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Quick Response Team (QRT)

A division of the Mobile Integrated Health (MIH) program, the Quick Response Team (QRT) is an innovative approach to addressing a variety of issues facing older adults such as falls prevention and behavioral health.

Meet the Team:

Freddy Crane, Firefighter/Paramedic

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In 2018, the Crawfordsville Fire Department began to fund specialized training for a firefighter/paramedic to focus on responding to and addressing falls prevention, opioid overdoses, all substance use disorders, and general behavioral issues. The QRT is unique in that it has the ability to respond preventatively or deploy on emergency calls.

Since then considerable efforts have been placed on falls prevention as it represents nearly 25% of all local 911 calls and is the leading cause of injury among adults aged 65+ in the U.S. Nationally, falls account for an estimated 9 million injuries, 3 million emergency department visits, approximately 32,000 deaths, and an estimated $31 billion in Medicare costs.

While highly prevalent, falls and fall-related injuries are preventable. The QRT program in combination with health care providers plays a crucial role in helping older adults reduce their risk for falls. MIH's Chronic Disease Management Program which incorporates falls prevention education has assisted in reducing all-cause hospital readmissions by nearly 90% of enrolled patients.

The falls prevention initiative is comprised of immediate on-scene assessment and navigation, 24-48 hour follow-up, home safety checks, medication adherences and reconciliation, STEADI (Stopping, Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries) assessments, and referrals to appropriate social and/or clinical services such as physical therapy. This holistic approach to treatment and rehabilitation of the initial injuries also reduces the likelihood for future falls and their related impacts. Avoided injuries evade the possibility of future hospitalization or readmissions which often lead to further health complications like large joint replacement, infections, medication difficulties, and supplementary illnesses. 

The Quick Response Team program creates a variety of connections that improve all social determinants of the health of the patient. For example, a key benefit of the follow-up process and in-home safety checks is a reduction in social isolation which can often lead to other problems. Helping older adults feel less isolated has a positive effect on their overall mental and physical well-being. 

Contact Us

Scott Busenbark,
Fire Chief
100 S Water St
Crawfordsville, IN 47933
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