RMC to Celebrate EMS Appreciation Week, May 21-27
||RMC employees and representatives from local Emergency Medical Services agencies meet quarterly to collaborate on ways to improve patient care. During the most recent meeting, representatives from each agency received appreciation gifts in recognition of EMS Appreciation Week, May 21-27.
In recognition of the vital role played by Emergency Medical Services, the Regional Medical Center will recognize area EMS professionals during National EMS Appreciation Week, May 21-27.
“Our Emergency Medical Services partners are critical to the health of our communities,” said RMC Trauma Medical Director, Dr. Dion Franga. “We are lucky to have great EMS agencies in this area, and we like to work closely with them to make sure patients receive the best possible care in the field and in the hospital.”
RMC hosts monthly Trauma Quality Meetings and Quarterly EMS Meetings with representatives from EMS agencies in Orangeburg, Calhoun, Bamberg and Barnwell counties. These meetings allow RMC physicians and staff members to share information with and get feedback from area EMS agencies.
These meetings foster a strong spirit of collaboration between the RMC staff and local EMS agencies. As a result of these discussions, several changes have been made to expedite patient care and make the transition into the hospital easier.
These changes include RMC providing specialized equipment to treat unstable pelvic injuries; EMS activating alerts for trauma, stroke and sepsis patients; and, RMC providing antibiotics and blood draw equipment to treat septic patients before they arrive in the Emergency Department.
As a sign of appreciation, RMC in collaboration with Air Methods – Air Medical Transport, installed an icey dispenser in the EMS charting room. During the most recent Quarterly EMS Meeting, representatives from each agency also received appreciation gifts to present to their staff on the behalf of RMC during EMS Appreciation Week. The gifts included trauma shears and cards with the alert criteria for trauma, stroke and sepsis.