EMS Granted Access to End-of-Life Care Registry

PUTNAM COUNTY, WV - EMS personnel in the Mountain State will soon have access to another tool that can help them make sound decisions in a patient's final moments. Working in conjunction with the West Virginia Center for End-of-Life Care, EMS personnel in Putnam County will soon have access to the West Virginia e-Directive Registry, a database that stores the critical documents that communicate a patient's wishes if they are unable to communicate them themselves. Utilizing laptops within the ambulance, crews will be able to search the West Virginia e-Directive Registry for Advanced Directives, Physician Orders for Scope Treatment (POST) forms and "Do Not Resuscitate" orders.

Advanced Directives, Physician Orders for Scope Treatment (POST) forms and "Do Not Resuscitate" orders have been utilized by other healthcare professionals for years - namely physicians, mid-level practitioners and nurses. Before, EMS personnel did not have access to the e-Directive Regsitry and, instead, relied on paper copies. All too often, these would be unavailable to EMS in the time of need. The goal of allowing EMS access to the e-Directive registry and facilitating the implementation of this new technology is to ease the pain and suffering of both patients and their family members.

In a patient's final moments, the staff of Putnam County EMS and believes in respecting the dignity of both the patient and family alike. As such, it is the desire of Putnam County EMS to respect the wishes that a patient may have previously expresed and documented. Implementing the use of the e-Directive Registry will give EMS providers another tool to do just that.

Please remember that, although difficult, discussing end-of-life care issues with your family and physicians is very important. Discussing these issues before the need arises can help ease the burden placed upon loved ones in a difficult situation. For more information on the West Virginia Center for End-Of-Life Care or the West Virginia e-Directive Registry, please visit our "Patients" page.

 

 

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