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Leaving equipment at the hospital?
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My ground EMS employer is implementing a policy that will not allow crews to leave a patient in the ER with any of the following pieces of equipment in place:Traction SplintVacuum SplintPediatric…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Skip Kirkwood Oct 2, 2012.

 

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Skip Kirkwood replied to Jonathan Almand's discussion Leaving equipment at the hospital?
"Wow. The hospitals might have a difficult time with that.  I hope that your bosses talked with them before issuing such a policy.  I can see some difficulty with removing spinal immobilization equipment from somebody before they have been…"
Oct 2, 2012
Peter L replied to Jonathan Almand's discussion Leaving equipment at the hospital?
"Our only policy is add the equipment to the whiteboard list and make sure you are restocked from the extra supply closet.  The three main hospitals we transport to all have equipment return areas and we seldom have problems getting…"
Oct 2, 2012
Justin P replied to Jonathan Almand's discussion Leaving equipment at the hospital?
"All in all I think your employer is overreacting to a minor problem, Im not sure how many KED's, sagers, and vac splints you use in your service, nor how many of those end up missing but asking you to deliver the patient to the ER and strip off…"
Oct 2, 2012
Paula Miller replied to Jonathan Almand's discussion Leaving equipment at the hospital?
"We have no policy prohibiting leaving equipment at the hospital. When something is left, the crew writes a note to me (EMS captain) on a white board for that purpose, and either I or other crew members who will be in the area of that hospital track…"
Oct 2, 2012
Nathan Stanaway replied to Jonathan Almand's discussion Leaving equipment at the hospital?
"I dont know, if it doesnt cause patient or agency harm to have you wait for the equipment I dont see the problem.   I think emailing EVERYONE is a bet excessive but if EVERYONE in your agency means two people then thats different... The policy…"
Oct 1, 2012
Neil White replied to Jonathan Almand's discussion Leaving equipment at the hospital?
"Seems straight forward although emails to everyone seems a bit excessive especially if you go on holiday and come back to 900 traction splints left at the hospital emails.  This is a situation for the agency to discuss with the hospital and…"
Oct 1, 2012
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Leaving equipment at the hospital?

My ground EMS employer is implementing a policy that will not allow crews to leave a patient in the ER with any of the following pieces of equipment in place:Traction SplintVacuum SplintPediatric ImmobilizerKEDThe policy is designed to prevent our reusable medical equipment from being lost/destroyed. There are only two exceptions covered in the policy, otherwise our crews are expected to retrieve the equipment before leaving the hospital. One exception would be if we are in overload and need to…See More
Oct 1, 2012
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Garland Fire Department
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