Posted July 17, 2020
NSP's COVID-19 Response
An NSP task force comprised of NSP's National Medical Advisor, OEC Program Director, National Board Executive Committee, Education Committee Chair, and NSP staff has been meeting weekly over the last several months to review current medical evidence and best practices to develop direction for NSP members. The document, NSP’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, provides general information, talking points, FAQs and resources for consideration as your patrol prepares for the upcoming season. Each patrol will need to work with its own area management and local authorities to develop a plan, protocols and procedures appropriate to its own setting and circumstances. In addition to the link above, you can also download the document from the COVID-19 page on the NSP website.
Posted June 12, 2020
Follow the links below for the latest COVID-19 Guidelines from the Eastern Division
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.
May 21, 2020: Click here for information regarding CPR Training, from the American Heart Association.
COVID-19 Resource List
Some valuable resources for timely and reliable information on the coronavirus and COVID-19 are:
Don & Doff PPE
For a video demonstration of how to don and doff your PPE, click below
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
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"
CDC's Coronavirus website:
Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
The NNT (Number Needed to Treat) talks about interpretation of statistical efficacy of drug interventions.
And a Doctor/Patroller Recommends
Ninja Nerd Medicine: