Trained and Equipped to Deliver
The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) team is the first step toward treatment if heart attack symptoms are present. These first responders have extensive training in heart resuscitation programs, pre-hospital evaluations, stabilizing the patient and much more.
Care begins by calling 911 immediately and continues with EMS arrival. These highly trained medical emergency responders look after the patient prior to and during transport to the hospital. They communicate to the ER teams who are waiting to provide treatment as soon as the ambulance arrives.
EMS TEAMS HAVE THE TRAINING, SKILL AND EQUIPMENT THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN SURVIVING A HEART ATTACK.
- More than 1,000 hours of coursework plus clinical hours of training in Advanced Life Support (ALS)
- Training and experience in advanced airway management, cardiology and pharmacology – essential knowledge for heart attack treatment
- Ability to interpret ECG (electro cardiogram) rhythm and provide advanced cardiac life support – both before and during transportation to the ER
- Expertise in conducting CPR and/or using a defibrillator when needed to revive a patient’s heart
- State licensing to assure competency Don't drive to the ER. Don't ask someone else to drive.
Call 911 for much more than a ride to the hospital! Call 911 for life-saving care
"Time is of the essence when you're having a heart attack. With information from EMS, the hospital team and the doctor can move fast and work to restore the heart's blood flow more quickly to save lives."
Dr. John Warner, Chief Executive at the University of Texas' Southwestern University Hospitals
This campaign was made possible through the generous support of the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation at Communities Foundation of Texas.
To help support the Don’t Die of Doubt initiative and learn about the matching grant from the W. W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation at Communities Foundation of Texas, please contact Robby Goodman.
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