Table 1

 Key questions used in the semi-structured interviews

1) Are you aware of any National Department of Health policy or regulations regarding prevention of contagious disease transmission in EMS work?
2) What percentage of these regulations have you implemented?
3) Have you developed a provincial policy on infection control specific to EMS?
4) Does your provincial EMS service provide personal protective equipment to protect active-duty personnel from contagious disease transmission? What types of PPE are provided? Is training provided on its use?
5) Does your province have a clearly prescribed procedure for post response decontamination of vehicles, disposal of linen and sharps containers?
6) How much of time is dedicated to infection control training in formal education for ECPs? Does your provincial EMS service provide in-service lectures, teaching active-duty personnel protection from contagious disease transmission?