Reporting EMS Times & Field Vital Signs
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Topic:  Reporting EMS Times & Field Vitals Signs

Explanation:  Clarify which EMS response dates/times should be reported and where to obtain field vital signs

Trauma centers are required to report EMS response dates/times when a trauma patient arrives at their hospital by EMS.  These dates and times include when the EMS unit was dispatched, arrived on scene or at the referring hospital, and when the EMS unit departed the scene or referring hospital.  

When trauma centers need to report the EMS dispatch date it should be for the EMS unit that arrives at your hospital/trauma center.  This is not the original EMS response to the patients, home, work, street, etc. when is being transferred from another hospital.

Trauma centers are also required to report “field,” field may or may not be EMS, vital signs when a trauma patient arrives by EMS or is being referred from a referring hospital.  The intent of “field” vital signs is to capture vital signs for the patient early in their resuscitation.  When the patient arrives by EMS directly from the scene of the injury, the EMS vital signs need to be reported.  When the patient is being transferred from another hospital the “field” vital signs should be the initial triage vital signs from that referring hospital.

Example 1:  Patient coming directly from the scene of the injury.


 

 

 

 

Example 2:  Patient being transferred from another hospital.  EMS response dates/times are for the ambulance transporting from the referring hospital to the trauma center.  



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 ems times & field vs 7-12-15.pdf (94.91 KB)