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“Prehos” in the service of paramedics: a unique technology

ambulancier-paramedic(Granby) Paramedics Dessercom the company, including Granby, use a new unique technology: Préhos. This system allows first responders to collect all the information on their patient and their intervention on tablet and smartphone, which saves on average 10 to 15 minutes per call.

“This is a technological solution that we have developed that covers the entire shift paramedic whose mechanical inspection, inspection of equipment, medication management in cabinets until taking charge of calling cards, so all that is mapped in real time, the status of hospitals, journeys to the patient. It’s all in the aim of offering a service that is more direct to the patient, “says Michael Dubé, co-founder of Préhos.

“There is not a single product like this in the world. This is a unique product, “adds Stephan Scalabrini, director of operations for the western part of the ambulance company Dessercom which include a service point in Granby. The company, which has 20 service points in Quebec, initiated and funded the development of the technological tool.

At the beginning of the shift, every paramedic team is an iPhone and an iPad – devices communicate with them- that can be placed in the ambulance or even hung on the stretcher. With the scanner from their device, they take inventory of medication. They also perform mechanical inspection and in case of breakage, they can attach a photo to their report.

Thin paper
Upon receiving a call, paramedics can begin collecting data on digital media. Mapping helps to know real-time traffic conditions, street closures and barriers. So they borrow the fastest path that is suggested them to go to the patient.

At the scene of the intervention, the patient information, including vital signs, medical history and clinical situation, have returned to As the digital medium. Their phone and tablet can scan the driver’s license of the patient and obtain the name, address and date of birth.

This information, once they had to go two, three or even four different locations on paper forms, are placed automatically in the right places. The system responds also to the standards of the Canadian industry privacy.

At the end of the intervention, the documents are completed, signed at the same tablet or phone, and send by fax or email to the hospital.

“In terms of interventions, there are a lot of paper that the paramedic had to fill so we just replace 100% of the digital medium just help her work,” says Dubé. Thus, the practice is more environmentally friendly and lower cost. For example, it costs $ 4 a response to the health agency for clinical forms to be filled.

Save time
Upon receiving a call, paramedics can begin collecting data on digital media. Mapping helps to know real-time traffic conditions, street closures and barriers. So they borrow the fastest path that is suggested them to go to the patient.

At the scene of the intervention, the patient information, including vital signs, medical history and clinical situation, have returned to As the digital medium. Their phone and tablet can scan the driver’s license of the patient and obtain the name, address and date of birth.

This information, once they had to go two, three or even four different locations on paper forms, are placed automatically in the right places. The system responds also to the standards of the Canadian industry privacy.

At the end of the intervention, the documents are completed, signed at the same tablet or phone, and send by fax or email to the hospital.

“In terms of interventions, there are a lot of paper that the paramedic had to fill so we just replace 100% of the digital medium just help her work,” says Dubé. Thus, the practice is more environmentally friendly and lower cost. For example, it costs $ 4 a response to the health agency for clinical forms to be filled.

Yet further
Largest economy is that of time. “We are able to save a 10 to 15 minute call by writing,” says Dubé.

“In Granby, we still 7,000 calls per year, if we multiply by 10 minutes, you have to be conservative, but it’s still a lot of vehicle availability in addition to answer such a call for cardio-respiratory arrest. Every minute, you lose 10% chance of survival, so if we save 5 minutes to the hospital in writing, this 5 minutes then or it 10 minutes then will come to contribute to the well-being of the patient, “says co-founder technology.

As for the company’s supervisors, they can know in real time where paramedics are on interventions. They also have better access to data. “At the paper, everything has become electronic, so it is more efficient than searching in a box to find information, data,” said Mr. Dubé.

Granby paramedics are currently running in period. They received training lasting an average of five hours. This is the sixth company service point where Dessercom Préhos was implanted to date. In the end, 70 ambulances of the company will be equipped with cutting-edge tool.

The company is very proud of this technology. “We think and hope it will snowball because it’s what is most efficient in Quebec,” said Stephan Scalabrini. Of ambulance companies have shown interest in the product, even outside Quebec, particularly in British Columbia and New Brunswick.

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