Welcome to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department
Through EJGH’s partnership with Delgado Community College, emerging EMT specialists and paramedics learn alongside the best medical staff in the region, creating a community service renowned for its professionalism, expediency, and skill. EJGH’s emergency medical technicians and paramedics answer nearly 40,000 calls per year with an average response time of five to six minutes. EMS units are strategically placed throughout the service area to reduce response time.
In addition, East Jefferson’s EMS has led the way in our area by introducing 12-lead EKG capabilities to our ambulances in 1990. The latest version of this technology is now installed in all East Jefferson ambulances and allows EMS workers responding to an emergency, to perform a 12-lead EKG in the field and instantly send a diagnostic quality test result to the hospital. It is this kind of dedication to innovative technology and procedures that make East Jefferson’s EMS the one that our community can count on.
Responding to an Emergency Situation
Stay calm. The first and best thing you can do is to remain calm. Call 911. If someone else is with you, who is not injured, ask that person to call 911.
If you can, have the following information available:
The address or location of the injured person
A call back number
A brief description of the injuries or illness
The number of people injured
If the person is injured in a car accident and there is no immediate danger, such as fire, do not move them. Unnecessary movement can cause additional injuries. If the injured person is not breathing, the 911 Operator can walk you through CPR instructions over the phone. DO NOT HANG UP until the dispatcher ends the conversation.
According to The American Heart Association (AHA), mouth-to-mouth resuscitation is no longer necessary on those having a heart attack. Instead, anyone can and should perform “Hands-Only CPR” in the event that someone collapses. The AHA recommends following these two simple steps for performing Hands-Only CPR:
Use straight arms to push hard and fast at the center of the chest.
Hands-Only CPR has been shown to more than double the chances of survival for an adult who has collapsed from cardiac arrest.