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October 14, 1974

Emergency Medical Service: The Concept and Coronary Care

Author Affiliations

From the Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, Md.

JAMA. 1974;230(2):251-254. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03240020041021

GOVERNMENTAL decisions at the national level to grant a high priority to the promotion of emergency medical services (EMSs), backed by appropriate funding, have catalyzed revolutionary changes in the concept of emergency medical care in the United States. The Emergency Medical Services Systems Act of 1973 is providing $185 million over a three-year period for EMS improvements throughout the country in a program being administered by the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW).

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has sponsored a study by the Interdepartment Radio Committee in coordination with representatives of the FCC and the medical community on "Communications in Support of Emergency Medical Services" and a second study by Advanced Technology Systems of Arlington, Va, under FCC contract, on "Rule Changes Required for Emergency Medical Communications." The FCC now is prepared to adopt rules changes based on recommendations from these studies that will facilitate the establishment of