Key Largo Volunteer Ambulance Corps responds to 92% of all of their calls in 8 minutes or less with an average response time of 4.64 minutes in 2006. “Researchers in England have concluded that the 8-minute response time is not evidence-based and is putting patients and ambulance crews at risk.”
The OPALS study, and others, have noted however, that in Cardiac Arrest cases, a time to defibrillation of 4 minutes or less is the only interval that makes a clinical difference. The Opals study specifically notes that in systems with “optimal rapid defibrillation, advanced life support [ALS] interventions did not improve patient survival.”
The goal of the Key Largo Volunteer Ambulance Corps is to provide excellent professional and compassionate medical care for our community. KLVAC responds to more than 1200 ambulance calls a year with typically two ALS (Advanced Life Support) ambulances, staffed with a minimum of one paramedic and one EMT 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
- Safety: Safety in our Operations, and Safety in our Community through education and through leading by example.
- Professionalism: To be viewed in the eyes of our community as professionals both on and off duty.
- Caring & Compassion: Being supportive of our members, friends and neighbors through teamwork.
- Advocacy: Performing in the best interests of our patients, community, our corps and its members.
- Progressive: To be known as a quality organization focusing on training, mentoring best practices, and community relations.
- Teamwork: Through teamwork, there is no failure. We always look forward and learn from the past.