Thousands Of Iowans Provide Lifesaving Services

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In Iowa, nearly 13,000 certified EMS providers are dedicated to saving lives, providing comfort and care by responding 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Annually, EMS providers respond to over 240,000 calls for assistance from the public.

The first few minutes after a life threatening injury or medical crisis are the most important. Activated by a 9-1-1 call, Iowa emergency medical services (EMS) workers respond to provide critical lifesaving services throughout Iowa.

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Access to quality emergency care dramatically improves survival and recovery of those who experience sudden illness or injury. EMS provides immediate access to health care through an organized system of response, treatment and transportation.

"EMS providers are Iowa's critical link in providing emergency health care to the citizens and visitors of this state, please join me in recognizing National EMS Week, May 20-26, 2007" said Mary Jones, director of the IDPH Division of Acute Disease Prevention and Emergency Response.

Grassroots activities are planned around this year's theme, "Extraordinary People, Extraordinary Service." The theme illustrates how EMS providers stand ready to help neighbors and visitors. Preparation for all kinds of emergencies, under any circumstance, requires dedication, personal sacrifice and risk.

Iowans interested in learning more about becoming a certified EMS provider can by calling the IDPH Bureau of EMS at 1-800-728-3367 or contacting a local EMS service or provider.

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