May 22, 2003

SCMH Ambulance Crews Celebrating National EMS Week May 18-24

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) week is designated to encourage awareness and understanding of our nation's emergency medical services system. Awareness serves to help American's recognize and respond to medical emergencies, and encourages prevention of illness and injury.

The Scotland County Hospital Ambulance Service has three ambulances. Units one and two have state-of-the-art cardiology monitoring systems, and unit three contains a life-pac 300 Automatic External Defibrillator for BLS emergency cardiology events.

Each ambulance crew consists of one Emergency Medical Technician and one EMT-Paramedic. Two teams are on-call 24 hours per day, with capabilities for a third crew to respond if necessary.

Scotland County Memorial Hospital is currently sponsoring an emergency medical technician basic course being taught at the hospital with the present class graduating in June.

Ambulance crews depend on county radio dispatchers for information and directions. Sometimes EMS crews work along side of the Scotland County Fire and Rescue Teams, Gorin Fire and Rescue, Rutledge Fire and Rescue, and Downing Fire and Rescue.

First Responders are often the first at scene of an emergency throughout the area. They in-turn radio important information to ambulance and fire and rescue crews, that is passed on to the SCMH Emergent Department, and is vital for the SCMH staff and ancillary departments as well. Often the Memphis City Police, and the Scotland County Sheriff's Departments respond to emergencies and the Missouri Highway Patrol, as well as Missouri Conservation Officers.

In recognition of their loyalty to The Call To Duty, for all of the emergency workers, responders and dispatchers in every capacity, the Scotland County Hospital Ambulance Service is providing a noon-time barbecue from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, May 22nd, to be held in the Scotland County Memorial Hospital dining room. All workers are welcome.

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