Emergency Medical Services include all ambulances and fire apparatus staffed with Paramedics and Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians trained to provide professional and compassionate care. Emergency medical personnel have the technology, tools and resources to provide excellent patient care. This results in high survivability from medical emergencies as well as high customer satisfaction. Cardiac arrest and stroke survivability are critical aspects of overall survivability, and remain a top priority. The community takes a proactive approach to health, wellness and medical care, including training in CPR and automatic external defibrillators, helping to improve survivability and overall quality of life.
Cardiac arrest survival rate
Survival rate of all cardiac arrest victims. This includes those with a "workable" rhythm, such as V-Fib and V-Tach, as well as Asystole (flatline) and arrests caused by trauma, including those that are discontinued on the scene without transport to the hospital. This is based upon the ROSC (return of spontaneous circulation) of all patients with full cardiac arrest as found prior to transfer to the Hospital Emergency Department.
This measure can fluctuate greatly between quarters. However, in the 3rd quarter, crews did a great job returning spontaneous circulation. The fire/ambulance department has already had citizens come by the Fire Station to thank them for saving their lives. The Fire Department will continue to train the EMS staff on cardiac arrest procedures and progress towards trial project to further improve ROSC once it is approved for implementation.
ImpactThe City has a high impact on this measure.