EMSA dispatch center recognized as top center in country
BY JERRY WOFFORD World Staff Writer
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
2/12/13 at 5:51 PM
EMSA officials announced Tuesday that the organization’s dispatch center earned re-accreditation and was recognized as one of the top dispatch centers in the country.
The accreditation, completed by the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch, classified the EMSA Eastern Division’s dispatch center as an Emergency Medical Dispatch Center of Excellence, according to a press release from EMSA.
The EMSA Eastern Division dispatch center is one of 118 centers in the world to achieve accreditation and the 37th to be named a Center of Excellence, according to the release.
“This accreditation shows the Tulsa region that you’re going to get the best service when you call 911 because of how highly trained our dispatchers are allowing them to provide the greatest quality feedback when a medical crisis occurs,” said Bryon Schultz, EMSA communications quality improvement supervisor, in a press release.
The accreditation is based on compliance with the Medical Priority Dispatch System, which is the most widely-used 911 instruction and dispatch-life-support protocol system. It provides standardized instruction for dispatchers to deal with emergency medical situations.
The EMSA dispatch center first achieved accreditation in 2000. The current accreditation expires in 2016.