It is very important to input accurate CAD information (incident number, address, times, etc.) into your patient care reports. Accurate CAD information is critical for general reporting and data collection. In particular, having the correct incident number in your ePCR is extremely important when it comes to being able to locate a patient care report for things like hospital/physician inquires, legal/attorney inquiries, etc.
What is the best and easiest way to input accurate CAD nformation? Click the “CAD” button to import your CAD data for each and every incident! If you downloaded your CAD data early in the call, you can simply click the “CAD” button again to import any CAD information you may be missing. If you happen to know some of your times will be inaccurate (for example, you forgot to push “on scene” when you arrived at the incident location), click “CAD” to import your data and then just fix the time(s) that may be inaccurate.
Technology is a wonderful thing, but it does misbehave on occasion. If the CAD interface is not working correctly or if you’re having internet connectivity issues and are unable to connect to any wifi hotspot (any EMS vehicle, hospitals) and you have no choice but to manually enter your CAD information, make sure you are using the correct incident number!
The correct incident number is the “V” number. The “V” number is your case number. Case numbers are not used for EMS incidents.
If you import the patient data from the LifePak into your ePCR (which you should do often), be sure to “clean up” your imported data, such as vital signs, to ensure there aren’t any errors. The LifePak can record inaccurate vitals (such as during CPR, when it thinks compressions are actual heart beats) and if those are left in your report, your report will contain inaccurate and misleading information.