Now common practice in the workplace, some even adhered to it before the pandemic: physical distancing. The rescue service also resorts to the preventive measures at the station: "We now adhere to physical distancing guidelines and, if we cannot keep the minimum distance, we are required to wear a mask.”
But emergency missions with patient contact have changed. Special caution is required, and careful consideration is important: "Today we read the mission reports with a sharper eye and consider beforehand whether extended protective measures are necessary. As a matter of principle, all staff members wear a FFP2 mask and protective gloves when they have contact with patients. If a COVID-19 infection is suspected, protective goggles and gowns are added."
Most of the processes for disinfection existed already before the pandemic. However, due to SARS-CoV-2, disinfection takes place more often: "The disinfection measures after a mission have remained the same. We have standard procedures. If COVID-19 was suspected in a patient, we disinfect the entire vehicle according to these guidelines. This has increased because the number of suspected cases has risen. The organisational effort has also increased: It is difficult to get the necessary protective equipment and to always have sufficient quantities in stock."