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Five Fast Facts: How EMS Cares for Pennsylvania

May 19, 2022

Pennsylvania’s emergency medical service providers (EMS) serve a critical role caring for patients across the commonwealth whenever and wherever it is needed.

During National EMS week, HAP celebrates our EMS providers for their outstanding efforts and commitment to patient care. The weeklong celebration—organized by the American College of Emergency Physicians and the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians—carries the “Rising to the Challenge” theme and highlights the integral role EMS providers play in health care.

“Through it all, EMS continues to respond, support and care for the needs of our communities,” said Gillian Schmitz, MD, FACEP, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, in a statement.

Here are five things to know about the emergency medical services in Pennsylvania from the state’s latest EMS Data Report:

  • Ready to respond:  During 2020, EMS providers in Pennsylvania responded to more than 2.2 million calls for service.
  • Lifesaving care:  EMS providers play a critical role addressing the opioid crisis and administered 21,277 doses of naloxone during 911 responses in 2020.
  • A critical need:  More than 3,400 EMS certifications were not renewed in 2020, including 2,288 for emergency medical technicians (EMT). More than 43 percent of those expired EMT certifications were for people under 30.
  • Care across the ages:  EMS professionals care for patients of all ages. More than 47 percent of the EMS patient population are Medicare eligible.
  • Help is on the way:  About 71 percent of emergency calls for service received a response time of 10 minutes or less.

During National EMS Week, HAP thanks our EMS providers for their integral role caring for Pennsylvania. More information about EMS Week is available online.

HAP continues to advocate for policies that support the recruitment and retention of the health care workforce, including EMS providers, with education, mid-career re-training, scholarships, loan forgiveness, and other incentive programs.

For more information, contact Chris Chamberlain, HAP's vice president, emergency management.