The Haliburton County Paramedic Service response time to cardiac arrests is within the provincial standard.

The county’s Emergency Services Committee met today and reviewed a report detailing the response time to Sudden Cardiac Arrests.

According to the report, 20 per cent of the time, the Paramedic Service made it to cardiac arrest calls within six minutes. They were able to get to a call in under eight minutes 30 per cent of the time, and 65 per cent of the time paramedics were able to arrive on the scene in under half an hour.

The Paramedic Service fell short of the standard by 1.25 per cent in the last year with the report explaining that months that have fewer calls skew the results.  That’s because one long call can drastically change the percentages.  Even though there was a slight dip, the Paramedic Service is meeting provincial guidelines.

The Paramedic Service is required to submit a yearly report with response times to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.