Storm Alternate Transport Destination Waiver 1262015

The
T Com
mmonwealth off Massa
achusettts
CHAR
RLES D. BAKER
R
Executive
E
e Office off Health and Human Service
es
Departme
ent of Pub
blic Health
h
Bureau
u of Health Care Sa
afety and Quality
Office
e of Emerrgency Me
edical Serrvices
99 Ch
hauncy Sttreet, Bosston, MA 0
02111
Governor
MARYLOU SUDDERS
Secre
etary
KAR
RYN E. POLITO
Lieutenant Governor
EILEEN M. SULLIVAN
Acting Com
mmissioner
Tel: 617-7
753-7300
www.mass
s.gov/dph
EMERG
GENCY WA
AIVER
TO: All Lice
ensed Ambulaance Servicess FROM: Michael Kass, OEMS Director RE: Weath
her Related W
Waiver for Transport to Em
mergency Shellters DATE: Januarry 26, 2015 Due to the severe wintter storm that is anticipate
ed to affect thhe Commonw
wealth, and under the auth
hority of the Com
mmissioner o
of the Departm
ment of Publiic Health, undder M.G.L. c. 111C, §22, ceertain provisio
ons of the Emergency Med
dical Services System Regu
ulations, 105 CCMR 170.0000, have been suspended through this waiver. The purpo
ose of this waaiver is to faciilitate the transportation oof individuals who have co
ontacted the 9
911 system on
nly to access ttransportatio
on to an altern
nate destinattion, such as aan American Red Cross (orr similar) sh
helter, in resp
ponse to the ccurrent weath
her conditionns and any po
otential for po
ower outagess. Term of the Suspensio
on: This orderr shall be effe
ective: 700 hours, M
Monday, Januaary 26, 2015
From: 17
To: 17
700 hours, Th
hursday, Janu
uary 29, 2015 Effective section: 105 CMR 170.020
0 Definitions
“Appropriate Health Care Facility” sshall mean: An emerggency departm
ment, either p
physically locaated within aan acute care hospital licen
nse by the Departme
ent pursuant to 105 CMR 1
130.000 to prrovide emergeency servicess, or in a satelllite emergen
ncy facility ap
pproved by the Departmen
nt pursuant to
o 130.821, or a shelter, usiing the attach
hed criteria, tthat is closest ge
eographically or conforms to a Departm
ment‐ approveed point of en
ntry plan. Condition
ns: • Th
he suspension of the apprropriate destination requirrements will o
only apply to Massachusettts am
mbulance serrvices, license
ed at any leve
el, BLS or ALS,, in EMS Regio
been affected
d by ons that are b
th
he severe weaather conditio
ons. • Th
he suspension does not prreclude ambu
ulance servicces affected b
by the weatheer conditionss frrom transporrting patientss to the most appropriate setting of care, including acute care hospitals when necessary. The
T Com
mmonwealth off Massa
achusettts
CHAR
RLES D. BAKER
R
Governor
Executive
E
e Office off Health and Human Service
es
Departme
ent of Pub
blic Health
h
Bureau
u of Health Care Sa
afety and Quality
Office
e of Emerrgency Me
edical Serrvices
99 Ch
hauncy Sttreet, Bosston, MA 0
02111
MARYLOU SUDDERS
Secre
etary
KAR
RYN E. POLITO
EILEEN M. SULLIVAN
Lieutenant Governor
Acting Com
mmissioner
Tel: 617-7
753-7300
www.mass
s.gov/dph
he suspension will also be relevant to aany ambulancce service fro m outside of the effected • Th
re
egions that arre called upon
n to assist in ttransportatioon in the affeccted areas. Guideline
es for Transpo
orting Individ
duals to Alterrnative Destin
nations: • In
ndividuals mu
ust not have aan acute chieff complaint thhat could require emergen
ncy medical ccare. • In
ndividuals mu
ust have norm
mal mental staatus (or baselline per know
wledgeable ob
bserver). • Normal (or basseline) vital siigns. must be comp
pleted for each individual ttransported to an alternate destination
n. • A trip report m
• On‐line medica
O
al control, if aavailable shall be contacteed. • Trransportation
n in an ambulance to a she
elter will be ppermitted wheen no other m
means of trransportation
n, such as “chaair vans” are available. • Th
he modification of the tran
nsport destin
nation requireements is sub
bject to the ap
pproval of thee am
mbulance serrvice’s affiliate hospital. • Crews must en
nsure that pattients bring any needed m
medications w
with them. Contact in
nformation In the eve
ent that you m
may need furtther informattion or an upddate on this w
waiver, you m
may contact th
he Massachu
usetts Emerge
ency Management Agencyy (MEMA) at ((508) 820‐20000 and ask to
o speak to onee of the staff m
members at ““ESF 8” desk in the Operattions Room, oor dial the ESFF8 number directly at 508‐‐820‐
1456. You
u may also contact Michae
el Kass, at [email protected] Thank you
u.