Area residents can be sure they're in safe hands with EMSA after new data find that their cardiac arrest survival rates are nearly seven times the national average.
Oklahoma Medical Director Jeffrey Goodloe is reporting a nearly 10 percent increase in survival rates among cardiac arrest patients within EMSA's service area over the last three years. Goodloe also said the increase is on top of a survival rate that was nearly six times the national average.
"We've implemented three main changes over the last several years in treating cardiac arrest: chest compression fundamentals, defined roles for team members and an increased use of therapeutic hypothermia," Goodloe said.
According to the release, the latest data puts the "very good" survival rate at 42 percent. More than 30 percent above the 6.3 percent national average.
The survival rate is calculated system-wide across EMSA's service area. The ratings take into consideration EMSA, first responder and hospital care.
Some of the changes Goodloe mentions include:
- Build on the concept of tightly defined resuscitation roles for all levels of EMS professionals
- Get more aggressive in initiating post-arrest therapeutic hypothermia
- Incorporate hands-on, station-level training taught directly by medical oversight officers and the medical director
Goodloe said that they aren't going to stop with the news of the data they received. He said EMSA would continue to make improvements.
"The gold standard is what we're capable of," Goodloe said.