MORROW COUNTY SPECIAL NEEDS REGISTRY
Morrow County EMS & 911 and the Morrow County Health District have joined together develop a registry for Morrow County residents with disabilities, chronic conditions, and other special healthcare needs. This system is designed to identify individuals who may require special assistance during emergencies. Enrollment in the Registry does not guarantee assistance, but allows first responders to appropriately plan for, prepare for, and respond to the needs of the community.
Who Should Enroll
Any individual, regardless of age, who has a chronic condition, disability, and special healthcare need, or may require additional assistance during a time of emergency. Some examples include people who:
§ Use life support systems such as oxygen, respirator, ventilator, dialysis, pacemaker, or are insulin dependent;
§ Have mobility disabilities and use a wheelchair, scooter, walker, cane, or other mobility device;
§ Are visually impaired, blind, hard of hearing, or Deaf;
§ Have speech, cognitive, developmental or mental health disabilities; or
§ Use assistive animals or prosthesis.
If an individual cannot complete the enrollment form themselves, a family member, caregiver, or authorized representative can enroll the individual on their behalf. While enrollment in the Registry does not guarantee assistance, it allows first responders to appropriately plan, prepare for, and responds to the needs of the community.
The information submitted to Morrow County Special Registry is shared with local first responders and emergency management officials. These officials utilize the information to plan for, mitigate, respond to and recover from emergencies. Additionally, Morrow County EMS have worked with Morrow County 911 to notify first responders when they are responding to a household that may have someone enrolled in the Registry. This notification allows first responders additional time to consider how to best respond to that incident. Please note that strict confidentiality is maintained at all times and only those that have a reason to access the information are authorized to do so.
§ A list of prescriptions, including dosage and treatment
§ A list of allergies
§ Copies of your health insurance card(s)
§ Contact information for your doctors, pharmacist, and medical supply providers
As I begin to reflect on the 41 years of Morrow County EMS, I find myself humbled. The dedication and compassion of our present and past personnel have truly shown me why this field is a rewarding one. Morrow County EMS has continued to grow, by grow I mean that in the truest sense. The past has planted seeds of compassion for the sick and injured as well as the dedication to embrace technology to improve our patient care. As we continue to grow we must prepare for change in how we deliver care. Whether we do it thru Community Paramedicine, Community Outreach or a Tiered System. We also must embrace our personnel and the people we serve thru the Ten Principles of Servant Leadership; Listening, Empathy, Healing, Awareness, Persuasion, Conceptualization, Foresight, Stewardship, Commitment to Growth of People and Building a Community.
As we move forward in EMS we must keep in mind That EMS is still in its infancy stage compared to the Fire Service. The earliest known fire department was formed in Ancient Rome by Egnatius Rufus who used his slaves to provide a free fire service. The Emperor Augustus established a public fire department in 24 BCE. The Fire service has come a long way since then, now its our turn to grow and shine.