News & Announcements

Anthrax Response Advisories

DOH has issued Policy # 01-08 Unknown Dry Substance/Suspected Anthrax Response Advisory, as well as a Patient Fact Sheet (updated 10-26-01), and Decon Information. For your information, we have also included the Wadsworth Lab criteria for testing and the protocol for submitting samples. Please note that it is the responsibility of the State Police to determine whether a sample meets the criteria for testing. EMS, HazMat, and Fire are not generally called to respond to suspected anthrax threats.

EMD Changes effected April 2001

Version 11.0 of the Medical Priority Dispatch System (MPDS) has been fully implemented in Saratoga County. While the new cards contain the most comprehensive changes ever introduced, field providers will notice only a few differences. These include addition of a new Echo level response determinant and implementation of an automatic helicopter standby protocol in Saratoga County. Click here for the complete text of the new changes.

Abandoned Infant Protection Act

Did you know that persons unable to care for their newborn infants can anonymously leave their baby with your ambulance corps or fire department? The Saratoga EMS Council suggests you take a look at this New York State website and consider what action your organization will take if a child is brought to you. Most departments plan to simply transport the infant to a local hospital for evaluation and placement. Click here to view the Abandoned Infant Protection website.