Cedar Park- Leander - June 2020

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A guide to ambulance and emergency medical services

COMPILED BY BEN THOMPSON

AMBULANCE AWARENESS Navigating ambulance services for the rst time in the heat of an emergency can be a stressful experience. While no two people or medical situations are the same, there are several general guidelines Texans can follow to prepare themselves for an unexpected medical emergency.

Texas employs thousands of emergency medical services workers. STATEWIDE STAFF Ambulances are called once every 7 seconds on average in Texas. DID YOU KNOW?

HOWMUCHWILL IT COST?

HAVE AN EMERGENCY?

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Ambulance rides can range from $200-$300 to thousands of dollars depending on the services performed and distance traveled.

If someone experiences something that requires immediate medical attention, call 911.

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Confirm cos

First responder organizations 598

EMS providers 748

• Many ambulance riders’ trips are covered by their insurance. Check insurance policies or call insurance companies to conrm coverage. • Call the local ambulance service or hospital district to conrm their costs, and start a personal relationship with the organization. • If the bill is unaordable, contact the ambulance service and work out a payment plan.

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Answer the dispatcher’s questions, and follow his or her instructions.

67,904 EMS personnel in the state

3

Do not hang up until they do.

Emergency medical technicians 34,664

If possible, prepare the home for medical workers.

EMT-paramedics

19,876

WHENWILL THEY ARRIVE?

7,725 Licensed paramedics

Move furniture and pets away from access points. Turn on outside lights, and make sure the home address is visible. Open the front door, and have someone ready to meet emergency responders. Administer treatment such as CPR until EMS arrives.

Ambulance crews are expected to respond to calls within certain time frames based on the severity of an incident and its location. EMS teams must follow time guidance at least 90% of the time.

3,406 Advanced EMTs

2,233 Emergency care attendants

RESPONSE TIMES IN MINUTES

Priority 1 most severe

Priority 2 moderately severe

Priority 3 least severe

DID YOU KNOW?

Ambulances may not display lights and sirens when responding to calls. It does not mean the call is any more or less important.

In the ambulance

URBAN

9:59

11:59

15:59

SUBURBAN 11:59

13:59

17:59

If possible, discuss symptoms with the EMS workers. Be honest and provide all relevant information. Inform them of any relationships with local hospitals or personal treatment preferences.

RURAL

14:59

15:59

19:59

SOURCES: JOSEPH W. SCHMIDER, DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES STATE EMS DIRECTOR; JAMES CAMPBELL, MONTGOMERY COUNTY HOSPITAL DISTRICT CHIEF OF EMSCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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18:59

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