Archives for October 2011

EMS Hospital Alerts

Tweet This is a follow up to Handling the Under-Triaged Patient. Because some patients require time-dependent interventions more than others, certain ones are assigned an “alert” designation.  This creates a streamlined process to minimize delays in triage and registration.  Specialists from other areas of the hospital, or possibly at home, come to the emergency department […]

Drunken Ambulance Drivers

Tweet We may as well be.  That’s one of the findings discussed in Danial Patterson’s study about sleep deprivation in EMS, which is thoroughly described by Rogue Medic.  EMS World Magazine has also covered this topic recently. A few articles can be found  here, here, and here. I don’t know what happened to the EMT […]

Handling the Under-Triaged Patient

Tweet How often does this happen? We deliver a patient to the hospital who we believe is seriously ill, and a triage nurse assigns them to the waiting room or unattended hallway bed. We should be advocates for our patients, but there is a fine line between being an advocate and a jerk.  The key […]

We Can’t Control Who Calls Us, But…

Tweet We can control how we respond to those calls. About a year and a half ago I attended a screening of the film Firestorm, a documentary about the low-acuity calls that paramedics in the city of Los Angeles respond to.  Ambulances and fire trucks went screaming lights-and-sirens to each call and transported most of […]