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Statewide Initiative Focuses on Early Diagnosis, Care Team Activation, and Patient Transfer, Leading to More Timely Treatment for Heart Attack Patients 4/23/2014
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.
Emergency Medical Technician Screening of Rural-Dwelling Older Adults Enhances Access to Needed Health and Social Services 3/12/2014
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 3/12/2014
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 1/29/2014
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.
Paramedics' Adoption of Established Tool to Measure a Child's Weight Enhances Accuracy of Drug Dosing for Resuscitations 11/20/2013
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.
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Mission: Lifeline Tools and Resources 8/28/2013
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.

Community Paramedic Evaluation Tool 5/22/2013
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 3/13/2013
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 12/19/2012
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 7/20/2011
The Office of Minority Health in the Department of Health and Human Services offers a series of training tools for physicians and others.

Last updated: April 23, 2014.