Partners in Emergency Care: Local EMS and St. Joseph’s
After a 9-1-1 call, emergency medical care for a patient starts “in the field.” For local patients, that means they have a highly skilled team focused on their care, namely:
- paramedics, EMTs (emergency medical technicians) and other area emergency responders,
- St. Joseph’s 24-hour Emergency Care Center physicians and staff, and, if needed,
- the advanced trauma and cardiac resources of Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin.
It’s a life-saving advantage possible thanks to St. Joseph’s strong ties with the community and affiliation with the only Level 1 Trauma Center in eastern Wisconsin, located at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Communication to Speed Care at the Hospital
EMTs or paramedic partners call the Emergency Care Center at St. Joseph’s from the scene and on the way to the hospital with vital information about patients. This allows physicians and staff to be prepared to care for patients immediately upon arrival. Additionally, patients may receive pain medication on route to make them much more comfortable and stable when they arrive.
Proving Oversight and Training
St. Joseph’s Hospital is medical control for all EMS (emergency medical services) in and around Washington County. In this role, St. Joseph’s provides oversight and training for all levels of pre-hospital care including emergency medical responders, EMTs and paramedics.