Serving Washington County Missouri

Stars

Washington County Ambulance District is proud to be the lead agency in Washington County with regards to the regional STARS program.

The STARS (Special needs Tracking Awareness and Response System) program enables us to be better prepared to take care of special needs children through 21 years of age should an emergency arise.

Each child that is entered into STARS has a form detailing his or her medical history, medications, allergies, baseline vital signs, baseline neurological status and common medical emergencies that is kept in each ambulance. A number is assigned to each child that matches the form. Should you need to call 911, the caller gives the dispatcher the number which is then relayed to the responding ambulance. Having this information at hand can prove vital, especially when a regular caretaker is not present.

Please contact us if you feel your child would be a candidate. Children who especially benefit are those with significant developmental delay, seizure disorders, cardiac history, cerebral shunts, tracheostomies and any atypical diseases or syndromes.

To enroll your child, a Critical Care Paramedic from Washington County Ambulance District will make an appointment to come to your home or you may come to the district to discuss your child’s needs, fill out the STARS form and answer any questions you may have about our services. At this time, if your child has any anxiety about the ambulance and would like to tour it or see any equipment, he or she is encouraged to do so.

We look forward to hearing from you!

For more information, please contact our STARS Program Coordinator:
Rita Koch-West NRP, CCP-C
573.438.3635
stars@wcadems.org