A comprehensive emergency medical services (EMS) plan for the State of Louisiana is presented. The plan is intended as a guide for upgrading of EMS at the State and local levels. The background of the plan is described. Weaknesses in the existing system for delivery of EMS transportation or ambulance service, the apparent concentration of hospital emergency services and facilties in major metropolitan areas and the statewide lack of effective EMS communications are noted. An additional problem is lack of public awareness of present inadequacies and of the need for improving services. Results of studies of ambulance service, hospital facilities, and communications capabilities are summarized. Recommendations are stated, primary among which is the development of legislation to insure standardization of minimal levels of service Statewide. The organization of the EMS program is outlined, including State, local, and areawide responsibilities. A four-stage plan for implementing recommendations is presented. With the aid of tables, graphs, and maps, individual chapters describe the current status of EMS transportation, hospital emergency services, and EMS communications in Louisisana. Appendices include supporting tabulated data, a model patient record form, a summary of emergency medical services legislation in Louisiana, demographic data, system specifications and dial directory of the Louisiana Hospital Association Emergency Medical Communications Network recommended for Statewide use, and copies of the ambulance and hospital survey forms. A three-page bibliography is included. Portions of this document are not fully legible.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Louisiana Health and Social and Rehabilitation Services Administration

    Emergency Medical Services Planning Committee
    Baton Rouge, LA  United States 

    Louisiana Regional Medical Program

    New Orleans, LA  United States 

    Public Health Service

    5600 Fishers Lane
    Rockville, MD  United States  20852
  • Authors:
    • Pellecchia, J
    • Falgout, R F
    • Edwards, A J
  • Publication Date: 1974

Media Info

  • Pagination: 192 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00093692
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 4 1976 12:00AM