Nevertheless, it is the first response squad's function to manage all life-threatening issues, obtain a patient history and assessment of the patient prior to arrival of Regional Ambulance. This also means ambulances get to casualities sooner, reaching more within the 'Golden Hour.' The golden hour is the first sixty minutes after the occurrence of major multi-system trauma. It is widely believed that the victim's chances of survival are greatest if he or she receives definitive care within the first hour. Peri Swan of Pittsford First Response stated, "We usually get there about 10 minutes prior to Regional so we usually have the patient ready and the information to provide the crew with in order to maintain patient care."
What drives these volunteers to set time aside to care for others? What motivates them to attend classes and maintain their certification? What brings them to their feet at 2 a.m. to respond to your home to help your family member? Marsha McMahon explained, "It helps me to be more involved with my community and help out when I'm needed. I enjoy it."
If you would like to know more information about Pittsford First Response contact Marsha McMahon at 802-483-6831.