Be realistic with time, costs of ED strategies

From Fierce Healthcare:

Some emergency department (ED) strategies are more costly and time-intensive than others that hospitals should consider carefully, according to new research from the Emergency Nurses Association.

study, published in the September Journal of Emergency Nursing, looked at six “Urgent Matters” hospitals, an initiative by the Center for Health Care Quality at The George Washington University Medical Center aimed at curbing ED overcrowding. Researchers found that implementing ED flow strategies, usually nurse-led, ranged anywhere from $32,850 to $490,000 for the most sizable expenditures. And the time spent planning and implementing those strategies also varied highly, from of a 40-hour workweek to 1,017 hours per strategy.

Community paramedic ranks begin to grow in Minnesota

From MPR:

Minnesota could have within several years several hundred practicing “community paramedics,” a new designation of health care providers spawned by the shortage of doctors and nurses in rural parts of the state.

Once certified, community paramedics can deal with a range of non-emergency health care needs that otherwise, for example, might send people unnecessarily to the emergency room and wind up costing more.

Minnesota is the first state in the country to establish the new classification under law. Some officials hope that as many as 20 percent of the state’s 2,200 paramedics will obtain the certification.

Mobile Phone App Puts CPR-Trained Users at Scene of Emergency

From JEMS:

PulsePoint, a free, GPS-powered iPhone and Android app, alerts CPR-trained bystanders if somebody nearby is having a cardiac emergency. The app is activated by the public safety communications center, fire dispatch and EMS resources and is only activated if the emergency is occurring in a public place.

“Instead of relying on fate, PulsePoint is used to alert nearby Samaritans so CPR can begin immediately, and a (portable) automated external defibrillator can be (located),” Price said.

First rolled out by the Alameda County Fire Department, PulsePoint is now available to communities served by San Ramon Valley Fire, Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department, Fremont Fire Department, Alameda Fire Department, San Jose Fire Department and the Alameda County Regional Emergency Communications Center. The app can be downloaded from the iTunes store or Google Play.

Device Changes iPhone into ECG Monitor

From AliveCor:

The AliveCor Veterinary Heart Monitor is intended to be used by veterinary professionals and their pet owner clients to record ECG rhythm strips. The device snaps onto your iPhone® 4 or 4S (not included) like a case and when used with the free, corresponding AliveECG Vet app, allows the user to take clinical quality, single-lead ECGs on dogs, cats, and horses. Not cleared for human use.

The Tiny Yellow Sticker That Detects Accidents and Alerts Your Emergency Contacts

From Gizmodo:

When it’s available sometime next year with an estimated price tag of around $200, the advanced ICEdot monitor will attach to any bike helmet and use motion and impact sensors to intelligently determine if the wearer has been involved in an accident. Using the new Bluetooth low-energy profile it maintains a constant connection to a smartphone app so that when an accident occurs, it can automatically alert the rider’s emergency contacts with the time and GPS coordinates of the incident.