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Welfare Check Tips from EMS Leaders


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.