Wednesday, March 14, 2007

EMS Advice

EMS Advice
January 2nd, 2007
by Dr. John A. Carroll

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is the general name of the system that provides emergency medical care in a community.

There are different levels of life support that can be provided and the terminology can be confusing. First Responders, Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced (Paramedic) offer different degrees of medical care for the pre-hospital patient. Skills and medication improve and become more comprehensive as the level of the provider advances to Paramedic.

Each community offers their own type of EMS. Some is volunteer, some is provided by paid municipal fire departments, and some EMS is provided by private ambulance companies. Many communities offer combinations of the above.

Decisions regarding EMS policy are made by local physicians and city leaders.
I would like to offer my services for the people of the Peoria community to answer any questions you may have regarding the level of care you or your family member received at the time of an emergency. With your permission, I will review the run sheets of Advanced Medical Transport (AMT) and any additional EMS agency at the scene to see exactly what was done, when it was done, and why it was done.
I will attempt to answer any medical questions you may have regarding the pre-hospital care provided.

My objective is to offer a better understanding, in very clear language, of what occurs after 911 is called.

There will be no charge for this service.

John A. Carroll. M.D.drjohn@mtco.com

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