Alabama Survival Rates Rank Low

By: Erica Proffer Email
By: Erica Proffer Email

According to a new study, the chance of survival relies also on where you live.

The Journal of the American Medical Association reports Alabama has the lowest survival rate in the nation-- at three percent.

Seattle, Iowa and Portland are among the top ranked, at 16-percent.

But some local paramedics say that statistic doesn't adequately depict your survival chance in Dothan, with paramedics usually arriving within eight minute from the time of the initial call.

"When we arrive on scene we can go ahead and start them on o2, on our first cardiac drug line, we can put the on the monitor, we can put them on the 12 leads. So, 8 minutes into it, you're getting definitive care at home, in route, and we're relating the information to the doctors and the cardiologists"

All of the equipment inside the ambulance is made for one paramedic to use, but what makes Dothan special is that at all times there will be two paramedics with the patient providing extra care.

"I think the citizens of Dothan are very fortunate to have a great EMS service, pre-hospital care. I'd say it's probably one of the better in the state,"

The Dothan Fire Department responds with every ambulance call, and an ambulance service responds to each fire call, giving that extra protection to enhance your chance of survival of any emergency.

The study notes one reason behind Seattle’s high survival rate, is its emphasis on CPR and defibrillator training - not only for emergency crews but for the general public.


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  • by small town basic Location: Southeast Alabama on Sep 24, 2008 at 02:52 PM
    It is hard to respond to a call when you travel 25 miles to the call. Then its really hard for us to respond in less than 8 minutes. Places like Dothan, Enterprise, and Ozark they have the fire department to help on calls. But for places like Geneva, Elba, Hartford, Slocomb, and Opp they only have the EMS service to respond to the call. Only time the fire department responds is for wrecks and fires. If the small town services had the help of a fire department then our rates would be much better. EMS can be a very rewarding job but it also can be a very stressful job when the call doesn't go like you would have wanted it to go. I would suggest that everyone learn CPR because it is the first step of survival when used.
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