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The medical director of the Emergency Medical Services Authority, or EMSA, said Wednesday that while the ambulance service has experienced some additional demand, it remains far from being overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Yes, we are in unusual times," said Dr. Jeffrey Goodloe during a virtual meeting of the authority's board of trustees, "but the actual case load, case burden, number of incidents related to COVID-19 certainly comes nowhere close to the majority of patients that we take care of on a day-in, day-out basis."

Our guest on ST Medical Monday is Mike Scardino, whose debut memoir, just out, is "Bad Call: A Summer Job on a New York Ambulance." The book details his experiences working an ambulance job in Queens, New York, in the late '60s and early '70s. As per a starred review in Publishers Weekly: "Fresh and powerful...Scardino looks back on his summers during college...when he worked as a New York City hospital ambulance attendant.

(Note: This show originally aired back in February.) We chat with Kevin Hazzard, a California-based writer who formerly worked as a paramedic. Indeed, he has a compelling new book out that details his adventures in the EMS trade, and that book is the focus of our discussion: "A Thousand Naked Strangers" was published last month by Scribner.

On this edition of ST, we speak with Kevin Hazzard, a California-based writer who formerly worked as a paramedic. Indeed, he has a compelling new book out that details his adventures in the EMS trade, and that book is the focus of our discussion: "A Thousand Naked Strangers" was published last month by Scribner.

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The Board governing Tulsa’s ambulance service is considering increasing response times. If the recommendation is accepted, response times for life-threatening emergencies would increase two minutes. Non-threatening emergency times would also increase two minutes.

EMSA’s Kelli Bruer says the change would not impact patient care….it would not affect first responders who are required to be on scene within five minutes.

Tulsa Councilors question EMSA officials about the ambulance service’s policies regarding billing and collection practices. Some citizens complain they’ve been wrongly billed for ambulance transportation. EMSA President Steve Williamson admits there may have been a few mistakes, but he believes the policies on collection are solid.

                                     

Mayor Bartlett says he wants EMSA to devise a way of running things to become more ‘customer friendly’, and he’s requesting several changes to current policies.