Welcome to GAAA
Everyone please join me in welcoming several new crew members to our agency. One has already started her ride outs and the others will be starting soon.
- Jasmin Wiley - Paramedic
- Joe Curry - Paramedic
- Alyssa Wilson - Paramedic
- Corby Saunders - Paramedic
- Brian Dandridge - Paramedic
- Kaleb Howard - EMT-Basic
In addition to these new crew members we have three more currently going through the hiring process and should enter orientation in January.
ESO Disposition Additions
A few new disposition choices have been added to ESO thanks to the feedback provided by you. The option to document a disposition related to transporting flight and surgical teams without a patient present is now an option. The disposition Transport Non-Patient, Organs, etc.. is now available.
This will allow for easier documentation of patient the flight crew on the return trip when there is no patient as well as the surgical team that is looking to harvest organs. Previously it was required to document a patient even though there was no patient physically in the ambulance.
The other two dispositions now available are Patient Dead on Scene - No Resuscitation Attempted (With Transport) and Patient Dead on Scene - No Resuscitation Attempted (Without Transport). These should now grant the ability to document a patient that was worked and pronounced dead.
If you have other suggestions for ESO please keep sending them. The working relationship between GAAA and ESO continues to be strong and they listen to our suggestions. In addition the frustration that was felt from the sudden updates to the system were passed onto the Vice President over the EHR product and were echoed by many other agencies.
Health Data Exchange
For those of you who have been here awhile you are probably familiar with this feature, however if you are new or have ever wondered why we require the medical record number to be entered into ESO it is because of something called the Health Data Exchange or HDE. This is a feature that allows for the EMS record to be matched up to the hospital record.
If you have never checked out the patient outcomes button it is a nice feature that will provide a host of information about patients that were transported to a facility that participates in two way communication. Currently HCA Clear Lake Regional Medical Center and Mainland Medical Center are two hospitals that share this information. UTMB receives information from us, however at this time does not send us any information.
Inside a patient outcome report is diagnosis information, major interventions performed by the hospital and lab information. Towards the very bottom is patient demographic information (including insurance information) which our billing provider (EMS M|C) can use to follow up on those unresponsive patients or those which cannot provide any information.
Several agencies that transport to UTMB have recently reached out to ESO to request this interface in addition to our own request. Over the next couple of months a collective effort to push for this interface. As work begins on this updates will be provided to everyone.