Johnsburg EMS: An evolution of care

New York State now mandates that at least an EMT responds to every Basic Life Support call type, for general illness and simple trauma. But if the call is more complicated-- for chest pain or shortness of breath, heart dysrhythmia or major trauma, altered mental status or any of the many kinds of shock--the state requires that a fully equipped ALS ambulance be dispatched, staffed by a Critical Care Technician (Tek) or Paramedic, under the direction of a physician in Glens Falls Hospital. Johnsburg Emergency Squad now operates three ALS equipped ambulances, with at least one Critical Care Tek or Paramedic on duty every shift, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, ready for every emergency.

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