Memo - Alert Terminology
In an effort to clarify any confusion on the subject of "Alerts":
For all of Seminole County and its agencies and Maitland, an “Alert” notification by radio means that the crew has a patient with a condition that needs immediate attention. It is the equivalent of “Could you meet us at the door?”
Currently, we have the following alerts:
|Trauma Alert||Stroke Alert|
|Pediatric Trauma Alert||Sepsis Alert|
|STEMI Alert||Cardiac Alert|
Cardiac Alert is NOT a STEMI. It is used for patients who obviously or are highly likely to have a cardiac origin of their profound signs and symptoms.
There are many examples, including, but not limited to:
- A pt with ACS with presumed new EKG changes that are NOT a STEMI. The crew should describe those changes over the radio.
- A pt with profound signs and symptoms of ACS (crushing chest pain, severe SOB, pale, diaphoretic) and obvious or highly likely to have instability.
- ACS with a new arrhythmia
- A pt with an arrhythmia and instability.
I hope this clarifies any confusion. We have heard that many ER staff are not certain about our “Alert” process. We would ask that you discuss this with them.