EMS Response Time
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Status Indicators: Proceeding as Anticipated | Monitoring Progress | Reviewing for Improvement | Information Unavailable
Proceeding as Anticipated
Reviewing for Improvement
Please note that Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4 refer to the first, second, third, and fourth quarters of the Fiscal Year. The City’s Fiscal Year runs from October 1st – September 30th and is denoted by FY. To see the annual performance of this measure, click here.
In the fourth quarter of FY18 there were 1,409 emergency medical responses within city limits. 1,198, or 85%, of those EMS calls had response times of less than 0:08:30. 211 EMS calls had response times of 0:08:30 or above. The average response time was 0:06:32. The standard deviation was 0:02:19. This percentage is about average compared to the rest of the FY18.
The Sugar Land Fire-EMS Department is working with Sugar Land Dispatch in an effort to continue to innovate our Fire and EMS responses. Dispatch has just begun to use a call prioritization system to adjust to a non-emergency response to calls deemed less critical. This new system of response should allow us to use our resources more efficiently, prioritizing the most vital call types, while cutting down on the risks inherent to traveling emergency traffic on the roadways.
Time elapsed between the receipt of a telephone call reporting an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) situation by the telecommunications operator to the arrival of the first Sugar Land first responding unit on scene.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Call—All Code 300 calls, which includes but are not limited to: medical assist calls, motor vehicle accident with injury calls, and extrication/rescue calls.
Sugar Land First Responder: SLF-EMS Unit or a Sugar Land Fire – EMS Medic Unit.
SLF-EMS Unit: A fire apparatus designed to be used under emergency conditions to transport personnel and equipment and support the suppression of fires or mitigation of other hazardous situations.
Sugar Land Fire – EMS Medic Unit: Ambulance staffed to advanced paramedic-level of response.
80% of all Emergency Responses within 08:30 (mm:ss) for EMS calls. This target includes a 01:00 dispatch call processing time and 07:30 response time.
Prompt identification and intervention on medical issues is proven to save lives. Response time is one metric to measure this ability.
EMS response time is intended to demonstrate the ability of the SLF-EMS to rapidly respond to medical emergencies. The quicker personnel are on scene, the faster they can assess the emergency, initiate life-saving interventions, and determine higher-level care needs. These combined actions translate into improved survivability of our citizens.