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For the purpose of this subchapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES (EMS). The complete chain of human and physical resources that provide patient care in cases of sudden illness or injury.
MEDICAL SERVICES. The pre-hospital assessment and treatment of the sick and injured patient; also the care of patients requiring nonemergency and transfer services between healthcare facilities.
OTHER HEALTHCARE FACILITIES. Includes hospitals, extended nursing care, hospital satellite, and independent medical care facilities.
PRE-ARRIVAL INSTRUCTION. A very basic, common sense approach to offering the caller for emergency medical services the instructions of what to do prior to the arrival of pre-hospital assistance.
TRIAGING. To assign victims of a mass casualty incident a priority for care and transportation based upon degree of illness or injury and an individual's relative salvageability in a given situation.
(Ord. passed 2-7-95)