Following a background discussion and definition of terms, qualitative and quantitative guidelines for development of a community-oriented emergency medical service (EMS) system are offered. Five major components of an EMS system are defined and discussed: general public information and education; emergency medical communications systems; transportation; regionalized EMS facilities; and disaster planning. Capabilities are defined for five categories of emergency facilities: life support unit, basic emergency service, general emergency service, major emergency hospital, and comprehensive emergency medical services. Travel time estimates by radius of operations are given as aids in determining need for personnel, equipment, and facilities. The necessity of training large numbers of people in basic first aid / life support (cardiopulmonary resuscitation, emergency management of spine injury, and emergency management of massive hemorrhage) to achieve maximum survival rate is noted. An EMS system checklist presents questions in the following areas: communications; ambulance, helicopter, and mobile intensive care unit equipment; emergency response vehicle personnel and training programs; hospital emergency departments and regionalization; psychiatric emergency care services; and implementation of guidelines. Community sources from which representation in an EMS evaluation group might be drawn are suggested. A flowchart of the comprehensive health planning process and a bibliography are included.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This document is part of the Guideline Series issued by the Comprehensive Health Planning Association of Western Pennsylvania, Inc.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Comprehensive Health Planning Association of Western Pennsylvania,Inc

    Regional Plan Development Committee
    Pittsburgh, PA  United States  15222
  • Publication Date: 1974-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: 24 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00093694
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 4 1976 12:00AM