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Resource ID: #17784
Subject: Emergency Medical Services
Source: City Paper (Washington, D.C.)
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Date: 9-Feb

Description

The Washington City Paper reports on a local fire district and how its tardiness caused a young woman to ultimately die. "In 1999, the year Julia Rusinek died, D.C. firefighters and emergency medical workers responded to about 120,000 medical calls. That is an average of one call every 4.38 minutes, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In the same year . . . it took rescuers in the nation's capital an average of 10 minutes, 44 seconds to get advanced life support to the scene of a medical emergency- nearly twice the national average of five minutes, 24 seconds." The article details the length of time it took rescuers to get to Rusinek, the circumstances surrounding her death and the changes the fire department is trying to implement because of this case.

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