emergency medical service


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emergency medical service (EMS)

a network of services coordinated to provide aid and medical assistance from primary response to definitive care, involving personnel trained in the rescue, stabilization, transportation, and advanced treatment of traumatic or medical emergencies. Linked by a communication system that operates on both a local and a regional level, EMS is a tiered system of care, which is usually initiated by citizen action in the form of a telephone call to an emergency number. Subsequent stages include the emergency medical dispatch, first medical responder, ambulance personnel, medium and heavy rescue equipment, and paramedic units, if necessary. In the hospital, service is provided by emergency department nurses, emergency department physicians, specialists, and critical care nurses and physicians. See also emergency medical technician, emergency medical technician-advanced life support, emergency medical technician-intermediate, emergency medical technician-intravenous, emergency medical technician-paramedic.

emergency medical service

A system, created by the US government in 1973 that provides emergency care intimately linked to a universal emergency telephone number, 911; the care is provided from vehicles, ie ambulance or helicopter, by certified and licensed personnel–eg, emergency medical technicians, in restricted geographic regions; EMS services include: emergency medical communications, transportation, disaster plans, consumer training programs. See Air ambulance, EMT-A, EMT-D, EMT-I. Cf First responder.
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Address for correspondence: Alexis Silverman, Toronto Emergency Medical Services, 4330 Dufferin Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M3H 5R9; fax: 416-392-2149; email: asilver@ toronto.
On February 14, 2011, the companies announced the definitive merger agreement under which Emergency Medical Services Corporation would be acquired by the affiliate of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, in a transaction valued at approximately $3.
Darlene Isbell, assistant director of the county Emergency Medical Services Agency, said officials are making sure the hospitals are well- staffed, have plenty of supplies and that roads are open for ambulance drivers.
There is no need to use emergency medical services when we have so many clinics around the county that offer primary care,'' Dassey said.
Emergency Medical Services Corporation (NYSE: EMS) today announced that it will provide an audio webcast of its conference call to discuss results for its first quarter ending March 31, 2010, on Thursday, April 29, 2010.
Emergency Medical Services Corporation (NYSE: EMS) today announced that it will provide an audio webcast of its conference call to discuss results for its fourth quarter and twelve months ending December 31, 2009, on Thursday, February 11, 2010.
Emergency Medical Services (NYSE: EMS) ("EMSC" or "the Company") announced today that Standard & Poor's Rating Services has raised the corporate credit rating on EMSC to 'BB' from 'BB-,' reflecting an improved financial risk profile and improved liquidity.
Emergency Medical Services Corporation (NYSE:EMS) today announced that it will provide an audio webcast of its conference call to discuss results for its third quarter ending September 30, 2009, on Tuesday, November 3, 2009.

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