- College algebra to be removed from Southeast required curriculum (10/10/17)1
- State declares test results for schools invalid (10/4/17)2
- Child-custody advocate: State law needs fix to provide parents with more equal custody (10/12/17)
- One of Cape's oldest mom-and-pop restaurants opens in new location (10/10/17)
- Past Rowdy the Redhawk mascot's identity revealed (10/15/17)
- Cancer will 'change your life, but it doesn't have to rule it' (10/8/17)
- Police chief, council: Cape Girardeau faces growing gun violence (10/17/17)4
- Bills addressing equal child custody to be filed, legislators say (10/13/17)
- Developer asks court to OK tax district board for improvements near Hobby Lobby (10/17/17)4
- Sikeston singer moves on with 'The Voice' (10/16/17)
Does the Cape County Private Ambulance Service (CCPA) provide first-class service to a first-class county? What are the CCPA response times for areas that have no first responders nearby, such as the North County Fire District, Whitewater Fire District and Delta Fire District?
CCPA provides, on average, four ambulances during the day and three at night. But then there are the transfers to other hospitals as far away as St. Louis. So if they are running four ambulances during the day, for example, then we're down to three. And take into account that transfers happen at night. So we just went from three ambulances to two ambulances in the county.
They state a rural response time average of 13 minutes and 22 seconds. There is an EMS term called the "golden hour," meaning if a patient requires surgery or even advanced lifesaving techniques that EMS cannot provide, you have one hour to get that patient to a hospital. Studies have shown if the "golden hour" rule is applied, survival rates dramatically increase, then decrease. I, for one, would like to see that average time come down to around seven minutes. How? Place ambulance crews in the county, not just in Jackson or Cape Girardeau.
I applaud Commissioner Paul Koeper for looking into this issue. As a first class county, do we not deserve a first class EMS service?
CHRIS BRUCE, Jackson