04/20/10 117 W - + 3 - 3 Patient Shifting Starts in Louisville

Firegeezer yesterday blogged about patient shifting, a program that's starting in Louisville. Only Richmond has also fully implemented past the pilot program phase, at least in terms of cities in the United States. The protocol of transferring a small number of lowest-priority EMS calls to a nurse, instead of immediately dispatching an ambulance, is widely used in the United Kingdom and Australia. Sounds sensible to me. Let the nurse direct complaints of headache or stomach ache, for example, to the most appropriate avenue, and which may exclude a trip to the emergency room. Perhaps our paramedical readers can offer perspectives. Or even our paranormal readers, for that matter. Read more from Firegeezer.

MEDIC in Mecklenburg County currently will dispatch the call but with the info they receive afterwards can downgrade the call to an omega response, which transfers the patient to a nurse’s line if need be
Engine man (Email) - 04/22/10 - 17:59

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