MEDSTAR SAFETY REINSTATES SAFETY MEASURES
DUE TO DETERIORATING DRIVING CONDITIONS
Dallas / Fort Worth, TX — February 9, 2011 - With road conditions deteriorating in Fort Worth and surrounding areas due to ice, MedStar is reinstating the same safety measures implemented last week, suspending high-speed, lights-and-sirens mode and long-distance transports to medical facilities outside of the organization’s service area.
MedStar ambulance units will respond to calls at a speed that is safe for large vehicles on icy roads and will not use lights-and-sirens which can prove distracting to other drivers. Additionally, patient transports will be limited to medical facilities in the MedStar service area in order to reduce the amount of time the ambulance is traveling on dangerous streets.
Both measures are to limit the risk of causing or being involved in additional vehicle collisions which pose a significant concern for crews, patients being transported and the driving public.
Since temperatures are not expected to reach above the freezing point today, MedStar will continue to evaluate road conditions. High-speed and lights-and-siren response mode and transport patterns will be resumed when it is safe to do so.
During last week’s storms, 9-1-1 calls to MedStar for traffic accidents were up as much as 86% above average and calls for falling victims topped out at 198% above average. For safety, MedStar urges residents to stay off the roads and to use extreme caution when walking on slippery surfaces until conditions improve.
Responding to over 100,000 calls each year, MedStar EMS is the exclusive emergency and non-emergency ambulance service provider to over 880,000 residents throughout Fort Worth and 14 other Tarrant County cities including Haltom City, Burleson, Saginaw, White Settlement, Forest Hill, River Oaks, Lake Worth, Sansom Park, Westworth Village, Blue Mound, Edgecliff Village, Haslet, Lakeside and Westover Hills. Established in 1986, MedStar is governed by the Area Metropolitan Ambulance Authority board of directors and is one of only 132 ambulance services in the country to receive national accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services.
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Posted on Wed, February 9, 2011