King County heart attack survival rate sets record
October 23, 2012
The heart attack survival rate in King County reached a record 52 percent last year — much higher than the heart attack survival rate in other areas, officials announced recently.
The information arrived in the annual report on the Emergency Medical Services/Medic One system. In most areas, the heart attack survival rate is about 10 percent.
Countywide, rescuers responded to 164,690 calls to 911 last year, including 45,220 for advanced life support — the most serious or life-threatening injuries and illnesses. The average medic unit response time improved slightly to 7.5 minutes.
The system is managed by the public health agency’s Emergency Medical Services Division, and relies on a close partnership of local fire departments — including Eastside Fire & Rescue — paramedic agencies, EMS dispatch centers and hospitals.