We don’t get tested routinely, but I wish we could. Its stressful not knowing which patients may be positive. Some crews could learn as much as three days after they transported the patient. Our union is interested in having us tested but the company we work for doesn’t offer it right now, unless of course you have symptoms or suspect a COVID positive patient. I’m not even aware of the criteria for that, to be honest.
We have a separate PPE kit with us at all times in case we need it and we try to question the patients before we assess them fully, plus dispatch does an evaluation. We also have our temperature taken before and after each shift and decontaminate after each shift. The rigs are also decontaminated routinely. We also have a spare set of uniforms in case of a contamination issue.
No, it’s not so much that it wasn’t available, we do carry it with us at all times. But the problem is where we don’t know the status of the patient or if they are asymptomatic carriers. Right now, one paramedic enters the location to ask the questions first and establish if the patient is safe to work with.
Not that I know of for sure, but I do suspect I have come in contact with a few.
Yes, it is extremely nerve wracking. I live with other people and we don’t know how much we’re exposed to on a daily basis. I’ve been working long days for the past 30 days. I’d like to get access to testing for peace of mind.
We saw a drop for a while, but now it’s back to normal numbers. However, as the emergency rooms are encouraging patients to not show up there we see more patients that would actually see urgent care, often times they do not require an ambulance, we advise them to see their doctor the next day.
We see an increase in more serious traffic accidents. It’s crazy, people are driving much faster and the accidents are more lethal. Even the CHP has seen a major increase in tickets – folks are driving over 80 miles/hr.
Yes, I do. I don’t have any children, but I have roommates, so I’m always concerned about possibly infecting them.
Yes, we are all very concerned and so far we believe two have tested positive in the company.