Kudos of the Month: EMSA

HONORED HEROES: EMSA’s highly-trained personnel were recently honored by the Tulsa City Council for their honorable service.

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The Emergency Medical Service Authority (EMSA), Oklahoma’s largest provider of advanced life support pre-hospital emergency medical care, has been working diligently to save lives in the Tulsa area since 1978.

Last year alone EMSA responded to 61,353 calls in its eastern division, and completed 41,781 patient transports—a staggering average of 115 every day.

EMSA maintains a fleet of 67 ambulances and utilizes the services of nearly 400 highly skilled paramedics and emergency medical technicians, helping to ensure quick response times and superior emergency medical care to those in need.

EMSA’s rapid response times are due in part to its adherence to one of the nation’s strictest emergency response time requirements. For priority one calls (cardiac arrests, serious traumas and other life-threatening emergencies) in Tulsa (and EMSA’s western division, servicing the Oklahoma City area), EMSA is contractually obligated to be wherever the patient is within nine minutes, 90 percent of the time. In Sand Springs, Bixby and Jenks, EMSA must respond to priority one calls in less than 12 minutes.

In 2005, EMSA’s average response time to life-threatening emergencies was five minutes, 15 seconds, almost four minutes faster than their contractual obligations require.

We commend EMSA for their commitment to providing superior and compassionate ambulance service, and for their dedication to reducing patient pain and suffering.

Updated 06-27-2006

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