Greg Postlewait

Proper documentation of transport units

We all know that patients are transported by ambulance.  From a documentation perspective, there are occurrences where zone cars are listed as the transport unit.  Having the correct transport unit documented is important to the Department but also each rescue squad.  Bumper numbers are used to track call volume,...

Patient signature no longer required for transports

A patient’s signature is no longer required when transporting a patient.  This includes patients less than 14 years of age.  It is still required to collect a signature for a refusal of evaluation, treatment, or transport, as it is today.  AIC signature is required by VaOEMS for all reports....

Documenting patients taken to triage/ED bypass location

Most of our patients are transported to the emergency department (ED) at a hospital where they are transferred to a bed.  Mothers in labor are taken directly to the hospital’s Labor & Delivery (L&D) department.  Certain cardiac patients may be taken directly to the catheterization laboratory (Cath Lab) for immediate...

Phoenix G2 Alerting App begins limited distribution

US Digital Designs (USDD) is the manufacturer of our station alerting system (Phoenix G2 or “Samantha”).  The company offers an app allowing users to receive dispatch notifications on their smartphone.  The app can subscribe to receive dispatches for individual units or stations.  The Fire Department has shared a limited...

Attention to detail: Hospital “sticker number”

Please ensure you obtain and enter the “sticker number” for your patient and accurately enter it into Elite.  Sentara identified hundreds of recent cases where the number was inaccurate or obviously wrong (e.g. 88888888-8888).  Entering all eight’s when you are unable to obtain a number must be the exception,...

Adding an Addendum to a patient care report

Once a report is locked (72 hours after being posted), it may not be edited or altered.  Additional information may be added to a locked report by adding an Addendum. (Remember that patient reports must be fully and accurately complete within 12 hours of the case per state regulation)...

Important review of Lifepak transmission procedures

A picture is worth a thousand words.  The picture below is from Physio-Control and displays the number of Lifepak transmissions to hospitals we made (left axis) in various months (bottom axis).  From 10/2016 – 12/2016 we transmitted significantly fewer 12-leads to the hospital, which corresponds to when we went...

Reporting requirements

When must a report be completed? Any time units are dispatched, whether patient contact is made or not, a PPCR (prehospital patient care report) must be completed in Elite.  This includes: Patient transports Patient refusals Death pronouncements Public Assistance Cancellations prior to arrival (by PD or Fire) Stand by...

Proper documentation of transport units

We all know that patients are transported by ambulance.  From a documentation perspective, there are occurrences where zone cars are listed as the transport unit.  Having the correct transport unit documented is important to the Department but also each rescue squad.  Bumper numbers are used to track call volume,...

Patient signature no longer required for transports

A patient’s signature is no longer required when transporting a patient.  This includes patients less than 14 years of age.  It is still required to collect a signature for a refusal of evaluation, treatment, or transport, as it is today.  AIC signature is required by VaOEMS for all reports....

Documenting patients taken to triage/ED bypass location

Most of our patients are transported to the emergency department (ED) at a hospital where they are transferred to a bed.  Mothers in labor are taken directly to the hospital’s Labor & Delivery (L&D) department.  Certain cardiac patients may be taken directly to the catheterization laboratory (Cath Lab) for immediate...

Phoenix G2 Alerting App begins limited distribution

US Digital Designs (USDD) is the manufacturer of our station alerting system (Phoenix G2 or “Samantha”).  The company offers an app allowing users to receive dispatch notifications on their smartphone.  The app can subscribe to receive dispatches for individual units or stations.  The Fire Department has shared a limited...

Attention to detail: Hospital “sticker number”

Please ensure you obtain and enter the “sticker number” for your patient and accurately enter it into Elite.  Sentara identified hundreds of recent cases where the number was inaccurate or obviously wrong (e.g. 88888888-8888).  Entering all eight’s when you are unable to obtain a number must be the exception,...

Adding an Addendum to a patient care report

Once a report is locked (72 hours after being posted), it may not be edited or altered.  Additional information may be added to a locked report by adding an Addendum. (Remember that patient reports must be fully and accurately complete within 12 hours of the case per state regulation)...

Important review of Lifepak transmission procedures

A picture is worth a thousand words.  The picture below is from Physio-Control and displays the number of Lifepak transmissions to hospitals we made (left axis) in various months (bottom axis).  From 10/2016 – 12/2016 we transmitted significantly fewer 12-leads to the hospital, which corresponds to when we went...

Reporting requirements

When must a report be completed? Any time units are dispatched, whether patient contact is made or not, a PPCR (prehospital patient care report) must be completed in Elite.  This includes: Patient transports Patient refusals Death pronouncements Public Assistance Cancellations prior to arrival (by PD or Fire) Stand by...