Am­bu­lance re­forms are sav­ing lives

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - Am­bu­lances are reach­ing emer­gency sit­u­a­tions quicker than ever.

A record num­ber of people are sur­viv­ing car­diac ar­rest, largely thanks to re­cent re­forms that are mak­ing more am­bu­lances avail­able for people in life-threat­en­ing emer­gen­cies.

Data shows that al­most 7000 more Vic­to­ri­ans are get­ting an emer­gency am­bu­lance within 15 min­utes be­cause of Am­bu­lance Vic­to­ria’s re­vised Clin­i­cal Re­sponse Model.

The review of the first three months of the model shows im­proved emer­gency re­sponse times across the board, with on­time call-outs in­creas­ing in all pri­or­ity cat­e­gories.

The review also found that sur­vival for car­diac ar­rest pa­tients in a shock­able car­diac rhythm reached 37.4 per cent for the March quar­ter — the high­est quar­terly sur­vival rate recorded in Vic­to­ria — while the pro­por­tion of Code 1 cases at­tended within 15 min­utes im­proved sig­nif­i­cantly de­spite an in­crease in the num­ber of 000 calls by al­most 10 000 dur­ing the review pe­riod.

The changes mean an es­ti­mated 50 000 cases ev­ery year that would have re­ceived an emer­gency am­bu­lance are now be­ing cor­rectly re­ferred to an al­ter­nate health ser­vice or pro­vided with self-care ad­vice — free­ing up am­bu­lances to re­spond to Code 1 in­ci­dents at rates in line with world­wide best prac­tice.

‘‘We have in­tro­duced ev­i­dence-based re­forms to im­prove a sys­tem that was be­ing over­loaded with emer­gency am­bu­lance re­sponses to nonur­gent cases,’’ Am­bu­lance Vic­to­ria chief ex­ec­u­tive Tony Walker said.

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