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Atrium Medical Center Recognizes EMS Week

Middletown, Ohio, Monday, May 17, 2010 – Atrium Medical Center is pleased to show its appreciation for the heroic services provided by local EMS (Emergency Medical Services) by recognizing National EMS Week, May 16-22. EMS providers include first responders in emergency care, such as paramedics, emergency medical technicians, fire fighters and police.
“Without a strong pre-hospital care system in place, it limits the effectiveness of hospitals in making a positive outcome in patient care,” explains Michael Jett, RN, CEN, EMT-P, and EMS coordinator at Atrium Medical Center.  “Due to the efforts of our local EMS, many lives are saved every year. EMS Week gives us the opportunity to thank these men and women who are on the ‘front line’ providing emergency care services 24/7.”

Atrium Medical Center’s Emergency Trauma Center receives 1,000 to 1,200 patients via EMS each month. Nearly 30 EMS agencies transport patients from portions of four counties—Butler, Warren, Preble and Montgomery—stretching from east in Waynesville to west to Seven Mile and from south in West Chester to north in Germantown. Recently re-verified as a Level III Trauma Center, Atrium received approximately 600 trauma patients last year, and about 80 percent of these trauma cases arrived by EMS.

In addition to cell phone and 800-band radio, EMS can quickly contact Atrium through a Medtronic Physio-Control device, a modem installed within the EMS vehicle. In cardiac cases, this enables squads to immediately transmit heart monitor readings to Atrium before arriving with the patient. It also allows Atrium to quickly ready its equipment and activate its cardiac catheterization lab response team well before the patient arrives, making a significant difference in patient outcome and quality of life following the event.

Throughout the year, Atrium offers free EMS continuing education to any agency in the hospital’s service area. This is offered both on the hospital campus and in the agency’s fire station. Topics may be chosen by the agency or Atrium can provide a topic, if requested.

“The care patients receive prior to reaching the hospital should not go unnoticed. Atrium is fortunate to have an outstanding relationship with area EMS, and they deserve recognition for the exceptional services they provide to our communities,” adds Jett.