Clinical Care

Addressing Inmate Emergency Department Transport Protocols

Who What At a meeting convened by Hospital Council on March 20, SFD shared concerns about communication and protocols on when the county jail uses emergency medical services (EMS) providers to transport inmates to community hospitals. In 2023, SFD transported over 660 inmates to hospitals, though hospital staff determined many did not need hospital-level care. […]

Surgeon Provides Alternative

A new minimally invasive procedure called transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) might just make valve replacement, open-heart surgery, and the use of a heart-lung machine a thing of the past.

APOT Time Discussions Continue in Sacramento Area

Who What At a public meeting on Feb. 8, the Sacramento County health officer committed the county to not pursuing financial penalties on hospitals for missing ambulance patient offload time (APOT) targets. This is to ensure a collaborative approach to APOT improvement.   The county hosted an APOT summit on Feb. 13 designed to unite hospital […]

Contra Costa Fire Protection District to Implement New APOT Policy in March  

Who What The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District and its ambulance subcontractor, AMR, plan to implement a new ambulance patient offload time (APOT) policy in March. Under the new policy, ambulance personnel who have been waiting for 60 minutes to transfer patients in need of hospital emergency department (ED) services may “immediately mov[e] the […]

Fearless in the Face of Cancer

“I kept giving her the medicine, but the fevers were not going away,” said Cooley, Peyton’s mother. “I began noticing bruises on her legs and she looked really pale. My mom ‘gut feeling’ told me something was really wrong.”

Contra Costa County Meeting Discusses Ambulance Patient Offload Times  

Who What Hospital Council convened hospital leaders, Contra Costa EMS, and Contra Costa County Fire Protection District for our quarterly meeting on ambulance patient offload times (APOT).     Sutter Delta Medical Center and Contra Costa Regional Medical Center shared recent operational changes they made to achieve a reduction in their APOT by 30 minutes, for […]

Sacramento County Board Hearing Discusses Ambulance Patient Offload Times

Who What On Nov. 7, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors held a 90-minute informational hearing on ambulance patient offload times (APOT) and EMS innovation. The hearing revealed that the Sacramento area has some of the highest average offload times statewide, but APOT is improving. Attendees included other fire chiefs, Sacramento Area Firefighters Local 522 […]

Hospital Council Convenes Meeting on Nurse Training Program

Who What Hospital Council brought these parties together on Sept. 15 at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton to learn about the Helping Our People Elevate (HOPE) Program Regional Nurse Training initiative. Leaders from St. Joseph’s Medical Center and San Joaquin Delta College explained how they developed the HOPE incumbent worker training program […]