EMS. The current state of emergency care in West Texas. Texas Highways. A total of 17,078 square miles (which is bigger than Denmark , the Netherlands , or Switzerland). Introduction. West Texas. As defined by the State of Texas : Emergency Medical Services
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The current state of emergency care
in West Texas
A total of 17,078 square miles (which is bigger than Denmark, the Netherlands, or Switzerland)
Emergency Medical Services
“Means services used to respond to an individual’s perceived need for immediate medical care and to prevent death or aggravation of physiological or psychological illness or injury.”
TEXAS HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE, CHAPTER 773. EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICESWhat is EMS?
In 1970, Texas formed an EMS Personnel Registry. At this time, a list was also approved by the Texas Attorney General requiring qualification for an ambulance permit.
EMS is not a mandated service in Texas cities. Only Fire and Police Departments are mandated by the Texas Administrative Code.
“There is no entity required to provide emergency Medical service (it is not classified as an essential Service). This has led to a variety of methods for the provision of EMS and an enormous disparity of levels of services- what could be termed as a patchwork quilt of EMS in Texas.”
- Texas Department of State Health Services/EMS Trauma Systems
Funding is dependent on the money available in the accounts and calculation of the funding criteria
“Recruiting can be difficult in Rural/frontier Texas because of dependency on volunteer EMS personnel.”
- 2004 GETAC report: TEXAS ELECTED OFFICIALS’ GUIDE TO EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES
“A volunteer emergency medical services provider with a specific hardship may apply for a variance from the minimum standards for staffing and equipment for the provision of basic life-support emergency medical services.”
Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) keeps track of all Licenses
Schools now have to pay a fee to be accredited as well as an ongoing maintenance each year
“Burnout is typically described as an individual’s pattern of negative affective responses that further reduce his or her own job satisfaction, productivity and job performance.”- EMS World