February 5, 2020
Kitting Your EMS Equipment to Be Ready to Go in an Instant
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) need to be able to respond to a call immediately. They don’t have the time to mess around looking for items in an emergency. Kitting can help EMTs and first responders ensure they have all the equipment necessary for each call without spending more than a couple of seconds getting their items.
What is Kitting?
Kitting is the process of grouping like items together in a “kit”. Doing this makes it easier for you to store things together and improves your ability to travel with everything you need.
If you’ve ever created a toolbox, whether for work or personal purposes, you can look at this like a kit. It has several tools in it that are often used together and is often organized by things that are similar or are used on similar jobs.
There’s no one right or wrong way to kit your tools together. The two major ways are organizing by type and organizing by job.
Organizing by type is helpful if you have many different types of EMS equipment. For example, if your team uses several different types of syringes, you can kit all of your syringes together so you know where they all are. However, if you only have one defibrillator, you won’t arrange that in a type kit.
Organizing by job may be more applicable to your specific situation. Since you have different situations you respond to, you may want to assemble kits for the most common calls you get. Fall kits can help address broken bones, heart kits can help respond to heart attacks, and so on. You can create things like a blunt trauma kit, or a general response kit. In fact, you likely already have something like this in your emergency vehicles already. You likely already have experience using kits, and you can take that experience even further to benefit all of your EMS teams.
How Can Kitting Help Track EMS Equipment?
Trying to find one thing takes much less time than trying to find multiple things. If all you need to do is look for your trauma response kit, once you have it, you can leave right away. Instead of doing a full-item check each time you respond to an emergency call, which can take more time than you have, instead respond to ensure you have your kit.
If having more than one kit can help you reduce response time, figure out a way to organize your kits that makes the most sense to how you do things. This is a tool that’s supposed to help you. Do it in a way that makes the most sense for your team.
You can assign someone to be in charge of filling and monitoring your EMS equipment kits. Those who respond to emergencies won’t take time away from patients who need immediate care.
Asset Panda can help you create kits with your assets. You can also track what’s in each of those kits, so that you aren’t caught unaware in any situation. Have a manager or someone else not on emergency response do kit maintenance. Asset Panda can send your entire team notifications regarding your kits. These can include when kits travel on response calls, and when something in those kits gets used. Because you can’t afford to spend even a second on tasks that prevent you from getting to patients in time.