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Innovation Sometimes Involves Returning to Old Practices

Innovation Sometimes Involves Returning to Old Practices

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By Allison G. S. Knox
Contributor, EDM Digest

The last few years have seen some innovative measures taking place in public safety agencies throughout the country. For example, the Community Paramedicine Model has helped first responders to manage non-emergency patients who need more urgent medical care.

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Similarly, the Rescue Task Force Model allows shooting victims to be cared for more efficiently after a mass casualty shooting incident. These innovations have reshaped public safety agencies and aided them in managing 911 emergencies more efficiently.

However, innovations don’t always have to be new concepts. They can involve public agencies revisiting what worked in the past and applying it again in a new way to 911 calls.

Minnesota Adapting BLS Ambulances for Less Urgent Patients

Among recent innovative measures is one that was already in place years ago, but is seeing a resurgence in how it is applied. In St. Paul, Minnesota, for example, agencies are sending out ambulances capable of basic life support to handle less urgent patients in the field.

This practice allows Advanced Life Support units to remain available for more serious emergencies. As a result, St. Paul can more effectively handle an influx of emergency patients. It’s a great example of good resource management by having a dedicated unit for less-urgent cases.

More Innovation Will Be Needed as Communities Change and Grow

As a community grows and changes, patient care and resource management for 911 calls will need to adapt to handle emerging community needs. Whether that adaptation involves a new idea or just readapting an old, simple idea for a new innovation, that will help agencies better handle their 911 calls.

Allison G. S. Knox Passionate about the issues affecting ambulances and disaster management, Allison focuses on Emergency Management and Emergency Medical Services policy. Allison has taught at the undergraduate level since 2010. Prior to teaching, she worked in a level-one trauma center emergency department and for a member of Congress in Washington, D.C. She holds four master’s degrees in Emergency Management, National Security Studies, International Relations, and History; a Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security; and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Allison is an Emergency Medical Technician, Lifeguard, and Lifeguard Instructor, and is trained in Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue. She serves on the Board of Trustees for Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society as Chancellor of the Southeast Region, Vice Chair of the Tactical Emergency Medical Support Committee with the International Public Safety Association, and serves as the Advocacy Coordinator of Virginia with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. She is also a member of several committees including the Editorial Committee with APCO, the Rescue Task Force Committee with the International Public Safety Association, and the Advocacy Committee with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. She also serves as Chair of the Leadership Development Program for the 2020 Pi Gamma Mu Triennial Convention. Allison has published several book reviews and continues to write about issues affecting ambulances, emergency management, and homeland security.