EMERGENCY MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION: A REGIONAL SYSTEM

Information developed in meetings held to examine emergency medical service (EMS) transportation in Lynn, Peabody, Saugus Swampscott, and Lynnfield, Massachusetts, is summarized. A regional plan which combines the emergency ambulances of these neighboring communities is shown to offer a higher level of community emergency medical care for fewer dollars than any plan requiring communities to act separately. The meeting participants-- representatives of the medical community and of public safety agencies in the five towns-- discussed the following issues: public perception of EMS transportation; ways in which EMS transportation could be improved; and effects of the 1973 Ambulance Law of Massachusetts. The proposed regional plan would replace six potentially obsolete vehicles with four fully staffed ambulances owned or contracted for by an independent, nonprofit EMS authority. The role of private ambulance companies and of police and fire services in the plan is outlined. An estimated annual operating budget for the service is presented (total annual cost, $473,616) . Two methods of distributing the operating costs of the service among the communities are presented. Quality of the proposed service is compared to that of the current system (both dedicated and non-dedicated crews) and of separate municipal systems with dedicated crews. The specific effects of a regional system on each community are described. Portions of this document are not fully legible.

  • Corporate Authors:

    North Shore Health Planning Council Incorporated

    Peabody, MA  United States 

    Public Health Service

    5600 Fishers Lane
    Rockville, MD  United States  20852
  • Publication Date: 1975-1-2

Media Info

  • Pagination: 17 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00093691
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Contract Numbers: PHS-01-H-0002-95-01-
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 4 1976 12:00AM