Health Intelligence

EMS-specific Information on Emerging Health Issues

These updates are provided under the direction of our medical advisors by FirstWatch as a service to all prehospital and public health providers. This page was last updated on January 30th 2018.

These updates are provided by Pam Farber, RN, EMT-P using data from various public health, government, academic and other resources and include links to the source information, for those wishing more detail.

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