How Well do General EMS 911 Dispatch Protocols Predict ED Resource Utilization for Pediatric Patients?
Introduction: The use of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for low-acuity pediatric problems is well documented. Attempts have been made to curb potentially unnecessary transports, including using EMS dispatch protocols, shown to predict acuity and needs of adults. However, there are limited data about this in children. The primary objective of this study is to determine the pediatric emergency department (PED) resource utilization (surrogate of acuity level) for pediatric patients categorized as “low-acuity” by initial EMS protocols.
Dispatch Prearrival Instructions (County of Los Angeles)
This document is a result of review of submitted dispatch protocols to the Los Angeles County EMS Agency. EMS Agency staff have updated these templates for pre-arrival instructions based on the latest available evidence and published guidelines. These templates may be used by Dispatch Centers’ administrators in the development of prearrival instructions.