Elite Tip—What’s in a Name?

When completing the patient report, please pay attention to the patient name entry boxes. Please read the labels to ensure you are entering the correct information into the right box. Either use all caps or capitalize the first letter. Verify the correct spelling of your patient’s name. Smith could...

Elite Data Tip-Height of Fall

From  VAOEMS—Ground level falls should be reported as zero (0) feet. This includes falling over, falls from standing, etc.  If the patient falls from furniture or a ladder, use the distance from lowest part of their body to the ground/surface they fell on.  Here are some examples: If standing...

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,...

Elite Launch, 13 months later

We have been live on ImageTrend Elite for 408 days.  We have been through 3 methods of transmitting 12-leads and generated 46,544 reports (76 of those reports are mine).  that’s an average of 114 reports per day, around 3,400 reports per month.  Challenges aside, we have done well and...

EMR Townhall Notes

Dear Fellow Members, Thanks to everyone who came out for the EMR Town Hall events yesterday.  I learned a lot from you and have a number of action items to follow up on.  For those unable to attend, here is the news I shared: A total of (40) new...

LifePak 12-Lead Transmission and Downloads

  Transmitting 12-lead EKG’s to the hospital Gently connect the USB cable from the LifePak to the EMR. Press TRANSMIT on the LifePak and operate as normal with a HOSPITAL as the site.  Then select SEND. Make note of the Lifepak’s serial number. You will need that later when...

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....

Blood glucose values required for certain primary or secondary impressions

When one of the primary or secondary impression listed below is selected for your patient, it is expected that a blood glucose check will be performed. CV- Hypotension CV- Hypovolemia (not trauma) Endocrine- Hypoglyucemia Endocrine- Hyperglycemia Endocrine- Hyperkalemia Endocrine- Disorder not otherwise listed Environmental- Heat exhaustion Environmental- Heatstroke/sunstroke Environmental-...

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...