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With the COVID-19 novel coronavirus spreading exponentially around the world, we acknowledge the need to provide Emergency Reporting users with tools to accurately track and analyze COVID-19. Here’s how you can input data into your ER account so that it can be extracted for actionable intel to keep your crews and communities safe.
1. Incident Report – Basic 2 / Fire Service Casualties
In Basic Info 2 (Figure 1), you can select “There were fire service casualties” to be able to access the NFIRS Fire Service Casualties module (Figure 2) to track exposure or potential exposure to patients with flu-like symptoms.
The following Reports are available to track Fire Service Casualties:
1630 – Fire Service Casualty Detail for Incident Type and Date Range
315 – Fire Service Casualties per Incident for Date Range
2. Incident Report – Basic 5 / Dispatch Determinants
On Basic Info 5, for Dispatch Determinant (Figure 3), you can select “36 – Flu-Like Symptoms (Possible H1N1)”.
This dataset comes from the Medical Priority Dispatch System (MPDS). It is a unified system used to dispatch appropriate aid to medical emergencies including systematized caller interrogation and pre-arrival instructions. Priority Dispatch Corporation is licensed to design and publish MPDS and its various products. ER has licensed this list for use here, and thus cannot be edited to include COVID-19. We recommend using the next closest choice, “36 – Flu-Like Symptoms (Possible H1N1)”. Because this field is part of the Incidents Advanced Search, it is particularly helpful when used with our mapping feature to visually depict incident locations with patients exhibiting flu-like symptoms.
You can utilize Incidents > Advanced Search > Dispatch Determinant (Figure 4) to find all incidents where this information has been captured.
Bonus Tip: Toggling to Map View (Figure 5) will be able to help you visualize the above responses as well.
3. Incident Report – NEMSIS 3 ePCR (EMS Only)
On the Patient Care panel > Initial Assessment > Impressions (Figure 6), certain states are allowing the following ICD-10 codes to be selected:
Z20.9 COVID-19 – Contact/Suspected Exposure Concern
B97.29 Other coronavirus as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere
Z20.828 Contact with and (suspected) exposure to other viral communicable diseases
The following report that can be used to see incidents where the above Impression(s) were selected:
1747 – Breakdown by Provider’s Primary Impression for Date Range (NEMSIS 3 Incidents Only)
If you do not see these options available for selection in your account, please reach out to Support so we can work with your state EMS Data Manager on getting them added for you.
4. Incident Report – Custom Questions Tab
Custom questions can be added into the Incident module via Administration > User Defined Fields (Figure 7). Some example questions for consideration:
Does the patient present with COVID-19 like symptoms?
Did the patient recently travel outside the United States (within the last two weeks)?
Within two weeks of symptom onset, did the patient state they had close contact with someone exhibiting similar symptoms or a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19?
Reports that can be run to extract the above data:
1703 – Response Percentage for Custom Question for Personnel for Incident Type for Date Range
1692 – Incident Custom Question Answer Summary by Incident Type for Zone for Date Range with Custom Questions
1664 – Incident List per User-Defined Field for Incident Type for Date Range for Personnel
970 – Incident List per User-Defined Field for Date Range for Station
805 – Incident Count per User-Defined Fields for Date Range
Emergency Reporting is here to assist you during this difficult time. Please reach out to our support team if you have any questions or need help implementing any of the above. Click here to download the PDF version to share with your entire team.
Stay safe and thank you for being part of the Emergency Reporting Family.