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EMS ALTERNATE DESTINATIONS PROJECT

EMS ALTERNATE DESTINATIONS PROJECT

Snohomish County Human Services “…expressed a need to create county-wide protocols to assist the Fire Department (FD), Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and Police [Department] (PD) in making decision[s] on transporting mental health and substance abuse patients to the most appropriate facilities in [an] effort to reduce high utilization of the 911 system and local hospital emergency departments” (Baure D. , 2014). The project team was tasked to:
• Perform a detailed literature review and research county databases
• Gain first-hand experience with EMS provider “ride-alongs”
• Connect with county and state officials
The goal was to produce a comprehensive report and recommendations to the county on how to move forward with creating protocols for patient transports.

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