MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

April 24, 2013

Muskogee County EMS a center of excellence ... again


— Muskogee County Emergency Medical Service has been awarded its re-accreditation as an Emergency Medical Dispatch Center of Excellence, according to a release from the National Academies of Emergency Dispatch.

Muskogee County EMS is one of only three emergency communications centers in Oklahoma and was the 41st in the world to be awarded this distinction for its comprehensive implementation and compliance with the Medical Priority Dispatch System (MPDS) and associated “20 Points of Excellence.” This re-accreditation marks the 12th year of continuous accreditation.

Muskogee County EMS is specifically commended for meeting all “20 Points of Excellence” as well done. It also is commendable for MCEMS to have five certified Emergency Medical Dispatch Quality Assurance personnel and to show great consistency in case review.

The MPDS is the world’s most widely used 911-type pre-arrival instruction and dispatch-life-support protocol system. With scripted telephone instructions for CPR, airway obstruction relief, hemorrhage control, childbirth assistance, and other emergency conditions, the MPDS has been credited with helping save thousands of lives. In addition to requiring proper system oversight, medical control, and a quality improvement program, re-accreditation demands careful MPDS compliance and certification for all emergency call-takers and medical dispatchers.

Earning this re-accreditation is voluntary and involves completing a very detailed self-study and analysis. This accomplishment demonstrates that Muskogee County EMS is compliant with all international practice standards for Emergency Medical Dispatch.