Nebraska City Pursues Software For EMS Inventory

NEBRASKA CITY—The Nebraska City City Council approved a computer software agreement with Bound Tree Medical for inventory and narcotics tracking for Nebraska City Fire and Rescue.

Paramedic Manager Andrew Snodgrass said the city already gets it medical supplies form Bound Tree, which also offers the Operative IQ software.

Snodgrass: “The full price of the program is about $5,000 per year. If we go through Bound Tree for the software, they cover 50 percent of that cost so long as we spend at least $28,000 with them on average.

According to their numbers, the last four years, they pulled the numbers for me, we have spent on an average of $33,000 to $35,000 with them a year. That includes disposable inventory, non-disposable inventory, uniforms…they kind of have their hands in a lot of different things.”

Snodgrass also explained the narcotics tracking portion of the program. Currently, he said Nebraska City Fire and Rescue uses pen and paper to keep track of various medications. However, new legislation resulting from the opioid crisis will require better methods of tracking medications.

Total cost for the program with assistance from Bound Tree will be $5,370 for the first year and $2,550 for the second and third years, for a total cost of just over $10,000

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