Healthcare delivery is changing throughout the United States. In Cranberry Township, that change is reflected in the evolving mission of the Cranberry Township Emergency Medical Service, or CTEMS.
In addition to being the Township’s officially designated 9-1-1 Emergency Medical Service, CTEMS is now partnering with non-traditional providers and extending its services to include non-emergency in-home health and safety checkups for the families of newborn babies as well as for adults who want the peace of mind that they or their loved ones are being checked on by a healthcare professional The Cranberry Township Emergency Medical Service, or CTEMS, has been serving the Cranberry Township community since 1969, when it was formed by the Volunteer Fire Company as the Cranberry Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
In the forty-plus years since that time, CTEMS has emerged as a full-time, independent, professionally staffed nonprofit organization financed by a combination of insurance, direct patient billing, and charitable donations.
In 2013, CTEMS ran 3,430 calls for service. It also provides AHA licensed training in CPR, First Aid, AED, ACLS and PALS to both healthcare professionals and private citizens. In addition, it is a certified child car seat fitting station.
New and expectant parents have their hands full – particularly those bringing home a first born child. There is a lot to learn and a lot of preparation to assure the infant’s safety.
The CTEMS Safe Landing Program was created to help these families prepare their homes, vehicles and nurseries to safeguard their babies against known safety hazards.
During a four-hour visit, a specially-trained EMS technician will perform a child car seat inspection – making sure the seat is properly installed in any family vehicle, that the seat itself is in good operating condition, and that it is a match for the specific vehicle in which it is installed.
The technician will also instruct parents on the proper positioning of their infant in a crib as well as awareness of crib safety. Hardware, posts, slats and rails in the crib can each pose potential risks, as do the sleeping positions of newborn babies.
Childproofing the home – making parents aware of a regimen that can include making sure that cupboard latches, safety gates, edge bumpers, plug covers, window cords, and furniture placement are properly placed – is also a priority of the Safe Landings educational service.
In addition, those who sign up for the service can invite as many as a dozen friends, family and neighbors to hear the safety presentation and to learn CPR at no additional cost.
Wellness ☑’s ℠
Now elderly and chronically ill adults with non-acute medical needs whose health does not require hospitalization, can have a healthcare professional provide affordable, non-clinical, in-home support as often as three times a week.
During an one-hour visit to a household, a CTEMS technician, in cooperation with that individual’s primary care physician, will help make sure that the patient’s vital signs are recorded and that their medications are being taken as prescribed.
The CTEMS technician can also assist with questions concerning drugs and treatments, refer the patient to social service organizations, assist them in setting up appointments, help to make transportation arrangements, and conduct home safety checks for trip-and-fall hazards.
The Community Wellness Check program is being carried out in partnership with the United Way 2-1-1 referral service, which includes more than 50 human service agencies operating in Butler County. The Life Butler and Beaver programs, designed to assist those 55 years and older with various services, is also a partner in the Community Wellness Check program.
Future extensions of the program currently under consideration include monitoring blood glucose levels, performing ECGs, and drawing blood for lab work.
This program is open to anyone within a 30 mile radius of Cranberry Township. Call the station at 724-776-4480 ext. 1902 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.