Paramount ProQA 5.1 Essential to MPDS v13 Proficiency

Contact Kris Berg
(800) 363-9127 ext. 116

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah—Priority Dispatch Corp. is pleased to announce the release of Medical Priority Dispatch System (MPDS®) Version 13 featuring many new capabilities only ProQA® Paramount Version 5.1 can provide.

The International Academies of Emergency Dispatch® (IAED) is responsible for developing the MPDS, which operates on the software engine ProQA Paramount.

The PDC and Academy encourage all users to begin the process of updating to MPDS v13 as soon as it becomes available in fall of 2015 to avoid the extended use of outdated, obsolete, and/or unsupported medical care and dispatch processes.

“It’s the best way to keep your operations moving smoothly,” said Tom Knorr, PDC Director, Software Development and Quality Assurance. “Best of all, updating gives you access to new features and enhancements of both software capabilities and protocol.”

ProQA Paramount Version 5.1 updates specific to MPDS v13 include:

  • A new administrative feature in Pre-Arrival Instruction (PAI) C: Airway/Arrest/Choking (Unconscious) – Adult ≥ 8 Yrs allows the choice of either the current 600 Compressions 1st Pathway or a new Compressions Only Pathway with NO pause in compressions for suspected cardiac arrest (local, medcal oversight approval required).
  • The fast track for Protocol 29: Traffic/Transportation Incidents gives EMDs the opportunity to input actual patient numbers, after which the fast track continues as before.
  • A “pre-screen” helps determine if the Agonal Breathing Diagnostic Tool should be used in suspected cardiac or respiratory arrest (Protocol 9: Cardiac Or Respiratory Arrest/Death), and an upper tab for bypassing to the Breathing Diagnostic screen has been added.
  • Two determinants replace former code 9-E-6 “Underwater”: 14-E-2 “Underwater (DOMESTIC rescue)” and 14-D-1 “Underwater” (SPECIALIZED rescue),” and the Case Entry Post-Dispatch Instructions (PDIs) a, c, and g were added to the pop-up window after the 14-E-2 send.

Concurrent ProQA Paramount v5.1 enhancements not directly related to the MPDS v13 update include:

  • A button pops up a text box in the Stroke Diagnostic Tool when the patient does not speak the current caller language; a sequence entry verifies this was done and the language used.
  • A Target Tool button makes Case Entry PDIs for the initial ECHO type available throughout the entire case, even if another protocol is selected.
  • The Rule of Nines box automatically launches at Key Question (KQ) “What part … is burned,” and can be closed if the EMD directly clicks on a KQ without completing the box calculation; calculation of the % burned is automatic.
  • A smart Severe Respiratory Infection (SRI) tool can trigger a potential diagnosis of flu based on sufficiency of symptoms relayed by the caller; the SRI tool can also map a suspected outbreak.

For more information or to watch an online streaming demonstration of MPDS ProQA Paramount software, visit or call (800) 363-9127. 

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