We have been working extensively with our comprehensive risk management provider, Ellis & Associates, and at the direction of their medical director staff will be implementing updated response levels for our lifeguard teams.
Some items that are specific to changes in lifeguard response are as follows:
- All lifeguard teams will be provided with additional PPE when responding to aquatic emergencies: HEPA/Viral filters will be placed on all rescue breathing devices to limit exposure to aerosols generated during a breathing or cardiac event, googles, face shields and surgical face masks will be provided in addition to gloves.
- During all training activities we will limit person to person contact and focus on the use of mannikins for practice of EAP drills. No airway practice will take on staff.
- Staff schedules will be staggered to limit congregation of staff.
- Staff will be scheduled in “teams” for both work and in-service trainings. This will limit exposure of large groups of staff. Group in-service trainings will be limited to 10-12 staff members with an instructor.
- Lifeguard staff will not use communal equipment for daily use.
- The following changes will be implemented:
- Each lifeguard will be issued a hip pack as part of their lifeguard uniform. The lifeguard will be expected to bring hip pack to and from all scheduled lifeguard shifts.
- Rescue tubes will be numbered and assigned to lifeguards at the start of their scheduled shift. They will utilize the same rescue tube throughout their entire shift. Rescue tubes will be thoroughly sanitized at the conclusion of each shift.
- Lifeguard stands will be sanitized between lifeguard rotations.
- All other equipment will be thoroughly sanitized between uses.
- During cleaning and sanitization of equipment and surfaces staff will be provided with appropriate PPE