Whenever anyone dials 911, the first people on the scene are the emergency
medical services, or EMS, team. EMS providers give emergency care before
you even get to your local hospital, and they work closely with the staff
of the ER to ensure that you get the highest level of care as quickly
as possible in an emergency situation. If you or someone you love has
ever been taken to the hospital by ambulance, then you know how important
EMS teams are to medical care. Here is a closer look how the EMS team and
ER providers work together.
When EMS teams arrive on the scene of a medical emergency, they are the
first ones to assess the patient and provide care. The interventions performed
by the EMS team can often be life-saving and may allow the patient to
make it to the hospital to receive further emergency care. During the
time the EMS team is giving care on the scene and in the ambulance, they
can communicate with the ER physicians as needed to make decisions about
the kinds of treatments they should provide.
EMS staff can give the ER providers information about the condition of
the patient they are transporting to the hospital, so that they can get
set up to give care right away. In instances in which providing emergency
care as soon as possible is critical, such as during a heart attack or
stroke, this advance notice can save valuable time that would otherwise
be spent setting up and making arrangements for tests and medications
when the patient is already on site, further delaying his or her care.
Vital Signs Information
In the ambulance, EMS providers can monitor the vital signs of patients
and give that information to the ER physicians to help them make care
decisions. They can also place IV lines that can be used to deliver medication
quickly. These time-saving measures can also improve emergency care outcomes.
The ER staff at Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center works closely
with our local EMS providers to ensure that our patients get the best possible
emergency care in Las Vegas. To find out more about our hospital or to request a referral to one of
our physicians, please call (702) 880-2700.