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Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week recognizes EMS system

In celebration of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, May 19-25, 2019, the OC Health Care Agency recognizes Orange County’s EMS (OCEMS) System and its network of first responders (fire, ambulance, marine safety and law enforcement), dispatchers, hospital personnel and medical professionals for their dedication and commitment in providing day-to-day life saving services to the community. This network includes:

17 Paramedic Agencies
23 Law Enforcement Agencies
Multiple Air Rescue Units
23 Ambulance Companies
1 Air Ambulance Provider
25 Emergency Receiving Hospitals
4 Trauma Centers
7 Radio Base Hospitals
9 Stroke-Neurology Centers
14 Cardiovascular Centers

An EMS system is vital public service that ensures direct access to quality emergency care to improve survival and recovery of those who experience sudden illness. The Orange County Emergency Medical Care Committee, its subcommittees, and the staff of OCEMS are committed to effective collaboration and debate that promotes system improvement and overall coordination.

EMS providers, whether career or volunteer, engage in thousands of hours of specialized training and continuing education to enhance their lifesaving skills. As a healthcare service integrated within public safety agencies and public-private affiliations, the Orange County system strives to continuously improve on processes designed to save lives, prevent injury and optimize the health of the communities we serve. Notable public awareness and education initiatives that OCEMS facilitates with our EMS over the past year include but are not limited to:

“Sidewalk CPR” occurs annually with the goal to train as many members of the public as possible in hands only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Every year through Sidewalk CPR, Southern California EMS providers train tens of thousands of community members in hands only CPR in hopes that these lifesaving basics may be the key to someone’s survival. To host a 2019 location, please contact Meng Chung ([email protected]) and for general info, click American Heart Association.

Launched in 2015, “Stop the Bleed” is a national awareness campaign and a call to action. Courses are provided by local trauma centers and other providers to encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency, becoming the beginning of the trauma care chain of survival. To host a training course, please contact Danielle Ogaz ([email protected]). For more info, click: Stop the Bleed.

This article was released by the OC Health Care Agency.