What is EMS: A Definition

By: EMS1

Learn the role emergency responders play in treating and transporting patients who call 911 for help.

EMS is the acronym for emergency medical services. This term refers to the medical professionals who respond to 911 calls and treat and transport people in crisis health situations. Emergency medical responders encounter a wide variety of patients in life-threatening situations, from car accidents, to drownings, to incidents of cardiac arrest, stroke, overdose, trauma and mass casualty incidents.

EMS units work for private, hospital-based, municipality and fire department agencies, operating out of ambulances. Oftentimes, emergency medical services providers stage in places where the risk of an accident or health crises is high, such as ski areas, professional sports events and dangerous job sites, like offshore oil rigs.

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