Foundation programs touch the lives of almost 50,000 people each year.
More than 280 paramedics who serve Seattle and King County are on the front lines of emergency medical care and treatment every day. Each year they respond to nearly 50,000 calls for life-threatening incidents and the quality of care that they are able to provide in the first six minutes can mean the difference between life and death. With your help, we can continue to ensure that our region has advanced life support personnel with the most extensive training to offer you and your loved ones the best chances for survival.
Foundation programs influence pre-hospital emergency care around the world.
The Foundation funds paramedic training for all Medic One providers in King County, as well as many communities throughout our region.
Other Foundation-funded programs, such as patient care quality improvement and research, benefit pre-hospital emergency care around the world through shared protocols and published research findings.
We are the Medic One Foundation
In 1969, Dr. Leonard Cobb and Seattle Fire Chief Gordon Vickery initiated a program to test two questions. Is it possible to save the lives of critically ill patients outside of a hospital? And can we train non-physicians to provide advanced care under the remote direction of a physician? Within two years they showed that the answer to both questions was “yes,” and Medic One became a permanent community service.
For more than three decades, the Medic One Foundation has provided the primary support for the research, paramedic training, and medical review behind the Medic One response system. In that time, Medic One’s reputation for innovation and excellence in pre-hospital emergency care has grown worldwide, and thousands of survivors in the Puget Sound area have become living proof of a remarkable, focused vision.
At Medic One, the goal of “always staying alert to the possibility of saving a life” begins with paramedic training. Medic One Foundation funding ensures that paramedic students acquire 2,500 hours of instruction, nearly twice the national standard. As this learning extends into the field, Medic One students work alongside many of the same medical professionals they learn from in the classroom, and they experience more than three times the national average for patient contacts. As Seattle Medic One Medical Director Dr. Michael Copass says, “The Foundation guarantees that every individual is trained to the highest level possible. It allows us to ask more of our paramedics than any other program.”
And we know it’s working. Medic One consistently achieves patient survival rates that are the gold standard for emergency medical care in the United States. The resuscitation rate for witnessed and shockable sudden cardiac arrest in King County is 46%—more than twice that of most cities.
Yet, as proud as we are that Medic One continues to redefine standards for pre-hospital care, we strongly believe that a 46% survival rate is not good enough. That’s why Medic One also funds critical research to improve emergency medical services and prevent sudden cardiac death.
The most promising Foundation-funded projects benefit from a unique proving ground. Working with the physicians, medical centers, and fire department that support Medic One, we’re able to unite our research efforts with a program of intensive monitoring and evaluation of paramedic performance. The result is an extraordinary feedback loop between doctors and medics that creates constant opportunity to improve procedures and test new ideas. It’s where countless improvements in quality of care have had their start, from our early advances in response time to our role in bringing CPR training to the residents of our communities. And it’s where we’ll develop the new approaches and protocols that may save more lives.
We Need Your Help
Unlike Medic One, which relies on a voter-approved levy to fund vehicles, salaries, and equipment, the Medic One Foundation receives no government or tax-based support. Every dollar contributed to the Foundation comes from people like you—people who know that someday, they or someone they love may depend on the care that arrives in that big red truck.
Your contribution will allow us to continue the innovative research, training, and medical review that have set the world’s highest standard for pre-hospital emergency care, right here in the Puget Sound area. Put simply, your gift will save lives, and we thank you for it.
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