Pi­lot projects mean en­hanced ser­vices

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - OPINION -

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.

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