Thursday, November 01, 2012

TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! SHOCK!!! KANSAS CITY AND KCFD CLAIM AMBULANCE RESPONSE TIME HOT MESS NOT ATTRIBUTABLE TO MAST TAKEOVER!!!



Prepare for today's exercise in public relations from City Hall and the KCFD.

A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY WILL CLAIM THAT KANSAS CITY'S TRAGIC AMBULANCE RESPONSE TIME NUMBERS ARE NOT ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE MAST TAKEOVER ACCORDING TO AN INTERNAL CITY AUDIT!!!

TKC Highlights the important parts . . .

Fire Department responds to Response Time Audit to City Council today at Business Session

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Fire Department will respond to the recent Office of the City Auditor's Ambulance Response Time Reporting performance audit to the City Council during Business Session on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. on the 10th floor conference room at City Hall, 414 E. 12th St.

Interim Fire Chief Paul Berardi will affirm that the Fire Department agrees with the report's declarations that response time data and calculations have been accurate and complete. Additionally, he will report that the department agrees with each of the five recommendations listed in the report.

The audit firmly establishes that there has been no decrease in response time attributable to the EMS consolidation of April 2010.

The audit notes that in December of 2011, due to a change in policy by the body charged by ordinance to oversee the City's EMS system, call-processing time increased by a median of approximately one minute. This increase in call processing time is not related to the EMS consolidation of April 2010 and is not to be confused with response times.

The change in call processing was a considered policy decision to fully implement the call processing standards of the National Academy of Emergency Medical Dispatch. This system, developed and under constant refinement, is the industry standard for EMS dispatching and is used in most jurisdictions in the United States. Its intent is to ensure that EMS agencies are able to accurately discern the caller's problem and get the right combination of resources to the scene as efficiently and effectively as possible.

The City's medical director will deliver the Cardiac Arrest Survival Report, which illustrates the Fire Department's survival rate against national data.
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13 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh no. I'm sure it had NOTHING to do with a bunch of idiot fire fighters who know nothing about running an ambulance service taking over a well run private company. That COULDN'T possibly have had ANYTHING to do with it!

If anyone is foolish enough to believe that line of shit I've got some ocean front property in western Kansas I'll sell you cheap!!!

Anonymous said...

Are they going to blame Bush too?

Anonymous said...

LOL. With Sly in charge Kansas City won't take responsibility for anything.

Anonymous said...

Hey, we won't need ambulances anymore. The injured and ill can take the streetcar.

GoBo said...

Will any of the media ask when KC will get an INDEPENDENT audit?

Or are we too busy spending money for the Mayor's pet causes to concentrate on our ambulance service.

Anonymous said...

City Hall will lie about anything.

Anonymous said...

I really didn't quite understand the POINT of this story. It was kind of all over the road. It was long. It had quotes...but I never came away from it understanding what is going to happen.

Hyperblogal said...

The service was good before the takeover, not so good after the takeover.

Anonymous said...

This is never going to be solved unless they build more Quick Trips in this town

Anonymous said...

Interim Fire Chief Barardi's attitude of "I am happy with our response times in most of the City" reaks of ...standards, smandards, who needs em...we know what's best...epic fail...get us someone who knows EMS and can design an EMS system for the community...

Anonymous said...

MAST was not well-run, nor was service any better. Private ambulance services do not work, here or anywhere.

Sorry to the MAST admins who lost their jobs and the I-34 union bosses who lost their power, but facts is facts.

Measure outcomes, not arbitrary response times, then you don't have to worry about meaningless shit like "magical" 9 minute response times.

Cut workload for overtaxed EMS personnel. And quit running emergency ambulances on glorified taxi rides.

Anonymous said...

95% of the time there is no emergency anyway, just somebody who needs a ride to the doctor.

Anonymous said...

If you're stupid enough to beleive that MAST was a "well-run company" I have a multi-million dollar annual city subsidy to sell you.

Well-run companies don't need subsidies or to cook their books.