EMS, Patient Care & Simulation Training: Past, Present and Future

EMS, Patient Care & Simulation Training: Past, Present and Future

By Roxanne Blanford

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From the ancients using chariots to transport injured soldiers from the battlefield to horse-drawn carriages substituting as ambulances during the Civil War, efficiency in emergency care deliverance has not always been at its best. 

Fortunately, the EMS community has come a long way from the days of chariots and buggies.


In the modern era, emergency medical services have advanced considerably. Time-critical care is provided to emergency patients by helicopters and piloted aeromedical transport, high speed road vehicles and, even, by flying ambulance drone. 

Historically, emergency medical service endeavors to immediately assess and triage patients out-of-hospital and at the point of injury. Once stabilized, patients can then be transferred to a hospital for advanced treatment and care. 

The American Heart Association (AHA) has established what it calls "the Chain of Survival," a set of critical actions required to effectively manage on-the-scene patient emergencies. When implemented correctly, lives can be saved. 

Components in this chain include:

  • Early Access to an EMS system (i.e., universal 9-1-1)
  • Prompt administration of CPR to support circulation to the heart and brain 
  • Defibrillation as soon as possible when necessary to treat cardiac arrest 
  • Pre-hospital response by trained personnel (airway management, interventions, etc. prior to arrival at an advanced care facility)

According to a 2016 report by the AHA, close to 60% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest incidents (OHCA) are treated by EMS personnel. The rate of survival from OHCA  decreases by 7% to 10% for every minute deployment of EMS is delayed.

Improvements in training, and timely access to out-of-hospital emergency care, can greatly enhance outcomes and increase survival rates now, and into the future. This is just part of the reason the EMS community is fiercely committed to advancing the discipline through continued education, essential skills development and constructive knowledge sharing.

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