March 8, 2012

Hospital Emergency Staff Trained in Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support

PHTLS students practice skills for treating victims of a motor vehicle crash during a recent training at Scotland County Hospital. Pictured are Randy Faxon, Blessing Hospital and Air Evac Lifeteam Paramedic/PHTLS Instructor, Brian Williams, Air Evac Lifeteam Flight Nurse, Shelly Girardin, SCH ER/ Pre-hospital RN, Jessica Sevier, SCH Paramedic, and patient Stephen Herr, EMT-Basic/ First Responder Gorin Fire Department.

Scotland County Hospital (SCH) Ambulance Service and Air Evac Lifeteam recently co-sponsored a Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) course at Scotland County Hospital. It was attended by pre-hospital EMS providers and nurses from around the Northeast Missouri area as well as local providers. First Responders, EMT's, Paramedics, Flight Crew Members and Emergency Room nurses were in attendance.

Topics covered were all types of trauma to include, but not limited to: gun shots, stabbings, motor vehicle crashes, falls, burns, and special situations requiring advanced care. New theory and treatment applications were taught in association with caring for trauma patients.

The students attended the two day course that included lecture, hands on practice, competency testing and application of the new concepts in trauma care.

With the conclusion of this course all employees of the Scotland County Hospital Ambulance Service are certified in Advanced Trauma Care. SCH Ambulance Service is currently staffed by 3 full time Paramedics, 3 full time EMT's, 3 part time RN's, 4 part time Paramedics, and 5 part time EMT's.

Jason Moss, SCH EMS Operations Supervisor, said, "By attending and sponsoring courses like this one we can help ensure we are providing the best possible care for our patients in their time of need."

According to Jason Moss, the staffing goal is to have every ambulance staffed with an EMT and Paramedic. Both providers can apply oxygen, bandage injuries, splint fractures, perform CPR and provide complete medical assessments. The Paramedic's and RN's can apply the cardiac monitor, interpret cardiac dysrhythmias, administer appropriate medications, and intubate the patient's airway.

Currently, the EMS staff at SCH teach First Responder Courses and EMT courses at Scotland County Hospital. If you are interested in starting a career or volunteering in the emergency medical field, please contact Jason Moss at 660-465-8511.

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