Public Awareness Message
911 activation and Emergency Medical Services (what you should know)
A team of medical professionals will arrive at the emergency scene as quickly and safely as possible. The personnel who make up the team consist of a basic level Emergency Medical Technician/driver, and a highly trained Paramedic who is educated in emergency medicine. The team is designed to deliver optimal pre-hospital care, and is capable of providing Advanced Life Support at an efficient pace in order to stabilize medical and traumatic emergencies.
Some tips on being a helpful part of an emergency scene:
Some information you can expect to be requested by your Paramedic in addition to events of the emergency.
Allergies to medication
All of this information must be obtained quickly upon contact, as it serves to complete our assessment of the condition and is needed to safely continue the treatment course. The most accurate and effective way to communicate a majority of the information to your provider is a pre-written list printed on a simple piece of paper or flash card.
In addition to verbal information gathering, you should expect a generalized physical examination and a focused exam of involved anatomic or physiologic systems using advanced diagnostic equipment such as cardiac monitoring. The assessments will be performed by your providers with preservation of dignity and privacy. In order to provide life threat interventions, an array of various advanced and sometimes invasive procedures may be employed. The interventions are a large part of what truly makes a field Medic valuable, and center on airway control, cardiac defibrillation, cardio-version, transcutaneous cardiac pacing, intravenous therapy, and emergency pharmacology.
The combination of careful clinical decision making and timely intervention is fundamental to the ability of the Paramedic to sustain life. With the public’s cooperation, we can better fulfill our goal of reducing morbidity and mortality in our community. Together, we can protect our most valued and precious gifts of life and health. Be safe!
-Your Paramedics at Plymouth Community Ambulance Association