Norman's emergency medical service beats national standard

Norman's emergency medical service has a higher survival rate for cardiac arrest patients than the national average, according to a 2011 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Modified: August 21, 2012 at 11:37 pm •  Published: August 22, 2012
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— Norman's emergency medical service, known as EMSSTAT, has a higher survival rate for cardiac arrest patients than the national average, a study shows.

A 2011 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study shows the Norman service has a 20 percent survival rate, compared to the national average of 9.6 percent.

The figures are from a nationwide survey of health centers, said Eddie Sims, the service's director.

“EMSSTAT and the city of Norman have a history of excellent care, but the last four years have been outstanding,” Sims said. “Norman is comparable to the best places in the nation.”

One of the most accurate ways to determine an emergency service's success is to look at data for survival to hospital discharge for cardiac arrests that were witnessed by someone and treated by Norman's emergency medical service, Sims said.

That means a bystander saw a person collapse and a lifesaving device such as a defibrillator was used, he said.

The nationwide data for this type of cardiac arrest reports a survival to hospital discharge rate of 30.1 percent, Sims said. Norman's emergency medical service reported a 61 percent survival to hospital discharge rate for cardiac arrests witnessed by someone and treated by paramedics, he said.

Fast and expert care at the Norman Regional hospitals also helps increase these survival rates, Sims said.

The Norman Regional Health System uses a special procedure called a “Code STEMI” to get patients the treatment they need quickly, Sims said.

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by Jane Glenn Cannon
Senior Reporter
A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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