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Definition of EMS Diversion


The New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems has authorized EMS Diversion for the hospital listed above. EMS Agencies are directed to transport patients requiring these services to an alternate hospital for the duration of the diversion period.

A diversion does not mean the hospital is closed; but that the current patient load exceeds the hospital’s ability to safely treat additional patients.

If the patient’s condition is unstable including but not limited to obstetric patients with imminent delivery or in extremis patients with any uncontrollable problem such as an unmanageable airway, uncontrolled hemorrhage, unstable cardiopulmonary condition, or full arrest and the hospital on diversion is the closest appropriate hospital, EMS personnel may transport to the hospital to ensure that the patient receives appropriate medical care.

EMS agencies/dispatch centers must ensure that EMS units and supervisors in the field are informed of the status of hospitals in their area so that patients may be routed to the most appropriate facility.