Indiana ranks in the bottom ten in the nation for quality of care provided by its emergency departments.
That’s according to a state-by-state report card released this week by The American College of Emergency Physicians.
According to the report, Indiana faces many obstacles to providing effective emergency response coordination, including developing written procedures and fixing a fractured response system.
The report also suggests the need for better state-level planning and coordination to improve disaster preparedness.
But Indiana Department of Homeland Security Senior Public Information Officer John Erickson says state departments are already coordinating effectively.
“That’s untrue,” he says. “We have a good relationship with the State Department of Health. We coordinate with them and numerous other agencies at the state level. That’s just incorrect.”
Erickson also says the report is full of factual inaccuracies and the quality of the state’s emergency response is evident after this month’s snowstorms.
Dr. Charles Miramonti, the EMS Chief for the City of Indianapolis, he says while the report is based on outdated information, people should pay more attention how they can improve access to quality emergency care.
3:00 “In that light, the message is very real, it’s very poignant,” he says. “It’s a much needed wake up call for policy leaders and legislators.”
The report also says the state has adequate medical facilities with a very low hospital occupancy rate, better-than-average emergency department wait times, and some of the lowest rates of adults and children with no health insurance.