Comprehensive Monitoring Pinpoints 911 Dispatch Inefficiencies, Leading to Communication and Deployment Improvements That Increase Cardiac Arrest Survival
A collaborative effort to develop an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest registry and change 911 call routing and ambulance deployment processes led to a significant improvement in the cardiac arrest survival rate in Atlanta.
Emergency Medical Technician Screening of Rural-Dwelling Older Adults Enhances Access to Needed Health and Social Services
Emergency medical technicians screen rural-dwelling older adults for depression, medication-related problems, and falls. A case manager follows up with at-risk individuals to conduct an in-home assessment and provide needed referrals, leading to enhanced access to medical and social services and high levels of satisfaction.
Emergency Medical Technicians Use Checklist To Identify Intoxicated Individuals who Can Safely Go to Detoxification Facility Rather Than Emergency Department
Trained emergency medical technicians use a checklist to identify intoxicated individuals who can safely be transported directly to a local detoxification facility, thus avoiding expensive visits to crowded, resource-constrained emergency departments.
Trained Paramedics Provide Ongoing Support to Frequent 911 Callers, Reducing Use of Ambulance and Emergency Department Services
An emergency medical system provider uses advance practice paramedics to provide in-home and telephone-based support to patients who frequently call 911, reducing the use of ambulance and emergency department services.
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.
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.
Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters: What Rescue Workers Can Do
This booklet describes what police, fire, and other first responders can do to help children who experience trauma due to violence or disaster.
Improving on Transitions of Care: How to Implement and Evaluate a Plan
This guide helps health care institutions develop and implement processes for sending and receiving patients from one care setting to another. The information and plans provided allow institutions to measure their performance in transitions of care and identify areas for improvement.