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EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES UTLIZATION AND INTERVENTIONS BY PARAMEDICS DURING A BLIZZARD.
Shalom Sokolow (Sponsored by Sandy Bogucki). Department of Emergency Medicine, Yale University, School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.
On February 8th, 2013, southern Connecticut was struck by a powerful blizzard. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) crews experienced significantly increased call volume along with increased response and transport times. This study examined which types of EMS calls increased or decreased during the storm and whether paramedics performed more or fewer advanced life support (ALS) interventions.
EMS calls were differentiated by call type and analyzed to determine which types increased or decreased significantly during the blizzard. Then electronic patient care reports were searched for interventions by paramedics and analyzed to determine whether calls with interventions increased or decreased.
During the storm, average calls per day increased from 196 to 249 (p=0.001). Statistically significant increases (p
The findings may suggest that the higher EMS call volume was due to an increase in lower acuity patients without a corresponding increase in higher acuity patients. Planning for future blizzards therefore may best be met with increased staffing of emergency medical technicians without an increase in paramedic personnel or equipment.
Sokolow, Shalom, "Emergency Medical Services Utilization And Interventions By Paramedics During A Blizzard" (2016). Yale Medicine Thesis Digital Library. 2081.
This Article is Open Access