Allied Services has developed a program that helps to identify special needs individuals (e.g., those who have physical limitations) who may require additional assistance during emergency response.
While working to meet requirements of the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, Allied Services Rehabilitation Hospital (Scranton) noted a lack of ready resources to identify special needs individuals for emergency medical services (EMS) personnel during an emergency response. The hospital developed a green identifying sticker, an “EVAC” label, for this purpose and discussed it with local EMS providers and fire department representatives, who supported the idea to begin distributing the stickers to appropriate individuals. Currently, the Scranton location, Allied Services’ John Heinz Rehabilitation Hospital in Wilkes-Barre, and 15 outpatient centers distribute the stickers to appropriate patients during discharge.
For more information about the Allied Services program or to request stickers for distribution, visit https://www.allied-services.org/evacsticker. Patient safety officers in Pennsylvania can also read more about the initiative on the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority’s secure Patient Safety Knowledge Exchange (PassKey) website.