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SPRINT (Single Paramedic Response and INTervention)

Single response paramedics play a key role in reducing ambulance response times and enhancing patient outcomes.

SPRINT paramedics operate across metropolitan Adelaide in all-wheel-drive vehicles. They are dispatched to cases in order to get life saving emergency treatment to patients quickly. If it is necessary to transport the patient, a traditional ambulance will also be dispatched to the patient.

SPRINT paramedics have a positive effect on Category A (emergency life-threatening situations) response times. They are also able to reduce the requirement for additional ambulances to be dispatched in some cases through their expert treatment and assessment.

SPRINT bicycles

SA Ambulance Service’s SPRINT bicycles are an alternative method of delivering life-saving medical emergency assistance at major events and in pedestrian-dense areas. They provide a similar service to our SPRINT team.

Major events can present challenges for paramedics responding to triple zero (000) calls due to heavy pedestrian traffic. SPRINT bicycle paramedics can get to patients more quickly and then inform the crew en route in the ambulance of the best way to access the site. This helps reduce response times at major events.

SPRINT bicycle paramedics carry a medical kit including oxygen and a defibrillator suitable for responding to any patient.

Motorbike Response Unit (MRU).

SA Ambulance Service (SAAS) has recently commenced a trial to test the advantage of adding motorbikes to its increasingly diverse fleet of ambulance vehicles.

The MRU is being trialled in the city during special events to see if SAAS can get life-saving treatment to patients more quickly by motorbike.

Six paramedics recently undertook intensive training with Victoria Police over two weeks to prepare them for the trial, in addition to passing a motorcycle skills assessment before selection. In Victoria, they did a modified police training course on bike control, low-speed riding and safety.

The new motorbike crews have been attracting attention since their first outing during the WOMADelaide festival and were also used during the Clipsal 500 event.

Motorbike Response UnitAfter the six-month trial, the Motorbike Response Unit will be evaluated on a number of measures, including:

  • number of cases attended
  • any positive effect on category A and B response times
  • number of ambulances it prevented from needing to attend cases (by MRU paramedic re-triaging patients and determining appropriate alternative care pathway)
  • successful life-saving interventions.
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