Emergency Medical Services ISSUE 09
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES (EMS) AGENCY
Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs)
Should SNFs or receiving hospitals screen EMS providers upon arrival?
The Los Angeles County EMS Agency recommends against SNFs screening EMS providers because every EMS provider is screened by their employer regularly and performs self-monitoring. Extra screening provides no benefit, and may delay patient care.
What personal protective equipment (PPE) should I don prior to entry to a SNF?
Proper PPE for entering a SNF includes a surgical mask, eye protection, and gloves. For any call with aerosol generating procedures an N95 should be donned, and a gown if supplies allow.