Not being one to mince words........and having been a practicing Paramedic for
forget a fancy website and talk to the staff at the receiving hospital!! Not
only will you learn about greater follow-up with your patients, but perhaps
you'll actually enhance our "profession" by sharing your wisdom and experience
during a conversation with another nurse or MD. I would NOT suggest calling
to see how the hangnail was removed, but that acute suspected CVA would
certainly be one that I checked on......I have used this method for all of my
practice and only rarely ran into problems with a nurse not wanting to give
information to me. And that was usually resolved by pointing out that my
signature was attached to the run report and that I could verifiy basic info
in my report.
If the staff at your receiving facilities refuse to cooperate with your own
patient follow through, perhaps your service will make an effort to establish
relationships that will foster such release of info. Get the medical director
involved.......have case (run) reviews monthly with each medic presenting an
interesting case to the others for critique and review. The MD can then fill
in the details regarding the hospital stay.
Ever wonder why EMS isn't always considered a profession?? Too many
opportunities like this are missed......get off your ambulance seat and make
the call....call from home, go and visit the patient and speak with family and
staff while you are there.......
Ok!! I'll get off my soapbox for now.............
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