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July 14, 2021 – Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Resource Requests

The State of California Logistics and Commodities Task Force is no longer procuring new Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE) items to support the COVID-19 pandemic now that the supply chain has recovered. To view the full memorandum, click here.

July 1, 2021 – Paramedic Preceptor and Paramedic Accreditation Officer Applications Open

Paramedic Preceptor applications and Paramedic Accreditation Officer applications are now open and will be accepted through July 31, 2021. Applications are available on the SJCEMSA Online Application Portal. The application shall be submitted with a letter of recommendation from your ALS employer verifying that you are in good standing with that employer and the employer intends to use you as a Paramedic Preceptor or Paramedic Accreditation Officer. Click Paramedic Preceptors or Paramedic Accreditation Officer for flyer details.

June 28, 2021 - EMS Office Closure

The SJCEMSA Office will be closed on Monday, July 5, 2021.

June 22, 2021 - EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2021-06, Chemical Restraints, Sedation, and Forced Transport

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide direction to all San Joaquin County Base Hospital Physicians (BHP). Effective immediately, BHPs are prohibited from ordering or authorizing advanced life support (ALS) personnel to administer medications for use as a chemical restraint or sedation, except as specifically authorized in San Joaquin County Emergency Medical Services Agency (SJCEMSA) policy. To view the memorandum, click here.

June 17, 2021 - Rescinded San Joaquin County EMS Agency (SJCEMSA) Policy Memorandums

The purpose of this memorandum is to rescind the following SJCEMSA policy memorandums:

1. No. 2019-02, Treatment of Stroke Patients with RACE Scores Greater than or Equal to 5;
2. No. 2019-07, Paramedic Accreditation Field Evaluation;
3. No. 2020-13, Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hospital Surge Implementation.

To view the complete memorandum, click here.

June 17, 2021 - Rescission of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) Call Screening

The purpose of this memorandum is to rescind the direction on emergency medical dispatch (EMD) call screening regarding COVID-19. This memorandum supersedes Policy Memorandum No. 2020-12 (Revised) issued May 26, 2020, addressing EMD call screening using the Emerging Infectious Disease Surveillance (EIDS) Tool. To view the complete memorandum, click here.

June 3, 2021 - ECA Compliance Report for March and April 2021

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of Escalon Community Ambulance (ECA) for March and April 2021 performance under their exclusive emergency ambulance service agreement. The ECA agreement establishes accountability for meeting specific standards and provides the EMS Agency with complete access to data and information on AMR's operational, clinical, and administrative performance. Click here to view ECA's March and April 2021 compliance report. Previous compliance reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

June 3, 2021 - RCFD Compliance Report for March and April 2021

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of Ripon Consolidated Fire District (RCFD) for March and April 2021 performance under their exclusive emergency ambulance service agreement. The RCFD agreement establishes accountability for meeting specific standards and provides the EMS Agency with complete access to data and information on RCFD's operational, clinical, and administrative performance. Click here to view RCFD's March and April 2021 compliance report. Previous compliance reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

May 24, 2021 - EMS Office Closure

The SJCEMSA Office will be closed on Monday, May 31, 2021.

May 19, 2021 - AMR Compliance Report for March and April 2021

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of American Medical Response (AMR) for March and April 2021 performance under their exclusive emergency ambulance service agreement. The AMR agreement establishes accountability for meeting specific standards and provides the EMS Agency with complete access to data and information on AMR's operational, clinical, and administrative performance. Click here to view AMR's March and April 2021 compliance report. Previous compliance reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

May 19, 2021 - MDA Compliance Report for March and April 2021

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of Manteca District Ambulance (MDA) for March and April 2021 performance under their exclusive emergency ambulance service agreement. The MDA agreement establishes accountability for meeting specific standards and provides the EMS Agency with complete access to data and information on MDA's operational, clinical, and administrative performance. Click here to view MDA's March and April 2021 compliance report. Previous compliance reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

May 10, 2021- Training Opportunity - Train-the-Trainer Lucas® 3 Chest Compression System, Version 3.1

