EMS in Dougherty County, GA, Responds to More Than 22,000 Calls in 2018
DOUGHERTY COUNTY, GA. – Dougherty County Emergency Medical Services in Georgia is reporting that it responded to more than 22,000 emergency calls in 2018, according to a news story published online at albanyherald.com. The service’s annual report to the Dougherty County Commission shows a full year, with response times faster than the national average.*
Director of Dougherty County EMS Sam Allen briefed commissioners on March 4 regarding the numbers in 2018 and said that EMS took 22,012 calls during the year and billed 12,101 patient transports. EMS took in about $3 million in revenue with slightly more than $2.9 million coming from transports.
The annual EMS report shows that about $1.5 million came into the service from Medicaid, while more than $720,000 came from Medicare, and close to $470,000 came from other health insurance carriers. The charges for each transport in the county averaged about $525 to $750 for emergency situations and about $500 for non-emergency situations.
For emergency calls, Dougherty County EMS averaged a response time of less than 6.5 minutes, Allen said. The average was 6 minutes and 22 seconds, which is well below the national time average of 8 minutes for emergency response. In emergency situations, every second counts.
“Our crews are busy,” Allen said to commissioners. “They are making good progress.”
During 2018, the peak time each day for emergency calls in Dougherty County was around 12:15 p.m. Traffic accidents in the county represented 9 percent of all emergency calls. The greatest percentage of calls were for general sickness (19 percent), followed by calls for respiratory distress (11 percent) and falls (10 percent).
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