Information on Emergency Care and Transportation of an Injured Individual
Dec 31, 2014 | 12:00 pm
When a loved one is seriously injured calling 911 is as far as most people’s medical knowledge goes. The caller knows that as soon as they call 911, a team of EMTs will be on their way to help them. However, there still are quite a few important points to remember about how emergency transportation works.
EMTs are coming as fast as they can
When someone is hurt, minutes can feel like hours and it can seem like the ambulance is never going to come. Yes, cars do have to get out of the way and speed limits go out the window when someone stops breathing, but it still takes time to cover the distance to get from the station to the patient. The national average response time for adults is approximately 9.4 minutes according to NEMSIS data.
While waiting almost 10 minutes for an ambulance may seem like forever, know that EMTs are doing everything in their power to come to the aid of patients as fast as possible, even if it means breaking a few traffic laws. If the person is still conscious, an EMT tries to keep them calm and as alert as possible by talking to them. EMTs implore new students to get proper CPR training. CPR works best the quicker its administered.
They know what they’re doing
Despite being called only ambulance drivers; there’s a lot more to emergency transportation then just driving really fast. EMTs have the medical knowledge to administer most of the treatments an emergency room can from stopping a bleeding wound to helping a mom deliver her baby. The best thing an injured person can do is pay attention to the information being told and to do exactly what the EMT says. Nothing makes the job more difficult than a well-meaning person accidently getting in the middle of the road. While treating the patient, EMTs will ask questions and a patient or a family member’s answers may make all the difference.
Just because they don’t transport someone doesn’t mean the patient is okay
People call 911 for all sorts of crazy reasons and its easy for people to misunderstand how injured a person might be. If someone needs an ambulance then a team will be dispatched; realize though that, not every call merits a trip in the back of the ambulance to an emergency room. When EMTs arrive at a house they ask a series of questions and take in a lot of information in order to get an idea of what’s going on and what needs to be done.
Sometimes what’s wrong simply isn’t an issue that requires emergency care. Just because EMTs don’t rush every person immediately to the hospital doesn’t mean they don’t care, nor does it mean they don’t believe the patient. If a patient needs to see a doctor on an urgent – but not necessarily an emergency situation—there’s nothing an EMT can do. When people are hurt, it’s easy to get scared and confused, but remember that when someone calls 911, a team of highly trained medical professionals is rushing out to help and the person’s health is of the utmost concern.