Monday, December 10, 2012

Paramedic Training Success

First responders need to keep their skills sharp and learn the latest techniques. Continuing Education is one way to keep current. A recent class run by the EMS Program and the Health Sciences Center of Emphasis went way beyond the usual weekend course. The Paramedic-Critical Care course is over 120 hours of intensive didactic, lab, and clinical experiences. The course is designed for experienced paramedics who will be providing critical care transports between medical facilities. The paramedics train to care for patients with extensive medical issues that require ventilator support, IV admixtures, chest tubes, and central IV monitoring.

The latest group of Paramedic-Critical Care students had a 100% pass rate, pretty amazing when you consider the rigorous nature of the course. This was the second successful course in two years (last year’s pass rate was 83%). Art Bratcher and the faculty provided outstanding instruction in conjunction with the administration and staff at Centennial Heart and Vascular Center. Dr. Bob Myers served as course Medical Director, clinical instructor, and guest lecturer. Congratulations to EMS Education faculty David Linn, Brandie Park, and Kevin Alspaugh for obtaining their critical care certification.

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