Leadership

Rural EMS Report

Issue 11 and Volume 128.

Rural EMS Report A joint report by the California Highway Patrol, Division of Forestry, Communications Division and the Department of Health, made recommendations for emergency medical services in rural areas where such services were inadequate or nonexistent. The major recommendations, made last July, set standards to eliminate delays in reporting injuries or illness; for a maximum response time for first responders or ambulances of 30 minutes for 95 percent of the requests; to provide trained emergency medical personnel to respond on the scene; and to provide 24-hour, seven-day-a-week communications centers to link emergency medical care and transportation by radio or telephone. The study echoed previous reports, stating that emergency medical services for rural Californians are poor. But, this study provided a program to change the EMS quality without spending large sums of money, and it developed estimates of costs and determined the feasibility for agencies to provide EMS in rural…

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