Pilot projects mean enhanced services
Waiting for advancements in any field can be laborious, but when you’re the one making those advancements it can be impressive.
Risk takers don’t always get the credit they deserve and can be overlooked until whatever risk they’ve taken pays off or begins to be copied by others. The idea of imitation being a form of a compliment certainly rings true in many cases.
Locally, though, there’s one group who have been taking risks, trying new things and hoping to not only improve a particular sector in Quinte, but trying to improve lives in the region.
Hastings-Quinte Paramedics is, without question, an essential service in the region. Saving lives, helping the ill and being ready at a moment’s notice are, obviously, the first things that come to mind when one thinks about paramedicine. However, what about changing the way things are done in this niche field so residents who need the service get even more than what we may anticipate.
Over the past few years we’ve seen numerous stories out of Hastings County involving this group of dedicated men and women. One of the main factors in these stories has been the new ideas and approaches being implemented. Pilot projects seem to be coming out of Hastings- Quinte Paramedics every few months with Chief Doug Socha often sharing ideas with Hastings County council highlighting how the delivery of service could be enhanced.
Whether Socha’s talking about the use of “smart” glasses so information can be shared in real time or it’s the idea to use drones to better enable paramedics to see patients or the project to visit frequent users in their home, these local men and women are on the cutting edge.
The great thing is these ideas are all being presented and supported locally with an understanding they may not warrant any type of continuation, but they need to be tried. Nothing is ever certain, but it’s impossible to make an informed decision without trying it first.
A myopic view may be that paramedicine can’t really change that much, but there’s obviously areas where change can happen and could greatly improve a patient’s experiece. When you’re talking about the health and livelihood of area residents why shouldn’t new approaches be examined and, when warranted, implemented?
Paramedics are much like police and fire officials, they’re rarely thought of until they’re needed.
Locally, we should remember how lucky we are to have officials who aren’t willing to remain in neutral, but would rather see how much further they can take their field.