Monday: Proposal would allow EMSA 2 more minutes for serious calls
BY ZIVA BRANSTETTER World Enterprise Editor
Sunday, August 26, 2012
8/26/12 at 3:43 PM
EMSA ambulances would have two more minutes to arrive at the most serious medical calls under a proposed new contract for paramedic service, records show.
The Emergency Medical Services Authority is including an allowable response time of 10 minutes and 59 seconds for priority one calls in its request for proposals as part of a new paramedic contract. The current maximum response time for priority one, or life threatening, calls is 8 minutes, 59 seconds.
EMSA’s contractor, Paramedics Plus, must respond to 90 percent of priority one calls within that time frame or face fines. EMSA’s five-year contract with Paramedics Plus expires Oct. 31, 2013.
The Medical Control Board recommended the change, based on studies showing little benefit to shorter response times.
Read more in Monday's Tulsa World.