Elmhurst Hospital’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) has awarded its “Run of the Month” for Jan.-Feb. 2022 to the Hillside Fire Department (HFD).
On Jan. 28, HFD Firefighter-Paramedics (FF-PMs) Connor Lowman and Antoine Winbush were dispatched to a residence to check on a 65-year-old male. A co-worker of the patient had called and requested a wellness check because the man never called in sick and was never late.
The patient told the FF-PMs that he had felt dizzy and vomited earlier. Testing in the ambulance confirmed the patient was having a heart attack. He was given nitroglycerin and transported to the Elmhurst Hospital Emergency Department for further evaluation and treatment. The patient had surgery at Elmhurst Hospital and was able to go home four days later.
This run was selected because of recognition of the patient’s medical condition, quick response to a critical situation and clear communication by the crew.
In the “Run of the Month” program, Elmhurst Hospital’s EMS Team reviews ambulance runs by pre-hospital providers and selects one to be recognized based on the following criteria:
--Excellent communication from the field that resulted in the timely delivery of pertinent clinical information to the Elmhurst Hospital ED staff
--Clear and thorough documentation
--Superior clinical assessment skills that resulted in accurate recognition of a clinical situation
--Behavior exceeding the call of duty in the field
--Superior partnership and teamwork with Elmhurst Hospital