Guest Blogger: Adrean Cavener, Government Relations Director
For the last few months, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has teamed up with emergency medical service (EMS) providers, hospitals, healthcare providers, public health, health insurers, legislators, community members and others to draft a time sensitive emergency (TSE) system of care for Idaho, including STEMI, stroke, and trauma. Studies show that organized systems of care improve patient outcomes, reduce the frequency of preventable death and improve the quality of life of the patient. While not at the forefront of most people’s minds, it is systems of care that makes sure that a patient will get to the right place in the right time with the right care.
A coordinated and comprehensive system of evidence‐based care addresses: public education and prevention, 911 access, response coordination, pre‐hospital response, transport, hospital emergency/acute care, rehabilitation and quality improvement. By creating a seamless transition between and among each level of care and integrating existing community and regional resources will support achieving improved patient outcomes and reduce costs. It will get the right patient to the right place in the right time.