Response Times

High Rise Buildings Take Longer to Access

Nov 9th, 2014 | By
Vertical Response Interval

Two studies have found that high rise buildings add 2.7 minutes to medical emergency responses, which means that from an event’s onset it takes 13 minutes or more to get alongside the patient.

End-to-End Protocol Enables Timely Rescues

Oct 21st, 2014 | By
The End-to-End Protocol

Medical protocols exist so that quality care can be delivered reliably. We now have to hand the ball to our public health administrators to allow such basic strategies to take hold and enable change.

Six Minutes to Live or Die

Oct 21st, 2014 | By

“50 largest cities save only an estimated 6% to 10% of the victims of sudden cardiac arrest who realistically could be saved.”

A 160 MPH Ambulance May Not Be a Great Idea

Oct 20th, 2014 | By

The scary thing is nobody thought of onsite responders, even in monster Dubai high rises. And they try to convince everyone (except the pros) that 15 min responses are OK. The public needs to be told.

Ambulance Chief Defends Changes to Dispatch System

Oct 14th, 2014 | By

Total reliance on EMS vehicles is not necessary in high rises, where onsite resources and responders can meet early intervention goals reliably.

Ambulance Officials Downgrade Chest Pains, Admit to 10 minute+ Response Times

Apr 15th, 2014 | By

OK, they can do no more, when AEDs have a 4 min limit – understandable. On behalf of the 95% who die – might we try something new, something onsite?

Giving up on Urgent Medical Emergencies

Aug 29th, 2012 | By

Adding two minutes to the “8:59 standard” leaves a trail of dead and brain damaged victims everywhere. But in high rises, which already take an estimated 2 more minutes to access, they had may as well ask the coroner to saddle up the horses and roll the morgue wagon one more time.

Dispatch lag slows Los Angeles FD call response

May 18th, 2012 | By

Dispatchers obviously need more autonomy, and less data entry, before sending.

Stroke: Time is brain in delivering EMS care

Mar 23rd, 2012 | By

EMS1 is the leading website and news service for EMS people, and this ‘blog’ is a sterling example of its quality information.

The Ongoing Ambulance Response Time Debate

Feb 23rd, 2012 | By

“Matt Zavadsky dared to ask a provocative question in his presentation at the American Ambulance Association conference this past November, “Do Ambulance Response Times Really Matter?”

Question and Answer Sheet: Heart Safety in High Rises

Jan 22nd, 2012 | By
cardiac arrest

Safety agencies need to address the fact that thousands of people are dying needlessly in high rise and office buildings each year, because EMS simply can’t get to them in time. Arrest victims and rescuers have no access to the only device that can save them – an AED.

New Data Released from CARES Program on SCA’s

Aug 15th, 2011 | By

If a pulse is not restored before EMS transport, additional efforts at the receiving hospital almost invariably fail.

“We’re in a war with the Fire Dept!”

Jul 22nd, 2011 | By

From 50% 50 years ago, actual fire calls are now just 1% of fire department responses, who are now “there to stop the clock”.

The Hard Facts about Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Jun 8th, 2011 | By

In New York the EMS time is about 12 minutes, due to traffic delays and the logistics of getting to victims in high-rise buildings.

Resuscitation Networks and VF detection alarms

May 10th, 2011 | By

As we look around for fresh ideas in the cardiac advocacy realm, there are some novel and promising concepts out there.