We understand that you may be looking to the Emergency Care & Safety Institute (ECSI) for direction and recommendations regarding emergency care training during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We remain committed to supporting your efforts to prioritize safety for your Education Centers and students. We encourage all Education Centers to closely monitor local, national, and international developments and guidance offered by officials and trustworthy authorities on these matters.
Practice Preventative Actions
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, until further notice, we believe it is necessary that you take actions and precautions beyond those currently offered in our ECSI instructor’s manual. We ask that you closely follow both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) preventative actions and guidance during training and actual emergency response. Given the current health crisis, please note that the guidance and direction offered by national and local health officials takes precedence over any instructions or suggestions in our manual.
Discuss Alternative Options with Students and Instructors
Instructors and students should discuss postponing training/certification. We recognize that the work that you do is incredibly important and training is a key part of keeping others in your community alive and well, but we strongly suggest that you do everything possible to mitigate risks to yourself and others by closely following guidance offered by the CDC and WHO and your local health officials.
If you wish to reinforce the cognitive components of any of our emergency care courses, we suggest utilizing our online Interactive courses at this time.
Be Vigilant About Cleaning Protocols and Guidance on Social Distancing
The COVID-19 outbreak is largely due to the highly contagious nature of the virus. Cleaning recommendations offered just a few weeks ago may now be obsolete. If you decide that you must conduct training, it is essential that you constantly monitor ongoing updates from the CDC, WHO and health officials and carefully follow their recommendations. This includes, but is not limited to, environmental cleaning and disinfecting recommendations offered by the CDC when preparing for the course, during the course, and at the close of the course. For a list of suitable disinfectants, please refer to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) list of approved disinfectants against SARS-CoV-2. Similarly, you should implement social distancing during training, as recommended by the CDC, WHO and other public health officials, and you should not allow the attendance of students or instructors if they have had any signs of illness within 24 hours prior to the course.
Evaluate Your Preparedness
We urge you to carefully evaluate, and determine with input from your management and local officials, whether you are fully prepared with all necessary precautions and safety protocols, prior to conducting any trainings during the current COVID-19 pandemic. ECSI assumes no obligation for assessing the pandemic readiness of any center; this determination must be carefully made by each Education Center, assuming full responsibility for its operations. We cannot stress enough the importance of giving careful and thorough consideration to this determination.
Provide Proper Guidance for Performing CPR
We recommend that you consult with your employer, regulatory authority, and other health officials for updated protocols when performing CPR.
Course Completion Card Extension
ECSI will allow a 60-day extension of the validity of our course completion cards for those who are unable to access training during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please note, while ECSI approves this extension, individuals will still need to seek approval from the entity that accepts their ECSI course completion cards (their employer, appropriate regulatory body, etc.). The decision to accept an ECSI course completion card past the expiration date is ultimately at their discretion.
To stay up-to-date on the latest information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) websites. If you have questions regarding a special training circumstance, please contact our Membership Office at 978-639-3590 (ext. 4).
Thank you for doing your part to help keep our communities safe. Please do your absolute best to keep yourself safe, as well.
*Last Updated: 3/19/2020