Train-the-Trainer Lucas® 3 Chest Compression System, Version 3.1 is being offered to San Joaquin County providers that will be using the Lucas® 3 Chest Compression System, Version 3.1, in the San Joaquin County EMS system. Six sessions have been scheduled and you can register to attend one of the sessions by logging into the new online application portal (https://sjcems.imagetrendlicense.com/lms/public/portal#/login). Click here for the course flyer. The courses will be two (2) hours and instructed by the Stryker clinical team. Participants that successfully complete the course will be offered two (2) hours of EMS CE, by California EMS CE provider 39-0001. This course is offered at no cost to participants.

April 30, 2021 - EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2021-05 Update, Rescinded Coronavirus (COVID-19) Policies

The purpose of this memorandum is to rescind listed SJCEMSA Policy memorandums. To view the memorandum, click here.

April 30, 2021 - EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2021-04 (Revised v.6), Coronavirus (COVID-19) Daily ACF Bed Polling

The purpose of this memorandum is to direct all San Joaquin County Acute Care Facilities (ACF) to submit a Coronavirus (COVID-19) Bed Poll Spreadsheet to the San Joaquin County EMS Agency (SJCEMSA) each day by no later than 11:00 AM. SJCEMSA will summarize the information collected and issue a report to authorized users for situational awareness and advanced planning for the current public health emergency. To view the revised memorandum, click here.

April 16, 2021 - EMS Draft Policies Available for Public Comment Until May 31, 2021

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency (SJCEMSA) is soliciting comments for draft revisions to several EMS Policies. These draft policies and forms may be viewed or downloaded from the Draft Policies page. The 45-day public comment period ends May 31, 2021. Completed comment forms should be submitted by email to Marissa Matta at mamatta@sjgov.org or by U.S. Mail to the San Joaquin County EMS Agency, PO Box 220, French Camp, CA 95231. To view the memo, click here.

April 15, 2021 - SJCEMSA New Online Application Portal Now Live

San Joaquin County EMS Agency (SJCEMSA) is pleased to announce that effective today, our new online application portal for certifications, accreditations, and authorizations is live. Click here for further information.

April 12, 2021 - EMS Liaison Committee Meeting Agenda for April 15, 2021

The EMS Liaison Committee is scheduled for Thursday, April 15, 2021, at 0900 hours. The meeting will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams. The full agenda packet with the meeting link and call-in information may be viewed and downloaded from the EMS Agency's Committees web page.

April 1, 2021 – EMS Liaison Meeting Rescheduled

The next EMS Liaison Committee meeting is rescheduled for Thursday, April 15, 2020 beginning at 9 am. In order to comply with state and local public health guidance, the meeting will be held virtually. Information regarding how to participate in the meeting will be provided with the meeting agenda. Visit the Committees webpage for more information.

March 29, 2021 - Employment Opportunity

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency is recruiting for an EMS Analyst until April 9, 2021. Visit San Joaquin County's Employment Opportunities web page for more information.

March 26, 2021 - EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2020-19 (Revised v.5), Coronavirus (COVID-19) EMS Personnel Applicants

The purpose of this memorandum is to notify all prehospital care providers of changes to requirements for EMS personnel whose certification, accreditation, or authorization is set to expire during the current COVID-19 pandemic and for changes to requirements for initial applicants. To view the revised memorandum, click here.

March 25, 2021 - ECA Compliance Report for January and February 2021

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of Escalon Community Ambulance (ECA) for January and February 2021 performance under their exclusive emergency ambulance service agreement. The ECA agreement establishes accountability for meeting specific standards and provides the EMS Agency with complete access to data and information on AMR's operational, clinical, and administrative performance. Click here to view ECA's January and February 2021 compliance report. Previous compliance reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

March 25, 2021 - RCFD Compliance Report for January and February 2021

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of Ripon Consolidated Fire District (RCFD) for January and February 2021 performance under their exclusive emergency ambulance service agreement. The RCFD agreement establishes accountability for meeting specific standards and provides the EMS Agency with complete access to data and information on RCFD's operational, clinical, and administrative performance. Click here to view RCFD's January and February 2021 compliance report. Previous compliance reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

March 24, 2021 - San Joaquin General Hospital to be Designated as Level II Trauma Center

The purpose of this memorandum is to notify all interested parties that effective April 1, 2021, San Joaquin General Hospital (SJGH) will be designated as a Level II Trauma Center by the SJCEMSA. To view the memorandum, click here.

