Patrol Chatter

It seems a little unusual in sending out a weekly chatter note based on everything that is going on and I apologize if you take exception.

We are a Team that has suddenly been separated from each other with no closure or the ability to share our thoughts, concerns, and fears about the current COVID 19 situation. It can affect us all of us in different ways, financially, emotionally or even a health risk.

We need to communicate and see how as Team members we may be able to reach out and support each others. This may be difficult for some as we are in new terriority and turmoil creates a fear of the unknown.

I am reminded of this quote:

Great teams do not hold back with one another. They are unafraid to air their dirty laundry. They admit their mistakes, their weaknesses and their concerns without fear of reprisal.” — Patrick Lencioni

As a Team, I challenge you to offer your thoughts , concerns, and a personal update as to your well being.

All you need to do is to email drozzi@nsnsp.org and it will get posted for the benefit of all.

Strong work, Strong Team

Patrol Update

We have been advised that Northstar will not reopen for this season and will keep you posted on any future access to the mountain in order to get your equipment and clean out your locker.

dave

Ski Patrol Guidance COVID 19

As first responders, we want to make sure you have all the information you may need if you encounter someone who is experiencing flu like symptoms.  We will be covering the highlights through in-person trainings for the next couple morning meetings.

Here are our morning meeting talking points and the active links to resources from the CDC:

·         Refresh on Standard and Transmission- Based Precautions.

(https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/guidelines/isolation/)

o   The CDC recommends Standard Precautions for the care of all patients, regardless of their diagnosis or presumed infection status. 

§  Standard Precautions apply to 1) blood; 2) all body fluids, secretions, and excretions, except sweat, regardless of whether or not they contain visible blood; 3) non-intact skin; and 4) mucous membranes. Standard precautions are designed to reduce the risk of transmission of microorganisms from both recognized and unrecognized sources of infection.

·         Standard precautions includes the use of: hand washing, appropriate personal protective equipment such as gloves, gowns, masks, whenever touching or exposure to patients’ body fluids is anticipated.

§  Transmission-Based Precautions (i.e., Airborne Precautions, Droplet Precautions, and Contact Precautions), are recommended to provide additional precautions beyond Standard Precautions to interrupt transmission of pathogens in hospitals. 

·         Transmission-based precautions can be used for patients with known or suspected to be infected or colonized with epidemiologically important pathogens that can be transmitted by airborne or droplet transmission or by contact with dry skin or contaminated surfaces. These precautions should be used in addition to standard precautions.

o   Airborne Precautions used for infections spread in small particles in the air such as chicken pox.

o   Droplet Precautions used for infections spread in large droplets by coughing, talking, or sneezing such as influenza, COVID 19.

o   Contact Precautions used for infections spread by skin to skin contact or contact with other surfaces such as herpes simplex virus.

·         Airborne Precautions, Droplet Precautions, and Contact Precautions. May be combined for diseases that have multiple routes of transmission. When used either singularly or in combination, they are to be used in addition to Standard Precautions.

o   Training on COVID 19 signs, symptoms and transmission.

o   CDC guidance on COVID-19 virus for first responders in the US (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-for-ems.html.  This includes:

·         Use of appropriate PPE before caring for patient(s) suspected of having COVID-19

o   A single pair of disposable patient examination gloves. Change gloves if they become torn or heavily contaminated

o   Respiratory protection (i.e., N-95 or higher-level respirator)

o   Eye protection (i.e., goggles or disposable face shield that fully covers the front and sides of the face).  Acceptable practice is to use snowsports goggles. 

o   Application of facemask to patient.   If a nasal cannula is in place, a facemask should be worn over the nasal cannula. Alternatively, an oxygen mask can be used if clinically indicated.

o   Limiting number of providers to essential personnel to minimize exposure

·         Ensure there is enough stock of required PPE.  Order adequate stock as needed to get through the remainder of the season.

We don’t want to be over-alarming, but we want to be well informed and have all the resources available.

Kolina Coe

Instructor Training

Team,

We would appreciate a response from those that are interested in becoming an OEC or OET instructor . We have tentatively set a class for Sat 4/5. Online preparation is required but the class on Sat should be completed by 1:00. As always this requires time and coordination, so if interested please respond to me drozzi@nsnsp.org by Monday 3/9.

If any questions about the process, please contact me as I will be the Instructor for that event.

Dave

Patrol Update 3/2

Team,

We are fortunate again this year to host the Women’s Toboggan clinic this upcoming weekend 3/7 and 3/8 with the help, support and coordination from Kolina and Fanelli.

We can use the extra help on the mountain for coverage so please check your schedule and sign up. This is also a great opportunity weekend to continue Toboggan refreshing for those that have not participated already.

dave

Patrol Update

Team,

As a policy reminder, guests and family members are not allowed in the Bumps. It is our workplace environment where business is conducted and not conducive to the public.

Guests and family members are approved for joining you at  closing as long as they remain with the Patroller and have the ability to  safely and adequately ski/board the terrain and can be timely in completing sweep.

Dave