Frequently Asked Questions
How does the new order from the Secretary of Health regarding testing of residents/staff of skilled nursing facilities affect me as an EMS provider?
The PA DOH has released guidance about Testing of Residents/Staff in Skilled Nursing Facilities. This has caused some confusion within the EMS community. This document provides some helpful answers to FAQs.
What is the status of hospital beds in my area?
The PA DOH has released a Hospital Preparedness Dashboard. Please visit this page for further information.
Can I use albuterol for patients in the prehospital setting?
Can EMS collect nasopharyngeal swabs?
How many cases of COVID-19 are there in PA?
Are there new rules about EMS crew staffing?
Yes, please see the bulletins below.
I’m being told to take a patient to a site other than a hospital – is this OK?
The rules regarding ambulance transport definitions have changed to allow for hospitals to set up “hospitals without walls”. Please see the following CMS bulletin for information regarding these changes.