Preparing for Flu Season: Adding BD Triplex to your Toolkit
During the event on September 21, we heard from Washington Fire Chiefs who plan to implement BD Triplex into their day-to-day services.
We covered questions like:
- How does the test work?
- How do we administer the test with a patient?
- What are the steps to implementing BD Triplex?
- What are the most common use cases?
- What are the challenges to implementing BD Triplex?
- What does a draft protocol & care narrative look like for Triplex testing?
BD Triplex is a powerful new tool for diagnosing respiratory illness at point-of-care. Watch the video above to learn more about this technology and how it can be a crucial part of your care delivery.
The Critical Role First Responders play in Public Health: Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
On March 9, 2023, Dr. Michael Sayre and Chief Shaun Ford joined us for the first WA COVID-19 Learning Network event, “The Critical Role First Responders Play in Public Health: Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.”
Watch the entire presentation or jump to specific topics from the session by clicking through our index below.
Video Index. Hear Dr. Sayre and Chief Ford respond to these questions:
- How did your agency make the decision to get involved in pandemic response and provide COVID-19 testing & vaccine services to your community? (Dr. Sayre)
- What was it like in the early days for a rural community? What was the pandemic response like? (Chief Ford)
- How did you leverage existing infrastructure for hazard response to address the pandemic? What worked and what didn’t? (Chief Ford)
- Can you walk us through the OTC (over-the-counter) distribution of tests that you’ve done in partnership with DOH and what the community response has been like? (Chief Ford)
- What are the key takeaways and best practices from your experience with providing testing and vaccination services? (Dr. Sayre)
- In 50 years, will we look back at the COVID-19 pandemic and say, “this was a turning point in how Fire and EMS provide services to the community?” If yes, how so? (Dr. Sayre and Chief Ford)
- What should labor and management address now prior to our next major public health emergency? (Dr. Sayre and Chief Ford)
- What about the third rail: the vaccine mandate and enforcement? (Dr. Sayre and Chief Ford)
- How do we focus on the health and well-being of our employees when we are asking more of them? (Dr. Sayre and Chief Ford)
- Why is it critical to foster partnerships with other public health agencies before the next big emergency strikes? (Deputy Chief Tyreman, Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority)
Meet the Speakers
Dr. Michael Sayre
Medical Director, Seattle Medic One, Seattle Fire Department & Emergency Department Physician, Harborview Medical Center
Michael Sayre serves as Medical Director for the Seattle Fire Department, works as an emergency physician at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, and contributes to the Resuscitation Academy and the Global Resuscitation Alliance. He is the Medical Director for the University of Washington Michael K. Copass Paramedic Training Program and a faculty member for the University of Washington EMS Medicine Fellowship. He is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Washington.
Chief Shaun Ford
EMS Division Chief, Camas-Washougal Fire Department & EMS Section Chair of Washington Fire Chief Association
Ford recently joined Camas-Washougal Fire Department as their EMS Division Chief. Most recently, Ford served as Chief for North Country EMS and Clark County Fire District 13 in Yacolt, WA, and was in this role for five years. Prior to this, he was the Training Division Chief for North Country EMS, the EMS Division Chief for Clark County and has been a Firefighter/Paramedic in Idaho and Oregon during his eighteen year career. Shaun holds a Master of Public Administration degree from DeVry University and a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Service Engineering from Eastern Kentucky University.
About the learning network
The Learning Network is a platform for First Responder agencies. It promotes learning, fosters the spread of best practices, and examines sustainability of services in partnership with the Washington state Department of Health.
The Learning Network is a free and open resource for all Washington based First Responders – both those enrolled in WA COVID-19 and those not enrolled. All are welcome to participate, learn, and share.
We provide resources and one-to-one technical assistance to help you educate community members on why testing matters and how they can test themselves for COVID-19. Knowing when to isolate, especially when other vulnerable individuals may be involved, is critical to protecting community health.
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