Monday, December 28, 2009

CHRISTmas day outage

Some time ,somewhere before noon on Christmas day there was a problem with a fiber optic cable.This problem wiped out Internet for everyone with out satellite Internet.Long distance phone service went down as well as some local coverage and cell phones.
I was bothered by the lack of preparedness by several groups charged with public safety. Apparently the phones at Howard Memorial Hospital are Internet based,I was able to explain to a nurse via radio where the emergency phone was.She had never been told what this phone was or how it was to be used.Unfortunately this phone also had problems in that it could only be used to make out going calls.
My father was admitted to the ER a ct was done but it was not able to be sent out to be read until that night.
There was no information going out to the public about the situation.It was not a major problem but it could have cost lives. All public safety groups need to come together at a round table to discuss and plan for events like this.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

common sense EMS

There is a need for EMS in the more remote-read outside of Nashville-parts of the county. It is a hard 30 minute lights and siren run to Athens.People have proposed all kinds of solutions,some workable some not. The smallest amount I've seen published that anyone can put an ambulance in Dierks for is 11,000$ a month.
There is a solution all ready in place that for 15,000$ a year could save lives but no one has seen fit to utilize it. There are medical first responders all over Howard county.They are not supported by any tax money, they raise their own funds and buy their own equipment.
What would it take to use the first responders to the maximum benefit for the people of Howard County? I think the following will have to happen before the first responder program can reach its full potential.
1- recognition by the Quorum court as a legitimate part of EMS system
2- Director for the program must be hired this is a part time , probably around 10-15 hours a week.
3- Standardization of equipment, training and run reports over the county.
4- Development of county wide protocols
5- A medical director must be in place.
6- The following must be educated as to the capabilities,limits,and requirements of the first responders:law enforcement,dispatchers,Howard Memorial Hospital,EMS agencies and the public
If this is done the people of the county can have quicker,professional medical help, and it can be done for a very small cost.
Call me ,email me let me know your thoughts.