The week of May 21-27, Campbell County Health is celebrating
National EMS Week, and applauding our dedicated Emergency Medical Professionals. To get
the week started, we thought we'd talk about a symbol that many of
you may see on Campbell County Health
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) ambulances? It's known as the Star of Life.
The Star of Life is typically a blue, six-pointed star. At the center,
it features a snake-entwined staff, known as the Rod of Asclepius—a
widely used symbol of medical care. Asclepius, a figure from Greek mythology,
is the god of medicine and healing.
According to the
National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), the six branches of the star symbolize the six main tasks executed
by EMS professionals:
Detection – The first rescuers on the scene, often civilians or those involved in the
incident, observe the scene, understand the problem, identify the dangers
to themselves and the others, and take appropriate measures to ensure
their safety on the scene (environmental, electricity, chemicals, radiation, etc.).
Reporting – The call for professional help is made and dispatch is connected with the
victims, providing emergency medical dispatch.
Response – The first rescuers provide first aid and immediate care to the extent of
On-scene care – EMS practitioners arrive and provide immediate care to the extent of their
Care in transit – The EMS practitioners proceed to transfer the patient to a hospital via
ambulance or helicopter for specialized care, and provide medical care
Transfer to definitive care – Appropriate specialized care is provided at the hospital.
We appreciate our EMS Professionals! Thank you for providing the best care
for Campbell County Health patients in their time of greatest need.