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.
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.