Achieve and maintain a 15 minute or less EMS on- scene time for incidents involving stroke patients
Between FY 2014 and FY 2019, the five-year average on-scene time for stroke patients was 14 minutes and 44 seconds (14:44). The Average EMS On-Scene Time for Stroke Patients has fluctuated slightly over that last five years, varying between 15:02 and 14:47, but since FY 2015 has remained lower than the national 15-minute standard. EMS on-scene time can be impacted by the severity of patient symptoms, the effectiveness of the call-taking process, the size of the EMS team, and other factors. Critical prehospital actions that have been shown to shorten this time interval include rapid diagnosis, early notification to the receiving hospital, and efficient patient care provision and scene management.
- Ensure paramedics are well equipped and trained to accurately interpret advanced electrocardiograms and treat stroke patients.
- Collaborate with area hospitals to deliver closely coordinated prehospital and definitive care for stroke patients, including special operational protocols, EMS provider training, early notification systems, and integrated quality assurance processes.
- Ensure effective identification of stroke patients during the 911 call-taking process, and a subsequent appropriate resource response.
Source: Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue