Emergency Medical Service System

e·mer·gen·cy med·i·cal ser·vic·es

(EMS) (ē-mĕr'jĕn-sē med'i-kăl sĕr'vis-ĕz)
An agency that provides prehospital care and transport to the sick and wounded.
Synonym(s): ambulance service, emergency medical service system.

Emergency Medical Service System



A comprehensive approach to providing emergency medical services, including the following components: manpower, training, communications, transportation facilities, critical care units, public safety agencies, consumer participation, access to care, patient transfer, coordinated patient record keeping, public information and education, review and evaluation, and disaster planning.
See: disaster planning
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Aside from the development and institutionalization of a pre-hospital emergency medical service system at the national and local levels, the measure creates a National Pre-hospital Care Council (NPCC) under the Department of Health (DOH).
The health system includes 15 hospitals across Long Island, and in Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island, but also an extensive emergency medical service system and ambulatory, home health, hospice and long-term health services.
Table 9: Types of Emergency Medical Service Systems in the

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