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Revising EMS System Response is a High Priority Call

April 23, 2024
9:30 am –
10:30 am
Cheekwood ABC

If you had a magic wand, what would you change about your 911 system?
In April of 2023, Mecklenburg EMS Agency (MEDIC) completely overhauled the way it responds to 911 calls, aiming to preserve ALS resources for patients experiencing time sensitive medical emergencies while mitigating ever-increasing low acuity call responses. The panel will talk through the data, experience gained, and lessons learned after one year in the new response configuration. Strategies to discuss include; enhanced use of MPDS in the 911 call center, increasing response times to low acuity calls, reducing lights and sirens usage, expansion of BLS resources, and revising the allocation of first responders. This session will also cover patient safety, predictions versus outcomes, community education, as well as how MEDIC leadership navigated the political landscape to get this major system change off the ground.