Create a Patient Channel for EMS Users

Learn how to create a Patient Channel for Pulsara EMS Users

Creating a patient channel on the Pulsara communications platform is simple, and you can learn how to do it in just a few minutes.

 

Open a New Patient

After logging in to the Pulsara app as EMS, tap the New button on the Patient List.

Or, open the main navigation menu and tap New Patient.

Fill out required and optional fields

Required fields have a caution triangle and a red background. First Contact and At Patient default to the current time. If necessary, either time can be adjusted. 

If your Agency has an Acuity list configured, the field will appear. Select the appropriate value for the patient.

If a driver’s license is available, tap the DL scan button to scan a US Driver’s License with your device camera. This will populate the following patient demographic information: First and Last Name, Date of Birth, Age, and Gender.

NOTE: Adding this patient demographic data will speed patient registration and potential information exchange with your ePCR system.

If no license is available, enter the First and Last name.  If part of the name is not known, check the Unknown boxes to skip the name entry.

Additional Patient demographics such as Age, Gender, Height and Weight, can be entered now or updated later.

You can then continue to fill out any remaining, non-required fields as you deem necessary. Tap the Add button in the lower right corner to attach Audio Clips, Contacts, ECGs, Flowchart Notes, Images, Labels, Labs, Patient Condition and Vitals to the Patient Channel.

If desired, add a spoken description of the patient using the Audio button. We suggest this instead of using a radio to describe the patient to the destination facility. Once recorded, all parties in the channel will be able to hear the same report and replay it as necessary.

Pulsara allows for adding patient condition information via the Triage button. Click here to learn more.

Choose the Patient Type

Special fields may appear for specific case types after the assignment.

Depending on the selected case type, the Chief Complaint may become required.

Select the destination facility.

When selecting a Destination, you’ll see a menu displaying the most common facilities for your agency each appearing with a star. When provided by the facility, availability information will be displayed with a status for accepting patients. See more information on Hospital Availability.

If your desired destination does not show in this initial list, tap “Show All in Range” or “Show All within 200 Miles” to see a larger list.

Choose the destination facility from the list of options.

ETA will be automatically calculated based on your location in relationship to the selected Destination facility

Tapping Alert is the final step in creating your Patient Channel.

This action will notify the appropriate care teams at the destination facility that you are on your way.

Once the facility team responsible for inbound EMS traffic acknowledges the alert, you will receive a push notification to confirm that the destination facility is successfully added to the Patient Channel and that they are aware you are coming.

If your agency does not require a destination, you can choose the destination facility after creating the Patient Channel.