How Can EMS Make a Difference in Your Emergency Care?

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is an integrated system that is activated when someone is experiencing a medical emergency. EMS workers include paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) who arrive via ambulance to a patient’s location to take that individual to the hospital. When a patient suffers a stroke, heart attack, or other serious or life-threatening health crisis, EMS professionals can drastically improve the odds of a better outcome for the patient. Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center is proud to offer the services of our on-site EMS team.

Safe Patient Transportation
When experiencing a severe medical problem, a person’s first instinct might be to try to drive him or herself to the hospital or to have a relative provide transportation. Unfortunately, this can lead to significant consequences. EMS workers can transport patients to emergency rooms and trauma centers much more quickly and more safely than the average person could. Seconds count during life-threatening medical emergencies. When a stroke occurs, for example, two million nerve cells die for every minute that blood can’t reach the brain, according to the American Heart Association.

Rapid Medical Intervention
An ambulance is a mobile medical unit equipped with medications and instruments. When an EMS team arrives on the scene, the paramedics immediately assess the patient’s condition. Depending on their findings, they may administer certain medical interventions immediately to stabilize the patient. Often, beginning medical interventions right away can make the difference between a favorable and a poor outcome for the patient.

Coordinated Response
The coordinated response of the EMS team and the hospital is another way that EMS helps save lives. The EMS team contacts the hospital while transporting the patient. Receiving essential information about the incoming patient allows the hospital to assemble the appropriate medical providers and medical equipment. Once the patient arrives, medical interventions can be initiated immediately.

Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center features a robust community of emergency care specialists, including highly trained trauma teams that work closely with our on-site EMS team. At our hospital in Thousand Oaks, you’ll find East Ventura County’s only Level II Trauma Center. If you or a loved one needs to be seen at the emergency room, please call 911 immediately. Otherwise, call our hospital at (877) 888-5746.

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