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Protect Yourself From Flu

Last updated: January 19, 2018, 12:14 pm

California and Contra Costa are seeing high levels of flu activity. We remind the community to take the following steps to prevent the spread of flu.

  • Get your flu vaccine
  • Clean hands often with soap and water or with hand sanitizer
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Stay home when you’re sick

People with flu like symptoms should call their health plan's Advice Nurses to get help with self-care or to help them decide if they need to visit an urgent care clinic, make an appointment with their health care provider or go to an emergency room. Rarely is emergency room needed for flu or respiratory issues.

Contra Costa Health Plan members and Contra Costa residents who do not have health coverage can call 1-877-661-6230 and select option 1 to speak to an Advice Nurse.

See more information about flu and flu prevention.

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Advice Nurse Flu Flyer

From the Medical Director

As EMS Medical Director, I welcome comments and concerns about EMS medical issues from interested prehospital personnel or the public in general. Your input helps improve our system.

Below I have listed a couple of topics that I have been asked about in the past. Rather than share these with just an individual, I am posting these for all to review.

Why don‘t we use nasotracheal intubation in Contra Costa?

There simply are not enough patients with need for nasotracheal intubation to allow for adequate experience levels among paramedics, and no training devices that I feel are adequate to train paramedics in the absence of hands-on experience.

There is also no good mechanism to allow medics with experience in other counties or states to do this, yet not allow others to do it.

Can we streamline base contact for trauma calls?

Yes. We have developed a standardized trauma report format that will allow both field and base personnel to have an understanding of what is expected in a trauma report.
(copy of the trauma report format) (PDF)

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David Goldstein
Medical Director