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Importance


Under the Ambulance Act of Ontario, Standard 257/00, every ambulance operator in Ontario is responsible to establish and publicly report on response time performance.  In addition to this, the response time performance plan allows HPS to evaluate and make quality improvement changes to improve response times year over year.

Story behind the numbers


HPS continues to meet its response time guidelines set forth by the COH and approved by the MOHLTC.  This number reflects the patient condition after paramedics have arrived the scene regardless of the priority they were dispatched.  Variance in the response time numbers can be affected by a variety of factors including event volumes, and resource availability.  In addition to this is,  how the event (911 call for paramedic service) gets coded by the dispatch centre, potentially over-prioritizes the call leaving reduced resources for higher acuity calls.

Performance improvements


HPS continues to expand its Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) program to ensure that and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is available in public spaces where a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) might occur.  The use of these AED's ensures that HPS will continue to exceed it response time for a defibrillator on scene during a SCA in a public place.  In addition to this, HPS continues to collaborate with local hospitals to reduce ambulance off-load delays therefore allowing more available resources to respond to 911 events in the community effectively decreasing response times.

Tatrget Response Times 

Year VSA Confirmed - 6 Mins or less CTAS 1 - 8 mins or less CTAS 2 -10 mins or less CTAS 3 - 15 mins or less CTAS 4 - 20 mins or less CTAS 5 - 25 mins or less
2013 77 77 82 89 95 98
2014 74 76 80 88 94 97
2015 75 78 81 89 94 97
2016 79 78 82 90 94 97
2017 88 79 86 91 97 99
2018 - January to June 72 82 84 92 97 99