When a person calls 911 because of a medical emergency, he or she may activate
the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system for his or her community.
EMS fills a critical need in Riverside and beyond. These systems are implemented
for the purpose of saving lives. EMS doesn’t only provide emergency
transportation for patients to a hospital nearby, such as
Riverside Community Hospital. Rather, EMS also provides life-saving medical interventions while patients
are being transported to the hospital.
Which Components Comprise EMS?
EMS is a carefully coordinated network that provides integrated care via
multiple components. An EMS system may include both public and private
organizations. Some of its vital components are its transportation networks,
communication systems, trauma centers, hospitals, and specialty care centers.
An EMS system also includes highly trained
professionals who are dedicated to saving lives. Some of these professionals serve on a volunteer basis while others have
made it their life’s work to respond to emergency situations.
What Is the Star of Life?
The Star of Life is a registered certification mark created by the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It was designed to be instantly
recognizable to individuals who require emergency care. The Star of Life
is a blue, six-pointed star that features the rod of Asclepius in the
center. You can see this decal on ambulances, emergency medical equipment,
and uniforms of EMS providers.
Are EMS Personnel Trained and Licensed to Provide Care?
All EMS personnel are trained to perform a certain scope of duties. Some
of these individuals are more highly trained than others and are authorized
to provide a greater level of care. For example, an Emergency Medical
Responder (EMR) does not serve as a primary caregiver; however, he or
she can provide emergency services while waiting for the arrival of other
EMS personnel. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) are licensed to provide
medical transportation. Other trained and licensed individuals include
paramedics and Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians (AEMTs).
Families throughout Riverside can rely on Riverside Community Hospital
to provide compassionate emergency medical services. In addition, patients
can turn to our community hospital for exceptional Ob/Gyn care, heart
health services, bariatric weight loss procedures, and robotic surgery.
If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911 now to activate
EMS. Otherwise, you can speak with a registered nurse in Riverside by
calling (951) 788-3463.