Patients First: MHMC Emergency Medical Services Save Lives In Our Community
When a medical emergency arises, time can mean the difference between life and death. If our neighbors need urgent medical care and cannot get to the hospital emergency room, the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) department of Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center (MHMC) is available at a moment’s notice to provide comprehensive pre-hospital care and transport to the hospital. Utilizing state-of-art equipment, including one of the most modern ambulance fleets in the area, our EMS crews continue to save lives and provide that extra peace of mind for our neighbors in Secaucus and surrounding communities.
In recent months, an MHMC crew of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) saved the life of a baby just more than a month old. After being removed from the bathtub, the child went limp and stopped breathing. The MHMC crew responded within two minutes of the original call with oxygen. Within 90 seconds, the baby was on the way to the hospital. On the way to the hospital, EMTs administered life-saving oxygen, continued to evaluate the baby’s condition, and maintained the airway. After a two-minute trip, the baby was handed over to the waiting emergency room (ER) team for additional life-saving care. After several hours of treatment in the ER, the baby was given a clean bill of health.
Recently, an MHMC ambulance crew was part of a multiple agency response to the nearby rollover accident of a NJ State Police cruiser. While caring for the patient while still trapped in the vehicle, the crew assisted state police and the Secaucus fire and police departments with the trooper’s extrication and subsequent transfer to a helicopter for transport to a trauma center. During Superstorm Sandy, MHMC EMS dispatch center performed an enormous community service. As the only fully-functioning dispatch center at the height of the storm, MHMC aided surrounding communities by taking emergency calls from citizens, community leaders, and other agencies in order to coordinate movement of first responders to where they were most desperately needed.