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PHOM Indicator Profile Report of EMS Response Time

Why Is This Important?

Timely emergency service response can save lives of patients with life-threatening conditions such as severe injury, stroke, and cardiac arrest. The time from dispatch to arrival on the scene is an important measure of the capacity of the state Emergency Medical Services system to respond to calls for assistance.

Time (Avg. Minutes) From Dispatch of EMS to Arrival at Scene by County Type, Utah, 1996-2017

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Data Source

Utah Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, Utah Department of Health

Data Notes

Excludes canceled EMS responses. Excludes inter-facility transfers. Excludes response times that are negative, zero, or greater than 60 minutes.   [[br]] Sub-Frontier: <2 persons/sq mile. [[br]] Frontier: >=2 and <6 persons/sq mile. [[br]] Rural: >=6 and <100 persons/sq mile. [[br]] Urban: >=100 persons/sq mile. Data from 2016 was updated to include information on all Salt Lake County EMS agencies that was excluded prior. Data for 2016 was updated to reflect the population descriptions for counties that the Office of Primary Care and Rural Health uses. These descriptions no long include "sub-frontier".

How Are We Doing?

EMS response times in Utah have risen slightly in recent years, with the rise being more pronounced in the least populated areas.

What Is Being Done?

The UDOH Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Preparedness monitors EMS response time and develops programs to improve delivery of EMS services throughout Utah, especially in non-urban areas.

Healthy People Objective: (Developmental) Increase the proportion of persons who have access to rapidly responding prehospital emergency medical services

U.S. Target: Not applicable

Date Indicator Content Last Updated: 10/25/2018

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Content updated: Thu, 20 Jun 2019 13:03:28 MDT