By Mike McEvoy
Federal Law requires every fire department, ambulance, and emergency response organization to have a designated infection control officer (DICO). Until now, there has been no single source for DICO training, assistance, or resources. The National Association for Public Safety Infection Control Officers (NAPSICO) is a new non-profit association established to give public safety leaders, departments, and DICOs the tools needed to develop and manage an effective infection control program in their department. NAPSICO utilizes an evidence-based approach to providing the training and resources needed to facilitate appropriate policy and procedure development and cost-benefit analyses related to infection control and workplace wellness. Visit www.napsico.org for information about the association and membership.
MIKE McEVOY, PhD, NRP, RN, CCRN, is the EMS coordinator for Saratoga County, New York, and the EMS editor for Fire Engineering. He is a cardiac surgery ICU nurse, chairs the resuscitation committee at Albany Medical Center, is the chief medical officer for West Crescent Fire, and is a paramedic supervisor in Clifton Park.