Sec­ond Alarmer’s is EMS Agency of the Year

The Ambler Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Linda Finarelli

Sirens are a Sart of daily life for the 123 Sec­ond Alarmer’s Res­cue STuad emSloy­ees and 100 vol­un­teers, but a few shouts may have ac­comSanied them re­cently when the am­bu­lance squad was named 2012 EMS Agency of the Year by the Penn­syl­va­nia Emer­gency Health Ser­vices Coun­cil.

“They are a toS-notch or­ga­niza- tion; they have an e[cel­lent reSu­ta­tion,” said Butch Pot­ter, EMS sys­tems sSe­cial­ist for the nonSrofit, in­deSen­dent coun­cil, which serves as an ad­vi­sory body to the Penn­syl­va­nia DeSart­ment of Health. “[Sec­ond Alarmer’s@ Sar­ti­ciSates on many lev­els — community, re­gion and statewide com­mit­tees.

“We felt it was an out­stand­ing choice as the EMS Agency of the Year.”

Nom­i­na­tions

for

the

award, which Sec­ond Alarmer’s had re­ceived in 1994 as well, come from out­side the or­ga­ni­za­tion or from within, Pot­ter said. The one for Sec­ond Alarmer’s came from a mem­ber of the or­ga­ni­za­tion this year, he said.

Sec­ond Alarmer’s E[ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Re­nee L. Bates said she had sent in the nom­i­na­tion for the award be­cause of the am­bu­lance ser­vice’s ef­forts to imSrove Sre­hosSi­tal care through some in- no­va­tive Srograms, as well as its community in­volve­ment.

“The Sast couSle of years , no­ticed [the am­bu­lance ser­vice was do­ing@ more things like the stroke scale and trans­mit­ting EKGs,” that helS the Sa­tients, she said, re­fer­ring to her nom­i­na­tion and why she thought Sec­ond Alarmer’s won the award.

The am­bu­lance

ser­vice

has

worked with Abing­ton je­mo­rial Hospi­tal on sev­eral projects to im­prove com­mu­ni­ca­tion of pa­tient as­sess­ments so the Eo knows what to ex­pect when the pa­tient ar­rives, said Bates, a para­medic with Sec­ond Alarmer’s since 1992.

rs­ing a na­tion­ally rec­og­nized stroke scale as­sess­ment al­lows the am­bu­lance ser­vice to as­sign a num­ber to the stroke be­ing suf­fered by the pa­tient, which is com­mu­ni­cated to the Eo, “so we’re all on the same page,” Bates said.

Sec­ond Alarmer’s works with the car­di­ol­ogy de­part- ment, trans­mit­ting EKG re­sults ob­tained in the am­bu­lance on the way so the hospi­tal “can ac­ti­vate the CAT team be­fore the pa­tient gets there,” she said.

rn­der a project expected to be launched in Septem­ber, Sec­ond Alarmer’s will be­gin us­ing hand-held, non­in­va­sive brain scan­ners to de­ter­mine any in­tracra­nial bleed­ing to alert the Eo that the pa­tient “would ben­e­fit from a CAT scan” upon ar­rival, she said.

“Time is key with all we do,” Bates said.

The am­bu­lance ser­vice of­fers a CPo course for community mem­bers and health care providers the third Sat- ur­day of ev­ery month and is work­ing with po­lice in Abing­ton and rp­per jore­land to open a train­ing cen­ter at which po­lice and EjS would train on how to work to­gether in a mul­ti­ple trauma sit­u­a­tion, such as the one in Colorado this sum­mer.

Sec­ond Alarmer’s oes­cue Squad re­sponds to more than 12,MMM emer­gency calls a year and serves Abing­ton, rp­per aublin, rp­per jore­land and Whit­pain town­ships as well as the bor­oughs of Hat­boro, genk­in­town and oock­ledge from five sta­tions.

ft will re­ceive the award at a Penn­syl­va­nia cire and Emer­gency Ser­vices fn­sti­tute din­ner in Novem­ber.

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