COVID-19 Update

Posted October 13, 2020

VT Travel Restrictions

The State of Vermont is restricting travel based upon county of origin and the number of COVID-19 cases per million residents. Click here to learn more and see the map which is updated every Tuesday.  

Posted October 2, 2020

CT Ski Area Association COVID-19 Operational Guidelines

The four Connecticut alpine ski resorts has released their 2020-21 season operating guidelines. Click here to see the document. 

Posted September 27, 2020

NSAA-NSP Webinar: Ski Patrol Challenges in the Age of COVID recording is available

NSP Executive Director Meegan Moszynski helped lead an NSAA panel to address challenges related to ski patrol operations this winter—both guest safety and patroller safety. The panel discussed NSP's response to COVID, and guidelines for areas as they contemplate issues around training, in-clinic treatments, on-mountain injury response, locker rooms and indoor patrol first aid rooms, face coverings and PPE, lift evacuation training challenges, and quarantine requirements. The panel heard from ski patrol directors, and addressed experiences from areas who re-opened late spring, and the successes and challenges of this summer’s operations. You can hear a recording of the session here.

Posted September 7, 2020

National Ski Areas Association: Ski Well, Be Well

The NSAA developed Ski Well, Be Well a document that outlines ski area operating best practices for ski areas during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can find it here.  

Ski Well Be Well

Posted August 26, 2020

Updated NSP Guidelines--PPE and Program Guidelines

PPE & Mask Recommendations (8/25/20)

"In accordance with CDC guidelines, NSP patrollers, while on duty, should wear an appropriate, comfortable, and well-fitting mask covering the mouth and nose at all times when interacting with the public or treating a patient.
 

Note: A bandana or thick neck warmer or balaclava is not felt to be adequate protection for patrollers while on duty.

Examples of specific situations and the appropriate mask would be:

  • A three-layer cloth or surgical style mask should be worn in lift lines, the lodge or any situation where social distancing cannot be maintained.

  • A surgical style mask or a N95 respirator mask should be worn when providing first aid to an individual.

  • A N95 respirator mask and eye protection should be worn when involved in aerosolizing procedures.

 

Additionally, all patrollers while providing first aid to an individual should use PPE, including gloves, eye shields, and gowns as appropriate for the situation and location."

Click here to read the complete Recommendation for Masks and PPE

Program-Specific Guidelines: (8/25/20) 

OEC and MTR Program leadership have created guidelines specifically for their programs. Please review, as much of this can be translated into other programs we administer in our region. 

Click here for OEC Course Delivery Guidelines during COVID

Click here for MTR Course Delivery Guidelines for the Pandemic Era

Click here for Nordic/Backcountry Course Delivery Guidelines for the Pandemic Era

Click here for Avalanche Course Delivery COVID-19 Guidelines

Posted August 14, 2020

Disinfecting Public and Patient Treatment Areas

Here are a couple interesting articles worth a few minutes of your time regarding some issues that warrant consideration when thinking about ways to disinfect our patrol rooms as well as other areas at our ski areas.

Potential health issues regarding the use of disinfectants from the Insurance Journal. Courtesy of Kathy Fitzpatrick, our CT Region Safety Advisor.

Discussion of the pros and cons of the use of UV sanitizing from Discover. Courtesy of Melinda Mingus, MD, our Eastern Division Safety Advisor and CT Region Medical Advisor

Posted June 1, 2020

Task Force for Continuity of Operations-Eastern Division
by Cal Goldsmith, Division Director

 

We are all experiencing stressful times.  I thought it worthwhile to let you know some of what we are doing to help address the Covid-19 pandemic from the perspective of ski patrol, be it refreshers, training or patrolling.
 
The Eastern Division is actively working to develop and provide guidance to our members, and to be as prepared as we can be for this coming challenging season.  I have convened a group of 16 experienced, diverse patrollers/leaders from the Eastern Division in a Continuity of Operations Task Force-Eastern Division (Under Pressure).  Fondly known as the COOPED UP Task Force (thank you Ed McNamara for that), we are functioning as a think tank to understand first, and then address policies and procedures and protocols for our season while patrolling and while training.  We are also looking at financial impacts and issues we may face, and administrative decisions we will face, including how our meetings will occur, what events will be held, and if held what will they look like. Much of our work may just be coordinating the dissemination of information coming from our National's own extensive efforts to provide guidance, which is fine. We don't need to be inventing wheels.  Our goal is not to do everything ourselves, but rather to make sure we are considering everything we can and not to be faced with difficult-to-deal-with surprises in the fall and winter.   What we develop will be passed on to National as well, so they don't have to invent wheels necessarily either.  As we get information on how to operate, then we will turn to our Program Supervisors and Advisors under the guidance of our Region Directors to implement those measures bringing all the information to our patrollers. 
 
We are paying special attention, as you might wish, to our Medical Advisors led by Dr. Eric Silva, our Eastern Division Medical Advisor.  Dr. Silva has also convened a group made up of our Region Medical Advisors to share information, discuss and debate the protocols and precautions we should heed during the coming season.  Dr. Silva is on our Task Force and will be key to many of the decisions we make.  The role of ski patrol medical advisor has rapidly developed to now be in the forefront of what we are doing, and we are very appreciative of their efforts and willingness to take on this role during obviously stressful times for them.
 
Eastern Division has a wealth of knowledge and talent to draw on in this crisis.   We will get through it and will ski and patrol next season.  We will issue our guidance documents and decisions as they  become available from us and/or the National office, and we are aware that time is of the essence.

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Posted May 21, 2020

Click here for information regarding CPR Training, from the American Heart Association.

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COVID-19 Resource List

Some valuable resources for timely and reliable information on the coronavirus and COVID-19 are:

Click here to go to the NSP COVID-19 Update page

Don & Doff PPE

For a video demonstration of how to don and doff your PPE, click below

https://youtu.be/quwzg7Vixsw

For printable instructions on don/doff procedures produced by the CDC that you could put in a manual, hang on the wall, etc. click below

https://www.cdc.gov/hai/pdfs/ppe/ppe-sequence.pdf 

Federal Healthcare Resilience Task Force EMS/Prehospital Team: COVID-19 Testing for First Responders - New July 10, 2020

Read this excellent article on how viruses are spread -- New, May 27, 2020

The Risks - Know Them - Avoid Them, by Dr. Erin S. Bromage

State of CT Reopening Guidelines for the June 17, 2020 "reopening"

business.ct.gov/recovery

CDC's Coronavirus website:

Get the Facts: http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

How to Protect Yourself and Others: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

 

For Data:

Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

https://coronavirus.jhu.edu

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america

For Research:

The NNT (Number Needed to Treat) talks about interpretation of statistical efficacy of drug interventions.

https://www.thennt.com

And a Doctor/Patroller Recommends

Ninja Nerd Medicine:

https://www.youtube.com/ninjanerdmedicine

For CT NSP Regional  information contact:

Skip Mudge

For website information contact:

john@synergysolutions.team