ESO Launches Surveillance Form for Overdose
Mar. 6—ESO Solutions, Inc., a data and software company serving emergency medical services, hospitals and fire departments, today announced the launch of its Surveillance Form for Overdose. The new form will help standardize definitions and create a process that captures all essential data related to overdoses in a simple, easy-to-use format while eliminating duplicate entry of information. Additionally, the form is designed to highlight issues related to the well-being and safety of providers by identifying any injury-related events associated with a response.
“We feel the new Surveillance Form can really be a game changer for EMS providers,” said Dr. Brent Myers, Chief Medical Officer for ESO. “We set out to create a way to capture essential data and information related to overdoes that was intuitive and easy. We feel this will help create a standard for reporting that we can, over time, use to highlight particular patterns and insights related to overdose responses. We also want to emphasize the importance of provider safety by requiring injury-related feedback in the form to ensure we evaluate and identify ways to keep our providers safe.”
The Surveillance Form for Overdose form will track any type of overdose, from alcohol to acetaminophen to stimulants – including opioids. This new form is the first in a series that will provide a template for additional surveillance activities, including infectious diseases, stroke, biohazards, etc., for the purpose of gathering data and identifying trends around multiple types of response events.
Guilford County Emergency Services in Greensboro, North Carolina was one of the first agencies to use the Surveillance Form for Overdose. The EMS agency is already recognizing the potential for the form.
“The information gathered from this form will help us understand what types of overdoses we are responding to, and more importantly, who those patients are demographically so we can improve our response to these calls,” said David Moran, EMS Management Consultant. “The form will give us another tool to use for understanding where overdose calls are occurring within our response areas as well as identifying clusters and other potential safety concerns for the responding medics to consider.”
“This is really a first and exciting step to build a library of data and insights we can use to improve patient outcomes and provider safety across a broad-ranging number of response events,” added Myers.
To learn more about the Surveillance Form for Overdose and how EHR can benefit prehospital care, visit: https://www.esosolutions.com/ehr-demo/