EMS World

NOV 2018

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34 NOVEMBER 2018 | EMSWORLD.com ISSUE FOCUS: PATIENT AND PROVIDER SAFETY • Develop a "safe word" cue that will discreetly let your partner know you no longer feel safe in the environment. The CON- NECT team decided to use "Kai is calling" while looking at their cell phone in memor y of the late CP pioneer Kai Hjermstad; • Collect individual employee emergency action plans and contact information should their team need to make emer- gency notifications; • Develop a protocol for what types of information will prompt patient visits to be scheduled in a public venue rather than at home. A Worthwhile Discussion Melissa was able to exit her situation unharmed, and the patient was subsequently held for psychiatric evaluation, potentially sav- ing dozens of lives. The AHN CP team is to be commended for spearheading such a worthwhile discussion on CP safety prac- tices with all the local teams rather than keeping the incident to themselves. Those operating CP programs should consider implementing safety practices that take into consideration the unique risks of CP visits and research local resources that can be used to mitigate potential threats. ABOUT THE AUTHORS Jonah Thompson, CP-C, NREMT-P, is operations manager for the Allegheny Health Network communit y paramedic program. Christie Hempfling, BS, EMT, is communit y health team manager for the CONNEC T communit y paramedic program and Emed Health program at the Center for Emergenc y Medicine of Western Pennsylvania, and team manager for the Allegheny Count y PORT (Post-Overdose Response Team). She is an adjunc t facult y member in the MIH class at the Universit y of Pittsburgh. Dan Swayze, DrPH, MBA, MEMS, is vice president and COO of the Center for Emergenc y Medicine of Western Pennsylvania Inc., and a member of the EMS World editorial advisor y board.

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