Title

Paramedic Kevin McGinnis of Hallowell has analyzed Maine's emergency medical ser

Authors

Andrew Vietze

Source

Down East

Date

3-1-2005

Pages

64-67, 77-78

Abstract

Paramedic Kevin McGinnis of Hallowell has analyzed Maine's emergency medical services system as former director of Maine State Emergency Medical Services. Tiny places like Mars Hill see critical care personnel or paramedics respond 100 percent of the time, while cities like Belfast see paramedic-level care only 50 percent of the time. In Cape Elizabeth, that figure is 45 percent, and in Wiscasset it is 3 percent. Statewide, the average response time in 2003 was eight minutes. McGinnis thinks the state does well by national standards. Most people don't know what level of care they have locally, but when they find out, many towns increase their level of care. State Emergency Medical Services funding was the same in 1979 as it was in 2004 and underfunding is a perennial problem.

Subjects

Emergency medical services, McGinnis, Kevin

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