COVID-19 Updates

We will be posting updates from NSP offices about changes and adjustments that our staff and programs are making in response to the shifting situation around COVID-19.

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NSP training and testing during Coronavirus pandemic
UPDATE May 14, 2020

As the situation around the Coronavirus pandemic and local responses to it evolve, NSP and OEC leadership are meeting frequently with Chuck Allen, D.O., the National Medical Advisor, and Bill DeVarney, the National OEC Program Director, to discuss how the pandemic may affect OEC courses and refreshers this summer and fall.

Our aim is to remain flexible and adapt to changing local and regional restrictions, while providing consistent guidance and standards to instructors and supervisors. At this point, OEC courses and refreshers should

  • Comply with state and local restrictions, local medical guidelines and CDC guidance regarding policies on social distancing, cleaning and sanitation, and protective clothing (face coverings, gloves, etc.)
  • Maintain NSP’s standard of training
  • Take all reasonable precautions to keep our members safe

Conversations among NSP leadership and OEC supervisors will continue throughout the next several months to discuss possible options and strategies for continuing with OEC courses and refreshers based on the range of local restrictions and guidelines.

These scenarios may include:

  • Flexibility in the certification timeline
  • Adaptations for in-person teaching and/or testing
  • Resources and direction for additional online materials

The new OEC6 online resources provide opportunities to conduct much of the OEC training online; however, practical skills and testing currently still require the ability to gather in person. The National OEC Committee and National Medical Committee will continue to monitor the situation and provide adapted guidance on this issue as necessary.

There are things we encourage patrollers and instructors to do now, regardless of restrictions on gathering.

  • Order your new OEC6 book! They are shipping now, so you can spend the summer getting familiar with the updated text. Click here to access NSP’s pricing from our publisher JBL.
  • When your Refresher Workbook arrives (sometime in late June), complete the online portion of the refresher via the LMS.
  • Instructors – access the instructor information about OEC6 on the LMS when it is available.
  • Stay up to date on new information regarding OEC6, courses and Refresher information on the OEC6 tab of nsp.org, accessible on the Member Homepage.

As leadership develops directions and options, we will share them via email, on the public website on the COVID-19 Updates page, and on the Member Homepage and Member News pages of nsp.org.

NSP’s Lakewood, Colo. office remains partially closed with most staff working remotely; NSP Online Store is open and shipping orders
As local restrictions have begun to relax, and Colorado is functioning under a “safer-at-home” direction, some NSP staff are returning to the Lakewood office, while most continue to work remotely. All staff have access to email and voicemail and are working normal hours. The NSP Online Store is open and shipping out orders.

Information from the CDC about cloth masks
In light of new data about how COVID-19 spreads, along with evidence of widespread COVID-19 illness in communities across the country, CDC recommends that people wear a cloth face covering to cover their nose and mouth in the community setting. This is to protect people around you if you are infected but do not have symptoms. Click here to download their information sheet about cloth masks and why to wear them, and here for information about how to safely wear and take off cloth masks.

rom NSP’s National Medical Advisor

American Heart Association article discussing CPR in the COVID-19 crisis has been published with link below. The take away points that I find relevant to OEC trained providers:

  1. Scene safety – needs to be emphasized. During an epidemic it is imperative to protect yourself and other rescuers. Understand the use of proper PPE (link provided below for current CDC recommendations of appropriate PPE).
  2. Chest compressions and positive pressure ventilation (ie. Bag valve mask ventilations, mouth to mouth or mouth to device ventilations) are potentially aerosolizing procedures.
  3. Strong consideration of compression only CPR with a simple mask over the patient and the rescuer.
  4. AED use appears low risk & saves lives; strong consideration for use of simple mask and gloves.

Please discuss these with your local medical advisor and area management for consideration in your local protocols.

Charles O. Allen, DO, FACOEP
NSP National Medical Advisor

OEC Course Cancellations
NSP is providing full refunds to course participants whose courses have been cancelled due to these precautions. If instructors plan to cancel a course, please change the end date of the course to the day of cancellation and then go through the regular process of marking the course “complete (IOR)” and responding to the auto-generated course-closure email (IT). Please mark the students as “incomplete” and include a general note that the course closure is a cancellation due to Covid-19. The National Office will then process refunds for the student roster.

Any non-fee course, that was not completed, should be cancelled by the IOR.  Then enrolled students do not receive course credit.