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.
ROSC rate was lower that hoped in 2nd Quarter, largely due to patients with difficult to resuscitate rhythms. The Fire Chief and Ambulance Department will evaluate procedures for each cardiac arrest and look at ways to further improve cardiac arrest procedures. The Ambulance Department is also working with State of TN to develop system to capture this data statewide for comparison and improvement purposes.
ImpactThe City has a high impact on this measure.