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(Denison, IA) – According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) – Surgery, the average length of time between a call for help and the arrival of emergency medical services is about eight minutes. The study further noted that wait times in rural areas rose to 14 minutes and that 10 percent of patients waited almost 30 minutes for emergency personnel to arrive.

However, Bruce Musgrave, Ambulance director for Crawford County Memorial Hospital, noted the average response time for emergency medical assistance in Denison is just 6.18 minutes and 12.77 minutes for the entire county. Both response times are significantly better that those noted in the study.

“The hard work and quick response times both in Denison and across Crawford County clearly exceed the standards pointed out in the study”, said Musgrave. “All of our paramedics and EMTs, whether stationed at CCMH or volunteers within our communities, do an excellent job of training and preparation for when calls come in for assistance.”

At the September CCMH Board of Trustees meeting, it was reported that CCMH and the Manilla ambulance service recently received perfect inspections from the Iowa Bureau of Emergency Medical Services.

Bill Bruce, CCMH President and CEO, said, “Our emergency medical personnel provide a tremendous service to our citizens with very short wait times. However, in many situations, the sooner medical attention can be given, the better. CCMH provides the training for all of our paramedics, EMTs and First Responders, and we encourage anyone with an interest in learning more about basic life support and CPR to contact us.”

CCMH partners with Western Iowa Tech Community College to provide interested citizens with emergency medical training. For more information, contact Bruce Musgrave at 712-265-2500.