Giving up on Urgent Medical Emergencies

Aug 29th, 2012 | By | Category: Response Times

The Emergency Medical Services Authority in Oklahoma has proposed new contract language giving paramedics two additional minutes to respond to top-priority calls before facing a penalty. The authority, which governs Tulsa, Oklahoma City and nearby towns, proposed the change after the Medical Control Board said studies have found that EMS system response times are not a big factor in clinical outcomes. “There is a real concern in emergency medical services and public safety in general about the unnecessary risk that is created by artificially low response times … when they don’t have beneficial impact,” said EMSA board member and MCB medical director Dr. Jeffrey Goodloe.

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