March 23, 2021 - Paramedic Preceptor Conference Rescheduled

The March 26, 2021, Paramedic Preceptor Conference has been rescheduled to Friday, June 11, 2021. Preceptors may enroll online at https://www.sjgov.org/ems/events. To maintain paramedic preceptor authorization per EMS Policy 2570, Paramedic Preceptor Authorization, you shall attend at least one conference per year. Contact the SJCEMSA office with any questions at 209-468-6818.

March 17, 2021 - AMR Compliance Report for January and February 2021

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of American Medical Response (AMR) for January and February 2021 performance under their exclusive emergency ambulance service agreement. The AMR agreement establishes accountability for meeting specific standards and provides the EMS Agency with complete access to data and information on AMR's operational, clinical, and administrative performance. Click here to view AMR's January and February 2021 compliance report. Previous compliance reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

March 17, 2021 - MDA Compliance Report for January and February 2021

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of Manteca District Ambulance (MDA) for January and February 2021 performance under their exclusive emergency ambulance service agreement. The MDA agreement establishes accountability for meeting specific standards and provides the EMS Agency with complete access to data and information on MDA's operational, clinical, and administrative performance. Click here to view MDA's January and February 2021 compliance report. Previous compliance reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

February 24, 2021 - Free EMSA STEMI & Stroke Summits

Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) is hosting two free virtual summits on stroke management and ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) on June 8, 2021 and June 9, 2021 respectively. Online registration will open in March 2021. Please share with any interested parties.

February 12, 2021 - EMS Office Closure

The SJCEMSA Office will be closed on Monday, February 15, 2021.

February 9, 2021 - MDA Compliance Report for November and December 2020

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of Manteca District Ambulance (MDA) for November and December 2020 performance under their exclusive emergency ambulance service agreement. The MDA agreement establishes accountability for meeting specific standards and provides the EMS Agency with complete access to data and information on MDA's operational, clinical, and administrative performance. Click here to view MDA's November and December 2020 compliance report. Previous compliance reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

February 9, 2021 - ECA Compliance Report for November and December 2020

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of Escalon Community Ambulance (ECA) for November and December 2020 performance under their exclusive emergency ambulance service agreement. The ECA agreement establishes accountability for meeting specific standards and provides the EMS Agency with complete access to data and information on AMR's operational, clinical, and administrative performance. Click here to view ECA's November and December 2020 compliance report. Previous compliance reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

February 9, 2021 - RCFD Compliance Report for November and December 2020

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of Ripon Consolidated Fire District (RCFD) for November and December 2020 performance under their exclusive emergency ambulance service agreement. The RCFD agreement establishes accountability for meeting specific standards and provides the EMS Agency with complete access to data and information on RCFD's operational, clinical, and administrative performance. Click here to view RCFD's November and December 2020 compliance report. Previous compliance reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

February 3, 2021 - EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2021-03, Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccine Administration by Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT)

The purpose of this memorandum is to approve San Joaquin County Emergency Medical Services Agency (SJCEMSA) certified EMTs who are affiliated with authorized San Joaquin County providers to participate in COVID-19 vaccination programs approved by San Joaquin County Public Health Services and enrolled in the California COVID-19 Vaccination Program (CalVax). To view the memorandum, click here.

January 26, 2021 - EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2021-02, Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccine Administration by Paramedics

The purpose of this memorandum is to approve San Joaquin County Emergency Medical Services Agency (SJCEMSA) accredited paramedics to participate in COVID-19 vaccination programs approved by San Joaquin County Public Health Services and enrolled in the California Covid-19 Vaccination Program (CalVax). To view the memorandum, click here.

