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.
The fire department responds to approximately 55-65 full arrest or cardiac arrest events each calendar year. These events are not filtered and the department includes all events including trauma cardiac arrest. This is different than most agencies that track this measure that place filters on their results. We do not have any filters in place and capture all cardiac arrests that occur in the city.
The City has a high impact on this measure.