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Response time critical for paramedics

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Breathing problems and chest pain are two of the top reasons people need ambulances in Dougherty County. That information was presented to Dougherty County Commissioners Monday during an annual report of Emergency Management in the County.

Most trauma calls are the result of car wrecks, and EMS also frequently responds to falls. Director Bobby Tripp says it takes each ambulance an average of only seven minutes to respond to any given call, that's a number he's proud of. He said, "The American Red Cross says for every minute delaying a cardiac arrest you're chances of survival go down by 10% for every one minute, so response time makes a big difference."

In addition to making sure patients are taken care of, EMS has reduced the injury rate of employees because of new lift equipment that reduces strain on paramedics' backs. Only two employees missed more than one day of work last year because of an on the job injury.

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