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“Instead of responding to the majority of 999 calls we receive every day, we want to flip that so we only go to those patients who really, really need a double staffed paramedic emergency ambulance quickly.”
Agencies and government officials must evaluate performance expectations and funding to determine appropriate EMS delivery models
“Whatever you don’t bring is what you’re going to need,” one commenter wrote
The lawsuit claims the Nuvance ambulance EMTs were not trained nor capable of providing proper care, treatment and monitoring
Clark County will begin to use Advanced EMT staffing after years of ALS staffing for every call
Altura Ambulance Director Jessica Romine told local leaders the service could lose its license due to staffing problems
The FAIR Health report also found that ALS services were required more often between 2018-2022 than BLS services
AMR and Metro West debate over ALS vs. BLS model to deal with shortages and improve times
The nonprofit offered free certifications at FDIC
Charlotte-based Mecklenburg EMS’ high-acuity calls now have a time limit, and low-acuity calls are expected to take longer and will not include rig lights or sirens
The increase would offset the costs of inflation and salary increases for EMS providers, officials said
Boston EMS transported a patient with hand injuries by BLS ambulance from Northeastern University
Martin County is providing BLS and relying on mutual aid while seeking a sponsoring hospital and getting ambulances inspected
The search for Decatur’s new agency has been narrowed down to RuralMed EMS, Lakeside EMS, Echo Response EMS and Abbott/AMR EMS
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Olympia Assistant Fire Chief Mike Buchanan explained that decreasing availability of private providers for BLS calls results in increased on-scene times
Medicaid ALS reimbursement would increase from $300 to $400 per trip, and BLS would increase from $180 to $325 per trip
Each vehicle carries an EMT and basic life support equipment
An Oklahoma City Council vote also put in place free, in-house paramedic training
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Medic Deputy Director John Studnek says response configuration change is “going to help us bridge the gap of the long-term problem of staffing”
All 60 members of the Ames Fire Department are on track to be EMT-certified by January
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Officials chose to alter staffing for an ambulance that runs within city limits, where it can get to the hospital quicker
Fairfield Bay EMS members said the volunteer service is important to the community and provides adequate coverage
AHA CPR Guidelines 2020 continue to emphasize early recognition of cardiac arrest and prompt CPR beginning with chest compressions provides the best chances for survival
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