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.
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