Rabun County Emergency Medical Services

Mike Carnes, Director
36 Emergency Drive
Clayton, Georgia 30525

Rabun County Emergency Medical Services serves the residents and visitors of Rabun County with three Advanced Life Support Ambulances twenty-four hours a day. Two ambulances are currently stationed near the center of Rabun County in Clayton and one ambulance is stationed for coverage of northern Rabun County in Dillard. Rabun County EMS has also recently acquired a new four wheel drive ambulance and SUV for better access to patients in situations of inclement weather.

For the calendar year 2011, EMS responded to almost 2200 calls for assistance. Rabun County EMS utilizes the First Responder system in conjunction with the Rabun County Fire Department for most responses, resulting in quicker responses to outlying areas and additional personnel with more critical cases.

Rabun County EMS personnel are trained to assess, manage, and treat patients with trauma, cardiac, medical, and other conditions and are trained in critical care at the most advanced level currently available. To improve care for critical patients, personnel now have transport ventilators with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure and infusion pumps for administration of potentially life-saving medications. EMS personnel also have guidelines to facilitate a patient’s potential referral to regional Trauma Centers, Burn Centers, Pediatric Centers, or other specialty hospitals via helicopter transport.

Rabun County EMS participates in the STEMI program with Northeast Georgia Medical Center and other area hospitals which provides for early detection, management, and treatment of heart attacks and other cardiac conditions resulting in reduced cardiac mortality. This program allows EMS personnel to transmit electrocardiograms from a scene directly to on-call cardiologists waiting in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab should this type of procedure be necessary. For calendar year 2011, Rabun County EMS “had the absolute best door to balloon times of any service within our area”, according to Jason Grady with Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

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