As baby boomers age, ambulance calls increasing in Oklahoma City

A record number of emergency medical calls were made in August in Oklahoma City. Emergency Medical Services Authority reports the heat and aging baby boomers contributed to the numbers.
by Robert Medley Published: September 4, 2013

As Oklahoma City's population of older adults grows, so does the number of calls for an ambulance, a spokeswoman for the Emergency Medical Services Authority said Wednesday.

“More baby boomers are calling 911,” spokeswoman Lara O'Leary said.

EMSA set a record for emergency calls in Oklahoma City in August, O'Leary said.

Paramedics responded to 9,214 calls, the most in any month since EMSA ambulances began serving Oklahoma City in 1990.

Not everyone who called for an ambulance needed to go to the hospital. Paramedics took 6,813 patients to emergency rooms, O'Leary said. The previous record number of people taken to emergency rooms was 6,777 set in January.

Baby boomers — those Americans born from 1946 to 1964 — who called about health problems contributed to the higher numbers, O'Leary said.

Every 8 seconds another baby boomer turns 60, O'Leary said. Oklahoma City's older population continues to grow with the rest of the nation, she said.

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by Robert Medley
Breaking News Reporter
Robert Medley has been a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1989, covering various news beats in the Oklahoma City metro area and in the Norman news bureau. He has been part of the breaking news team since 2008. A 1987 University of Oklahoma...
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