First Step to Reducing Ambulance Patient Offload Times

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) introduced Assembly Bill 1223 to begin the process needed to reduce “ambulance patient offload” times, that’s the amount of time between when a patient with a non-life threatening injury arrives in an ambulance at an emergency room and the time when the patient is handed over to hospital personnel. Specifically, AB 1223 requires the California Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Authority to create a methodology for the calculation and reporting of ambulance patient offload times. A national study found that patient offload times have more than doubled since 2006, from 25 minutes to 45 minutes. Offload times in some parts of California can be much longer. Here’s more from Assemblymember O’Donnell in this Assembly Access video.