A Simple Scan for Stress Reduction and Safety
Communication between first responders and citizens during emergencies can be impacted by communication disorders. If a citizen is unable to effectively communicate personal, medical, or situational information to a first responder, it can cause undue stress for the parties involved and lead to detrimental outcomes. This DNP project aimed to reduce stress for first responders and citizens with communication disorders through the promotion of QR code medical profiles. Officers at a rural police department were briefly educated on common communication disorders and then trained on how to use the QR code medical profiles. The utilization of this technology was also promoted in the community with coupon codes offered for free registration and discounted products from a company that offers this technological service. The project goals were: 1) to educate at least 90% of the full-time staff at the police department, 2) to have at least 75% of those educated to express confidence in their ability to utilize the QR code profiles in emergencies, and 3) to have at least 25 registrations from the community using the unique coupon codes. While the goals of officer implementation were met, the goal for registrations was not. The hindrance on in-person communication and the cancellation of public events due to the COVID-19 pandemic were considered to be the primary barriers to implementation. The technology is still believed to be useful, and it is recommended that further efforts be made to promote its utilization when social distancing restrictions are lifted.
Coker, Kelly. (April 2021). A Simple Scan for Stress Reduction and Safety (DNP Scholarly Project, East Carolina University). Retrieved from the Scholarship. (http://hdl.handle.net/10342/8973.)
Coker, Kelly. A Simple Scan for Stress Reduction and Safety. DNP Scholarly Project. East Carolina University, April 2021. The Scholarship. http://hdl.handle.net/10342/8973. July 27, 2021.
Coker, Kelly, “A Simple Scan for Stress Reduction and Safety” (DNP Scholarly Project., East Carolina University, April 2021).
Coker, Kelly. A Simple Scan for Stress Reduction and Safety [DNP Scholarly Project]. Greenville, NC: East Carolina University; April 2021.