Kildare ambulances to get a modern makeover thanks to new initiative

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Kildare ambulances to get a modern makeover thanks to new initiative
17:25 Saturday 15th of December 2018

Ambulances across Kildare will be getting a modern facelift following a new initiative between the Red Cross and online company Lottoland.

The project launched yesterday in Newbridge, and it was officially unveiled by Kildare South TD Marting Heydon.

It will see ambulances being kitted out with smart devices to capture key data replacing cumbersome and time-consuming reports by pen and paper which will all be secured with cloud technology and allow real-time reporting and sight of all ambulance logistics.

Lottoland chose to support an Irish Red Cross initiative because of the variety of this charity’s humanitarian projects both at home and abroad. Due to the improved efficiencies which will be brought about by Lottoland’s support for the digitisation of the ambulance fleet, even more emergency care and services will be delivered to the Irish public, therefore helping the Irish Red Cross save more lives in the future.

Nationwide, the digital makeover will have a positive impact on the 2,000 Irish Red Cross uniformed members who voluntarily give of their time and medical expertise to provide first aid cover around the country each week. The project launched today will see all traditional paper-based administration for the charity’s ambulance fleet (of 90 ambulances) digitised, saving each ambulance crew 1.5 hours per day, which equates to 71,175 personnel hours per year. In Kildare alone, the Irish Red Cross ambulance personnel will save 2,190 hours per year which is very significant time saving which will allow the operators concentrate on other important aspects of their day-to-day humanitarian operations. Discarding the old paper-based management systems will dramatically improve efficiency around such critical tasks as ambulatory-care reports, patient-care reports, lifesaving equipment checks and daily fleet management.

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An initiative which will result in the digital makeover of the Irish Red Cross ambulance fleet across Co Kildare was launched today by Deputy Martin Heydon TD in Newbridge. The project will see ambulances being kitted out with smart devices to capture key data replacing cumbersome and time-consuming reports by pen and paper which will all be secured with cloud technology and allow real-time reporting and sight of all ambulance logistics thanks to support provided by Lottoland. Online lottery company Lottoland chose to support an Irish Red Cross initiative because of the variety of this charityÕs humanitarian projects both at home and abroad. Due to the improved efficiencies which will be brought about by LottolandÕs support for the digitisation of the ambulance fleet, even more emergency care and services will be delivered to the Irish public, therefore helping the Irish Red Cross save more lives in the future. Nationwide, the digital makeover will have a positive impact on the 2,000 Irish Red Cross uniformed members who voluntarily give of their time and medical expertise to provide first aid cover around the country each week. The project launched today will see all traditional paper-based administration for the charityÕs ambulance fleet (of 90 ambulances) digitised, saving each ambulance crew 1.5 hours per day, which equates to 71,175 personnel hours per year. In Kildare alone, the Irish Red Cross ambulance personnel will save 2,190 hours per year which is very significant time saving which will allow the operators concentrate on other important aspects of their day-to-day humanitarian operations. Discarding the old paper-based management systems will dramatically improve efficiency around such critical tasks as ambulatory-care reports, patient-care reports, lifesaving equipment checks and daily fleet management.
Pictured from left to right are Red Cross ambulance member Joe Callan, Lottoland's Irish Country manager Graham Ross, Deputy Martin Heydon TD and Cyril O'Hare Red Cross ambulance member.
Pic : Lorraine O"Sullivan

Lottoland’s Irish Country Manager Graham Ross said; “This is our most ambitious CSR charity project in Ireland to date and our first full-scale partnership with a major Irish charity and we are launching the Kildare section here in Newbridge. We are delighted to be partnering with the Irish Red Cross, who do so much work in medical care and disaster relief - at home and abroad – where volunteers act as first responders, on the ground, giving help to who need it most, during extreme weather events and in areas of conflict. In working together to plan the partnership projects, we’ve learned so much about the incredible work they do, particularly their huge volunteer base who give their time so selflessly for those who encounter difficulty. As a disruptive digital technology company with innovation in its DNA, we are particularly excited to assist in the digitisation of the ambulance fleet.”

Irish Red Cross’ National Director of Units Tony Lawlor added; "The new tablet devices will greatly enhance the ability of Irish Red Cross volunteers on ambulance cover at local events nationwide to report on patient care securely and in real time. Not only that, but the devices will allow us record vehicle pre-event checks, log volunteer hours and confirm crew cover, so this valuable sponsorship will really make a difference to the quality of event cover and reporting that the Irish Red Cross provides in future."

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