EMS: Rapid Response Times Versus Quality Care

I vividly remember TV commercials for Miller Lite beer that aired years ago. The ads featured many well-known names, such as comedian Rodney Dangerfield and former NFL coach and commentator John Madden. Other sports celebrities in the ads included...


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I may receive feedback from those who would debate me on this point, but I believe there is nothing wrong with a rapid response time and quality care being delivered to the same patient. Who says we have to pick one or the other? Why can’t an engine or ambulance arrive relatively quickly and why can’t the crew deliver high-quality care also? Is there something wrong with having both?

I think not! Most fire departments that operate in urban and suburban settings are in a position to have fast response times along with delivering quality care. Fast response times and quality care are the hallmarks of an excellent fire-based EMS system. n