The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have designated Nov. 14 as World Diabetes Day, hosting diabetes education and prevention events in more than 160 countries, and with good reason.
In 2013, the IDF reported that 382 million people worldwide have diabetes, and if current trends hold, that number will top 592 million by 2035—a whopping 55 percent increase. More alarmingly, the report shows that diabetes caused 5.1 million deaths in 2013, which equates to one death every six seconds worldwide.1
Ahome health aide answering the 9-1-1 callback realized her patient was in danger, but not to the degree that soon became apparent.
“She wasn’t certain about the patient’s breathing; it was questionable,” said Anthony Guido, EMT, EMD-Q®, quality improvement coordinator at North Shore-LIJ Health System in Syosset, N.Y. “The EMD immediately went to the ECHO response.”
The ECHO-Level Determinant in the protocol systems signals an obviously life-threatening situation that demands instant response. Another unofficial way of describing it is that these are people that are “dying right now.”
The International Academies of Emergency Dispatch® (IAED™) has released an updated version of its Fire Priority Dispatch System™ (FPDS®).
Version 6.1 includes a critical component that can have a significant impact on future use of the FPDS. The key element of FPDS v6.1 is the addition of the new ECHO-level determinants on Case Entry for REPORTED BUILDING/STRUCTURE FIRE. These additions will allow agencies to send an earlier response for all structure fire incidents with a spontaneous report of smoke or flames while also allowing for differentiated responses and resource allocation for ECHO- and DELTA-level incidents.
"Chris gave us a super how-to and pointed out where we needed to focus. His motivational talk was amazing. He put everything in perspective. This was not just a job. It was about saving lives."-- Charles Brown, QA Manager, Durham (N.C.) Emergency Communications Center
A project to characterize the distribution percentages of call incident types using the Fire Protocol Dispatch System involving nine fire agencies (all fire ACEs) determined that the most commonly used protocol was: