Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

When it comes to emergency medical care, time means everything. That’s why KershawHealth has made a substantial commitment to providing emergency care where and when it’s needed. 

Five EMS stations – in Camden, Highway 521 North, Lugoff, Elgin, and Bethune – assure that ambulances are stationed as close as possible to residents across the county and that our paramedic-trained staff members can be on the scene quickly when care is vitally important.

Our ambulances are in constant radio contact with the KershawHealth Emergency Department, which is one of the most modern in the region. Unless asked otherwise, EMS will take patients to the KershawHealth Emergency Department at our medical center in Camden.

EMS staff along with emergency physicians and nurses provide a caring network that saves countless lives each year and allows us all to sleep more soundly knowing that emergency care is only a phone call away.

What should you say when you call 911?

When you dial 911 for emergency medical services, the information you relay to EMS is very important. In too many instances, people are so panic- stricken they hang up too early or provide incorrect addresses and information.

So, when you call EMS, please speak clearly and tell the emergency operator who is hurt or ill, what is wrong and where to find them. Be sure to stay on the line during the call, and never hang up before the operator does. And follow the operator’s instructions concerning care for the patient until the ambulance arrives.

Waiting for Help

After you dial 911 and request an ambulance, you know that help is on the way. But what should you do while you’re waiting for EMS to arrive?

Most importantly, stay calm and follow the emergency operator’s instructions. Don’t move someone who is hurt unless they are in danger. Make it easier for the ambulance driver to find you by marking your location with a bright cloth or lights. You also should include large, reflective numbers on your mailbox or house, and when possible send someone to meet the ambulance if you live in a hard to find place.

Also, it’s important that you keep your telephone line open so that EMS can contact you should they have trouble finding your location, have more questions, or need to provide you with additional instructions.

Contact

Danny Wharton, RN, BSN, MSHA, FACHE
Director of EMS
803-713-6142            dwharton@kershawhealth.org

Wayne Priester
EMS Assistant Director
803-713-6169             priester@kershawhealth.org

 

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