers who have successfully treated ebola patients here in the US with no          breakdowns or infected health care workers to date.

 B. If you contact a potential EID patient at a scene and do not transport to  the Hospital, you should follow the same methodical, stepwise,  monitored doffing procedure and contain the PPE in a red Biohazard bag, double-bagged.   There is a contract through the state for disposal of the contaminated PPE, so you should contact your local Hospital and request assistance with disposal of the PPE (and anything else that is contaminated). This may include the hospital bringing you one of the disposal containers, or requesting the disposal company to come directly to you at the scene.

The key to successfully doffing the PPE is that you take the time to follow the procedures. Service should place a checklist on each of their ambulances to be followed by the provider and observer. Prior to doffing, the observer should visually inspect the provider and look for obvious contamination. If any contamination is seen, spray the area with your disinfectant solution (fresh bleach solution or commercial product), let it sit and dry, then start the doffing process

The CDC has released a donning/doffing video that is a little more than 13 minutes long and is a good reference/training tool. The link to the video is below:

www.medscape.com/viewarticle/833907

 

 Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

SAMHSA Pamphlet on What You Should Know

When you hear, read, or watch news about an outbreak of an infectious disease such as Ebola, you may feel anxious and show signs of stress—even when the outbreak affects people far from where you live and you are at low or no risk of getting sick. These signs of stress are normal, and may be more likely or pronounced in people with loved ones in parts of the world affected by the outbreak. In the wake of an infectious disease outbreak, monitor your own physical and mental health. Know the signs of stress in yourself and your loved ones. Know how to relieve stress, and know when to get help.

Paste this link into your browser to print:  store.samhsa.gov/shin/content//SMA14-4885/SMA14-4885.pdf

 

Checklist for Healthcare Coalitions for Ebola Preparedness

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), in addition to other federal, state, and local members, aim to increase understanding of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) and encourage widespread preparation against the time when they may be faced with a person possibly infected with Ebola.  To that end, we have attached links to two websites that you may find useful.

The “Checklist for Healthcare Coalitions for Ebola Preparedness”  is intended to enhance collective preparedness and response by highlighting key areas for healthcare coalitions to review in preparing to care for patients possibly infected with the Ebola virus. The checklist provides practical and specific suggestions to ensure healthcare coalition members are able to detectpossible Ebola cases, protect employees, and respond appropriately.  www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/coalition-checklist-ebola-preparedness.pdf

The “Detailed Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Checklist for Ebola Preparedness” is similar to the above, and is intended to enhance collective preparedness and response by highlighting key areas for EMS personnel to review in preparation for encountering and providing medical care to a person with Ebola.

www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/ems-checklist-ebola-preparedness.pdf