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  1. Slow FDNY EMS Response Times in Bronx - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

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City EMTs and paramedics took almost 15 minutes to get to Bronx patients who called 911 this year - four minutes longer than it took in Staten Island, according to city data analyzed by The Post. And despite 21,764 fewer medical emergencies in the city - and the de Blasio administration's pledge in February to speed up response times - the citywide average so far this year has been 12 minutes, 23 seconds, or 37 seconds slower than it was in the first eight months of 2014. In The Bronx, ambulances arrived at emergencies in an average of 14 minutes, 29 seconds, according to city 911 data. Staten Islanders, by comparison, waited 10 minutes, 26 seconds for an ambulance. "The lack of EMS services is dangerous and puts countless lives at risk," said Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Queens), who demanded more ambulance tours. "If you live in The Bronx, these numbers say your life is just not as important, which is unacceptable." The average response times so far this year were 11 minutes, 36 seconds in Brooklyn; 11 minutes, 38 seconds in Queens; and 12 minutes, 8 seconds in Manhattan. Last winter, Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro, who oversees the Emergency Medical Service, blamed frequent snow and ice for sluggish response times and promised the City Council in February that he would speed up the average response by 20 seconds in 2015. In the same month, Mayor de Blasio pledged to spend $18smillion to hire 149 new EMS dispatchers and add 54 ambulance tours with an emphasis on improving Bronx medical care. [Native Advertisement] But response times have only gotten slower. Bronx EMS workers arrived an average of 40 seconds slower in the first eight months of the year compared with the same period in 2014, even though medics and EMTs handled 2 percent fewer cases. EMS took 1 minute, 4 seconds longer to get to emergencies in Manhattan, even though there were 2,818 fewer incidents to treat. FDNY officials would not address the slower response times but said an additional 45 ambulances tours will help. They noted that for life-threatening emergencies, the average response time in The Bronx was 7 minutes, 51 seconds. But that figure comes with a caveat, because the FDNY measures the time from when an EMS dispatcher receives a call to when a unit arrives on the scene. City 911 records calculate response times differently - from the moment the 911 call is made to when a unit arrives. By that measure, life-threatening emergencies in The Bronx took much longer to get to - 9 minutes, 53 seconds. By either calculation method, the average response time in The Bronx for life-threatening calls was slower this year than last, a Post analysis of the data found. A rapid EMS response significantly increases a patient's chance of survival. Brain death can occur in four to six minutes in respiratory arrest, cardiac arrest and overdose cases. "When you overdose, you stop breathing," an EMS source said. "What makes a world of difference whether you live or die is how quickly I can get to you." --------------- EMS average response times, compared to last year Bronx: 14:29 (+40 sec.) Brooklyn: 11:36 (+20 sec.) Manhattan: 12:08 (+1 min., 4sec.) Queens: 11:38 (+30 sec.) staten Island: 10:26 (+1 sec.) CItywIde: 12:23 (+37 sec.) aaron.short@nypost.com By Sponsored Content is made possible by our sponsor; it does not necessarily reflect the views of our editorial staff. Subscribe today to  JEMS In EMS, you never know what you'll be faced with as each new shift begins. The Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS) is real-world EMS. It's informative, practical and an outstanding educational resource for EMS professionals. 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  2. Slow FDNY EMS Response Times in Bronx - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

    City calculation shows that it takes much longer for ambulances in the Bronx.

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    Tue, 13 Oct 2015

  3. Assessing and Treating Pediatric Poisonings Caused by One Dose of Adult Medication - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

    Certain adult medications can cause death or severe illness when ingested by a young child.

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  4. Scorched Skin: A Guide to Prehospital Burn Management - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

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  3. Should Naloxone Be Available to All First Responders? - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

    Questions to ask when considering expanding the use of naloxone.

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  4. FDNY EMS Celebrates Young Patient’s Birthday - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

    Four EMT heroes who miraculously revived a boy they found limp and unresponsive in May joined the lucky kid to celebrate his 7th birthday on Sunday. The rescue workers attended the party for little Brian Davis - whom they found at his Manhattan home on May 1 not breathing and in severe distress ...

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  5. Considerations When Assessing & Treating Patients with Lightning Injuries - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

    Meteorologists called for a forecast of thunderstorms and light rain in the semi-arid landscape of Albuquerque, N.M. An engine company of firefighters was stopped at a traffic light when a bolt of lightning struck close to their unit. Having a high index of suspicion there could be injuries in the ...

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  6. Using Video Laryngoscope for Foreign Body Airway Obstruction - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

    Paramedics from the Montgomery County (Texas) Hospital District (MCHD) are dispatched to a reported cardiac arrest at a local skilled nursing facility. The fire department first responders make initial contact and report the patient is in respiratory arrest . First responders updated via radio that ...

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  7. Reader Debates Recent Article on Respiratory Distress - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

    Breathing Issues This month, we received an email from a reader who disagrees with some of the statements made in the August article “Struggling to Breathe: Decision making in the assessment & treatment of acute respiratory distress.” Author Mike McEvoy, PhD, NRP, RN, CCRN, responds to his input ...

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  8. Plan of Action - Journal of Emergency Medical Services

    The plan to improve a community’s survival rate consists of 10 specific but diverse steps. Four of the steps are relatively easy and do not require much in the way of resources. These may be considered the low-hanging fruit. There are six steps that are more difficult and require either modest to ...

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