What Will Make You Great?

What Will Make You Great?

Football season is in full swing and as you cheer on your favorite team, imagining you’re the all-star quarter-back throwing the game winning pass with seconds left in the fourth, are you thinking about the guys protecting you on the front line?

Odds are you aren’t. You’re entirely focused on finding an open man in the in-zone, and building the gusto to heave the pigskin 40 yards. Your eyes scan man to man and you begin to pull your tired and bruised arm back in anticipation. Your seasoned instinct alerts you to your waning protective front line and the pressure becomes panic. Ah hah! You see your target in the end zone. As the line growls and bends you fire a pass that will land you in the history books. Touchdown!

Now, we’ve all imagined ourselves in varied moments of greatness but have you stopped to think, what made it possible for us to become great? Greatness, much like sports moments that change history, is neither innate nor learned. Greatness occurs in a perfect storm of opportunity and preparation.

As the quarter-back, leading your operation, when will you have your moment of greatness? With Operative IQ, it can happen sooner than you think.

Whether your team is a small community operation or a multi-station company, Operative IQ is your protection on the front line. From inventory and asset management to controlled substance tracking, Operative IQ’s intuitive system offers all the protection EMS and Fire professionals need to form the perfect storm of opportunity and preparation.

How prepared are you for your opportunity of greatness?

Inventory supply requests sent directly from electronic check sheets, fleet issues reported from the road, and an unmatched narcotic tracking feature that will have you questioning how you ever stayed fully DEA compliant without it. In essence, Operative IQ prepares you and your operation for the big game. We’ve got you covered. Our training will coach you, and our support staff will guide you. Operative IQ is your winning team!

Contact Operative IQ to find out how great your operation can truly be.

EMS Technology Solutions, LLC
3771 Tramore Pointe Parkway, SW
Austell, GA 30106

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USA: 877-217-3707
Canada: 647-694-0150

Lynchburg and Seattle: The latest cautionary-tales

Lynchburg and Seattle: The latest cautionary-tales

Suspected theft and internal diversion affected two operations last month adding to mounting evidence of inadequate controlled substance processes. It is becoming increasingly apparent that controlled substance diversion is an issue that demands to be addressed.

Levi Pulkkinen of SeattlePI, an investigative online newspaper, reported that “nine tampered vials (morphine) were found at Medic One stations” in Seattle and the surrounding area. In a second incident occurring in Lynchburg, VA, Eleanor Roy of the News and Advance, cited the theft of 273 vials of fentanyl. These recent events emphatically stress the need for increased controlled substance security on such a large scale that it is now painfully obvious that something beyond “safes of substantial construction” must be implemented.

It’s no secret that controlled substances play a complicated role in pre-hospital care. Acknowledged or not, a loophole in current security measures provide a potential opportunity for diversion. This potential diversion opportunity is facilitated by the inadequate tracking tools that quietly tangle the web of measures we once thought provided sufficient accountability and security.

Divergent risk does not discriminate between large, multi-branched organizations or small, “mom and pop” community operations. As illustrated by the events in Lynchburg, simply replacing a targeted narcotic with a different narcotic does little to change the divergent activity.

Once diversion is suspected, the first course of action is to review the chain of custody for that individual vial. Unfortunately, completing this process with multiple paper logs and absolutely no signature validity can prove daunting and frustrating. As in the case of Lynchburg, authorities were unable to target a suspect because they lacked a clear and accurate timeline of narcotic movement.

Divergent events regularly making headlines should provide the necessary incentive to avoid becoming the next “cautionary-tale”. Understanding and appreciating this great risk is critical to the success of all ALS capable crews and ultimately your operation. As a decision-maker in your operation and a leader in your community you’ll do everything in your power to ensure a solid and credible name. Don’t add your company’s name to the already long list of investigated organizations.

What do you need to do to minimize risk and a secure a positive community presence?

1) Be Proactive.

Pushing it off until next year or reciting a mantra of, “it will never happen here”, will not suffice.

2) Contact Operative IQ.

Operative IQ’s controlled substance tracking offers the industry’s only true cradle-to-grave record for every medication, giving you the upper hand in establishing accountability.

3) Rest Easy.

Know exactly who participated in each transaction with the certainty of biometric finger print validation, gain visibility across multiple safes, and limit access to these high risk areas.

In this age of advanced technology, your operation’s future does not have to hinge on undependable paper logs. Switch to a system that actually works to increase accountability and establish accurate record-keeping. Operative IQ’s controlled substance tracking arms you with a true cradle-to-grave view of every medication that will help put your medical director’s mind at ease.

EMS Technology Solutions, LLC
3771 Tramore Pointe Parkway, SW
Austell, GA 30106

Contact Us

USA: 877-217-3707
Canada: 647-694-0150