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Sylvia Fisher

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Sylvia Fisher
EMS Manager
Phone: (828) 465-8234
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map 25 Government Drive
Newton, NC 28658


Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m
 

Catawba County was one of only 10 counties in the state to be named a Model EMS System.  OEMS regulations (10-NCAC-3D.2602) set out criteria under which EMS programs in the state could apply to become a "model system."  This voluntary program, similar in many ways to an accreditation process, recognized systems which chose to go beyond the minimum requirements.  To meet the requirement, a county had to submit an application to OEMS for such designation showing that it not only met the state's minimum standards, but also those additional requirements addressed in this section. Such a designation was for a six year period, at which time another application was required.

Achieving Model EMS System designation was a lengthy (6-12 month) process and required that the system be tightly integrated to include First Responder agencies, fire and rescue providers, medical facilities and numerous other agencies involved in the delivery of pre-hospital emergency care.  The designation also required that an extensive Quality Management (QM) process be performed at all levels.

In 2009, the state of NC issued the North Carolina College of Emergency Physicians EMS Standards Documents, requiring all EMS services in all NC counties to adhere to the same standards.  Doing so has eliminated the “model system” designation for the time being.  However, liberal and comprehensive protocols allow CCEMS employees to utilize their skills and knowledge to the fullest extent, allowing paramedics a degree of freedom not found in every EMS service.  Paramedics may choose to consult with an emergency department physician or they may initiate treatments they deem necessary on their own.  If transportation to the hospital is necessary, the patient will be transported to the local hospital of their choice.  Catawba County EMS does not typically transport to distant out of county hospitals from the field.  Forty medications, 12-lead EKG interpretation, Capnography via Lifepak 12 monitors, twin-cath insertion, adult and pediatric IO, RSI, CPAP, and a wide variety of other procedures are routine.  We also provide critical care transports from both of the local hospitals.