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Emergency Care and EMS
When emergencies necessitate a rapid response, CRMC is there – with an emergency room staffed around the clock and EMS services that provide life support and transport from throughout Coffee County. In the event of a current medical emergency, however, first dial 911.
(Others, with less critical problems, visited our after hours urgent care center.)
The emergency medical team of health professionals includes five physicians trained in emergency medicine, trauma, life support and related areas:
The well-equipped ER also has telemedicine capability, allowing the on-site team to consult with colleagues across the state and country and, if necessary, arrange transport to highly specialized emergency or trauma services.
Coffee Regional Emergency Medical Services (EMS) provides advanced life support services within the 600 square miles of Coffee County, answering about 6,000 calls per year. The program is considered a leader in the EMS industry, thanks to its fully licensed Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and Paramedics and its modern equipment. This technology includes:
- Stryker Power Pro Stretchers and Stair Chairs, which lift and lower at the touch of a button, increasing patient comfort and lowering risk of back injury. (The stretchers were one of many gifts, including an ambulance, made possible by the CRMC Auxilians.)
- Verathon Glidescope Ranger, a video camera inserted into a patient’s mouth to better visualize the airway. The Ranger increases success on the most difficult intubations for patients unable to breathe adequately or at all on their own. Coffee Regional is the first EMS in Georgia to use this advanced technology, used widely by the military in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- LifePak 12 Heart Monitors, similar to monitors in the hospital, are used during transport of patients, allowing clinicians to see how the heart is functioning. This allows emergency physicians to decide if a patient should immediately be given a clot-busting drug, thus saving precious minutes before cardiac or vascular emergencies can cause lasting damage.