Initial Response

  • What is the scope of the incident and the response?
  • How will it affect service delivery?
  • Where are the impacted communities?
  • What population is impacted?
  • What is the anticipated medical surge?
  • Determine communication means
  • Evaluate healthcare organization, staff and supplies
  • Healthcare facility status
  • Consider healthcare facility incident command status
  • Determine health department status
  • Identify who need to know
  • Identify resources to be deployed
  • Consider healthcare facility decompression initiatives
When: Thursday, Sep 23, 2021, 1:00PM - 2:00PM

Shortages of key drugs have plagued EMS in recent years, and providers have faced sudden changes in packaging, concentrations, and first-line choices. What risks does this bring to the field, and what are the challenges and best practices of managing changes, just-in-time training, use tracking, and quality control? An EMS physician and a doctor of pharmacy break down the issue and look at potential solutions, including a novel answer by the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
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