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Santa Clara County Discusses Bypass Policy


Members in Santa Clara County


Santa Clara County emergency medical services (EMS) is reviewing its bypass strategy and policy, starting with a dialogue with members in the coming weeks. Currently, hospitals are allowed to go on bypass for 60 minutes at a time; however, hospitals will still be able to receive stroke, ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI), and trauma patients. If a hospital goes on bypass for back-to-back 60-minute shifts, it cannot receive stroke and STEMI patients.  

The EMS medical director would like to change this policy to not allow stroke and STEMI patients whenever a hospital goes on bypass. The discussion between EMS and hospitals is scheduled for Nov. 17.  

Takeaway/Next Steps

Stay tuned for meeting outcomes.