Paramedics' Adoption of Established Tool to Measure a Child's Weight Enhances Accuracy of Drug Dosing for Resuscitations
Emergency management services workers who use an established tool to measure a child's weight administer more accurate doses of emergency medications to pediatric patients.
Patient Flow Improvements Eliminate Ambulance Diversions and Reduce Waiting Times for Inpatient Beds
A hospital used a multipronged strategy to reduce delays in patient admission and discharge, eliminating ambulance diversions and reducing waiting times for patients who require inpatient admission.
Protocols, 24-Hour Neurologist Access, and Ongoing Training Lead to More Patients Receiving Timely Stroke Diagnosis and Treatment
A comprehensive initiative to improve stroke care features protocols to facilitate faster evaluation and diagnosis, quick administration of tissue plasminogen activator when indicated, 24-hour access to a neurologist, enhanced discharge planning, improved documentation and data collection, continuous staff training, and community outreach, leading to more timely administration of appropriate diagnostic tests and treatment and to many more eligible patients receiving tissue plasminogen activator.
Statewide Initiative Focuses on Early Diagnosis, Care Team Activation, and Patient Transfer, Leading to More Timely Treatment for Heart Attack Patients
A statewide program in North Carolina promotes early initiation of evidence-based heart attack treatment through collaboration with trained paramedics and partnerships between and within hospitals, leading to earlier initiation of therapy and faster transfer of patients.
Early Activation of Acute Myocardial Infarction Team Reduces Time Between Emergency Department Arrival and Start of Angioplasty Procedure
The University of Michigan Health System redesigned the process for activating its acute myocardial infarction team, with an emphasis on the earliest possible electrocardiogram administration and team activation, ideally while the patient is en route to the hospital.
Mission: Lifeline Tools and Resources
Community Paramedic Evaluation Tool
This Web site provides hospitals and health systems tools and resources to improve their systems of care when responding to a patient with STEMI or out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
The Community Paramedic Evaluation Tool is a self-assessment tool to be used by communities that wish to assess the current status of their paramedicine program.
Detoxification Center Evaluation Checklist
The Detoxification Center Evaluation checklist can be used to evaluate intoxicated individuals to determine if they need to go to the emergency department or can safely be transported directly to a county detoxification facility.
Psychological First Aid: Field Operations Guide, 2nd Edition
This guide is an evidence-informed modular approach for assisting people in the immediate aftermath of disaster and terrorism, to reduce initial distress and to foster short- and long-term adaptive functioning.
Cultural Competency: Training Tools for Physicians and Others
The Office of Minority Health in the Department of Health and Human Services offers a series of training tools for physicians and others.