For this EMS1 article, Lessons to apply: Welfare check incident became a LODD, I asked these EMS leaders for their best tips and advice for conducting welfare checks:
- Chad Pore
- Mike Taigman
- Gina Perschau-Becker
- Marc Bashoor
Welfare checks are resource intensive responses (police officer, engine company, ambulance crew) which often result in an unsatisfactory outcome, such as no patient present, a non-billable transport refusal, or a civilian distressed by their broken door or window.
For patients who generate multiple and regular welfare checks, the goal shouldn’t be making a transport or no transport decision. Instead, strive for a lasting intervention through the use of response data, community paramedic check-ups and social service referrals.
Read the full article on EMS1.