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October 24, 2012

ECH buys new ambulance

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Patients with significant illness or injury have limited time to receive treatment — it’s known as the “golden hour.” Hospitals try to extend that time frame by treating and stabilizing the patient so there is more time to get to a larger facility.

The hospital has hired an ambulance driver, full-time critical-care emergency medical technician and part-time critical-care EMT.

Each of these people works within the hospital’s Emergency Department when not providing transport. Other hospital personnel are on call to drive the vehicle during evening hours, and nurses will occasionally travel with the patient when required.

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