Middlesex EMS lingo

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Areko

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FRI= Febrile Respiratory Illness. Basically Flu-like symptoms.
BSA: Ima take a stab at and say body surface area for burns, otherwise I'm not sure.
 

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MHA = Mental Health Act (Koo Koo for Coco Puffs)
HBD = Has Been Drinking

Old one from Detroit:
Urban Outdoorsman = Homeless Person
They used to insist on an occupation on the billing form.
 

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VSA is indeed vital signs absent.
MHA is also used by police for persons with mental health issues, EMS used to use a code for this - 211.
FRI is Febrile Respiratory Illness, this is the screening process for swine flu, a patient will be "positive for FRI" meaning they may have one or more symptoms, and it is fairly broad. If you remember SARS the screening is similar.
EMS Code 5 is the same as OPP Code 45 - an obviously dead person fitting into one of the four categories.

The local police used to use a good one for people who were not cooperating with the calltaker on the phone - "Alpha Hotel" = A**H***... They stopped using it a few years ago :(

There really is too many things to list. Those old frequency listing books had several pages of 9 and 10 codes and Ambulance codes etc...
 

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what does it mean when a hospital is on tme? Also diaphoritic means profuse sweating.
I'm not familiar with TME, some Toronto hospitals used RDC (redirect consideration) in the past to say they had no room for patients and to go somewhere else... but I think after the media frenzy about that they stopped using the term. We have regional hospitals here in this area so they can't go RDC.
 

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I think patches4442 meant "on time". They use that phrase and "normal". I think normal would mean the usual waiting period in the emerg. department, and on time would be not too busy.
 

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The other way around guys. If a hospital is on "time" they are asking that the ems crew "consider" transporting to another hospital due to under staffing or overcrowding in the er. As SuperTex said RDC,
Time is the same thing. Please check out my question on the Niagara EMS thread. I would ask here, but this is a good topic and I don't want a question to take away from it.
 

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UTM number ? What is that?
Run number is self explanitory. How do they expect them to write all these numbers down when going a calll?
 
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UTM is a map referance number spacific to Ontario EMS map book.
All that info dispatch throws at the crew should all be on the MDT.....Oops there's another one.
MDT= Mobile Data Terminal.
 

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UTM - Universal Transverse Mercator. Think of it like Lat/Long. It isn't the same, but for our purposes they're analagous.

A hospital can be Normal, Time Consideration and Consideration.

Time Consideration means that an EOR is at capacity and cannot accept any more patients without compromising care to other patients already inside.

Consideration is a request by the EOR to bypass all but the critically injured/ill. They aren't quite at capacity, but are getting pretty handy towards it.

Ontario used to have CCB and RDC (Critical Care Bypass where they would NOT accept patients, unlike Time Consideration where they still have to...and Redirect Consideration), but those babies went out with the bath water back in 2002.
 

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The term VSA has been under review by medical authorities recently.
It has been suggested that they replace it with the more accurate term JAM,
which stands for......







Just Add Maggots
 
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An interesting fact is that the Universal Transverse Mercator is NOT just used in Ontario. It actually is a grid reference laid over the entire globe. It was invented by the US military.

Gator596 that was EVIL but quite funny... Gotta remember that one.
 

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MDT and UTMs

Never mind the UTMs and Run numbers that we're supposed to write down, we are also technically supposed to keep track of our times too (and look up the address, drive carefully, think about the call and get there). Let that be a warning to you out there, get out of the way when you see an ambulance coming 'cause we're NOT PAYING ATTENTION! LOL

We don't have MDTs or any sort of connectivity with the Communication Centers so it is all done over the air. Stupid eh? With all the wireless technology out there .....



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UTM number ? What is that?
Run number is self explanitory. How do they expect them to write all these numbers down when going a calll?
Most services have envelopes to hold all of the shift paperwork. On the front of the envelope are spaces to write down that information for each call.

Any chance the OP meant BSI? That would be body substance isolation.
 

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How about 3&3 to vic and ctask level 3 or vtac level 3. Not sure what they are saying.
- 3&3 to the vic = Priority 3, CTAS level 3 to Vic Hospital
- It's actually not ctask but CTAS for Canadian Triage & Acuity Scale. It's use by paramedic, doctor & nurses to assses the condition of a patient and priotorize the most urgent from the non urgent. The CTAS levels are explained in deatails at http://www.calgaryhealthregion.ca/policy/docs/1451/Admission_over-capacity_AppendixA.pdf . If you are more the visual type, you can find a colorful poster on this website : http://nursing101.wikispaces.com/fi..._Acuity_Scale.gif/82945905/The_Canadian_ED_Tr

Hope this helps!
 
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