January 22, 2021 - EMS Draft Policies Available for Public Comment Until March 8, 2021

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency (SJCEMSA) is soliciting comments for draft revisions to several EMS Policies. These draft policies and forms may be viewed or downloaded from the Draft Policies page. The 45-day public comment period ends March 8, 2021. Completed comment forms should be submitted by email to Marissa Matta at mamatta@sjgov.org or by U.S. Mail to the San Joaquin County EMS Agency, PO Box 220, French Camp, CA 95231. To view the memo, click here.

January 21, 2021 - AMR Compliance Report for November and December 2020

The San Joaquin County EMS Agency has completed its evaluations of American Medical Response (AMR) for November and December 2020 performance under their exclusive emergency ambulance service agreement. The AMR agreement establishes accountability for meeting specific standards and provides the EMS Agency with complete access to data and information on AMR's operational, clinical, and administrative performance. Click here to view AMR's November and December 2020 compliance report. Previous compliance reports may be found on the Transportation Compliance Report page.

January 19, 2021 - Revision to EMS Policy No. 5700, Advanced Life Support Treatment Protcols

This is to notify EMS personnel of changes to EMS Policy No. 5700, Advanced Life Support Treatment Protocols, issued on June 1, 2020. Version 1.4 is now available on the SJCEMSA Policies webpage and has been updated on the SJCEMSA mobile application through the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. To view the memorandum, click here.

January 12, 2021 - San Joaquin County Accredited Paramedics Needed for Hospital Staffing

Please be advised that all General Acute Care Hospitals are authorized to hire paramedics and EMTs as outlined in SJCEMSA Policy Memorandum No. 2021-01 (Revised): Coronavirus (COVID-19) Authorization for General Acute Care Hospitals to Employ and Use Prehospital Care Personnel. Currently, Dameron Hospital Association (DHA) and Adventist Health Lodi Memorial Hospital (AHLMH) are recruiting for temporary, per diem, and variable shifts. AHLMH and DHA report great success in both hiring and utilizing paramedics to assist within their facilities. While working for a general acute care hospital SJCEMSA accredited paramedics may at the direction of a hospital physician or registered nurse practice within the San Joaquin County paramedic scope of practice and the following expanded optional scope of practice skills:

  • Phlebotomy
  • Dispense prescribed medications from bubble packs and/or multi-dose containers
  • Administer ocular medications
  • Administer transdermal medications
  • Administer inhaled medications
  • Administer oral medications
  • Administer intravenous medications, excluding paralytics
  • Administer intramuscular medications
  • Administer subcutaneous injection medications

  • If interested in a position at DHA, contact Melissa Day directly at 209-609-4267. For more information, click here.
    If interested in a position at AHLMH, contact Oz Ceja directly at 510-861-1178. For more information, click here.

    January 12, 2021 - EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2021-01 (Revised), Coronavirus (COVID-19) Authorization for General Acute Care Hospitals to Employ and Use Prehospital Care Personnel

    The purpose of this memorandum is to authorize all licensed general acute care hospitals in San Joaquin County to employ and use paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) as healthcare personnel as specified in this policy memo. To view the revised memorandum, click here.

    January 11, 2021 - EMS Liaison Committee Meeting Cancelled

    The January 14, 2021 EMS Liaison Committee meeting is cancelled. SJCEMSA is currently focusing its efforts on the EMS and hospital COVID-19 response. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 8, 2021. The schedule and previous agendas may be viewed on the Committees webpage.

    January 6, 2021 - EMS Policy Memorandum No. 2020-06 (Revised v.2), Coronavirus (COVID-19) EMS Personnel Screening

    EMS Policy memorandum 2020-06 (Revised v.2) Coronavirus (COVID-19) EMS Personnel Screening was issued to provide direction on implementing Governor Newsom's Executive Order for maintaining an adequate healthcare workforce. This memorandum is being revised today to include and highlight the loss of taste and smell as symptoms of COVID-19 infection. To view the revised memorandum, click here.

     

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