When you call 911 with a medical emergency, it is likely that you will be met by EMS personnel at your location. For emergent and critical conditions, it is not recommended that you attempt to drive yourself to the ER, because you will not receive the rapid intervention of EMS professionals, including emergency medical responders, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians. These individuals are trained to provide the first response in a medical emergency while working in cooperation with hospital staff in the ER to provide a complete continuum of care when it is needed most. Keep reading to learn more about how the system of EMS services ensures lifesaving care before you even arrive at the hospital.
EMS responders are the first to arrive on the scene of an emergency, and they will use their expertise to quickly assess the situation and understand the type of care needed. A 911 dispatcher might provide information about the emergency to EMS personnel, though more details might be needed from witnesses on the scene. In other cases, EMS professionals will be stationed at large public gatherings where injuries are likely, such as concerts or festivals.
Emergency medical responders and paramedics are trained in a variety of psychomotor skills that can stabilize a patient in critical condition. These skills include pharmacological intervention with the use of an auto-injector, bleeding control, manual stabilization of the cervical spine and extremities, and respiratory intervention to clear airways and restore breathing.
Most people will recognize EMS personnel as the individuals who operate emergency vehicles, including ambulances and medical helicopters. EMS professionals offer much more than a ride to the hospital, however, since they are responsible for stabilizing and safely transporting patients to improve outcomes in the ER.
The emergency room at Good Samaritan Hospital is operating around-the-clock every day to provide San Jose residents with a higher level of care in critical situations. To learn more about our hospital services or get a physician referral for your non-emergency care, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (888) 724-2362.