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.
While the survival rates meet our goal and far exceed national average, we know more can be done. The Fire Department will continue to train to provide the best cardiac arrest care possible and explore ways to improve nationally accepted procedures. In the 1st Quarter of fiscal year 2019, a couple of the EMS personnel will travel to Minnesota to work with our Medical Director and the cardiac lab there regarding pilot tests to evaluate modifications to the current procedures and protocols.
ImpactThe City has a high impact on this measure.