The Louisiana Bureau of EMS has announced that it will offer free training to EMS Practitioners working through the current COVID-19 pandemic. EMS Practitioners provide both emergency and non-emergency care to Louisiana citizens daily, which places them in a high-risk category for COVID-19 exposure. Personal protective equipment (PPE), when used correctly, cannot only protect the EMS Practitioner from exposure but also protects the patient in the event the healthcare provider is an asymptomatic carrier of COVID-19.

The 4-hour course will include training on various levels of PPE and fit-testing for respiratory protection equipment which will better prepare the EMS Practitioner regarding personal safety in times of medical crisis, natural disasters, biological events, and HAZMAT situations. Additionally, each participant will receive an individual PPE kit for future use as well as continuing education credits valid towards recertification. Two training sessions will be offered in each of the state’s nine regions throughout August and September and EMS Practitioners at all levels are encouraged to attend. Seating is limited to 18 participants per session so early online registration is recommended.

EMS Practitioners are on the front lines providing quality patient care during times of crisis. With over 41,000 reported cases of COVID-19 in Louisiana, it is paramount that every EMS Practitioner remains healthy and able to provide the services that our neighbors depend on. The Louisiana Bureau of EMS is offering this free service to all EMS Practitioners to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

To view/print flyer CLICK HERE.

To view/print the training schedule CLICK HERE.

To view a sample PPE kit CLICK HERE

To register CLICK HERE.

 

For more information, please contact the Bureau of EMS at (225) 925-4022.