Media Frequently Asked Questions

Is Putnam County EMS bound by HIPAA?

Yes. In compliance with federal guidelines to protect patient privacy, we are limited in what information we can provide the public regarding specific incidents. We are able to release the time of the call, how many patients were transported, the initial condition of the patient(s), what facility the patient was transported to, and the nature of the call.

What are your patient conditions defintions?

The patient condition information that Putnam County EMS releases may differ from other agencies due to being clinical in nature.

Life threatening injuries – Priority 1 – After patient evaluation, care providers have determined that the patient is in very critical condition and/or has a chief complaint that could turn life-threatening at any moment. Immediate transport to hospital is necessary. The ambulance will transport emergency traffic (lights and sirens).

Potentially life threatening or serious injuries – Priority 2 – The patient is not critical but has sustained injuries that require prompt hospital transport to determine severity. The ambulance will transport emergency traffic (lights and sirens).

Non life threatening injuries – Priority 3 – The patient has sustained injuries that do not appear to be life threatening.  The ambulance will recommend transport for further evaluation.

Where can I set up live shots at Putnam County EMS?

For live shots, if you do not coordinate with the administration ahead of time, you may only use public property outside of our gates. Please be courteous and refrain from setting up on the school bus lot or on the street for safety reasons.


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