Complete Health Indicator Report of Emergency Medical Services: Median Response Times
DefinitionMedian responses indicate the time that falls in the middle ranking of time between EMS unit dispatched and arrival at the incident scene, when responding to a 911 emergency call. Air ambulance transports were excluded.
Why Is This Important?Throughout New Mexico 340 emergency medical service (EMS) agencies transport and deliver urgent medical care to approximately 192,000 people each year. Certain medical emergencies are known to have improved outcomes for patients if the time from occurrence to definitive medical care in a hospital is as short as possible. These conditions include cardiac events, stroke and serious trauma. For these reasons EMS strives to reduce their response times as much as possible. Many factors impact these times, including geographic location, time and day of the week, weather, traffic congestion, availability of personnel, and other circumstances. EMS services are administered by fire departments; government, non-fire based organizations; private, non-hospital based services; hospital based and tribal affiliations. Some services provide ground transportation 161 (48%); but almost an equal number, 155 (46%) provide only rescue and immediate care. There are 19 (6%) EMS services that transport patients by either airplane or helicopter.
Related Relevant Population Characteristics Indicators:
Graphical Data Views
Emergency Medical Services Median Response Times January - March, 2011
|County||Median Time (minutes)||Note|
Record Count: 34
|Catron||21||Maybe unstable due to small number of runs.|
|De Baca||5||Maybe unstable due to small number of runs.|
|Harding||10.3||Maybe unstable due to small number of runs.|
|Mora||19||Maybe unstable due to small number of runs.|
|Union||6||Maybe unstable due to small number of runs.|
Data NotesMedian response times were calculated from 55,062 EMS responses for EMS ground services reported for the first quarter (January - March) of 2011. Less than 100 EMS runs for the quarter were reported for these counties: Catron, DeBaca, Harding, Mora and Union.
Data SourceNew Mexico Emergency Medical Services Tracking and Reporting System
More Resources and LinksEvidence-based community health improvement ideas and interventions may be found at the following sites:
Additional indicator data by state and county may be found on these Websites:
- CDC's Prevention Status Reports for all 50 states
- CDC WONDER's DATA2020 data search tool.
- County Health Rankings
- Kaiser Family Foundation's StateHealthFacts.org
Medical literature can be queried at the PubMed website.
Page Content Updated On 10/17/2011, Published on 06/14/2012