Osage Ambulance District has joined several others in the St. Louis area that have started a new program called S.T.A.R.S. — Special Need Tracking and Awareness Response System.
The program is for special needs pediatric patients under the age of 18 and allows the district to be aware of any medical conditions it may encounter when responding to an emergency call.
The S.T.A.R.S. program was founded last year by Shelby Cox, EMS liaison for Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, and Tricia Casey, a paramedic with Rock Township Ambulance District. Once our district attended a meeting and learned more about the program, we agreed it would be beneficial to local families.
The program allows the district to identify and become prepared to care for special needs children and adults in our district in an emergency situation. These individuals include but are not limited to:
- Those with physically debilitating disease
- Developmental delays
- Behavioral or emotional conditions
- Anyone who is at a higher risk of requiring health related services to a degree not typical of normally developing individuals.
If you or anyone you know would like information about the program, please call us at 573-897- 0044 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.