Brian Coddington

Spokane Fire moves to electronic patient records

Brian Coddington, Communications Director, No Phone Number Available

Monday, April 7, 2014 at 2:15 p.m.

In an effort that will make Spokane safer, the Spokane Fire Department switched to a digital patient records system this morning.

The Patient Care Reporting (ePCR) system collects patient information electronically, replacing the traditional paper report. This is year-long project allows the department's firefighters and paramedics to provide better medical care to citizens and visitors.

The department responded to more than 33,000 incidents in 2013. More than 86 percent of those had emergency medical services components. That translated into more than 20,000 patient care reports.

In other news:

  • Spokane Gives Week kicks off Saturday with Cleaning From the Core and several other events. Nearly 100 projects have been entered through Needs for more than 50 of those projects have already been met. About 50 businesses and organizations have signed up as teams. More than 2,500 people have registered as volunteers through since the site launched three weeks ago.
  • Citizens can share their knowledge of the transportation system using a new online mapping tool. That tool will help inform an update to the transportation and utility chapter of the City's Comprehensive Plan, called Link Spokane. The tool is available at by searching “Link Spokane.”

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