The effect of an 18-hour electrical power outage on an urban emergency medical services system.

@article{Rand2005TheEO,
  title={The effect of an 18-hour electrical power outage on an urban emergency medical services system.},
  author={David A Rand and David J Mener and E Brooke Lerner and Nicholas DeRobertis},
  journal={Prehospital emergency care : official journal of the National Association of EMS Physicians and the National Association of State EMS Directors},
  year={2005},
  volume={9 4},
  pages={391-7}
}
OBJECTIVES To describe the experience of an urban, commercial ambulance provider during the multistate August 2003 electrical power outage (EPO) and to identify how such an event can affect an emergency medical services (EMS) system. METHODS Data were abstracted from all dispatch and prehospital medical records generated during the 18-hour EPO. An hour-by-hour comparison was made between the median number of hourly EMS dispatches during the month of August 2003 and the total number of hourly… CONTINUE READING