In an Emergency, 19 minutes is 18 minutes too long
Sunday, March 13, 2005
Re. March 6 Forum letter by Troy Stephens, "Peoria emergency response system model for nation"
I worry about other communities around the nation if, as Mr. Stephens states, Peoria's EMS system is truly a model. Several weeks ago, we had the unfortunate occasion to call 911 for my 82-year-old mother. The firefighters from Station 11 responded in less than three minutes. They quickly assessed the situation and began CPR. They radioed to ask where Advanced Medical Transport (AMT) was, only to learn that their expected arrival time was still 10 minutes. Unfortunately, by this time, they could find no signs of life in my mother.
The firefighters tried their best but were limited to the life support they can provide. They told us that had they detected any vitals, they would have transported my mother in their truck to Proctor Hospital, less than five minutes away. They were courteous and compassionate in talking with me. I cannot thank the firefighters from Station 11 enough. I wish the same could be said for the AMT personnel, as they rather coldly told me they were stopping their efforts and the coroner would be called.
All told, it took AMT 19 minutes to respond. If this had been Mr. Stephens' mother, I wonder if he would still feel that Peoria is doing something right regarding our emergency response system. When it is your family member dying, 19 minutes is 18 minutes too long.
- Introduction--Peoria's Medical Mafia
- Keith's Letter
- Conversations with Keith Steffen
- Keith Steffen and the Apostolic Christian Communit...
- Conversations with George
- Conflict of Interest
- OSF-AMT Relationship
- Emergency Room Overcrowding
- OSF Emergency Room Patient Satsifaction
- Fear at OSF
- Conversation with Sister Canisia
- Conversations in Church
- Sister Judith Ann
- Conversations With Chris
- Ethics Committee at OSF
- Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Heal...
- Patricia Gibson and Monsignor Rohlfs
- Picketing OSF
- Bishop Jenky Haitian Hearts Meeting---February, 20...
- Bishop Jenky's Threat
- Catholic Diocese Abandons Haitian Hearts
- Tom Carroll's Letter to Bishop Jenky---September, ...
- Bishop Jenky Rejects Catholic Tribunal Court
- Bishop Jenky's Response to Tribunal---November 17,...
- Paul Kramer--Executive Director Children's Hospita...
- OSF Cuts Haitian Hearts Funding--July, 2002
- Slow Down Surgery--Part I
- Slow Down Surgery--Part II
- Letter Regarding Delay of Surgery---November, 2002...
- Perfume, Pets, and Pediatrics
- Linda Arnold--OSF Foundation
- Letter to Illinois Attorney General---January 15, ...
- Willie's Pacemaker
- Jackson is Dying
- Joe Piccione---Ethics vs. Practice
- Diane's Letter to Joe Piccione and Patricia Gibson...
- Pleading OSF for Jackson's Life
- Letter to Sister, Keith, and Paul re: Jackson Jean...
- Jackson Jean-Baptiste Forum Article
- Jackson's Letter to Sister Judith Ann
- Washing Jackson's Feet
- Jackson Jean-Baptiste's Obituary
- Children's Hospital of Illinois Advisory Board
- Jackson Jean-Baptiste and Keith Steffen
- Jackson Shouldn't Have Died
- Emergency Medical Systems Failure in Peoria
- Peoria Journal Star Articles
- Firehouse Forum
- Cardiac Arrest
- Basic Drugs
- More Fear
- Trust in Physicians
- Questions for George, Rick, and Andrew
- On the Take
- Open Letter to Peoria Medical Society---January 6,...
- Questions About Matrix Consulting Group
- The Matrix Report
- Should Peoria Fire Department Sell Its Only Amubla...
- Let Peoria Fire Department Operate its Ambulance
- 19 Minutes Is Too Long
- Ambulance Monopoly Unhealthy for City
- Peoria City Council--August 9, 2005
- Peoria's Greed
- Peoria City Council---February 7, 2006
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